Monday, December 21, 2009


Tomorrow night is gonna be loads of fun. I hope you don't miss out on it. The party will begin at 6:00 at Sister Tammie's house. She lives 0.7 miles south of Highway J on Highway NN. Call me if you need directions or a ride. 757-6901 - I'm home on break!! : )

Bring a Shoe!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009


I'm getting so excited - our Christmas party is almost here. It is always a highlight of our year. I have so many wonderful memories of parties throughout the years we have been here. We've had it at different places and had all kinds of "themes." We've laughed, we've's just been so wonderful.

I expect this year's party will be another wonderful time. As always, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.....and no, I will not tell you what the shoe is for. Just choose a shoe - any shoe.

We are not having a gift exchange this year - but everyone will receive a gift! It's always nice to get to take something home with you.

Sister Tammie is hosting the party at her house this year. You should receive a flier in the mail with a map. If you're not sure how to get there, let me know. It's really very simple. You will enjoy her hospitality and the warmth of her home.

So, make us a snack, drive on over, and let's have a wonderful Sisterz time together. It's Tuesday, the 22nd, at 6:30.

Love ya, Sisterz!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


It was so much fun working together to decorate the church tonight. There's nothing like a church family. The church looks beautiful. Thank you to everyone who gave their time tonight.

I guess the season is well under way. I've been enjoying the chick flick Christmas movies!!! Poor Pastor! Living with 2 women is not easy. I've done a bit of shopping, but not very much. I've been trying to develop a list - then go do it all at once. Of course, I do that every year, but it never works. I never seem to be able to get all my (ducks) events in a row and planned out. Somehow I seem to have to do them one at a time. It keeps me running. So much for a plan!

How is your Christmas season going? I hope you're getting it all in without too much stress and strain. Some of the things we consider important, really aren't. If we can keep that in mind, we will do better.

Well, I must prepare to go back to school tomorrow. I hate that!! These 5 days off have been great - but gone fast. Good point, though, is that we only have 3 weeks until we get off for 2 more. I love holiday breaks!!!

I hope all of you have a great Monday and a wonderful week. If I haven't told you lately, I love my Sisterz!!! Have a good week!

Sister June

PS - Don't forget about the book study at Patty Ann's Tuesday @ 6:00.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Well, it is upon us - the holiday season. The stores are bussling, the calendars are bulging, and our pocketbooks are alredy getting thinner! All of this puts our minds in a whirl sometimes. I want to encourage you, though, to focus. Focus on the meaning of these seasons. Customs, traditions, and expectations have made these days much more complicated than they probably should be.

Each year I show my class the Little House on the Prairie premier and then follow it up with their first Christmas. The children always comment on what the family doesn't have - how they were so excited to get a turkey (instead of a constant diet of rabbit), how they each only received one gift and they had to make some of them, how the tree is decorated, ... life was much simpler. But it seems to me, though, that they cherished so much about life. Those gifts were special, the turkey was a blessing, ...

This year, let's focus on the important things and the meaning behind these days and let the rest go. Let's enjoy the holidays like we haven't enjoyed them in a long time.

Happy Simple Thanksgiving! Thank you, Lord, for ALL you given and done for us. We truly are blessed and have so much to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Time, I mean. I was working in my lesson plan book today and flipped the page to see three days marked off for Thanksgiving. It was time to send my note home about the Thanksgiving week activities!!! Where has time gone? It is hard to believe this year is almost past.

That makes me think, though, about what has been also. What have I accomplished this year? It's so easy to let time just slide by and not do anything but the normal routine. We say we don't like the same old, same old - yet we so often fall into the trap of doing it.

I got to thinking about how I want this year to end. What do I want to be able to say about this year? I've got some plans to make and things to do yet. How about you?

Friday, November 6, 2009


What a beautiful week we have had - so refreshing compared to the past weeks. It reminds me of how our life is sometimes. We have the rainy, dreary, cold, blah times that seem as if they'll never go away. We feel "flooded" with so many things and emotions. It simply drains us. Then comes the sun and warmth. The memory of those tough day begins to fade and we once again experience peace and serenity.

So, if you're going through those weary days - maybe it's raining on you today - don't forget that the sunshine and warmth will return. The Lord will see to it!

Blessings to all my Sisterz. I love you.

Sister June

Monday, November 2, 2009


I'm excited about Tuesday night - especially since I didn't get to attend the last session. I heard so many wonderful comments about the last session that I just can't wait to go tomorrow night. I wish everyone would join us. We get so much from this time together and the discussions we share. This new book, Crazy Love, is so good. It is such a great reminder of how much our Lord loves us.

If you can, please try to join us @ Patty Ann's - 6:00. Remember, ordering is optional - so don't feel that you can't come because you don't want to eat. The session is about the book and fellowship - not the meal.

Looking forward to seeing my Sisterz tomorrow night!

Sister June

Friday, October 23, 2009


I am hearing so many great comments about Tuesday night's book study. There were several new ladies - welcome!!!! I heard the discussion was very moving. (I couldn't be there due to school conferences! - and I was very sad!)

Thank you, Rebekah, for being such a great leader. .. and thank you, ladies, for all your support and participation. You make the group what it is!!

It's not too late to get involved. The book is Crazy Love. It's available at Wal-Mart,, or Lifway Bookstore (Jonesboro or Jackson). We'd love to have everyone join in. The next meeting time is a week from Tuesday.

Monday, October 19, 2009


We sure got a plateful yesterday. Both messages were so powerful. Between faith and "goodness and mercy" - we can't go wrong. If you missed it, you need to get the cd's. You know I don't usually say that - so it must be really good.

I also want to thank all of you for your love and support. It's no secret that these are not easy days for Pastor and I. I, being the emotional person I am, display my feelings right out there. That's okay, though. I won't be ashamed. We all need one another and I am so thankful that I have all of you. I love you and your families. You are my family and friends and I cherish you much. This is not the end - just a stepping stone!

I love you, girls!

Sister June

P.S. Don't forget about the study group tomorrow night - Crazy Love. It's powerful!!! 6:00 @ Patty Ann's!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The 23rd Psalm Like You've Never Read It

"The 23rd Psalm Like You've Never Read"

This is an eye opener; some probably never thought nor looked at Psalm 23 in this way, even though they say it over and over again.

The Lord is my Shepherd - That's Relationship!

I shall not want - That's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures - That's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters - That's Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul That's Healing! He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness - That's Guidance!

For His name sake That's Purpose! Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death - That's Testing!

I will fear no evil That's Protection! For Thou art with me - That's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me - That's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies - That's Hope!

Thou annointest my head with oil - That's Consecration!

My cup runneth over - That's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life - That's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord - That's Security!

Forever - That's Eternity!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


As you've noticed, I'm sure, I've not posted Feature Friday in awhile now. Reason being - I haven't been able to get info from most of you!!! So, I will post these as people give me the information.

Our featured sister this week is a very energetic young woman. Whenever you see her, she will be bouncy and smiling! Yep, I'm talking about Rebekah Counts! Rebekah was born February 4. She has ventured from home a few times, but grew up and makes her home in Caruthersville. She is an elementary teacher (of which I am jealous because she has a higher grade and teaches my favorite subject all day long!!)

Rebekah shares her life with her family - her husband Matt, mother and father - Howard and Rose, and 3 sisters - Christina, Sarah, and Naomi.

Her relationship with the Lord began at a very early age - 6 - when she received Christ at the A/G in Caruthersville.

Her favorite Scripture is Exodus 14:14 - The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." She gives us a wonderful "sermonette" with this Scripture. "Sometimes the trials of life are beyond our control, and when they are, God will fight for us...and when they seem as though we can beat them, God still desires for us to call on Him for guidance. We'll save ourselves a lot of strife when we recognize our Defender, our Strong Tower." What truth!!

