September 6, 2015

Third sermon in the series: A SPIRITUAL EKG

Scripture Text: 1 Samuel 1:1-20

In Old Testament times there was a belief that if a woman could not have children she was not right with God. This was not written anywhere in the Word of God, but was more of an oral belief or tradition.

Elkanah had two wives. “The name of one was Hannah and the name of the other was Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children (vs.3).” Once each year Elkanah would go up to Shilo to offer sacrifice to the Lord of Host. Two of Peninnah’s sons were priest to the Lord there. “When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed he would offer up to Peninnah and all of her son’s and daughter’s; but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.” (vs.5)

So each year Peninnah would torment, and tease, and ridicule, and provoke Hannah to tears. Hannah wept and would not eat for she was without a child.

Hannah rose up and being greatly distressed she prayed and wept bitterly. She didn’t run and hide and have a pity party; no, she made a vow and said, “If Thou wilt indeed look upon the affliction of thy maidservant and remember me and not forget thy maidservant, but will give thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life…”(vs.11)

While she was praying she encountered Eli, one of Peninnah’s son’s, who was a priest in Shilo. He considered her a drunkard and asked Hannah, “ How long will you make yourself drunk? Put your wind away from you. But Hannah answered and said, “no my lord, I am a woman oppressed of spirit: I have not drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my heart before the Lord. Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman; for I have spoken until now out of great concern and provocation.” Eli responded as any good man of God would. “Go in peace and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” Hannah replied. “ Let your maidservant find favor in your sight” so she left and went and ate and she was no longer sad. (vs.12-18)

When the day after sacrifice was made they got up early and returned to their home in Ramah. After returning home Elkanah “had relations with Hannah and the Lord remembered her. And it came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have asked him of the Lord.’ ”(vs.19-20)

After Samuel was weaned Hannah took him up to Shilo. She took a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour. The bull was slaughtered and Hannah brought Samuel before Eli and said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. For this boy I prayed and the Lord has given me my petition, which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord, as long as he lives, he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (vs. 24-28)

How Hannah’s grief turned to glory.

  1. We see a perplexed or Puzzled Hannah (vs. 2-6). A heavy cloud darkened her home and spiritual life.
  2. There was a problem that troubled her; she could not conceive.
  3. There was a person who taunted her; Peninnah. (1 Peter 5:8)
  4. We see a praying Hannah (vs. 10-112).
  5. She prayed earnestly (vs. 10). (James 5:16)
  6. She prayed specifically. (vs. 11) (Philippians 4:6)
  7. She Prayed continually (vs. 12). (Luke 18:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:13)
  8. She Prayed expectantly (Matthew 13:58; Mark 6:6; James 1:6-7) When pour hearts are grieving it is so that we will grow closer to God.
  9. We see a Praising Hannah (vs. 15-20)
  10. The assurance she received (vs. 15-17)
  11. The answer she received (vs.20)

The Lord closed Hannah’s womb. Not because of sin, rather to allow for the timing of God to bring her a son who was blessed. Hannah did not quit praying until she received her petition. So it is with all God’s children. When we experience perplexing times in our lives, it is time to go to our knees and pray. Our prayers should be like Hannah’s, earnest, specific, continuous, and expectant.

Hannah’s grief turned to Glory in Samuel, a great man of God. Samuel means asked of the Lord.

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When Grace Steps In

It was probably her giggling that drew my attention. Sentence diagramming really wasn’t all that funny as far as I knew.

It was early May and I was facing a class of sixteen inner-city kids in South Central Los Angeles. Though I had almost three years of teaching under my belt, this particular sixth grade class had pushed me to the limits of my patience far too many times, and I was more than ready to wave goodbye to them for the summer.

I had come a long way from the idealism of my first year of teaching and living in the inner city. That first year I’d covered up the bullet hole in the window with an inspirational poster. I’d plastered the walls with pictures of places worlds removed from the industrial buildings across the street. I told the kids daily that they had something worth saying and that I could help them say it. Together we would work hard and make something of their lives.

The problem, of course, was that my ideals kept crashing up against reality. Not just the spirit-deadening reality of the inner city — gang pressures, poverty, drug-destroyed families. I was also up against the basic, universal reality of the twelve- and thirteen-year-old mind. A mind with the switch tuned in almost permanently to the channel called “You can’t make me!”

And now I was faced with a giggle when I should have had only rapt attention. Walking over to the young offender, I asked for the note she had in her hands. Frozen, she refused to give it to me. I waited, all attention in the room on the quiet battle between teacher and student. When she finally handed it over she mumbled, “Okay, but I didn’t draw it,” the first clue that this wasn’t just an ordinary note being passed.

