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What’s in your hand? By Julie Hasling What’s in your hand? When the Lord posed the question to Moses in Exodus 4:2, “What is that in your hand?” He wasn’t asking because He didn’t know! The Lord asked that question because He wanted Moses to know! Moses replied, “A staff.” To Moses, it may have appeared to be a common walking stick but to the Lord that staff would be used to perform many miraculous signs, and even divide the Red Sea! The word “staff ” in the Hebrew means: to stretch out, extend, and influence. When Moses stretched out his staff, it certainly influenced every soul in its presence! Like Moses, the Lord has put something in your hand that He wants you to use for His purposes. So, “What’s in your hand?” Is it a knitting needle, a pen, or paint brush? Is it a spatula or mixer? Perhaps it’s a ladder and a toolbox? Or maybe it’s a musical instrument or just a listening ear! Whatever you enjoy doing can be used to bring aid to those in your community. Even your weaknesses and pain can be used in a beautiful way to encourage others going through the same suffering you went through! You hold the key to your future and the welfare of others and
the possibilities are endless! Even if your skill is in its infancy, the Lord can do great things with it when you commit it to Him and sow it in faith. What’s in your heart? The Lord is not interested in what’s in your wallet but what’s in your heart! If you will commit your heart to the Lord and use your gifts for the benefit of others, He will provide everything else you need to accomplish the task. Isn’t that what Psalm 37:4-5 states,
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” (NLT) I think the phrase, “you can’t steer a ship that isn’t moving,” is true in life. God directs us as we move forward in faith. If we want to see our desires materialize then we must allow it to travel from our heart to our feet. Do some research on the subject and speak with others who share the same interests as you do. If you’ll reach out in faith, the Lord will reach back and guide you! And when you encounter a closed door, you must not take it personally! Even the Apostle Paul faced closed cities because it wasn’t the right
time to go there. (Acts 16:6) Wait upon the Lord and be patient. The Lord will always redirect you into the opportunity He has for you because He wants you to succeed in your endeavors! What’s in your head?
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24 NLT) A few years ago, I was inspired by a video clip to knit hats and scarves for the homeless. The clip showed handmade scarves tied around icy light posts and placed on snow covered benches. An anonymous note attached read, “Take it if you need it.” Having crocheted for years, it was the thoughtful inspiration I needed to get started in helping the needy in Lafayette. I invited a few ladies to join me and they invited a few ladies. Fast forward 3 years and our group, Project: Knitted Together generated and delivered over 1,000 handmade items to 15 charities this year! So, don’t just stay busy this year—let the Lord make the work of your hands last for eternity! Extend and use your gifts for the benefit of others in 2021! If you are interested in donating to or joining Project: Knitted Together, we would love to have you! You can contact me by email at Julie. firstname.lastname@example.org! Julie is founder and president of Life With Father Ministries, a 501(c)3 charitable organization (lifewithfather.org and email@example.com) that ministers the gospel through social media, books and in prisons.
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Business spotlight “ASH Industries was instrumental in helping BOIE take our first product concept from napkin sketches to full blown production. Our product was a new concept and we worked through material, design, and molding challenges with ASH Industries to find a resolution. Development work with ASH Industries has been seamless; as if ASH was a division of BOIE. We are now excited that we have begun our third generation of products, and we are very happy with our relationship with ASH Industries.” — Manuel de la Cruz, CEO of BOIE, LLC
ver take something apart and wonder “who makes all these little parts that work together so well?” Or have an idea for something greatly needed in your industry, but not sure how to go from a drawing to a reality? The answer: a visionary engineer named Hartie Spence, and his innovative team at ASH Industries! Built on the foundation of his faith and the support of a loving wife, his company and family-like team (even including two of Hartie’s sons), greets you with a smile and tackles each project with the end goal of providing a finished, high quality product to help you meet your industry potential. For most of our ad partners, you can take a look at their ad and discern exactly what they have to offer, but ASH Industries is unique in that their business capabilities touch nearly every industry in the types of products they can engineer and produce for their clients, both locally and nationally. From medical devices, to defense-related products, electronic parts, industrial parts, oilfield parts, and items for industries like the Coast Guard, pool companies, and even entrepreneurial endeavors for fishermen and hunters (including
items such as coolers and fishing lures), there is no project Hartie and his team won’t discuss, review and assess to determine if it can be produced to help provide solutions for their clients. So how do they do it? For over 30 years, ASH Industries has continued to invest in the materials, equipment, facilities and the right team members to provide the numerous manufacturing processes needed, and the expertise to continue to make advancements when necessary. With processes including thermoplastic injection molding, metal injection molding, rotational molding, liquid injection molding, and more, Hartie’s team can determine the most cost-effective solution. And if these terms sound intimidating—no worries, because their website is unmatched in its detail of their processes and services, and offers in-depth descriptions of most of their industry-leading capabilities. Just give them a call to set up a consultation or check out their website to submit your specs and receive a quote. Let the brainstorming begin!