Rebekah began her driving experience at a very young age - she started at age 4. Her parents had a full-size van. She backed it down a steep hill one Sunday morning before church. In her words - "I'm sure my parents were very happy!" : )

We are so glad to count Rebekah as one of our Sisterz. We love you, Rebekah!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


What a wonderful evening I spent with my Sisterz. We began the new book study, "Crazy Love." Rebekah Counts is leading this study/discussion and did such a WONDERFUL job!! Of course, we really enjoy the time as we top it off with one of Randall's wonderful pies! The Word, my Sisterz, and pie - life couldn't be better! We just did the introduction, so there is plenty of time for you to jump in with us and not miss a thing. There's room for more - so come on out every other Tuesday at 6:00. Our next study will be in 2 weeks - October 20.

Thanks, Rebekah, for a good introduction and discussion!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Be humble under God’s powerful hand so he will lift you up when the right time comes. Give all your worries to Him, because He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Perhaps you are uncertain about your future – or perhaps you are simply a “worrier” by nature. If so, it’s time to focus less on your troubles and more on God’s promises. And that’s as it should be because God is trustworthy … and you are protected.

If you are a person with lots of obligations and plenty of responsibilities, it is simply a fact of life: You worry. From time to time, you worry about health, about finances, about safety, about family, and about countless other concerns, some great and some small.

Where is the best place to take your worries? Take them to God. Take your troubles to Him; take your fears to Him; take your doubts to Him; take your weaknesses to Him; take your sorrows to Him … and leave them all there. Seek protection from the One who offers you eternal salvation; build your spiritual house upon the Rock that cannot be moved.

Don’t take tomorrow to bed with you. Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, September 28, 2009


I'm really excited about the new book we're going to be reading/discussing. It is called Crazy Love and talks about how much the Lord loves us. It is an awesome book - a book that could truly change your relationship with Christ. I'm excited, too, because Rebekah Counts will be leading this study/discussion. The next group will meet October 6 @ 6:00 at Patty Ann's. Again, ladies, it's not about eating there, it's about the study/discussion. You do not have to order anything at all if you don't want to.....or you can have a sandwich, dinner, soup, dessert. We've shared some wonderful cheesecake and pies over the past weeks!!! (Over the lips, over the gums, look out hips - here it comes!!)

I would like to invite each of you ladies to join us. You will be blessed!


Well, girls, we sure did have fun this weekend. Congratulations to Laura for "winning" Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. We all looked so cute in our retro clothes!! It really doesn't seem like that long ago in some ways ---- and in other ways - wow!!!

Thank you to those who helped set up, greet, speak, do the game, clean up, .....and attended. Without you it wouldn't have been as good. I will have pictures on the site soon.

I would still like to do Feature Friday, but MANY of you never turned your information in. I will post Feature Friday as I receive information.

Hope you're having a great Monday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

It's been on the calendar for awhile, but I just haven't gotten it all together. It's been a very rough beginning of the school year. Enough of that. Back to the calendar - mark it for September 25-26 - Back to School Weekend for Women. We're going to have lots of fun!!! I want each of you to dress as you did when you were in school - any grade. I would also like a school picture of you - again any grade. If you attended school in this area and have a yearbook, would you please bring it. We're going to be challenged with a game of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader!" It may have to be third, second or even first grader for some of us - but that's okay. We'll have fun no matter what level we do!! There will be refreshments and of course - a great time in the Word. We're going to be "Remembering!"

Talk this up - invite your friends and family - and get ready for a fun weekend with your Sisterz!

Me Myself and Lies

Oh, it was so good to be with the gals from the discussion group last night. I could not attend last time due to Open House and I surely missed it! I missed the good food too! They had that wonderful homemade vegetable soup last night and I ate way too much! Slap a piece of crumbled corn bread in it and - ooh laaa laaa!!

There were so many good comments made last night. We spent a short time just testifying of God's goodness to us - reminding ourselves of who He is in our lives. It was very inspiring and uplifting.

We are coming to an end of this study and will begin a new one soon. Won't you consider joining us if you are not already coming? As I said before, you are under no obligation to buy a meal, etc. You can just order water if you want!!! ... or maybe you just want dessert. It's not about the meal. It's about what we're learning with and from one another as well as making a mutual place for others outside the church to join us. It's been wonderful!

Our next session is September 22 @ 6:00. Hope to see all of you there!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I am so sorry I have not posted - actually since the day school started! Does that explain anything? It has been a very difficult start this year. To complicate it, I got sick. I haven't done much of anything since then. I am feeling much better today and hope I am on the upswing.

I need your help. Many of you have not given me your "Feature Friday" information. I would really like all the ladies to know one another a little better. Would you mind taking the time to do this for me?? There are forms at the information center in case you've lost yours.

Hope you're enjoying this cooler weather! I'm not!!! My favorite weather is pool weather. I just simply hate to see the weather turn cool. I guess all good things must come to an end, though.

Don't forget about our new studies starting Wednesday night - Fighting the Enemy - And Winning! and Sharing Jesus Without Fear. I think both of these studies are going to be so beneficial. Isn't it great that we have this opportunity to be even better for the Lord.

See you girls tomorrow night. Hope you have a great rest of the week!


The Talking Centipede

A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede, (100-legged bug), which came in a little white box to use for his house. He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off by taking his new pet to church with him. So he asked the centipede in the box,"Would you like to go to churchwith me today? We will have a good time. "But there was no answer from his new pet.

This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, "How about going to church with me and receive blessings?" But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet.

So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation. The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time. This time he put his face up against the centipede's house and shouted, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to church with me and learn about God?"

This time, a little voice came out of the box, "I heard you the first time! I'm putting on my shoes!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"Be A Sunflower"

Sunday morning when I walked into church, I saw the flowers in front of the pulpit. They were bright yellow sunflowers – some of the biggest I have ever seen. They looked cheery. They brightened the room. They brought a smile to my face. In fact, they brought the whole room to life.

We can be "sunflowers" as we walk through life. We can spread cheer where we go. We can share our smiles with other people. We can be the thoughtful and encouraging people who help to give life back to those who are down and out and discouraged.

This week spread cheer wherever you go. Be a sunflower!

Friday, August 14, 2009


This week's featured sister does not use a computer. So, everyone tell her you saw her online. She'll be amazed! I'm talking about Sue Miller.

Sue is a gift - literally! She was born on Christmas day. She is a housewife and in her words, "Jack of all Trades and Master of None." Sue grew up and still lives in Kennett.

If you spend any time around Sue, you will learn that she loves Brother Gary and her 3 children, but she really loves her grandchildren. She has 3 children - Leigha, Lisa and Chris. They have blessed her with 5 grandchildren - Zachary, Hillary, Taylor, Hannah, and Logan. SHE LOVES HER FAMILY!!!

Sue was saved on a Sunday morning in 1965 at 3rd Street Baptist Church. Just think - she has served the Lord over 40 years! What a testimony, Sue!

Her favorite Scripture is I can do all things through Christian which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13. She says, "I really believe this for me!" Sue proved this during this past year when she was very sick and required a couple surgeries and long hospital stays. She depended on the Lord and He got her through.

Sue is a woman after most of our hearts - she loves to shop and anything chocolate!!! If you go to her house, you will quickly realize another thing she loves is to work with flowers. She enjoys reading and the smell of pomegranate.

Sue likes to make people laugh. She proved that last night as she shared some funny stories about children with the ladies. "Sometimes I make people laugh without meaning too. I'm too serious most of the time."

Sue, we love you. We're so glad you're one of our Sisterz.


Welcome to our new follower - Michele Thompson. Michele, it was good to have you in church with us Sunday.