After getting the class going on a sentence diagramming competition, I finally had a chance to sneak a peek. It was a hand-drawn picture of me, dress details down to perfection, teeth blackened, nostrils flaring, and the words “I’m stupid” coming out of my mouth. The artist had done an amazing job and there was no doubt about who it was supposed to be.

I managed to fold up the picture calmly and return to directing the competition. My mind, however, was working furiously as I wavered between wanting to cry and wanting to ream a certain few students up one side and down the next. I figured I knew the two most likely candidates for drawing the picture. It would do them some good to get taken down a notch or two, and maybe it was high time that I did it!

Thankfully, that’s when Grace intervened.

Somehow, in those moments of very real hurt and fury, God was able to save me (and my students) from myself, by asking me very softly, “You want to do it your way, or My Way?”

I’d had almost three years of mostly trying to do it my way, and my head and my heart were really beginning to hurt from pounding against so many little twelve- and thirteen-year-old walls of resistance.

“Okay, Lord,” I silently prayed, “what should I do? How can you ever bring good out of this?”

With loving faithfulness, God showed me.

When there were about six minutes of class remaining I had the kids stop what they were doing and get out a piece of paper. Then, suppressing my pride, I showed them the picture. The whole class was silent as I told them how hurtful this was for me. Struggling not to cry, I told them there must be a reason behind why someone would draw such a picture and that now was their chance to tell me anything they needed to tell me. Then I let them write silently while I sniffled in the back of the classroom.

As I looked over the notes later, many of them said something like, “I’ve got nothing against you,” or “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt.” A number of them said, “You give us too much homework.” One student said, “We’re afraid of you.” And two notes, from the girls I figured were behind the picture, had a list of issues. I was too mean, too strict, and I picked on certain people too much.

Reading those notes, I realized that over the course of this year of slipshod work and incomplete assignments I had moved from being disappointed to being downright angry. Instead of encouraging my students, I had begun commanding them to achieve. I’d set high expectations without allowing for grace. Where I thought I was driving them to success I was actually driving them away.

I had some apologizing to do.

When the kids walked into my classroom the next day one boy and one girl each handed me a card. The one signed by all the boys expressed sincere regret for the ugly joke. The one from the girls asked for forgiveness.

I was dumbfounded. And more than a little humbled. I had my little speech all ready to give to the kids, but they’d beaten me to the punch. God had not only been busy softening my heart but also the hearts of my students.

If only I had let Him lead more often before this. If only this was the only time I would need to be taught this lesson.

It wasn’t. And with the help of this recalcitrant class, who I would also have as seventh and eighth graders, God gave me many more chances to learn just Who was better at teaching (and loving) inner-city kids.

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Pray For Our Pastor

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Pastor Doug has been in Georgia this week preaching at a Camp Meeting. So far there have been at least 20 souls won to our Lord and Savior. Praise God!

Please continue to lift our pastor up to the Lord that the Holy Spirit will continue to use him in his messages.

Please do not forget to pray for Doug’s safety and protection as Satan surely is displeased. Pray, also,  for his travels home and his family while he is away.

I thank You, Father, that Your eyes are on my shepherd and Your ears are attentive to his prayers and Your face is against those who plot evil against him (1 Pet. 3:12). For I know that in all things You work for the good of Doug and his family who loves You (Rom. 8:28 ). Who can come against our pastor, who is daily interceded for by Christ Jesus? (Rom. 8:33-34). Therefore, in all things Doug is more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37). We claim this promise. Father, allow Doug to glory only in the cross (Gal. 6:14) Thank You, God for his ministry to us and others that it glorify only you. Praise Your Holy Name. Amen!


Independence Day Celebration

“Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.” Hebrews 13:1

This past weekend was Independence Day. We got together and celebrated by enjoying each other with a cookout, and a huge water slide for the children. Here are some of the photos we took. Wish you could have joined us.


“Anticipation is Making Me Wait”

Ginormous Water Slide is Ready, YaY!

Ginormous Water Slide is Ready, YaY!

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Mr. Ricky was chief Cook & bottle washer….well, chief cook anyway! He did a great job! Thanks Rick!

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“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

In  the meantime others visited and made new bonds of friendship.

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Saying Thanks to our Father

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Father, We praise You for Your gift of grace. We thank You for our church family. We celebrate the Independence of our great nation and pray that You will continue to  bless us. We give thanks for our fellowship and for this food. In Your Name we pray. Amen

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“Let brotherly love continue.” Hebrews 13:1

Even the tiniest of the family had fun!