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The One Thing By David Baudoin
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ost of us have something in our lives that if we would accomplish or deal with, we would be in a much better place twelve or even six months from now—that one thing you’ve been thinking about, or maybe someone has talked to you about. Maybe it’s something you’ve already attempted and for whatever reason didn’t succeed at. • A habit you must break. • A goal you must accomplish. • A project you must complete. • A relationship you must restore. • A relationship you must end. • A debt you must retire. Your thing may not be on this list, but you probably know what it is. It’s that thing that seems like a hurdle you can’t get over, a wall
you can’t climb. What if this is your year? Many times, it’s that one thing that keeps us from being who God created us to be—for ourselves and our families. How incredible it would be if 12 months from now you were free from that thing, and could end 2021 celebrating that your one thing is no longer controlling you! I think of people I counsel, knowing that if they could deal with their one thing it would move them in a different direction. I think of my own life and my one thing, that as I begin 2021 it’s on my goal list again. Rather than surrender to the devil’s convincing that it won’t work this year either, I choose to focus on God’s Word that says His mercies are new every morning—even January 1, 2021. Nehemiah’s one thing The story of Nehemiah takes place in 444 BC but has inspiration for us as we begin 2021. If you know Nehemiah’s story you know that his one thing was rebuilding the walls surrounding Israel that had been torn down through many battles over the years. As Nehemiah begins to accomplish his task, he begins to face opposition. His main nemesis is Sanballat, who tries to convince him to “take a break,” but Nehemiah refuses and says, “I’m doing a great work and cannot come down.” Prepare for distractions As you tackle your one thing this year you need to be prepared for the distractions THAT WILL COME. There are many distractions that can surface but I want you to be aware of three that are common. Opportunities We are regularly given opportunities that have the potential to distract us from our one thing, and rob us of our ability to accomplish it. The opportunity may be a “good thing” but in order to pursue it, we have to no longer pursue our one thing. Be willing to let
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a good opportunity pass by to pursue what is best for you. Criticism Well-meaning people won’t understand why your one thing is such a big thing to you; they’ve become comfortable with your one thing. It’s not their issue, it’s not their failed goal year after year. Don’t let them criticize you in to keeping that thing that God wants you to find freedom from. Sixteen years ago, when my wife and I decided to get out of debt, people criticized us simply because they didn’t understand why we had to be so driven by our goal. Stay the course. It’s your health, it’s your marriage, it’s your future. Fear Some tried to convince Nehemiah to run and hide in fear for his life, but just as Nehemiah had not allowed opportunities or criticism to distract him, he also did not let fear distract him from the vision. At some point or another, we will want to run in fear. We will think about all the “what ifs” and we’ll be afraid of failing, but we can’t let fear distract us. Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” There are no miracles in the book of Nehemiah, just hard work, determination and in the end an accomplished goal. In ministry nearly 30 years, David has walked through hundreds of trials with families. His wisdom and down-to-earth approach make clients feel comfortable early in the counseling relationship, thus making each session more productive. David is a licensed minister with biblical knowledge and the ability to apply it in daily life, offering clients real hope in every situation. Married to Tara for 18 years, he has raised a stepdaughter (24), and is now parenting two daughters (13 and 14).
Spotlight on Owner & Trainer Kandis Joubert CSpotlight: Why should health and fitness be so much more than just a New Year’s resolution? Kandis: God calls us His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that He’s prepared beforehand (Eph. 2:10). Frankly, that means He wants us healthy and well to do those things, for the long haul, not just for a few weeks after every new year starts. I work in healthcare aside from personal training and statistically speaking, most of our chronic illnesses in this country are totally preventable, but many people simply do not know how to decipher all the noise out there. They are continually fed whatever the latest convenient fitness or dieting trend is, especially this time of year, which are almost always temporary endeavors and oftentimes just set one back further than they were before they began. This being said, roughly 95% of dieters fail and are subject to weight regain within just a few short years, with little to no real improvements to their overall health to show for it. God also tells us to love others as we love ourselves (Mark 12:31). If we cannot love and care for ourselves, we cannot love and care for others the way He calls us to. Therefore, self-care is not selfish. Forsaking God’s will for us and what He says about us, and depriving the world and those we love of experiencing a happier, healthier us because we simply don’t feel like it, or think it’s too hard or inconvenient, is what’s selfish. Taking care of our family is a yearround thing, as is our vocation, and anything else He’s called us to do here in this life, in these bodies. We all have purpose here, and our bodies are the physical vessels through which we fulfill those purposes. CSpotlight: How do you take a unique and personal approach with your clients? Kandis: I believe fitness has several facets beyond just the physical.