Scripture: Hebrews 6:10
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers” NLT

Many years ago during one of our family trips into New York City we stopped at a stop light in the Bowery of New York City. Immediately upon stopping a homeless street person approached our car --- spit on the windshield --- and pulled an old dirty rag out of a pocket and began to wash our windshield. I opened my window and handed the homeless street person a dollar. While all this was happening Carol was praying for the windshield washer. We never saw that person again but perhaps his name was Joe as in today’s story.

Joe was a drunk who was miraculously converted at a Bowery New York City mission. Prior to his conversion, he had gained the reputation of being a dirty wino for which there was no hope, only a miserable existence in the ghetto. But following his conversion to a new life in Christ, everything changed.

Joe became the most caring person that anyone associated with the mission had ever known. Joe spent his days and nights hanging out at the mission doing whatever needed to be done. There was never anything that he was asked to do that he considered beneath him --- whether it was cleaning up the vomit left by some violently sick alcoholic or scrubbing toilets. Joe did what was asked with a smile on his face and beaming gratitude for the chance to help. He could be counted on to feed whoever wondered off the street and into the mission. He faithfully tucked into bed men who were stoned or drunk and unable to take care of themselves.

One evening, when the director of the mission was delivering an evangelistic message the usual crowd of sullen men with drooped heads was present to hear --- there was one frequenter in the bunch who stood up in answer to the alter call. He came down the aisle and knelt to pray at the altar. He was crying out to God to help him change. The repentant drunk kept shouting, "Oh God --- Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe! Make me like Joe!"

The director of the mission leaned over and said to the man as he knelt at the altar, "Son, I think it would be better if you prayed, make me like Jesus." The man looked up at the director with a quizzical expression on his face and asked, "Is he like Joe?"

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Me - a preacher???

Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”

Thursday, August 6, 2009



Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
A. Ruthless.

Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.

Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a Little prophet.

Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.

Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.

Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in in Eden ?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan . The banks were always overflowing.

Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
A. David He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep.

Q. Which Bible character had no parents?
A. Joshua, son of Nun.

Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck.

PS... Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . 'He-brews'

Let Your Light Shine in 2009 Sheree NuNu

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


People will forget what you said.

People will forget what you did.

People will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

I want you to know how much I love you. You are the greatest group of sisterz a woman could ask for.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


But encourage each other every day while it is "today." Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you. HEBREWS 3:13

Each day provides countless opportunities to encourage others and to praise their good works. When we do, we not only spread seeds of joy and happiness, we also follow the commandments of God's Holy Word.

How can we build others up? By celebrating their victories and their accomplishments. By just letting them know how we feel about them - that they're encouraging or special - that they have touched your life in some way. So look for the good in others and celebrate the good that you find. When you do, you'll be a powerful force of encouragement for the world ... and a worthy servant to your God.

Let me encourage you to think of at least one person and encourage them today. Call, e-mail, snail mail a card, visit them - whatever you can do. Isn't it great to know we can make a difference in someone's life!

Sister June

PS - Me Myself and Lies Discussion Group meets tonight at Patty Ann's. See you at 6 pm.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Have you signed up as a follower yet? I was thrilled to see Sister Rose's picture pop up with the followers. Rose, where were you? It looked so nice!!! I know from the counter that there are more than 10 people looking at the blog. We'd love to see who you are. Would you consider signing up as a follower?

Also, don't forget that, as a follower, you can leave comments to the blog entries. We want to hear from YOU. This is your site.

Join by clicking on follower and signing up using a Google, Yahoo, or Aim account. It's easy to set up one of these accounts if you don't have one - without giving personal information. Hope to see a few more names/pictures show up!

Friday, July 31, 2009


This week's Feature Friday sister is one we ALL love so much - Sister C. She is such a kind, loving person - always looking after all of us. What a woman!!!

Cecilia grew up in Colorado Springs through third grade. She has lived in Steele ever since. (Wow, what a change!!). She has been married 33 years to Jerry. We all love Jerry!!!! She has 3 sons - Jerry Wayne, Joey, and Jonathan. We, as well as Cecilia, are blessed to have Jerry Wayne and Jonathan right here at Crossroads with us. Joey is in the Army stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. Along with her 3 sons, she has 2 daughters-in-law. Jerry Wayne is married to Christina. Jonathan recently married Becca. We all love these two gals!!! Of course, we can't fail to mention the 4 grandchildren. If you've ever seen her after church, you know how she feels about them. They're like a magnet drawn to one another as soon as service is over!!!

Cecilia is a teacher at Pathway Christian Academy as well as an adult Sunday School teacher here at Crossroads. In addition to teaching, she is the Care Ministry leader. She is an ordained minister with the Church of God. She loves to teach and preach, but her real calling is very evident. Cecilia loves to love people - and she sure does a wonderful job of it. It's hard not to be the recipient at some point of her love and kindness. She is a servant. She serves God first - but she also serves our church and Pastor. She won't turn you down - no matter what you need. If she can do it, she'll be there for you.

One trait I admire about Cecilia is her desire to learn and grow in the Lord. She is a student of the Word as well as others who can impart wisdom and knowledge to her. She desires to know and act on the truths of God's Word. She works hard to have a Godly character.

Cecilia's Christian walk began at an early age when she accepted Christ as Savior, but life changed for her on November 3, 1996. She received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church. Yes, I said Baptist.

Cecilia and her family have attended Crossroads for 10 years. She celebrates this event every Father's Day. Her coming to Crossroads was delayed one week. On the morning of the first Sunday she was going to attend, she woke up to a flood in her house. Jerry had begun roofing her house - and well, a torrential rain decided to move in. There was water everywhere. So, there we were - wet and muddy running to Wal-Mart to get plastic to tarp the roof, putting out and empty pots and buckets - even light fixtures filled with water. It was quite an eventful day!!! She wasn't sure what that was a sign of - should she come or not!!! We're all thankful she didn't base her decision on this event! Needless to say, everyone got busy and got that roof done as soon as it got dry!

One of her greatest spiritual trials was when her son, Joey, was sent to Iraq. It was then that she learned how to fully trust God and receive the peace that passes all understanding. After all, she's the kind of parent that needs to talk with her children very often. How was she going to survive this. "God taught me to trust Him to take care of Joey. He also showed me that He cared more about him than even I did. Although it wasn't easy and I had a few moments, I was able to trust God to bring my son home and He did - twice. " God proved faithful as she fully trusted in Him.

C, we all love you so much. We admire your character, your humor, and your service to all - as well as your cooking (She's a GREAT cook!). If I could describe you in one word - it would be "faithful." You are faithful to God, your church, your family, your students.... You give your all and we love and appreciate marvelous you! Your blessings will be great!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


An Angel says, "Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice."

1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Child in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus."
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.

GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I got tickled when one of the men of the church came and asked me what this study was about. I think it was the "lies" part that puzzled him. Of course, I wanted to give him an answer something like - "we teach each other how to lie and get away with it" or something like that - but I knew that would be pretty rude. So, I did the right thing and told him about the study.
We are truly enjoying this study and discussion group. In fact, we decided to ditch the schedule that was put out by those sponsoring the study and make our own. We are slowing down so we have more time to really dig in and learn more from it. It has truly ministered to each of us. One woman told me "It has set me free." Isn't that what the Word does for us, though. I am so thankful for the work of the Word.
Ladies, it's not too late to join us. It's up to you whether you want to do the workbook or just join us for the discussion. You'll gain from either or both. We meet every other Tuesday at 6:00 @ Patty Ann's. Our next meeting is August 4th. (Bet you can't guess why we're standing around the dessert menu!!!)


Our featured sister is having a very special day today - her 50th birthday!!! Happy Birthday to Tammie Cannon.

