Don’t ‘suppose’ your way through life

By FLORA OVERSTREET,

“Welcome to The Little Town with a Big Heart”

Inspiration for the week: Quit supposin!

Don’t start your day by supposing’ that trouble is just ahead, it’s better to stop supposin’ and start with a prayer instead, And make it a prayer of Thanksgiving for the wonderful things God has wrought Like the beautiful sunrise and sunset, “God’s gifts” that are free and not bought. For what is the use of supposin’ the dire things that could happen to you and worry about some  misfortune that seldom if ever comes true. But instead of just idle supposin’ step forward to meet each new day Secure in the knowledge God’s near you to lead you each step of the way.

For supposin’ the worst things will happen only helps to make them come true and you darken the bright, happy moments that the dear Lord has given to you — so if you desire to be happy and get rid of the “misery of dread” just give up “Supposin’ the worst things” and look for “the best things“ instead. — by Helen Steiner Rice.

Both services at Grace United Baptist were awesome on Sunday. What a good day in the Lord today!

Prayers for all Newton County fireman and firewomen, all the EMS and everyone that works with the fire departments, and law enforcement during this cold weather. They volunteer to give support and help to our communities. They deserve so much more. So pray for them that they stay safe while on the call no matter what the nature is!

My deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jeanette Robinson. Newton County Funeral Home-South was in charge of the services with Bro. Wayne Campbell, Bro. Matt Pittman, and Bro. Mike Rasberry officiating. Burial was at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Newton.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Thorne (Gary) and Rhonda Williams (Bob); four grandchildren, Michelle Newell, Jason Williams (Seana), Jonathan Thorne, David Thorne (Danae); a brother William Harris; five great-granddaughters; and a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Mark Harris, Jason Williams, Jonathan Thorne, Cody Maske, Mark Cornish and Stephen Liggett..

She was preceded in death by husband, Edwin Robinson; her parents, Fulton and Lorene Harris, and a sister, Lynn Harris Todd. 

My deepest sympathy is also extended to the family of Bill Averett, 83, of Newton. He was born in Mobile, Ala. to George Lorenz Averett and Lillie Scott Averett. He was a long-time resident of Newton. He spent most of his life as a service station owner/mechanic and later worked for MDOT several years until retirement.

He is survived by son Randy Averett Jr. (Linda); three daughters, Benita Averett Murphy (Pat), Patricia Averett and Jo Ellen Averett (Michael Graham); a sister Jeanette Averett Greene; a step-son, Rusty White (Robin); and step-daughter, Donna Angel; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by wife, Grace White Averett; her parents, George and Lillie Averett. Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 at Newton County Funeral Home-South with funeral service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Brian Rushing officiated. Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Newton, In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to a charity of your choice.

Prayer requests for the week go out to Abertine Walker, Jeanette Robinson family, Bill Averett’s family, Janice Fisher, Helen Valentine,  Carol Ann Alexander, William Redd, Jack Graham, Marie Eason, Bonnie Walker, Bill Matlock, John Patterson,  Hazel Stevens, Doyle Gibbs, Doyle McMullan, Cili Norman, Micheal Roland, Janie McMullan,  Stephanie Roland and Stacy Stevens.

Shut-ins are Earlene Everett, Christine Herd, Johnnie McMullian, Mary Stamper and Albertine Walker.

Recipe for  the week: No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ingredients: 4 cups Chocolate Cheerios cereal, 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats., 1/2 cup creamy cookie butter or cookie spread, ½ cup honey, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, ½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate

chips. 

Directions: 1. Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with foil or parchment paper. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal and oats; set aside.

2. In large microwavable bowl, microwave cookie butter, honey and brown sugar uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until mixture is boiling and slightly thickened.

3. Pour over cereal mixture in bowl; stir until evenly coated. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Using buttered back of spoon, press mixture very firmly in pan. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm enough to cut.

4. For bars, cut into 4 x 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature up to one week.

Birthday wishes for the week for Jan. 17 go out to Hannah Bryan; for Jan. 18 to Lourie Nunley; for Jan. 20 to Glenda Hayes, Jamie Butler, Jennie Battle Bobo, Bobby Hurst in memory and Ramona Thorne in memory.