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Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

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Our celebration was fun and wonderful! Hope you can make it next year!

“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24

Veteran’s Day

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The family of First Independent Methodist Church want to thank all Veterans for their service and sacrifice. We also thank their families for this sacrifice. Without you America would not enjoy the freedom and blessings God has bestowed on our nation. This Sunday, July 5th we want to celebrate you. Bring your family and join us for a evening of fellowship, fun and food. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 5:00 PM

Place: First Independent Methodist | 1556 Highway 51 North | Madison | Mississippi | 39110 | 601-672-1240

Happy Independence Day

Slippery Slope of Destruction

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I am deeply saddened this week. America is sliding down a very slippery slope of destruction. The SCOTUS ruled last week that same-sex marriage is the legal right of every person. Another, laugh in God’s face. Men and women today cannot possibly understand the implications of what they have done. It sickens me to consider how our leaders have led, and continue to lead, us down this highway to Sodom and Gomorrah. God will soon pass judgment on this nation and those who do not head His warning will suffer.

The celebration is simple by those who pronounce Love Has Won. Even those who are not homosexual bark celebration out. Don’t you want them to be happy they ask? They have a right to the same happiness as everyone else. Along with this new happiness they believe that everyone must approve of their actions. As a follower of Christ we cannot, and will not, approve of their actions. Yes, Jesus commands that we love one another and so we do not condemn you. Only Christ can do that. We love you as a creation of our Father but we cannot accept your sin as valid. God will not either.

Let me say first that God does want us to be happy. However, He has never guaranteed our happiness. It is by our fallen nature men seek to run their own lives and cast off the demands of God he has upon each of us. Romans 1:18-32 talks about the why and the response of God towards men who reject Him. God promises one a happy life including his own as he promises we will be persecuted and suffer just as He was. We are promised eternal happiness in heaven as our reward for enduring. What makes man happy is pleasure and he loves self-gratification rather than God (2 Timothy 3:1-5). The Word of God will judge the inhabitants of this world and we are told that those apart from Christ are storing up wrath against themselves. God will not be mocked. What a man sows that will he also reap.

It is here I want to explain what God says about one of the many arguments in favor of homosexual marriage. The lie that is being spread is this: Homosexual marriage is no different than the 1960’s fight for interracial marriage.

Most of the people who speak this lie were not even around in the 1960’s. Like most, someone came up with this comparison and so have justified homosexual marriage. First of all the racial issues of the 1960’s, intermarriage being one, was more about the mores of the time. The equal rights battle was being fiercely fought. Some pastors and laymen argued the Bible said it was sin to intermarry. Of course, like so many today they don’t read their Bibles, they play pick-a-verse.

The scriptures used are these: Deuteronomy 7:3-4 “You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to theirs sons or taking their daughter for your son’s for they would turn away your sons from following me to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you and he would destroy you…”

Malachi 2:11 “Judah has been unfaithful, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the Lord, which He loves, & has married the daughter of a foreign god.” (Try placing your name in place of Judah, and America in place of Israel, remembering that the sanctuary is more your heart, where God dwells, than that of a building).

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership had righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

The 1960’s was a troublesome decade. Nowhere in the Word of God can I find that God commanded one to not marry within another race based on skin color. God’s only concern was for His children to be equally yoked based on the fact that each was a believer in Him.

There is a huge difference between the 1960’s interracial marriage battle and that of God’s law concerning same-sex marriage. Let’s look at the Word of God.

Leviticus 18:22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

Romans 1:24-32 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

These verses teach us that homosexuality is the result of denying and disobeying God. When People continue in sin He gives them over to show them the futility and hopelessness of life apart from God.

He does not create a person with homosexual desires. The Bible tells us that people become homosexual because of sin (Romans 1: 24-32) and ultimately because of their own choice. Yes, someone may be born with susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some are born to violence, defiance, etc. That does not excuse the persons choice of sin by giving in to the desire. Still, it is his choice as to act on these feelings by allowing others to feed him a lie that it is what God wants for his happiness.

The Bible does not say that homosexuality is a greater sin than others. Sin is sin and offensive to God. In 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 we read a list of some sins that keep people separated from God, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” Homosexuality is only one of them.

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 The good news is the Word of God says forgiveness is just as available to the homosexual as it is to an   adulterer or a murderer. God promises the strength for victory over sin, including homosexuality to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ for his or her salvation. Here are a few of those scriptures:

1 Corinthians 6:11(Notice this falls right behind the previous two verses we mentioned before) “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

God, in His love, knows that our conscience needs to be freed from our guilt and condemnation. He understands that forgiveness of sins is our greatest need. In the ultimate act of love, God sent His Son Jesus. He suffered not only the pain of our wrongs, but also paid for their consequences in order that we may have forgiveness available to us when we sin. All you need to do is accept His free gift of grace and forgiveness.