Tammie grew up in Gobler, Missouri and currently lives on the "outskirts" of Gobler! She has been happily married for 32 years to Leon Cannon and has two beautiful daughters. Laura will be 28 this year and Leah just turned 24. They are both married and she calls their husbands her "boys" - Josh is Laura's husband and Andy is Leah's. They have been blessed with three wonderful grandbabies - Levi, 6, and Avery, 3, are Leah and Andy's children. Cannon is almost 21 months and belongs to Laura and Josh. "Those grandbabies are my heart!! God sent them to me to complete my life. I never thought that having grandchildren would be so wonderful. I try to enjoy every moment I can with them. Life passes so quickly and when you are a young mother, you sometimes fail to cherish the things that you have right in front of you. I spent a great deal of time with my girls, but I certainly have chosen to take things slower and enjoy not only being with my grandchildren, but teaching them about God - about a relationship with Him. "

"I have been a Christian since about the age of 12. My grandparents were a huge influence in my Christian walk and it was in a little Baptist church that I gave my heart to the Lord! I had wonderful teaching in that church, but the greatest teachers were my Grandma Ragins and my Grandma and Grandpa Clark - their lives said it all. Later on I married at the age of
17 (almost 18) into a wonderful family and my husband's mother, Sarah Cannon, along with the ladies of Vicksburg Church of God, took me under their wing and taught me about spiritual matters."

"My favorite scripture has to be Psalm 139 - knowing that no matter what, God knows everything about me - what I think, what I say, where I go - everything and He still loves me and cares for me. To know that he formed me in my mother's womb and has a plan for my life - well, how can anyone fail if they trust His word and what He has set forth for us - finding that purpose is a part of the journey with Christ. I have to also add Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Knowing that God prepared me and that He has plans for me gives me so much encouragement and builds my faith daily!!"

Tammie is the oldest of 9 children from a yours, mine, and ours situation!! She says that growing up the oldest was trying, but rewarding, and that, along with being redheaded, contributed to her "strong will". She loves people and loves to encourage and build up. Thus her occupation as a school counselor is perfect. "I refuse to dwell in the land of negativity - life is too short for that. I want to be a part of the solution in all things - not the problem."

Tammie has a great sense of humor and can find humor in the most unlikely situations - not to make fun just to laugh and enjoy life!! She is full of surprises - "I even surprise myself sometimes at the things that I feel free to do - I am in a wonderful place right now in my life and I thank God for it. My journey hasn't been the hardest nor has it been the easiest, but by the grace of God I am what I am in the Lord!!"

Tammie was a member of the Vicksburg Church of God long ago and is a member of Crossroads Worship Center as well as a member of the family of God. At present she serves as Head Greeter and a Stephen minister at Crossroads, two jobs she takes very seriously!!

She shares this scripture with us. I Peter 4:7 & 8 - "The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." "I endeavor to live my life loving others and always aware that the Lord is coming soon!!"

"I love God, I love being a Christian, I love my church family and I love my earthly family. May God bless you all!!" ...and Sister Tammie, we all love you. You are such a blessing and encouragement to each of us. Thank you for being you and blessing us all with your wonderful "red-headed, " crazy personality. We can always depend on you for a laugh, for encouragement, and a Word of truth. You are truly a blessing from the Lord to ALL of us. ...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Monday, July 20, 2009


I don't know if this is something you're interested in, but I thought I'd pass this on from our State Women's Ministries Director, Sister Cathy Gilliam.

Want to buy US made products? BUY USA by watching for "0" at the beginning of the UPC number. This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.

You may now refer to the barcode

00 - 09 …. USA & CANADA
30 - 37 …. FRANCE
40 - 44 …. GERMANY
47 ... Taiwan
49 … JAPAN
50 … UK

BUY USA by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I have had several women tell me they read the blog, but have never signed up to be a follower. We'd love to know who's joining us. Becoming a follower also allows you to easily keep up with one another and make comments to the blog.

In the followers section of the blog, click on "join this site." Then set up a Google account using your current e-mail address. You will have to establish a password for this. If you have a Google, Yahoo, or AIM account, you can click on one of those three icons and sign up using one of them.

If you're not a "follower" - would you mind signing up so we can see who all our Sisterz are!! If you have a picture - wonderful. If not, we can still see who you are by putting the cursor over your icon.

Friday, July 17, 2009


See if you can guess this week's featured Sister! She got married in 1963 and has 2 children. She was saved at the age of 14 and has never regretted it! Her favorite Scripture is Psalm 91:4-6 (hint: feathers, feathers, feathers).

Now, for those of you who were attendees at Vicksburg, you have probably guessed her by now. Did the "feathers" give her away? Sister Wilma - our featured Sister - shared a story about a woman who was being attacked and all she could think to say was "feathers, feathers, feathers" in reference to Psalm 91:4 "He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge." This is one of Sister Wilma's favorite Scriptures.

Sister Wilma was born July 20 and is a housewife/caregiver. She grew up in and around Vicksburg. "God has brought me through malignant melanoma and sent someone to take care for Sheree when I couldn't."

Something funny Sister Wilma remembers is a time the ladies from the church went on a shopping trip to Memphis. She had found a beautiful piece of material and made a skirt. In her words, "I thought I was styling." As they walked through a Penney's showroom, she found proof that she was styling. This picture of her proves it! "We all got a laugh," she said.

Many of you have told me over time how much you respect this wonderful woman of God. If there were one word to describe her, it would be dedicated. She is dedicated to God, her church, and her family. Not one of us has to do what she has to do in order to go to church, yet she is always there. Not only does she always come, she has a smile on her face and something positive to say.

Sister Wilma, we all love and admire you from the depth of our hearts! ...oh, and Happy Birthday a few days early!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This is a portion of a devotion I received today. Isn't the love of God simply overwhelming!

Niagara Falls is the type of attraction that does not grow old. Every time I saw the falls it was strikingly different based on sunlight or wind. Each visit to Niagara Falls brought a special inspiring moment. One of my first glances brought to mind the love of God. Watching that torrent of water pour over the falls was awe inspiring --- the sheer continual volume was over whelming. 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day the water rushes over the falls without faltering or even slowing down.

What a perfect example of God’s love --- A mighty torrent continually pouring over me 365 days a year, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day!

May the love of God pour over you today and meet your every need. I love you, Sisterz!

Friday, July 10, 2009


Well, guess where I am? In my favorite the's cold and rainy......lots of people and buildings...yes, you guessed it - I'm in Chicago.

We're on our way to Michigan and Pastor took a "detour" and we came to see my family last night. We got here late, but had enough time to have a late dinner with all but one brother. He had to work. I'm hoping to see him today before we head to Michigan.

I didn't expect to have internet service, so I didn't bring the information for Feature Friday. I am so sorry!!! I hate that we started it last week and then didn't do it the very next. I hadn't planned all this - but it is nice that we're getting to see the family. It's been 2 years since I've seen my siblings and several years since I've seen some of Pastor's family. I can't remember the last time I went to Michigan - over 10 years.

So, I'll take this opportunity to tell each of you how much I love and appreciate you. I am so extremely blessed to have Sisterz like you. You know, it's nice to see my sister, but it is a GREAT blessing to me to have the Sisterz that surround me each and every day. He's even blessed me with some pretty good "brothers" as well as the Sisterz. I may not be around my own family, but I have a wonderful "family" surrounding me each day. You are the best!

Hope each of you have a wonderful weekend and are blessed mightly. We'll continue with Feature Friday next week. (Oh yea, I'm still waiting for some of you to turn your information in - hint, hint!!)

Love you, girls!

Sister June

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


The first discussion group was great!!! We enjoyed one another's input and fellowship. We really enjoyed the cheesecake!! - Thanks, Pat!

Even if you don't have time to do the workbook, come on out and join in the discussion. You will glean from the conversation and wisdom of your Sisterz.