Testimonial: “I was at my heaviest after having my 3rd child. So, I decided I need to do something about my weight. So, I decided to get in touch with Kandis. After 7-month training with her, I feel stronger, more flexible, confident in my workouts, and have lost almost 50 pounds! She is very knowledgeable and helps keep you motivated through your journey! I would recommend Kandis to anyone looking to start their fitness journey!” —Tiffany Lajaunie
There are also mental, spiritual, emotional, environmental, and social facets. All of these play an important role in one’s overall wellbeing for a healthy balance, because they all affect one another for better or worse. Fitness starts in our mind. I tend to study a bit on how our minds work, why we do what we do or don’t, and there is quite a bit of science behind this—our bodies hear everything our minds say. You have just as much willpower as you think you do. Like Joyce Meyer always says, “Where the mind goes the man follows.” In order to deal with our outward fitness, we have to first deal with our inner “fitness,” which can sometimes mean recruiting other professionals of course, but as it pertains to training and coaching clients on the physical things like exercise and nutrition, it’s imperative they understand their “why” for wanting to get healthy and fit in the first place. Awareness and clarity precede change. We all have valid excuses, we’re all busy, and we all have bad days and unfair setbacks, but when your “why” becomes clear, and it’s talking louder than your negative self-talk and your hardest circumstances, that’s when you’ll see real transformation and subsequently lasting results. It’s my role to teach and guide a client, to give them the tools they need to succeed, but it’s ultimately their own efforts that gets them where they want to be. So, getting them to identify a significant purpose behind their desired outcome is my main goal, before we even talk about exercises, aesthetics, supplements, macros, meal planning, and all those things that people without a “why” often start with and soon give up on. Because helping them plan their course to not only get results, but to actually want to continue these new behaviors is what ultimately determines their long-term success.
Contact me for your complimentary fitness consult! Kandis Joubert • NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist Faceted Fitness LLC • (337) 852-7365 www.facetedfitness.com Follow Faceted Fitness on social media for Mindset Monday, Midweek Mobility, Thoughts for Thursday, Weekend Workouts, fitness tips and hacks, humor, and more!
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Helping fostered children
By Julie Esta'
In a world flooded with great BODY & SOUL
uncertainty, fear, and division, we have been given a platform to bring hope, peace, and love to many. God knew you and I would live for such a time as this; we are CHOSEN. We were placed here to be a light to a darkened world. Through our salvation and every trial, we have been strengthened. We have increased our faith and dependency on Christ and experienced a love like no other. This, my friends, is what our world needs right now, and it is up to you and I to bring it. We must be the light that shines through the trials. We must open our mouth and be that voice to the hurting, in order for them to experience the assurance of Heaven and the promises the Kingdom offers us here on this Earth. It is important to keep in mind it is okay to experience emotions when hard times come. It is also equally important for us to
draw our strength from Christ to overcome and lead us out of tough situations. Our mission here on this earth is to know Christ, and for Him to be known by all. I pray you know you are chosen; chosen to build the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity. Buffalo Chicken & Cauliflower Bake • 3 c. frozen cauliflower, cook according to package • 8 oz. cooked, shredded chicken breast • ½ c. reduced fat cheddar cheese, divided • ¼ c. light cream cheese • 1/3 c. low fat, plain Greek yogurt • ¼ c. hot sauce • Cooking spray • 2 tsp. Purely Cajun Seasoning Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine cauliflower, chicken, 1/3 c. of cheddar cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, hot sauce, Purely Cajun Seasoning in bowl. Pour mixture into lightly greased casserole dish; sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
Julie Esta' is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Purely Cajun Seasoning. She has witnessed many believers grow in their spiritual walk as they implement lifestyle changes to improve their eating habits and physical health.