In His love, God knew that our conscience needed to be freed from guilt and condemnation. He knew that forgiveness of sins was our greatest need. In the ultimate act of love, God not only suffered the pain of our wrongs, but also paid for their consequences in order that we may have forgiveness offered to us when we sin. All we need to do is to accept His free gift of forgiveness.

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Perhaps you have stumbled upon this web page looking for a prayer of forgiveness to soothe a tormented soul. For all who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, forgiveness has been freely given. If we acknowledge our wrongs and ask for forgiveness, God will forgive us – no questions asked: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

If you understand that you are a sinner, and you believe that Jesus Christ came as the one and only Redeemer of sin, then you understand the prayer of forgiveness. The question is – are you ready to implement the prayer, by receiving God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ? If so, believe in Christ, repent of your sins, and commit the rest of your life to Him as Lord:

Want you please go to Him now? If you do not know how to pray perhaps this simple prayer can help:

 “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

If you need help or have questions you can contact First Independent Methodist Church, via our church web page found at


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Happy Mothers Day!!!

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Following are letters and statements of love and appreciation from various member of our church to their Mom’s and Wives on this special occasion we enjoy called Mother’s Day.



Ashley, Karen & Krista Richmond

About My Mom

It is amazing how much our mothers do for us even if we don’t realize it. From cooking dinner, to cheering us up when we are sad, to staying up late with us while we are studying or doing home work. Mom always go above and beyond for the ones she loves. My Mom has always been my biggest supporter. She was at practically every single game and competition when I was in marching band during high school and never once complained about having to pick me up well after midnight when we got back from band competitions. To this day she is always there for me whenever I need something as simple as a hug, or is there for me to talk to whenever I just need to talk to somebody, I know I can count on her. She always has encouraged me to follow my dreams and to not give up on something when I want it. I remember several nights from this school year when I would absolutely not want to do another math problem or work on yet another paper for English and Mom would be there to remind me that I was able to do it. Thank you for everything you have done for me,

Mom I love you so much!

Krista (Richmond)



Dear Mom,

I thank you for every thing you do.

Sometimes I thank you for,

Bringing me into this world

Loving me

Teaching me the principles of life

Being there for me

Being a godly mother

There is so much that you have done for me.

Mom, I want to thank you for all the punishments you cuz I know it was for the best.

Your son,

Tyler (Helm)


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Katie Oldham

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Dear Family, Friends and Readers,

Memories of Beverly Suzanne McClung Waters;

Her love for children was obvious from the time I first met her in the fall of 1989. Two years later during her college years in the spring of 1991 she was hired to work at a daycare for Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. She also baby sat for many families in the area. Children were very fond of her, she not only played with them, taught them but she also loved them. Suzie is still in contact with many of these now adults from the bonds they developed during her years of babysitting.

We had been wed just over one year when our first born son Ryan was born September 13, 1993. Suzie took to motherhood immediately! Feedings, diaper changing, burping but most importantly pictures and video! We have always said over the years, our kids still have light sensitivity issues, flash burn from all the pictures and video Suzie took of our kids through the years (especially Ryan).

Fast forward 18 months to the birth of our second child Mary Elizabeth Waters whom we immediately named Princess and she still goes by that name today (18 years later freshman in college). Suzie still a young mother taking many photographs and hours of video of both children at this point. Princess was a bit more stubborn and head strong than Ryan and made her a bit more challenging to instruct than Ryan! (That changed when teenage years hit)

Last but certainly not least two years later we have Reuben. I remember when Suzie was told many times not to name him that; other kids would make fun of his name. But we cannot imagine him as anything other than a Reuben! Reuben from his 1st birthday on felt like he was as old as Ryan and Princess. He wanted to do what they did and felt like he could keep up with them as well. After all these years at the age of 16 Reuben still feels like he is 20 and should be in college with Ryan and Princess.

Over the years – I have been blessed with the best wife and mother any husband could ask or dreamt for. Let me begin by saying her Christian beliefs and values have never wavered over 21 years of marriage and 20 years of motherhood. From the time our Ryan came home from the hospital she has sang Christian hymns at night to help them go to sleep. Of course she would allow each child to pick their favorite before they dozed off to sleep. Reuben seemed to get his sung several times in a row! Suzie always helps keep our family on our knees in prayer at night and helped all our children read and understand the Bible. To this day our kids have a strong Christian faith and understanding of Scripture that most adults will never have because of the way Suzie taught and raised our children.