Next meeting will be July 21 @ 6:00 @ Patty Ann's. Hope to see YOU there!


"The stone.....after the throw."

"The word.........after it's said."

The occasion.....after it's missed.

"The time.........after it's gone."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Good Morning, my dear Sisterz. I hope all of you are doing well. Did you enjoy our first Feature Friday? Isn't Sheree precious!! There are several of you who have not turned in your info yet. I would really love to hear from you. Each of you are special and I want everyone to know it! Maybe you could give it to me Wednesday?? There are blank forms at the Information Center.

Well, one thing about today - it is not a day to watch TV - unless you're a Michael Jackson fan. Oh, if we could draw people to Jesus the way people have been drawn to this man...if people could/would honor our Lord in this way. We may not be able to get others to honor the Lord in this way, but we certainly can do it ourselves. May we NEVER forget who and what He is and may He always be high and lifted up.

Well, I'm going to cut this post short. I need to run to Patty Ann's to test the new WiFi. Tonight is our first discussion group for the Me, Myself and Lies group study. Even if you don't have the workbook, the discussion will be great. We'd love to have you join us.

I love you, girls. Praying you will have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 3, 2009


We're beginning this new feature with a person we all love and admire - our Sister Sheree! Sheree is otherwise known as "NuNu." She was born January 24th - and although she gave me the year - I'll just let you guess!

Sheree shares her life with her mom, Wilma, and father, John, as well as a brother Paul. Her brother, Jonathan, is in heaven waiting for her. Sheree has an extended family as well - two adopted daughters - NyTasha and Holly, a little sister, Dakota, and a little brother (you call him little???) - Jeffery.

Sheree has been a Christian since childhood. She had a very special gift on her 16th birthday - her baptism.

Anyone who knows anything about Sheree knows how much she loves to encourage people. She loves giving humorous birthday cards. How well I know that after my 50th birthday card discussed "sagging!!" If you have e-mail, you are well aware that Sheree also loves to share encouraging and inspirational e-mails (some of which I share on this blog). She loves to make people smile.

Sheree also loves to share recipes (even though she doesn't cook) as well as take pictures - particularly with singers.

Her favorite scriptures are Psalm 23; Proverbs 3:5,6; John 14:27; and Proverbs 3:24.

"It's been said I have "spunk". It shows up at certain times. Just call me Spunky, not Spanky!!"

Her theme: Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things..."

Sheree, we love and respect you so much. What a testimony - someone who goes through so much and deserves to be encouraged herself - yet your goal is to encourage others. You are such an inspiration to all of us. We love you and will forever pray for you.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Scripture: Psalm 20:5
“May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers” NLT

Once upon a time, there was a farmer somewhere in Europe. He didn't have a lot of money and instead of a tractor he used an old horse to plow his field.

One afternoon, while working in the field, the horse dropped dead. Everyone in the community said, "Oh, what a horrible thing to happen." The farmer prayed and asked God to bless this event in his life and simply said, "We'll see." He was so at peace and so calm, that everyone in the community got together --- and admiring his attitude --- gave him a new horse as a gift.

Everyone's reaction now was, "What a lucky man." And the farmer said, "We'll see."

A couple of days later, the new horse jumped a fence and ran away. Everyone in the community shook their heads and said, "What a poor fellow!" The farmer prayed and asked God to bless this event in his life and simply said, "We'll see."

Eventually, the horse found his way home, and everyone again said, "What a fortunate man." The farmer prayed and asked God to bless this event in his life and simply said, "We'll see."

Later in the year, the farmer's young boy went out riding on the horse and fell and broke his leg. Everyone in the community said, "What a shame for the poor boy."
The farmer prayed and asked God to bless this event in his life and simply said, "We'll see."

Two days later, the army came into the community to draft new recruits. When they saw that the farmer's son had a broken leg, they decided not to recruit him.

Everyone said, "What a fortunate young man." The farmer prayed and asked God to bless this event in his life and simply said, “Thank you Lord for answered prayer.”

There is clearly power in prayer. If you have any doubt just pray and asked God to bless an event in your life and simply say, "We'll see."

Prayer: Father thank you for answered prayer in my life. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


...starts this week. Have you turned your form in or e-mailed me your information??? I want to hear from everyone - 'cause every one of you is important. You're my sister!

If you haven't already done so, maybe you could bring me yours on Wednesday.

Thanks, girls!


For you girls doing Me Myself and Lies, I wanted to let you know that the "Listening Page" before each week corresponds with the video teaching series that is available for this study if you want to do classes. Since we are not doing that, you probably won't be able to complete those pages.

Have you started yet? I've finished the first week and it is working me over. I truly believe I will be different by the time we finish this study. I am looking forward to meeting for our discussion.

Friday, June 26, 2009


FEATURE FRIDAY IS COMING! In case you haven't read about it, this is a time we're going to feature the Sisterz of Crossroads. There was a form in last week's bulletin. If you missed it, let me know. We'll make sure there's some at the information center. Just fill this out and give it to me. Each Friday I will randomly select a Sister to feature in the blog. I would LOVE to have a picture as well. I can scan a hard copy or you can e-mail me one.

You don't have to use the form. You can e-mail me your information. Also, you don't have to follow the form. Tell me what you want to share with others - personal information, testimony, something inspirational.....

I'm really excited about this. It's going to be wonderful to learn more about one another.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Some of you have already heard about my saga with the phone company. After having Verizon service for many years, we decided to change because everyone else has AT&T. (Yes, we were following the crowd!) The phones we received were junk, so we called the 800 number for refunds and exchanges. What an experience!

They told us to look online to choose what we wanted to get in exchange. We did that and called with all the information. That's where the dilemna began! The representative told us she couldn't give us what was online because it was for new customers. I thought I was a new customer - I mean we'd had their service for a whole week!!! I asked how we were then supposed to know what we wanted. They don't offer a catalog, etc. The woman was extremely rude and tested me to my limit. I was so frustrated and wondered what in the world we had gotten ourselves into - and for 2 years!!

After a few days of digesting the rudeness of this woman and trying to figure out how we would choose different phones, we ventured to Dyersburg and Blytheville to resolve it and try to find what we wanted. We were told we would have to go to Memphis, Jonesboro, or Cape Girardeau to take care of this. The prices in the store were much higher than those online - more frustration!!! -- and I had to drive/spend gas money to get there.

I just knew none of this was fair, so I called the store in Jonesboro and got a wonderful representative. She was appalled at what we had been through, talked to her manager, and promised to make us a satisfied AT&T customer.

So, after another trip to Jonesboro, I can say we are satisfied. When all was said and done, we got better deals in the store than online. We walked away with 3 free phones! If I had only not had to pay for gas to figure this out, I would feel that I really got a good deal!! None the less, they did all they could to make it right.

You know, life deals us junk sometimes - things that just aren't fair and we find ourselves feeling helpless. Thankfully, though, we have a representative - Jesus - who stands in the gap for us and makes things right. Circumstances may not change, but He makes it well in our Spirit. Aren't you glad we have an advocate with the Father and He is always looking out for us!

If you have a dilemma today - frustrated, concerned, been done wrong - turn it over to Him. He will make you a satisfied customer!

Have a Great Thursday!

Sister June

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


For those of you joining the Me, Myself, and Lies Bible Study, today is the kickoff day. The first video was posted on the Living Proof Ministries blog (Beth Moore's site). The link for the blog is If you want to go straight to the video, here is a link:
I am going to Jonesboro today to pick up the books and will give them to you tomorrow night at church. Pat Crawford had a WONDERFUL suggestion. She is checking on this, but believes that we can connect to WiFi at Patty Ann's. Wouldn't it be great if we could meet together every two weeks to watch the video and talk!! I was so excited when she told me this. She's checking it out today and will let us know. If she can, we can follow through with the activities in this first video.