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By Andria Fontenot
ur family has fostered for over four years and we have welcomed children into our home ages 8 months all the way to 21 years of age. Getting to love these children, and their families, has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Each child comes into care with unique experiences surrounding their circumstances. Because of their histories, children from hard places have changes in their bodies, brains, behaviors, and belief systems. While a variety of parenting strategies may be successful in typical circumstances, children from hard places need caregiving that meets their unique needs and addresses the whole child. This is where Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) comes into practice. TBRI® is an attachment-based, traumainformed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. This year, I had the opportunity to become certified as a TBRI® Practitioner via Zoom. (I am thankful for technology during a pandemic!) TBRI® practitioners train caregivers to see the “whole child” in their care and help that child reach his highest potential. As a foster momma, it’s been a vital part of our foster care journey.
As a director of a foster care nonprofit, TBRI® has played a crucial role in helping me support foster parents across our community. I help caregivers see behaviors through the “trauma lens” which allows them to understand the “why” behind these behaviors and helps them on their journey to healing. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, supporting the foster care community, or TBRI®, please connect with us at fosteringcommunity.org. Andria Fontenot is Co-Founder & Exec. Director of Fostering Community. She and her husband of 14 years, Matthew, have two beautiful daughters. They became a foster family 4 years ago with the desire to see families through the restoration and healing process.
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All things become new! By Keith Boutte
I hold no one accountable for my sin but
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myself. In every moment of weakness Holy Spirit warns me of who God is and that my choice to sin separates me from God. Repeated habitual sin causes Holy Spirit to draw back from me as I run towards ruin. Only one being can be in charge of me at any time, either I submit to the Word of God and Holy Spirit guidance and obey God, or I separate myself from God. Too much time of separation and I will lose my relationship with God. Our choices today direct our tomorrow’s. What was done yesterday should not direct my path today. Now if I have sinned, I must deal with that sin ASAP. Holding on to my hurt, anger, feelings of betrayal, justification of words or actions or anything that separates me from my relationship with God is time wasted. Every day is a day of salvation, a day to repent, restore and repair what I have failed at yesterday. Relationships are more valuable than silver or gold and bring more joy to me than any possession or position I have gained in life. Getting to the top of anything without
retaining good relationships voids all gain. It does not have to be nor should it be lonely at the top, bottom or middle. Our position is characterized by our words in action, what we say and do make up who we are today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has enough worries of its own, so we must live with heaven as our only option today and eternally. What will be my New Year’s Resolution this year should be the same every year. To draw closer to God, allow Holy Spirit to guide my words and actions, base all my dictions on God’s words and be a servant reflecting the Love of God to a lost and dying world. My job is not to obtain perfection but to allow my weaknesses to be used by God for His glory. My strength must be traded for His strength, my words replaced by His Word. Obtaining true riches in this world is only found in seeking to save those lost and dying by reflecting Jesus’s love and mercy. The greatest service we can do for God is to draw people to Him by reflecting His love towards them.
“So, we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought
of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NLT) And Paul also wrote, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthymeditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV) May this New Year draw us closer to our Creator, our Savior and our Guide in this life and the eternal one to come.
Keith Boutte resides in Lafayette with his lovely wife Christy, and they have four children and four grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others. 10
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Drumbeat Ministries Over 35 years ago, Carl Comeaux was living in a dark world of
winning souls and teaching. It involves training believers to live a lifestyle pleasing to God the Father, and to be a shining light to others who are living in darkness. As an overcomer of cancer, by the blood of the Lamb of God and the word of his testimony, having been delivered from the pit of alcoholism, Pastor and Teacher Carl Comeaux has experienced the grace of God on many levels, and is eager to help people to know Jesus, and to grow in that relationship.
