April 22, 2010
Our world is just breathtaking with azaleas of all colors, the yellow Lady Banks with limbs draped to the ground at the parsonage and behind Marie Rockett’s beautiful iris, and those red Knockout Roses will just knock your socks off. This is a beautiful time of the year; our spirits are lifted and we look forward to each day with eagerness, knowing that we serve an awesome God and he is in control of every aspect of our lives.
Bro. James’s message was in keeping with the season – Sow and you shall also reap. Using various scriptures throughout the Bible, he related all types of seed we sow each day; kindness, financial, spiritual, discontent, hatred, love, and good moral values – just to name a few. Not only do we need to sow good seed but they must be watered, fed, nurtured, and carefully tended to harvest a good crop with treasures stored up in Heaven. Bro. James asked for God’s blessing on the seed we plant each day as well as our garden seed that have just been planted. When he walked to the foyer and opened the door, a miracle had happened – it was raining. I thought he was just kidding when he yelled, “It’s raining” – God hears and answers our prayer!!
Chris Canterberry gave a report on the Youth Revival, held in Farmerville, on Thur. – Sat. night. There were impressive speakers and several decisions made each night. We are so proud of Chris and the leadership he and Kristen provide for the youth in our area – he started out with two, Reese and Jordan Barron, and now has ten regulars.
Saundra Mitcham Odom and her husband, Reed from Conway, AR, visited us on Sunday morning. They both have family in the area and still consider this “home”. She has scads of Barron cousins and a sister, Frances, who lives in Ruston; Reed is a brother of Delwayne “Pete” Odom who lives in the Laran community. After the service they went over to our favorite “Sunday dinner place”, Hollis, and had lunch with family.
Justin Pepper has finally made it back home after several weeks of being on a drilling rig ship that started out in S. Korea. He will be home for about a month, fly back to meet up with it again to ride it to it’s home in the Gulf of Mexico. It has been quite an experience to be on such a modern rig that is 70 feet in length and has an elevator that goes to the top – now that is impressive for a work place in the middle of the Gulf!!
Denise & Tim Clement had weekend guests from Ft. Worth – his cousin, Joyce and her children. They had not seen each other in about 30 years and had lots of catching up to do. I don’t believe that Denise had ever met her. Tim and Joyce were able to reconnect through Facebook; that is marvelous for finding folks that you have lost contact with over the years. The Clements are enjoying their new home in Spearsville and sharing it with family and friends.
Dr. Alan Miller, our pastor’s son, recently resigned from First Baptist Church in Monroe. After twenty-eight years of being a pastor and conducting about a hundred revivals, he feels that the Lord is leading him to be an Evangelist. Bro. Alan already has several revivals lined up and is looking forward to continuing his service to God in this capacity. Alan will be a success, in whatever he does, for he loves people and he loves God.
We are making progress on our Yellow House Pictorial Museum; this week our Mayor, Bob Shoemaker, got the inmates to do a cleanup of the ground and top-soil hauled in so that grass can be planted. In the nest two weeks, the carpet, which was donated by Gene Barron, should be in. Maybe we will be ready for a walk – through. I just know that each person, who has any ties to Spearsville, will be just as excited as I am when you see it. Hopefully, we can add a few more picnic tables out under those trees. Bob had a vision and gradually it is coming to a wonderful reality. Our hats are off to Bob!! – by the way, he is from CA and has no family connection here but just loves out little Village. We are so glad he found us on the internet and took an interest in our community.
Ducky & Diane Colvin went to SC to visit Ducky’s brother, Billy Wick and his wife, Margie. His brother has not been well for the past couple of years and is unable to come here as he once did. Floy Rea and I invited Wayne Barrett down for lunch on Sunday. We tried to fix his favorite foods and then loaded him down with leftovers to take home. (Wayne & Diane are Rockett Cousins – almost like brother and sister, their grandfather was Charlie Rockett and ours Elton Rockett).
Thought for the Day
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. Houses are made of walls and beams; homes are made of love and dreams.
Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.