For all you ladies who have asked for a book, I will be in touch with you through e-mail to let you know about Patty Ann's. If anyone else would like to join us, call me IMMEDIATELY so I can get you a book. I will leave for Jonesboro by noon or so today. If you decide to join us and cannot get in touch with me before then, you can either go online and order your book from Lifeway ( or go to a Lifeway Bookstore in Jackson or Jonesboro to purchase one. You will need to purchase the member workbook. My cell phone number is 757-5246.

I am excited about this. Possibly this will be the beginning of a new ministry - having Bible Study in a public place together - what a witness!!! I am excited about doing this study and especially excited about sharing it with my Sisterz!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Scripture: Romans 12:17 "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody" NIV

The story is told of a man named Sunny in Massachusetts many years ago who found his Christian neighbor's horse in the middle of his field. He was so angry about it that he determined to get even. He took the horse to the public pound.

Sunny met the owner of the horse, Mr. Hale, soon after. Sunny told him what he had done with the horse and added, "If I catch him there again, I will do the same thing."

Mr. Hale replied, "Well, the other night I looked out my window and saw your cattle in my field. I took your cattle and drove them over to your house --- put them in the barn --- and fixed your gate. If I catch them there again, I will absolutely do the same thing."

Sunny was reportedly so struck with Mr. Hale's Christian reply that he at once took the horse out of the pound and paid the charges himself.

Many times it is difficult to restrain from retaliation when confronted by an unkind act. My natural response is to repay evil for evil! But Jesus has a better way. He clearly states in the Bible to do good to those who persecute you. Think of the impact if every Christian repaid an evil act with compassion and kindness?

Prayer: Father help me to reflect Jesus in everything I do. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Beth Moore Bible Study Blog

I received an e-mail informing me that Beth Moore will be presenting a blog Bible study beginning the end of June. She will be using Jennifer Rothschild's study Me, Myself, and Lies. It deals with the thoughts we allow/put into our heads and what we speak into our own lives.

Here is a link giving you more information:

Jennifer is a national speaker, author, and performer. Additionally, she is blind. She has been featured on Dr. Phil, with Franklin Graham, etc. Her message is always uplifting and encouraging.

I think this is a great combination - Jennifer Rothschild's material and Beth Moore's teaching. It only requires you to get the workbook and do the work independently (or you could team up with someone else who is interested in the study) for two weeks, then log into the blog and listen to Beth's teaching every other week. Comments will be posted to the blog in the form of a discussion.

Just think, you can do this study with others and still wear your pajamas!!!

Check it out - this just might be for you this summer!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2 Cor 4:8&9

Take heart in this scripture. It tells us that we can be troubled - but we don't have to be distressed.

We can be perplexed, but not in despair.

We can be persecuted, but not forsaken.

We can be cast down, but not destroyed.


Saturday, June 13, 2009


We're bringing an addition to the blog - Feature Friday. Each Friday the blog will feature a "Sister" from Crossroads.

Won't it be great to get to know one another a little better? I bet there's some interesting facts about "us" that we don't know. I cannot wait to read the inspirational verses, testimonies, and encouraging words from one another. I believe we're going to enjoy "getting to know one another."

Look for the insert in this week's bulletin, give me your information and a picture (if you don't mind!) and let's get started. Look for the first feature on July 10.

Love you, Sisterz!

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Never thought of a "washer" in this light before..what a blessing!
"Warshing Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this ! ! !
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe.
This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,
1 pile colored,
1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
Paste this over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!
For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)


Thursday, June 4, 2009


Well, here I am - my first day of summer vacation. It started out with me waking up at my usual 6:00 - without the alarm, though. Isn't it funny how you can't peel your eyes open at 6:00 on a workday and you fight the alarm to the last minute - but, when you don't have to get up, you simply wake up. I had intentionally turned my alarm completely off yesterday morning when it went off - knowing I wouldn't have to get up this morning. So much for intentions!

I looked outside and saw the wonderful "welcome to summer" weather outside. So much for going out and listening to nature this morning! Well, I guess I could have listened to nature - rain and wind. I decided that wasn't the way I wanted to welcome summer.

So, I got online and checked my e-mail. I had an e-mail from Well, a few months ago I got on a kick and thought I would get myself well-versed in the coupon printing blitz and save us some money. I went from site to site for a few hours, got bored, and....well, the rest is history. I set the coupons aside and then had to throw them away because they expired!!! Then I look on my niece's website where she tells how she buys a couple baskets full of groceries for less than $100 - with coupons. So, I decided maybe it was time to give a bit more dedication to this procedure. So, I spent about another hour - printed a few coupons and signed up for a few cash-back deals from places I order online. I guess I've still not hit the jackpot website or something because my coupon total might be $5.00!!! I think I'm going to start talking one on one with my niece and find out all her tricks.

I would love to save on groceries like she does. You probably feel the same way I feel every time you go - how could that little cost that much??? I told Pastor the other night that we would really be in trouble if we bought snacks and junk food!!! We just buy the essentials!...and we don't have to have brand names either. I have heard some of the ladies talking about the deals at Piggly Wiggly and Hays lately. I may have to start shopping around a bit!! Anyway, that's what my morning has been about.

Today is Abby's birthday - so I wished her a happy 7th birthday today. They were taking her to Perkin's for her birthday breakfast. The girl LOVES her groceries!!! but, then - don't we all!!

I hope you are having a blessed day. Let's face it, girls - every day is blessed as we walk with our Father. He is so good to us! I just don't know what I would do without Him. Over and over we hear people ask, "How do people who don't know the Lord cope with life?" They don't sometimes - but we have such a hope. Aren't you thankful!

We have the last weekend of this month scheduled for a women's event. I am working on something for us. If you have any ideas - anything you would like to do either now or later - let me know. We want fellowship, fun, and the Word.

I love you girls! Have a blessed day!

Sister June

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hey, Girls!

I am so sorry I have not posted lately. My internet was down over the weekend (yes - again!!) and that was about the only time I had to post. You would think I would have more time since school is winding down, but you know how it is. You always have other things to fill the spot. Actually, the end of the year is busy because you not only do things to close out the end of the year, but have to do things to prepare for next year. Anyway, it's almost over. I have ONE more day!!!

How about that service Sunday night? I am still rejoicing. God is so good. He knows what we need and when we need it. The word Bro. Morris shared was such a great reminder of the promises God has already made to us. I asked Pastor if he had ever shared those prophecies with Bro. Morris before and he said no. It was just another confirmation of what God plans to do at Crossroads....and I am so ready for it. I know you are too.

Girls, I want you to know I pray always for you....and am excited that I will have even more time to pray for you during the summer. Each of you is so special to me. Crossroads has one of the best group of women - so full of love for one another and the Lord. You are so caring and concerned about one another. I appreciate the friendship we all share with one another. We are better than sisters - we are Sisterz!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" NIV

I received this devotion today and was so touched by this scripture. Maybe it's because the Lord spoke to me a few weeks ago and told me not to see things in the flesh, but to see things in the Spirit. I'll never forget the first message I heard Sister Marie preach about looking through spiritual eyes rather than human eyes. That is exactly what the Lord wants us to do. WHAT IS UNSEEN AS OF YET IN YOUR LIFE?? WHAT HAS GOD PROMISED THAT HAS NOT BEEN FULFILLED YET IN YOUR LIFE...YOUR CHILDREN'S LIVES....YOUR CHURCH...YOUR FINANCES...YOUR FAMILY??? LOOK FOR IT, GIRLS!!! HIS PROMISES ARE TRUE AND EVERLASTING.