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alcoholism and sin. He saw the world through the lens of a bottle. Alcohol was liquid courage that enabled him to do things he was afraid to do sober. He stopped drinking and a few months later, after feeling convicted by reading the Word of God, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. God removed the alcohol to allow him to read and understand His Word. After surviving a bout with cancer, Carl heard the voice of God asking him to speak to his pastor about being ordained as an evangelist. His pastor confirmed the call of God on his life, and he was ordained and licensed as a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ on September 1, 1998. Drumbeat Evangelistic Ministries was founded by Evangelist Carl Comeaux on March 17, 1998 and has reached and touched the lives of many up until today. In 2020, the Lord directed him to found Drumbeat Discipleship Ministries, for training disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ. A Believer becomes a disciple by becoming a student of the Word of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Discipleship goes beyond just
Letting go of 2020 By Michelle Hernandez
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Although 2020 is over in all its infamy, the effects of the pandemic, quarantine, hurricanes and social and political unrest go on. How these things affect your life is up to you. I am not sure who coined the phrase “One Day at a Time,” but I was introduced to it by Al-Anon after my dad entered recovery from alcoholism. If we have not learned anything else from all the uncertainty of the past year, I hope we have learned to take life one day at a time. We truly do not know what the future holds. We don’t even know what the day holds. If we spend our time and energy trying to predict and/or control what is going to happen, we are going to feel very anxious and unsettled. We are made by God, and we have to TRUST that He is in charge. Only when we let go of worry (different from concern) and control and turn things over to God’s care can we truly have the peace He intends for us.
Healing and growth I often thank God that my dad was an alcoholic, not
because of the codependent dysfunction it created in my family, which I carried into my marriage, but because of all I gained from the recovery and healing that unfolded in my life as a result of AlAnon. For anyone not familiar, Al-Anon is an anonymous support group for family and friends of alcoholics. It is a twelve-step program of spiritual growth and building healthy relationships, that begins with admitting we are dependent on God.
God events Always an independent, adventurous person, I thought I could conquer anything I set out to do. One result of being the daughter of an alcoholic was becoming an overachiever. “Every moment of every day must be productive, or I am wasting my life” is the mentality I have held for much of my life. Two major events in my life have taught me how DEPENDENT I am on God and how PROVIDENTIAL God is—when we let Him into our lives and “Let Go and Let God.” The first thing that really put me in a tailspin was going through divorce and becoming a single mother of three. At the time my children were ages 3, 9 and 14. We moved in with my aging parents, and for several months I did not have a steady job. Over the next few years as I rebuilt my life, there were countless times when I did not know how I was going to pay a bill or afford what my kids needed, and somehow from somewhere would come a helping hand, assistance in many forms, people stepping up to help in ways many of them had no idea I needed. I call it Providence, and I have noticed that the more I have needed God, and the more I have allowed Him to help me, the less I worried, and the more peace I had. The second major life event that showcased God’s providence was being diagnosed with cancer. I was still single parenting three children, although one was in college and mostly on her own, and I was self-employed. I did not have a choice but to continue working. I took it ONE DAY AT A TIME. I created room in my schedule for rest and learned to actually enjoy and appreciate NAPS! I reached out to others for help with my children, my house, my laundry— whatever I fell short on to keep my life going during that time. God provided BECAUSE I RELIED ON HIM. What will you take from 2020 as we move into 2021? The choice is yours. Michelle Hernandez is a parishioner at Our Lady of Wisdom Church and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Lafayette, LA.
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Living your faith
By Hartie Spence
t was 2001, and ASH had been in business ten years. The youngest of my four children was two years old and my oldest was six. We had just hired two highly skilled managers, and I wanted an outside perspective to verify we were pointed in the right direction for growth and success. A consultant, family friend, and fellow Christian made a cursory two-day visit. The closing comments of his summary report hit me hard, “Remember, live what you claim is important. Don’t claim to love Christ and your family while short-changing them on time and attention.” His comments dovetailed nicely with what my wife, Kim, and I had been memorizing in the book of James. Faith has consequences. A life truly lived in faith impacts how you speak and act. If I claim to have faith and do not place my relationship with Christ as highest priority, followed by the one with my wife, then I am a liar. If I don’t invest time and attention training my children, and if that training is not absolutely consistent with Christ’s nature, then