Happy birthday to Ethryn Abbott, of Loranger, Jan. 6; Judy Brecheen, of Greensburg, Jan. 7; Missy Durbin Leto and my cousin, Leon “Hoppy” Wallace, of Hammond, Jan. 3; Terri Crosby, of Natalbany, Jan. 11; and William David Brecheen, of Greensburg, Jan. 12.

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Greensburg First Baptist Church members with January birthdays are Ronny Webb Jr., Lance Cox, Eloise Wales, Evie Gordon, Phyliss Walker, Tristan Burnett, Ann D’Lyn Webb, Kay Smith, Mitch Warren, Mike Smith, Jed Sibley, Barbara Belser, Vernon McMorris, Melissa Ficklin Clark, Avery Lunn Spencer, Brittany Shreeman, Bobbie Booth, Rayce Smith and Jon Bang Clark.

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Anniversary blessings to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Spencer, of Bluff Creek, Jan. 7; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Mahaffey, of Grangeville, Jan. 9; Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Davidson, of Greensburg, Jan. 7.

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Congratulations, Harlan Miller, former Kentwood “Roo,” for being named All-American by The Associated Press and named to the Southland All-Conference football team for 2014. Miller is a junior at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Congratulations to Sheka Gordon, of Clinton, on passing the Louisiana bar exam.

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Welcome to a new Amite business, Cross Corner Station.

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To the families who have lost these loved ones, Ethel Nettles Hyde, Lois Odom and Jolie Mills: For he has given his angels charge over thee, to keep in all thy ways.

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We have joy because we know someone who is strong enough to carry us through the churning waves of life that threaten to overwhelm us.

The psalmist wrote, “Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them, let those also who love Your name be joyful in You” (Psalm 5:11). Our faith is stretched by exchanging our weakness for God’s strength.

Fran Snoddy writes Butterfly Wings for The Advocate Extra. Contact her at (225) 777-4363.