Here's the devotion:

The Bible clearly talks about the battle between the visible and invisible. What we see and hear is in the natural. The heavenly battle is in the spiritual realm. While we see what is around us --- we do not see what is taking place above us. The answer starts with looking up.

In these examples I believe you'll see what I mean.

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee if dropped into an open tumbler will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

There are many people like the buzzard, bat and bumblebee. They are struggling with problems and frustrations --- not realizing that the answer is right there --- above them. They just need to start looking up.


Monday, May 18, 2009


Ladies, I found a video tonight that I must share with you. I was looking for something else totally different and somehow came upon this. I believe it was from God. It is called "Behind the Veil." This song calls to us to not linger in the courtyard or outer courts, but to enter into the Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament, only the High Priest could go enter the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenent (which represented the presence of God) was located. Everyone else had to stay in the court yards. Upon the Lord's death, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the court yards was rent and we are now allowed to enter into the Lord's presence.


My prayer is that each and every one of us would take this to heart. I pray that we would get such a hunger for God that it would drive us out of the outer courts and into the Holy of Holies - that we will be driven out of that maintenance mode and into a relationship like we've never had before - for our own sakes and the sake of the lost around us. May this video bless you as it did me.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I heard this story some time ago and thought it was so good. If you have read it already, may it be a good reminder of God's watchful eye and care for each of us. If you've never read it, I know you will be blessed and encouraged. Have a great Saturday. I look forward to seeing my Sisterz tomorrow.

The following story is a great example of how the
Lord teaches and molds us through life's trials.
There was a group of women in a
Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." (Malachi 3:3) This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week this woman called up a silver smith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silver smith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot--then she thought again about the verse, that he sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.

She asked the silver smith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silver smith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"
He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy--when I see my image in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you.

Author unknown

Thursday, May 14, 2009


The Sea of Galilee is only twelve miles long, seven miles wide and seven hundred feet deep. Yet over these waters come some of the most ferocious, vicious storms in the Middle East.The Sea of Galilee is located scarcely fifty miles from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. To the northeast rise the Syro-Phoenician mountains of Lebanon. When a low pressure system comes off the Mediterranean and clashes with a high pressure system from these mountains, the calm surface of the Sea of Galilee can be suddenly transformed into a raging storm with waves fifteen to twenty feet high.

There is constant danger for fishermen caught on the lake in the springtime and early fall, when the storms most frequently occur. During these seasons, the weather may be perfect when the fishermen leave shore, but within minutes the sky becomes overcast and large swells mount to toss their boats about.Mark 4:36-41 records just such a day when Jesus and His disciples had gone out on the sea. "A great windstorm arose, and waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling" (v. 37). Jesus, who had been asleep, now rose, and standing in the middle of the boat, rebuked the storm saying, "Peace, be still" (v. 39)! Immediately the storm subsided. The disciples wondered among themselves, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him" (v. 41).

There are times in our lives when everything seems to be calm. But like one of the sudden storms on the Sea of Galilee, problems can suddenly arise, transforming our lives into a raging storm of stress and difficulty. Without someone to turn to, these problems seem overwhelming. Yet with faith in God, we rest assured that the voice of Jesus and the presence of God will still any storm of problems with a word: "Peace, be still!"

Lord, You still the raging storms in my life through Your presence and offer peace and calm when stress and trouble threaten to overwhelm me. In faith I rest assured of Your protection and deliverance. Thank You.

"Better to go through the storm with Christ than to have smooth sailing without Him." – Vernon Grounds

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One Way to Get a Man!

Three Hymns

One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in the offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

And there sat Rosie all the way in the back shyly raising her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, "I'll take him and him and him!"

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I am so sorry I have not posted the past few days. The storm Friday took my internet service (again)! I love this high speed stuff, but I do lose service way too often. Just can't make myself go back to dial-up - which was reliable, but slow. Out here there aren't many choices (or should I say any choices), so I guess I'll have to put up and shut up.

Enough said, I hope all of you are having a great Mother's Day. We had something funny happen at our house. Pastor bought me the same purse for Mother's Day as Nickie picked out for her birthday. Now we're twinkies. We drug him along shopping for a purse for Nickie yesterday. She saw one she liked at the first store, but we decided to go to all the other stores we could find in Jackson to see if she found anything else she liked better. I really liked the one she picked out in the first store. Pastor, feeling sure that she would find something else at another store and that she probably would not come back and get that one, snuck back to the store and bought it for me. He just knew with all the other stores we were going to, Nickie would find something else - especially since she didn't get that one during the first visit to the store. Well, you guessed it - 3 hours later, we returned to the store and purchased the same purse for her as he had purchased for me earlier. Our challenge now - not to grab each other's purse on the way out the door!!!

I do hope all of you have a wonderful Mother's Day and that your children bless you today. There's nothing better than being a mother!

Love you, ladies!

Sister June

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


We all want to effectively pray for the ministries God gives us to lead. So here's a helpful prayer guide that assigns a different area to pray for each day of the week. And it just so happens that each day's prayer "assignment" begins with the same letter as the day of the week. It's easy to remember and helps us ensure that we've got it all covered.


Pray for the Bible studies, mentoring groups, book clubs and any other small groups that will meet in the coming week.


Ask for God's direction for yourself and those who lead with you. Pray for specific ministry needs.

Tuesday...To Do's

Need we say more? We all have a list. Let's pray about it - what we should and should not do, when and how. Lord, help us redeem our time wisely.


Pray for the nations, the missionaries, the persecuted church and governments around the world.

Thursday...Those in Need

Lift up those who are hurting, lonely or poor. Pray for those who need a Savior.

Friday...Future Plans

We all have dreams. Let's commit the future of our ministries to God.

Saturday...Sunday Services

Pray for your pastor, for others who serve and those who will worship with you this week.

Monday, May 4, 2009


I received this devotion today and it ministered to me so much that I just had to share it!!!

Scripture: Matthew 28:20"I am with you always, even to the end of the age" NKJV

There is a Cherokee Indian legend that defines a child's rite of passage from childhood to being a MAN. It's a Cherokee rite of passage!

A young boy's father takes him into the forest. There he blindfolds him and leaves him sitting alone on a stump. The young boy is required to sit on the stump the entire night. He may not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night --- the legend says he is a MAN. Most important --- he can't tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified as his mind displays all kinds of fear. He can hear noises --- perhaps wild beasts are all about --- maybe even another human out to do him harm. The wind blows the grass, shakes the trees and his stump grows unfriendly and cold. But the boy must sit stoically, never removing the blindfold. He knows it was the only way for him to become a MAN. Minutes drag on --- they turned into hours as the sounds of the forest got louder and louder. Then a silence starts --- the horrific night --- is coming to an end and he can feel the warmth of the sun. Then the sun begins to seep through his blindfold and he knows it is time. He then removes his blindfold and discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him. His father had been on watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. What a wonderful analogy for us to understand that we are never alone. Even when our worst fears are over coming us --- even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us. And Jesus is "sitting on the stump" beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out --- It's a rite of passage.


Good Monday Morning! I just want to pray a blessing over you this morning as we begin a new week. Father, I thank you for my sisters in Christ. I thank you for the love we share both between one another and in You. I pray that you will bless them as they begin this new week. I pray that you will bless their going in and coming out. Bless them as they work, bless them as they play, bless them in your Word and in their prayer time. God, I ask you to go before them and be their guide and protection against the wiles of the enemy. Guard their minds and hearts that they may hear and know You in their lives. Lord, I pray that You would meet their every need - physical, spiritual, financial, and emotional as they trust You. Bring peace and joy into their hearts, homes, and lives. May they find You to be richer and greater than ever before as they set themselves before You this week. May your goodness and mercy be extended to them in great measure.