I have failed. My goal came to be that we would walk with them, holding their little hands, until we had a chance to introduce them to Jesus and put their hand in His. I would mourn if they spent their young lives realizing that life with me was a horrible misrepresentation and distortion of life with Christ. Like in business, Kim and I picked an objective first and then prayed, planned, and studied about how to get there. Our objective was that our children, when grown, would be the ideal co-worker in life, co-laborer in Christ, and Christian brother/sister in fellowship. We wanted our children to be a blessing to others and not an imposition to be tolerated. We would be parents first and then grow to be peers. We began child training simply with the most basic of concepts; “Life revolves around Christ. We will put you on a schedule so that you can join and not disrupt our family. You can contribute where we have already been serving.” As they grew, we emphasized the two greatest commandments; love God with all you are and love others as yourself. The trick was in continually emphasizing these commandments through real actions (as it says in James). For cspotlight.com
example, because we love Christ, we have a daily devotion in the early morning. We memorized scripture together, read the Bible, shared its stories, and talked about why we believe what we believe. Because Proverbs promises us wisdom, for instance, we read four or five verses a day and discussed, “what does this mean?” The devotions changed as the kids grew (reading books of Christian martyrs together as they got older, having them give me the lessons they gathered from the Sunday sermon, etc.), but they were always there, always gathered in the den at dawn, always special. My cherished Bible is marked with 15 years of weaving our way through Proverbs in a year and a half, each cycle. Training in the second greatest commandment was also dynamic and a myriad of great daily lessons. Because we claim to love people, we shake their hands firmly and look them in the eye. “Acting shy” does not express love. Because we respect adults, we do not interrupt, but we wait for a turn to speak. Because we want to express Christ’s love, we don’t litter, but we show respect to all people. We work to build relationships where we can, restore where we have failed, and pay restitution where we are culpable (even when what we broke was an accident). Every day, Kim and I would discuss each of the children and pray that God would reveal what we needed to see in the heart. The “stiffwilled child” lived a wild life, but it was easy to see and know where to apply training to their heart. The “compliant child” was tricky, and we had to ask God for special wisdom to see when the “desire to please and be complimented” was hiding secret sin and a proud heart. God is faithful. He provides the insight necessary to train so we may reap great joy in parenting. By His grace, we see the day that we welcome a young adult as a peer in Christ. Hartie Spence Jr. grew up in Shreveport/Bossier and moved to Lafayette 30 years ago, after marrying Lafayette native, Kim Davidson Spence. God has blessed them with four precious children, the youngest of which is 21 years old.
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Support knowledge By Jenny Morgan
here’s a popular saying we’re all familiar with: knowledge is power. I believe that one of the biggest obstacles when considering adoption is lack of knowledge. Families who are interested in adopting often don’t know where to begin. And women with unplanned or crisis pregnancies often don’t receive resources explaining how the adoption process works. This can be discouraging for both parties. Specifically, for birthmothers, fear and uncertainty about the future of their child may nudge them toward the option to abort rather than find a family to adopt. But the reality is that resources can be found through a little bit of research. Websites like adoption.org, adoption.com, and adoptuskids.org list general bullet points for both parties looking into the adoption process. Being armed with this
information, even just knowing where to look for it, can be a great way to support a woman who is uncertain about what decisions she should make in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Especially if she’s learning not only her rights and decision-making abilities in the process, but also receiving comfort about the safety of her child’s future. Adoption is both a beautiful and an emotional experience. And when we are standing with families and/or pregnant women who are overwhelmed by the prospect, we can arm them with what they need most—answers. We have to present women with more than the abstract idea of adoption. We need to show them their questions do have answers, and they can be comforted in a decision to find a family for their unborn child.
lexis is a cute and playful little girl with a lot of personality. She loves unicorns, dancing, playing with Barbie’s, getting her hair done and playing on her tablet. When Alexis grows up, she would like to be a cook or a teacher. She is shy at first but soon opens up. Her foster mother says Alexis is very helpful and likes to read. She makes average grades, however she does not like to do homework and needs someone to take time with her to get it done. Alexis is open to trying new things and going to new places. She is a good eater but refuses to eat raw or cooked carrots. Alexis is very close to her siblings and is looking for a forever family that will allow her to maintain contact with them. For more information on Alexis, please call the Thibodaux region DCFS at (985) 447-0945.
