Thursday, December 14, 2006
Bethany Baptist Church delivers baskets to shut-ins and elderly
Congratulations to Korrie Stanton from Potts Camp, a student at Blue Mountain College, who was pictured as one of the queens at their 2006 Homecoming on Nov. 11. (Pictured in Ashland paper) She attended Potts Camp High School and was my neighbor.
Thanks to Bethany Baptist Church for the large, lovely fruit baskets they delivered to the shut-ins and elderly people in town. Thanks to Miss Hill and her cute grandson who brought mine.
We extend our deepest sympathy and love to Doris Walsh and family of Jackson in the recent, sudden death of her daughter, Claire, a school teacher. Doris is the sister of Fred Whaley, so we send sympathy to his family also. They are my relatives also. Their grandmother, Aunt Betty Floyd, was my granddad’s (J.A. Potts) sister.
Get well wishes to Martha Hollingsworth, who had recent eye surgery. She and my son, Jimmy, live in Tupelo, also two of their children and their families.
On Saturday, December 9, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center in Starkville at 6:30 for my grandson, Clark Hollingsworth, son of Danny and Elizabeth. Congratulations to him!
Brother Don Newton, pastor of the Potts Camp Methodist Charge, visited a sick church member in Cornersville; later he visited in my home. I appreciate his visits and his prayers for me.
Get well wishes to Marie Smith, who entered a Memphis hospital for tests this week. Pray for her.
Congratulations to Wade and Quida Courson of Hickory Flat on their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 10.
Mr. Henry Tutor’s grandson, William Thompson, called him from Wisconsin on Thursday, where he had delivered a truck load of supplies. He told Mr. Tutor that the snow was about eight inches deep there. On Saturday, Dec. 9, Mr. Tutor’s brother stopped for him to ride to Pontotoc for an early family Christmas dinner. He is my neighbor.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Greer of Oxford sent out interesting newsletters to relatives and friends for Christmas. I enjoyed the one they sent to me. Lynn is the brother of Betty’s husband, David Greer Jr.
Correction – in last week’s Memories, it should have said: “Fred Oakley married Warrine Reid; their daughter is Mary Louise Oakley Merrill, my friend.” Warrine’s mother, Mary Lou, married the second time to Mr. Young. I don’t know his other name, but I know him.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Joy – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
I. God’s blessings
Rather than concentrating on the trials of life, we should fix our attention on its blessings. Let us say, “Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits. (Psalms 68:19) If we keep praising Him, we won’t be distracted by life’s bad spots.
II. Without love for others we have a lonely life. If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1
1. Accept Christ as your Savior, and make Him Lord of your life. Celebrate His birth on Christmas.
2. Every person is unique! There’s no other person exactly like you in the entire world. God has a purpose for your life and if you don’t do it, no one else will. Find the purpose in your life.
3. Look for the beauty in others. Everyone has flaws, no one is perfect. Overlook the flaws and search for the good in others.
4. Allow time in our lives for study of God’s words, thinking about what God wants us to do.
5. Love is probably the greatest word in the English language. Show people you love them everywhere you go.
6. Help those in need; we may need help ourselves some day.
7. Smile, laugh and try not to dwell on misfortunes. A good sense of humor goes a long way in making friends.
8. Visit the sick and help when you can. Never think you are better than others; God made all of us.
9. Don’t make money the most important thing in your life. We all need it to live but other things should come first.
10. Have hope for tomorrow! Have faith in God and trust Him, and also your fellow men.
Lives of great men all remind us
(My English teacher, Miss Stroupe, wrote this in my memory book.)
Prayer list: Juanita Howell, Ann Mann, Elizabeth Williams, Maxine Potts, Roy Foote, Lena Fay Work, Betty Fincher, Charles and Nadine Vest, Henry Jarrett, Joe McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Marie Smith, Lina Mae Rhea, Jessie Pipkin, Willie Thomas Wicker, Lillian Wilson, Mary Jo McCallum, Ollie Mansel. Pray for our nation! Pray for Rev. Jim Buchanan, who is on the sick list. Thanks for all the lovely birthday and Christmas cards I have received. God bless you!
Sometimes I long for the simple Christmas we had as a child; when we hung our stockings over the fireplace, and shopped in the Sears Roebuck catalogue, we could have only one toy and one item of clothes. We also received fruit and candy. I always wanted a doll.
One night while we were sleeping, the Roman candles that Santa had brought fell over the hot ashes in the fireplace; suddenly they started shooting everywhere. Daddy quickly jumped out of bed and held them up the chimney. We ran outside and watched them shoot up in the air over the house. It was exciting, but very cold that night.
The next Christmas, after the Roman candles accident, my older brother James went into the woods and cut us a pretty Christmas tree; I followed him.
We put it in the hall and made decorations for it. We never hung our stockings over the mantle board again.
I still have the old mantle board with five nail holes in it.
Mother always made about five big cakes with four layers; she worked on them for several days, and put them in the bottom of the safe.
We were not allowed to cut them until Christmas Day. We always cut a large piece of cake for Santa Claus first.
We looked to see if he ate it the next morning, and it was gone. He drank a cup of coffee with it.
Those were happy days!
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