God, I pray that you will also bless their families and their homes. May their homes be filled with Your presence and power, with love, joy, and peace. May our homes reflect You in every way.

We thank You for this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Ladies, may this be one of your best weeks ever. I love you.

Sister June

Friday, May 1, 2009


Well, it's almost here - Mother's Day. We are planning a wonderful Mother's Day service. We hope you will be a part of it. The theme is A Mother's Legacy. We have a gift for each of you that I'm sure you will like. I hope you will join us.


I have received invitations from a couple other churches to attend their events. One is a Mother's Day event at First Assembly in Portageville on May 8. The other is a women's conference at Bro. Robinson's church in Kennett. This is the district church for Sister Johnson. This event is May 5-8. If you are interested in either of these, please let me know. I am going to try to attend one night with Sister Johnson and would love to have you join me.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I received this devotion today from Jennifer Rothschild. She is a popular speaker. She is also blind. I love that verse in John she refers to about the seed. We have to die in order to produce. Hope you enjoy!

From Jennifer: Who are You in this Story?

I've heard the "Good Samaritan story hundreds of times. I've been familiar with the beloved parable for over 40 years, and most times I hear it, I ask, "Who am I in this story?" Am I the Priest, the Levite or the Samaritan?" Of course, the goal is to be the Samaritan. He was the one who crossed the bridge of prejudice, expended his time and money and risked his safety and comfort to help someone who was left for dead. Throughout my childhood and early teen years, my goal was to be the Samaritan because people are broken and needy, and I must help them.Snob or Samaritan?During adulthood, I became more aware that I didn't want to be one of the religious snobs who looked the other way, ignoring the dying man lying on the side of the road. I wanted no part of their spiritual elitism. So I've continued to ask myself, "Am I the Samaritan in the story, or am I the Priest or Levite?"Read the story in Luke 10:25-37 again and ask yourself, "Who am I in this story?" I did that recently and I felt the deep awareness of who I really was in the parable. I was not the Levite, the Priest or the Samaritan.The Fourth Man For the first time, I realized I was the fourth man in the story. I was, and am, the man beaten and left for dead. I had never even considered that I might be him in all my years of hearing the story. At first blush, identifying with the broken, needy man in the story doesn't seem to make me spiritually elite, does it? But never recognizing that I was that man showed that deep down I was just like the Priest and Levite--spiritually elite. I've always been that man, but my own pride hid my true identity.Shipwrecked on GodI've falsely assumed and hoped that God needs me more than I need Him. He needs me to fix the broken and help the needy. I never saw myself as the one who was broken and needy who needs God, needs healing and needs help. But, oh the freedom of brokenness! Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." (Jn. 12:24)To truly bear spiritual fruit, you must be broken and recognize you need God far more than He needs you. When you and I realize our total dependence upon Him and our condition without Him, then we are ready to give out of our own emptiness and serve out of the abundance of what we have received, not achieved.Perhaps we could all benefit from experiencing what Vance Havner meant by being "Shipwrecked on God, stranded on omnipotence." So ask yourself today, "Who am I in this story?"

Monday, April 27, 2009


This word has been on my mind this afternoon. All God needs is our willingness and He takes it from there. This is a simple devotion, but very powerful if put into practice in our lives. Hope you had a great Mnoday!

A Miracle in You

The story is well known. A very large group of people, over 5,000, were following Jesus one day. They were listening to His teachings. The day was getting long, mealtime was past. Jesus and His disciples began discussing the question of feeding the crowd. Andrew spoke up saying, "There's a little boy here with a lunch of 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish."

Jesus replied, "Tell everyone to sit down." Then He took the lunch, gave thanks to God and gave it to His disciples to pass out to the people. When everyone had eaten and was full, the disciples gathered up twelve baskets of leftovers! A miracle was performed that day on the hillside because one small boy gave the little he had to Jesus.

How often we too possess a potential miracle. But, unlike the little boy, we do not yield it into the hands of Jesus to bless and use.

Have you ever felt like you have no talents? Or the talents you once used and enjoyed now seem lost somewhere in the busyness of jobs, car pools for the children, grandchildren, meals, diapers and dirty laundry?

Just as Jesus took those few loaves and fish and fed a multitude, He can also take our willingness to be used and touch other lives through us.

The little boy could have thought it absolutely pointless to ever offer such a small lunch when there were so many to be fed. He could have eaten the entire lunch himself and never known what a miracle was missed.

Let us be challenged by this small boy to offer to Jesus our talents, no matter how small WE feel they are. Let us not deprive ourselves, or others of seeing Jesus bless and use them.

I Love You Girls!!!

Sister June

Saturday, April 25, 2009


What a wonderful weekend. We've shared tears, laughter, the Word, encouragement, and ourselves with one another and it's been great! I'm so thankful for every lady who came and received this weekend. That's what it was all about.

Thank you to all you ladies who participated and supported the retreat in so many ways. Some of you were brave enough to perform and wear pj's. Obviously it would not have been a good time without you! Others were behind the scenes running the projector and sound, serving and cleaning, registering, setting up and preparing. Thank you Simon and Paula. We value your comments!! (LOL) This would not have been a success without all of you. Thank you to all those who just jumped in and took care of things. I so desperately wanted everyone to be able to just "come," but that just couldn't be. Thanks for giving of yourselves.

I believe this is the first of many gatherings like this for us ladies...and I believe it will only grow from here. If you didn't get in on this one, you won't want to miss the next one. I can see God uniting us for His purpose...and that's exciting!

I love you, girls, and enjoyed so much spending my weekend with you! I'll be getting pictures up on the blog as soon as I can.

Sister June

Friday, April 24, 2009


Well, Crossroads Idol is over and the "Cheeseburgers" from the Tyler COG are the winners. What a line up of "talent." We heard "Gloom, Dispair, and Agony," "My Bologna," and something about a "bird of paradise!" There certainly was a load of talent displayed tonight! Thank you to everyone who participated! You were wonderful!

There's still time to get in on the fun. Tomorrow morning we begin @ 9:00 with prayer, followed by Meet & Greet from 9:45 - 10:15, then the Word with Sister Terri @ 10:15. The pajama fashion show will follow (see, you don't even have to get dressed!), and then a catered lunch. I hope I will see all you ladies there!

Sister June


I had a dream last night that I was advertising a ladies function and Billy Graham was coming to speak. It was the night before and I realized that I had not invited him and didn't know what I was going to do! Can't imagine what was on my mind when I went to bed last night!!! I promise you, though, that Sister Terri has been invited and is coming. She's already told me that the Lord has given her the Word for the weekend.

I have had another dream, though...and I believe the Lord is allowing it to begin to come forth. It has been my dream that we at CWC would sponsor events that would attract the community and minister to them. You may think I'm crazy, but I've checked to see what it would cost and IF some of the big name women speakers would come to our church (Beth Moore, Chonda Pierce, Jennifer Rothschild). I believe in it, girls! The Lord didn't allow us to build this size of a building for just us on Sundays and Wednesdays. We have capabilities beyond that and I believe the community has needs beyond that. So, I believe this weekend is just the beginning of the fullfillment of that dream.

I am rejoicing in my spirit to overflowing. I can hardly contain it and I don't know that I want to. It feels so good!!! (Sorry - had to pause here. My spirit is so full of gratitude and God's presence is so great as I write this that I can hardly stand it.) God has been doing so much in my life lately. The quote on the blog today says something to the effect that we run to God when our foundations are shaking only to find out that He is the one shaking them. That has been so true in my life lately... and although I didn't like it at first, I am thankful for it now. One day I will share it with you. He is a GREAT God - greater than what we can imagine or deserve. Although this is for "fun" - I know He's going to do something WONDERFUL this weekend. I hope you're planning to get in on it.

I'll see you later!!

Sister June