/// MORE /// Adoption.org Adoption.com & AdoptUsKids.org
Jenny Morgan is a wife and proud adoptive mother in the Lafayette area. 14
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Lessons for littles: 2021 By Emily Nealy
fter a year like 2020, we wonder what 2021 has in store. The world seems off-kilter and our kids sense it. It’s our job to guide our children through these uncertain times. It’s human nature to react with what I call a “self-pity party temper tantrum.” You know, the thing we do when things don’t go the way we want, or when there are changes to “the plan,” or things are just unsettled. Kids haven’t mastered socially acceptable demonstrations of self-pity and you may see them painting the world with their tears, flinging themselves on the ground in despair, or pouting in a corner. I’m reminded of Jonah, who mourned God’s righteous decision to save an unholy people. (Jonah 4) We all struggle with loss, injustice, or the anticipation of waiting for an outcome. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. We don’t know precisely what God has planned, but we do know He is good and will work everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Not a bit of our future is unplanned. He will fulfill His purpose. (Ps. 138:8) Nothing can thwart His good and perfect plan. (Rom. 8:37–39) God has it all worked out! 2. Prayer works. He says, “Ask in my name and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14) He hears our prayers, and He tells us our cspotlight.com
prayers work. (John 5:13-20) Pray for your children and with them. 3. Rest knowing whatever happens, Christ is building our faith in Him. It’s God’s workout plan for a believer. Romans 5:1-5— suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Hope does not put us to shame, because of God’s love. This is good news! So, whatever their age, if you find your child upset about an answer, an outcome, or frustrated with waiting, remind them of the following things, they are true, right, pure, noble, and worthy. God is good. He loves us. He is in control. He has given them you (a loving parent) to help them and guide them. Nothing surprises Him. He placed us in history for this time. He is writing an amazing story and we are a part of it. This chapter may not be clear to us, but we know how the book ends. He wins. We do, too. Teach your child these hymns: In Christ
Alone, He will Hold me Fast, and Great is Thy Faithfulness. Emily Nealy has four children of her own, teaches K-4 at Christ Church Academy, and is a REALTOR® in Acadiana. Her husband, Brandon, pastors Christ Church in Lafayette LA.
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Alone in a crowd By Kelly Mouisset
am a loner. Always have been. One of my first memories as a child is playing alone with my wooden blocks and a box. I would build homes and ranches with long driveways. I created all kinds of places and spent hours there visiting with all kinds of people. I had quite the imagination. I also loved hanging out with the neighborhood kids for hours playing kick ball, softball, tag and hide and seek. Always a friend somewhere around if you wanted one. Fast forward to adulthood and I found myself busy raising boys and playing taxi. Not much alone time and not as much time for friendships. I found my life becoming a tunnel and realized I needed true connection in my life. My first opportunity came as I joined a small group at our church. It gave me what I craved. Connection. Friendships. Opportunities for others to speak life into some dry spots.
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I could have chosen to stay alone but I kept reminding myself that I needed friends to speak into my life. They held me accountable, kept me connected and my heart open to love. God uses people in our lives to strengthen us when we are weak. To file down the rough edges and guide us to be better versions of ourselves. Who surrounds you and speaks life into your heart? We all need people who draw out the best in us and speak life into our souls.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. â€”Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Kelly Mouisset is a Certified Life Coach specializing in overcoming your past to create a healthy future. She is the loving wife of Chris and mother to three young men!
Ask for help By Cheryll White
gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” —Philippians 4:6-7 Any of us can sing on a good day. If your team wins, your stocks go up, your birthday present is terrific, and it doesn’t rain on your vacation, then sure, we can sing. But that kind of good-circumstances-laughter is ordinary. What Paul and Silas had—and what we can have—was supernatural. Supernatural joy rejoices no matter what happens to be going on at
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your
the time, even if the heart is breaking right in the middle of the song. None of us can escape the sharp pain or crushing grief in some of life’s worst circumstances, but any of us can, even in that hour, choose to rejoice. Paul and Silas did, in that Philippian jail. It’s both good news and bad news that in that hour of difficulty, people are watching and listening more than ever to know if your faith in Christ is genuine. To put it simply, they want to know if your faith works. Anyone’s “faith” can work on a good day, but when the chips are down, they’ll know whether or not your faith is the real deal. And to quote Paul directly, “Again I say, rejoice!” Pastor Cheryll D. White, along with her husband Rodney, are Pastors of Manna Christian Fellowship in Rayne, a place where you are fed.
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Searching for a church home? Adonai's House of Prayer 601 E. Jane St., Abbeville Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Amana Christian Fellowship Church
310 Milton Road, Maurice (337) 893-5728 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Assembly Christian Center
4201 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 369-8000 Sundays, 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
The Bayou Church
2234 Kaliste Saloom Road (337) 984-8291 Sundays, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m.
Bethel Church 15147 LA. 102, Jennings Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Calvary Baptist Church
4015 Moss St. (337) 269-0976 Sundays, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
111 Camellia Blvd. (337) 962-3616 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Church • Abbeville
210 S. Saint Valerie St. Sundays, 10 a.m.
800 Jefferson Blvd. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
• Opelousas Campus Sundays, 10 a.m.
