Holly Ridge Happenings

I have always thought that Noah was safe inside the Ark because he built it according to God’s specifications. I thought that perhaps it was the strength of the gopher wood and the soundness of the architecture that ensured that the waters of the food would not come into the Ark.

But today I encountered a verse that shifted this whole paradigm. Let’s read what Genesis 7:16 says. “The animals going in were male and female of every living thing as God had commanded Noah. Then God shut him in.”

Don’t miss this even after Noah had built the Ark, it was God Himself who shut him in, in order to shut out the waters of the flood. In other translations this verse says “The Lord sealed them inside.”

May the Almighty God seal us inside His Ark of protection through 2021. It is not the fact that you have locked your house that keeps you safe at night, it is not your good driving skills that keeps you safe on the road, neither is your healthy eating habits that keeps you healthy. Only God can shut in and shut out the devil that is seeking to devour you. Father we pray that in this second half of the year, as we walk into the streets and as we drive on the roads, Oh God shut us in. Father we pray for our children that in the midst of dangers and molesters. You will shut them in, keep out the flood waters of abuse, rape, murder, accidents, diseases and untimely death. Oh God shut us in, shut us in your Ark of protection, into your Ark of compassion. May God shut us in as we obey Him and trust in His word. Amen.


I’ll tell you now, this has been quit a week. No one was visiting. Most of the week there was no power and no water. I thank each and everyone who rode the roads to see where help was needed. I’ll not call names for fear I’d leave some one out, but you know who you are.

Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead, GOD is already there.

Just before our bad weather hit, Dan and Carol Little from West Monroe come over for a visit and to check on me. Pat Guynes was out delivering flowers and stopped in to check me out. I just love Ms. Pat. She can come by anytime and more often.

Our love and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kay Bryant in her sudden death. May God Bless you all.

Happy birthday this week to everyone who had already celebrated during the time we were in such weather and did not report. But God is good and we are back. Thanks for the calls of concern of what happened. I’m good, but the old Ground Hog made his prediction and now we know.

Birthdays this week great-grandson Lan Chappell on February 25th, Diane Cobb, Jean Warren Farris on February 26th, Elizabeth Faust on February 27th, Ashley McCowin and Ida Morgan on February 28th, Wendy Smith, Shannon Mercer, Nelda Hagood on March 1st, Emma Lynn Johnson, Aubree Kate Thompson on March 3rd. May these celebrate many more happy ones!

Anniversary wishes to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law Denise and Terry Thompson (45 years) on February 27th, Gail and Gary Cheek (37 years) on March 2nd, Rita and Bobby McCowin and Shelley and Richard Brock on March 3rd. May these couples share many more happy years together! 

Have a great week!

Remember: Much of the stress that people have doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they start.

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