May 13, 2010
Beautiful days, lots of yard work, and NO rain was what was happening in Spearsville this week. As we watched the flooding in Nashville and elsewhere, we prayed that God would divert the rain to our area, that needs it so badly, and TN needs time to dry out and get their housing back into living order. Bobby, my son, said that all of his carpet and a good part of drywall is in the front yard to be picked up for landfill. Nashville has never experienced such devastation; continue to pray them.
Mother’s Day was a great day in our church and in our community; lots of family back home to celebrate in their old home with a mother who guided them “in the paths that they should follow” during those formative years of growing up. Bro. James thanked our mothers for nurturing their children through love — teaching responsibility, education, and laughter; always being a part of their lives with love – providing for them & protecting them as did the mother of Moses.
The oldest mother in our church in Maurene Barron who is 97 years old. She enjoyed Mother’s Day visiting with her daughters Joye and Susan. Joye and her husband, Wayne came on Friday afternoon which allowed Susan and her husband James to go to Shreveport for dinner and take in a movie. After returning home on Saturday, they spent the rest of the weekend just laughing and having fun with Maurene.
Two new babies were dedicated to a Christian life and given a small white New Testament by our pastor, Bro. James Miller — Makenzee Brooke Canterberry and Chandler Joshua Bullock. The parents, Kris & Kristen Canterberry and Jessica & Stephen Bullock, proudly presented their babies and accepted the Bible and a certificate on their behalf. We look forward to watching these children grow and mature in the years to come as they become an integral part of our church family.
We had many visitors and some I didn’t get a chance to see or talk to; however, Ann Stone-Heard’s family sat right in front of me – Beverly Stone Willett and her husband, Frank as well as the grandsons Nathan and Adam Willett and Adam’s wife Katy. Beverly was just beaming with pride as she told me that Nathan and Adam’s wife, Katy, had just graduated on Saturday, from Central Baptist College in Conway, AR. Nathan received his Associate Degree in Arts & General Studies with a Magna cumlaude. Katy received a B.S. in Psychology of Social Services. We extend our congratulations to these two and to their parents and grandparents for these accomplishments.
Mary Gene Rhodes was celebrating Mother’s Day with two daughters, Lou Russell and Helen Asphar, in Church Sunday. They would ten go on down to be with Vergil and the other girls at Arbor Lake. They reported that Vergil seems to be eating better and getting stronger each day. Of course, he is ready to come home and we are praying for healing that would make this possible.
Our kids, Jan and Ski Wawrzyniak and Sharon & Dale Liner, from Monroe and W. Monroe visited us at church and then treated us to a fabulous lunch that they prepared at home and brought to Floy Rea’s table. As I drove past Hollis’ and saw all the cars, I was glad that Calvin was doing a booming business but was also, glad that i was not in the line to get my plate. (I said our kids – they are really Floy’s but they always call me their second mom and include me – I love them for this I feel like they are mine, too.)
Our Pelican Baseball Team went to the state tournament but they lost 6-3. Even so, we are proud of them for taking us to far; they did a great job for such a small school. They are winners in our minds, and if you run into any of these kids be sure and tell them how proud we are of this accomplishment.
Thought for the Day
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside each of us. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.
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.