Christian Center Church
315 Lagneaux Rd. (337) 984-3367 Sundays, 10 a.m., Spanish 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
4620 Hwy. 90 E., Broussard (In Celebrity Theatres) (337)856-9902 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Church on the Rock 1411 E. Admiral Doyle Dr. (337) 369-1968 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Community Baptist Church 800 Rue De Belier Sun., 9:30, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Cowboy Church 400 N. Lewis St., New Iberia (337) 365-9013 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
150 Verona Dr. (337) 234-4308 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Destiny of Faith Christian Church 409 Patterson Street (337) 231-5119 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Drumbeat Discipleship Minitries 1000 Renaud, #128 Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
The Family Church
223 Stone Ave. (337) 234-0214 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m.
Family Life Church
2223 Dulles Dr. (337) 988-0030 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Faith Family Fellowship 230 Robertson St., New Iberia (337) 365-0051 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Fellowship Biker Church 835 W. Napoleon St., Sulphur (337) 842-3029 Sundays, 10 a.m.
First Assembly of God 3555 Verot School Road (337) 857-0018 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Broussard
210 S. Morgan Ave. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 9:15, 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church of
242 St Pierre Blvd. (337) 896-8296 Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesdays 6 p.m.
First Baptist Lafayette 1100 Lee Ave. (337) 233-1412 Sundays, 8:15, 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m.
First Baptist Milton 2535 E. Broussard Road (337) 856-5402 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Freedom Baptist Church
1132 N. Martin L. King Dr., Eunice (337) 523-8192 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Foundations Church 209 Southpark Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
The Harvest Vineyard Church 903 E. Simcoe St. (337) 280-1040 Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
207 N. Adams, Rayne, LA (337) 658-1397 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Miracle Place Church of Acadiana
1110 N. Main St., Opelousas Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
New Beginning Fellowship Church
901 Wildcat Dr. (337) 893-6279 Sundays, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
519 Parkway Dr., Breaux Bridge (337) 442-6209 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
New Beginning Ministries
1797 Declouet Hwy., Breaux Bridge Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
510 W. Pinhook Road Sundays, 11 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Jubilee Nation Christian Ministries
105 Merchants Blvd. (337) 232-9279 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
4400 Moss St. (337) 205-4934 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Lafayette Vineyard 705 Bonin Road (337) 837-7060 Sundays, 10 a.m.
One Church Acadiana 211 JB Road Sundays, 10 a.m.
6408 Johnston St. (337) 984-4567 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Lift City Church 123 Carmel Drive (337)761-6636
1709 Dulles Dr. (337) 981-6438 Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m.
600 General Mouton Ave. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Riverside Church of Christ
200 South City (337) 984-2035 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Royal Lineage Ministries
605 South College Road (337) 552-8338 Sundays, 11 a.m.
Spirit & Truth Church 1128 W. Simcoe (337) 234-0678 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
St. Peter Baptist Church
503 N. Washington St. (337) 412-1020 Sundays, 8 a.m. Wednesdays, Bible study 6 p.m.
Trinity Bible Church
604 Lee Ave. (337) 234-3005 Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
• Opelousas Campus
Sundays, 8. 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Victory Family Worship Center
• Youngsville Campus
204 Apollo, Scott (337) 593-8994 Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Church
Sundays, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Sundays, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
• Crowley Campus Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
• Eunice Campus
Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
• Jennings Campus
Sundays, 8, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.
1400 W. University Ave. (601) 606-0140 Sundays, 10 a.m.
3210 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy (337) 501-6612 Sundays, 10 a.m.
623 Lafayette St. (337) 856-5806 Sundays, 10 a.m.
Rivers of New Life
Sundays, 8, 9:30, & 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.
2768 N.E. Evangeline Thruway (337) 234-6868 Sundays, 9 & 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
328 Guilbeau Road, The Evangeline Room (337) 275-3223 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
• Lafayette Campus
1300 Bertrand Dr. (337) 261-8801 Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Living Life Church
Redeemer City Church
Sundays, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
• Broussard Campus
• New Iberia Campus
200 E. Butcher Switch Road Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
2001 E. Simcoe St. Sundays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
130 E. Broussard (337) 406-2801 Sundays, 9 & 10:45 a.m.
Sundays, 8:15, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.
Progressive Baptist Church
Our Savior’s Church
• Midtown Campus
First Baptist Youngsville
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Manna Christian Fellowship of Louisiana
1320 Fortune Rd. Youngsville 70592 Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.
Youngsville Community Church
4129 Verot School Road Sundays, 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Zion Travelers Baptist Church 5009 E. Admiral Doyle Dr., New Iberia (337) 465-1579 Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
NOTE: Many churches have online services/revised worship times due to COVID. Please contact them for the most current information! January 2021
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