Suzie has also been able to maintain a fun loving home. We have spent countless hours laughing at ourselves and past events over the years. Suzie has kept a journal of emails documenting stories of our children’s events of the day and crazy things they would say or come up with. Now in a cell phone age with video and instant social media our kids catch Suzie all the time singing, dancing or doing something crazy they can share with their friends. Which they say is to show how “cool she is” or to totally try and embarrass her; probably both!

Today – Suzie still is raising three children, two in college and one in high school yet the loving, nurturing, disciplining functions of a mother never stop. Last night she stopped and wanted to have prayer as a family in our living room, this morning she stopped Ryan and prayed with him prior to taking a test in college today. This is the mother that I know and could not or would not want any other mother for our children.

Thankful you Suzy, for being a strong Christian spouse and mother,

Your loving husband,

Mark (Waters)



Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know how special you are to me on this Mother’s Day. You’re the absolute Mom in the entire world. Thank you for all you do for our family, from constantly supporting us, encouraging us, and being there for us, through the good times and the bad.

I also want to thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be, and be the inspiration for me to try new things and live and awesome life. I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t have you to confide in.

I hope you have a very blessed day. I thank God everyday for putting you into our lives.

We love you Mom!

Love, Haley (Sims)


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To the Mom Whom Surprises Them All,

I cannot begin to put into words how thankful I am for your infinite love. You set an example of how to love, be an encouragement, and be a godly mother and wife. You have high the standards for what we, your kids, should find or be one day; and for that, I am so grateful.

Thank you for the love and encouragement you give me each and every day. You have been there through rough and awesome moments. You have always encouraged me to be better or to try harder. The love you give me is always unconditional. I have never doubted that my mom loves me. Watching you come home each and every day after a long hard day of work to cook and clean for us, shows how much you care for us. I know it is tiring and frustrating, but I have appreciated every single thing you have done.

When I think of what stands out about you, mom, I think of how awesome you are with your Christian walk. It reflects on your role as a mother and a wife. You have never realized how encouraging it is to wake up and see you praying and reading your Bible. Not just some mornings, but every morning you do. I watch and learn so many things from you. The way you treat people is always the same. You’re so loving and caring. I believe that you have rubbed that trait off on me, which is one of my favorite things about you. If someone needs help…you’re there. If someone needs a home cooked meal…you’re bringing it to them. If someone is spending the night with us…you’re waking up to have muffins made and making sure they are taken care of.  You are my supermom. Thank you for showing me what it means to be that godly mom and wife.

As I move to this next chapter in my life, I will always carry the things you have taught me and showed me. I thank you for always pushing me to never settle because now I am ending with an amazing, godly future husband. I am excited to be that wife you are to dad, to Ryan. I hope to be half the woman you are one day. I love you more than you know. Thank you for being the best you can be ALL the time.

Love Always,
Hannah (Pierce)




Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say that I love you. Thank you for supporting me in whatever I do whether it be coming to all the home football games to listen to me play in the band or helping me stay on task when I have long nights of homework. Without you I would not be where I am today. On this Mother’s Day I want to thank you for all the times you have punished me. Without these punishments I would have not know what was right from wrong.

Also, I want to thank you for raising me in a godly family. Finally, I want to thank you for bringing me into this world.

Love, your son,

David (Waller)


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Dear Mom,

Thanks for always being there for me. I appreciate how you always take care of me by fixing meals and caring for me. I love the way you comfort me when I am hurting and telling me to be happy and work toward my dreams of drawing comics. You are the best Mom ever and I will always love you.

Love you Mom!

Blake, your Bubba (Oldham)


Ashley & Karen Richmond_1248

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you on Mother’s Day. Thanks for everything you do for me, from giving me advice and helping me with my problems, to putting my needs before your own. Thanks for always being there for me when I need you. Thanks for always loving me, even when I make mistakes. Thank you for putting me in the best situation possible to get a good education. I don’t know how I will ever thank, or repay you for it.

You have no idea how much I love you, even though I don’t show it all the time. Thank you for pushing me to be my best.


Ashley (Richmond)


Mothers Day Scripture_Luke 1.45

Hey Momma,

You’re the bestest! Your love is real. Your are forever understanding. You laugh when you get hurt, that’s great. You cry when things are going great for me. You love sports. You are a great Momma. You complete me. You understand me. You knew when my room wasn’t clean.

These are the things that I love about you and so much more. I am so blessed to have you as my Mom. I’ll never understand why all the harsh punishment, but I know that they were for my own good.

I love you Momma!

Ryan (Sawyer)