Letter to the editor – Ramblin with Arlene

Praise the Lord everyone.  How wonderful to wake up to another beautiful sunny day.  Say thank you Jesus for letting me wake up one more time to praise you and give you thanks for my family and friends and church family, and forkeeping us all safe through another night.  I don’t dark like of any kind period.  I go to sleep at night praying and asking God to keep us safe through the night from anything that could cause us harm.  I keep a night-light burning at night and a flash light handy in case of a storm and the electricity goes off.  I keep a flashlight in our vehicles in case they quit for some reason at night.  I don’t like being kept in the dark, so to speak, if something is going on with my family or friends.  I want to have the opportunity to go to God in prayer for them.  I don’t want to be kept in the dark about what the word of God says.  I want to study and live the way God wants me to live and be able to encourage others to do the same.

Last week in the Rambling article God inspired me to write about his love for us.  The Bible is full of examples of how much God loves his church.  But, it also speaks about how much he loved us when we were out in the world doing all sorts of things that broke God’s heart.  Yet he still loved us and forgave us over and over again and still worked with us and gently drew us to him.  He had plenty of reason to give up on me, but he never did.  When the love of God comes into your heart it totally changes you.  I know it did me.  When God comes into your life, it changes the way you think, the way you do, the places you go, the and people you run with.  You care about others where you used to never give others a thought.

When God’s love is in you.  It will motivate you to care about more than yourself and  yours.  I can give you a personal example of what I’m talking about.  It is amazing the people who have responded to the needs of our son, Devon, and his family.  Before going into the nursing home in January, Devon spent seven and  a half weeks at St. Dominic’s and Methodist Rehab in Jackson.  The first three weeks, Christy didn’t leave the hospital and the last four and a half weeks, she drove back and forth everyday to work, except two days.  Joe staid in the day time because I work everyday.  People were so kind to give to help our with gas and food.  Recently the Noxapater Baptist Church family contacted us and said they wanted to do a benefit for Devon.  So on April 12, they are doing one at the JW Young park in Noxapater.  It’s not because it’s my son and people have been so good that I’m saying this.  It’s because I want to point out that this is what the love of God and you will do when your heart is changed and your heart beat becomes the very heart beat of the almighty God.  This is what living is all about.  There’s nothing any better than the love of God.  It is priceless!!!

Joe and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your prayers.  Thanks to all who have given money to help in anyway, to all who are helping in anyway with the benefit, and to all the businesses who are donating to help.  It’s truly been overwhelming and very much appreciated.  We pray God’s blessings will be on each and everyone and that God’s grace and favor will abound.

I’ve got to go for now.  As I have said many times before, never be afraid to reach out and help others in a time of need.  God will honor it.  I love you all and hope you have a good week.  Call me at 662-724-4691 or write me at 425 West Alice Street, Noxapater, MS 39346 if I can help you or pray with you.  May God bless you all.  See you next week, Lord willing.

Arlene Barrett