Daily Focus, February 27, 2019

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: Job 3:1 – 4:21 (“Can mortal man be in the right before[b] God?  Can a man be pure before his Maker?)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Is not My word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29

Remember These In Prayer:

Linda Russell came through her tests on Tuesday at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.  Her heart is healthy, they confirmed, but the leaking valve must be repaired.  A meeting will be held later this week to determine the schedule, and Linda should know a date for surgery by the end of the week.  She and Dennis returned home Tuesday evening.

Jane Fillers remains hospitalized in Franklin, Tennessee following a kidney stone attack over the weekend.  According to Marie Johnson, Jane’s daughter, she is doing better and will likely be discharged today if all continues to go well.

Lucy Hagerty will remain at Lakebridge Health Care for awhile longer as she continues to heal from recent leg surgery and from a fracture in her spine.  She is in room 101, and enjoys visits and cards.

Tom Ellis received “a pretty fair report” from his cardiologist visit on Tuesday, according to Jacquelyn.  Medication adjustments were made, but he will continue to wear the LifeVest for at least another month.  More tests will be done in about a month.  They send their thanks for the prayers.

Kathy Kidwell was to have been discharged on Tuesday from Johnson City Medical Center to go to NHC Health Care, though that has not yet been confirmed.  Keep this sister in your prayers.

Claudette Rhea is continuing to recover from recent gallbladder surgery, as well as hip replacement surgery.  She reported Tuesday evening feeling some better, but still experiencing pain.

Linda Moore received good news on Tuesday from her tests on Monday.  Some further tests await, but what has been determined is the news she was hoping to hear.

Carlene Bannister has not yet heard the results of her tests on Monday; there is still lab work remaining to be completed.  it may be up to two weeks before anything is known.

Norma Kormann, dear friend of Mary Nell Lilly, will undergo surgery today in Memphis, not yesterday as was reported earlier.  Our prayers for God’s blessings on Norma have been requested; she suffers from serious medical issues.

David Forrester, brother of Mary Nell Lilly, has been displaced from his home the last couple of days due to flooding.  It is not yet known how much longer he and the others who live at the house will have to be in unfamiliar surroundings.

The family of Steve Hinkle is mourning his passing on Tuesday after suffering gunshot wounds in the line of duty on Saturday morning.  Hinkle had served many years in the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.  His sister, Tammy Fillers, is someone Becky Blacklidge has come to know in recent years.  Pray for God’s comfort to be upon this family and all of his friends.

Bible Study This Evening: Many of us will be at the building this evening at 7:00 for Bible study.  We urge you to join us; good things always come from opening God’s word!

Honor Flight Breakfast: This Saturday from 8:00 to noon come enjoy a hearty breakfast in our downstairs fellowship area and meet men and women who have served our nation in the military.  Donations from the breakfast will send older veterans on an all-expenses-paid trip to our nation’s capital to tour the war memorials.  Our own Edie Lowry coordinates Honor Flight Of Northeast Tennessee.

Flood Relief In West Tennessee: Click here to read a story about how the Savannah (TN) Church of Christ is helping flood victims in West Tennessee.  The rainfall in recent days has brought much damage to many areas.

Be Like A Bird:  *  “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her; still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”  (Victor Hugo)  *  “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:29-31)