Holly Ridge Happenings

By Shirley Thompson

A lady went to her pastor and said “Pastor, I won’t be going to your church anymore.”
The pastor responded “but why?”
“Ah! I saw a woman gossiping about another member, a man that is a hypocrite; the worship team living wrong; people looking at their phone during service; among so many other things wrong in your church.”
The pastor replied “Ok, but before you go, do me a favor; take a full glass of water and walk around the church three times without spilling a drop on the ground. Afterwards, leave the church if you desire.”
The lady thought, too easy. She walked three times around the church as the Pastor had asked. When she finished she told the pastor she was ready to leave.
The pastor said, “Before you leave I want to ask you one more question. When you were walking around the church, did you see anyone gossiping?”
The lady replied, “No.”
Did you see any hypocrites?”
The lady replied, “No”
“Anyone looking at their phone?”
“No”
You know why?
“No.”
“You were focused on the glass to make sure you didn’t stumble and spill any water. It’s the same with our life. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we don’t have time to see the mistakes of others. We will reach out a helping hand to them and concentrate on our own walk with the Lord.”
Stopping by on Tuesday was Rita Gay Wroten, she had enjoyed having lunch in Goodwill with several other ladies.
She stopped for dessert a ice cream cone. Mark Sistruck come by on Wednesday on his way to the sale barn in Delhi.
All was well in Bastrop so he said.
Barbara McCormich, Carter and Aiden Cheek, Niki Martien, Tyler, Kennely, Leah Grace, Ricky Smith and Shari Welch traveled down to a beach near Biloxi on Friday for the weekend. Had a Great get-a-way.
Kay Bryant has spent sometimes in Meadow Ga. with friends, John and Jackie Mathis. As always had a great time and they did not want her to come home.
Gracie Reed Pryor from Monroe was here on Friday. She looks great after her sickness. Always good to see some of the Reed clan.
Jody Stokes and Amber S. Puckett and Little Harrsison from Baton Rouge stopped by on Sunday before heading home. They were up for the Rawls Reunion as did many more. Alan Thompson is home and doing great from his hip replacement.
Happy Birthday this week to Allison Vaughn, Wade Morgan, Nathan Whitstine, Sadie Beth Thompson, Jan Walker, Jason Brock, Melanie Rawls, Charlie Dove on July 27th, Niki Ezell, Katie Mosley, Patsy Self, Randy Pierce, Judy Purall, Shane Pyles on July 30th, Pauline Stewart, Leslie Richardson, Glenda Mott on July 31st, Donie Lowery, Ben Silk, Dana Kennedy on August 1st, June McCartney, Patrica Silk, Jacquline House on August 2nd, May these celebrate many more!
Anniversary wishes to Kim and Cliff Mills on July 27th, Tina and Roy Cox (32 yrs) on August 2nd. I wish them many more happy years together!
Have a great week. Try to stay cool.
Remember: This should be our prayer
“Dear God, as I woke up this morning, the beating of my heart is the first miracle I experience from you. Thank you, I’m alive, healthy, loved, forgiven and blessed, thank you for all the blessings of today and for all the days to come. Amen.”

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