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Sunday School Lessons for Kids

I want to share some of the Sunday School Lessons we have created for our kids at Lighthouse of Living Faith.  Feel free to use them or share them with others.  We love our kids! Stars & Sand July 26 Living Water July 19 Here Come the ...

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Intensifying Your Love When the Lights Go Out

July 23, 2020 This is my final blog for "When the Lights Go Out." Intensifying Your Love When the Lights Go Out When you lose a loved one... parent, spouse, child, or other... Your heart is truly shattered... for a time. But there comes a time, ...

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Rebuilding Your Life When the Lights Go Out

July 22, 2020 Rebuilding Your Life When the Lights Go Out This was such a monumental trip for me. It was during this trip to St. Louis I made the decision to go out on my own and start my own consulting business, Vann-Ray, LLC. This picture was ...

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Moving Forward When the Lights Go Out

July 21, 2020 Moving Forward When the Lights Go Out As difficult as it was for me to accept my future without Andrew, I realized at some point I had to move forward. If I didn't move forward, I would lose my life. I would stagnate. I would ...

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Dreams & Expectations Come When The Lights Go Out

July 20, 2020 Dreams & Expectations Come When The Lights Go Out I am a hopeless romantic (defined as - of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality). I look for the good in all people. I look for the good in all things. I ...

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Reaping God's Goodness When the Lights Go Out

July 19, 2020 Reaping God's Goodness When the Lights Go Out On October 28, 2014, some 16 years after Andrew's death, Andrew "Clemens" Odom was born. He made his Mimsy sit up all night long waiting for him. But when that child made his ...

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Saying All the Things I Wished I Had Said When the Lights Go Out

July 18, 2020   Saying All the Things I Wished I Had Said When the Lights Go Out.   So many things have gone through my mind through the years... things I wished I would have said to Andrew... Things I wish I would have done. ...

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No Longer Afraid When The Lights Go Out

July 17, 2020 No Longer Afraid When The Lights Go Out I can't tell you how long it took me to get to this point. But I can go to bed at night now without the sense of despair racking my body. I am no longer afraid when the lights go out. ...

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Releasing Anger and Embracing Acceptance When The Lights Go Out

July 16, 2020Releasing Anger and Embracing AcceptanceWhen The Lights Go OutOne of the hardest things for me to do as a mama was to accept that I would never hold my child again in this life. I would never hear his laughter again. I would never ...

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Growing Spiritually & Emotionally When The Lights Go Out

July 15, 2020 Growing Spiritually & Emotionally When The Lights Go Out When your life is turned upside down, the devil thinks he's won. He is pretty sure of himself, and as you grieve, he gleefully thinks he has his next victim wrapped up in ...

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Remembering Those Vows When the Lights Go Out

July 14, 2020 Remembering Those Vows When the Lights Go Out Some people say the death of a child puts an enormous amount of stress on a marriage... I'd say "Some People" are right. How can it not put stress on a marriage? Remember, we ...

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Understanding Survivor's Guilt When the Lights Go Out

July 13, 2020 Understanding Survivor's Guilt When the Lights Go Out In the middle of all my grief, I never even really thought about Gideon dealing with Survivor's Guilt after our wreck. Looking back, so many things now make perfect ...

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Remembering to go to Church When the Lights Go Out

July 12, 2020Remembering to go to Church When the Lights Go Out Half-way there today! Today happens to be a Sunday in my journey, so I thought it would be fitting to discuss going to church when you are grieving. Going back to any normal activity ...

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Dealing with Regret When the Lights Go Out

July 11, 2020 Dealing with Regret When the Lights Go Out I don't know how many times in the past 22 years I have thought to myself, "I wish I would have..." or "I wish I hadn't..." Countless times, I'm sure. I wish I had said, ...

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The Deafening Silence When the Lights Go Out

July 10, 2020 The Deafening Silence When the Lights Go Out Andrew and Gideon were 16 months apart in age. Andrew was the social child; Gideon was the stubborn child. When you put them both together, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard ...

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The World Keeps Spinning When the Lights Are Out

July 9, 2020 The World Keeps Spinning When the Lights Are Out One of the most difficult things for me wasn't when "time" stood still for me... but that "time" moved on. During our wreck, as we were spinning after the initial hit from the ...

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Dealing with "Those Days" When the Lights Go Out

July 8, 2020 Dealing with "Those Days" when the Lights Go Out July 24, April 2, December 25, February 14... and then there's Easter, Thanksgiving, and the beginning of school... All these ...

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Your Life Is Changed When the Lights Go Out

July 7, 2020 Your Life Is Changed When the Lights Go Out It's ironic that I am writing about this topic today... for I am struggling... as usual... on my taxes. The irony - before Andrew died, I always did our taxes. I loved the thought that ...

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Finding Purpose When the Lights Go Out

July 6, 2020 Finding Purpose When the Lights Go Out When Andrew died, I was teaching at Citronelle Middle School (later became Lott Middle School). My world was shattered. Since the boys and I were in different school districts, our spring breaks ...

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Remembering Those Who Are with You when The Lights Go Out

July 5, 2020 Remembering Those Who Are with You when the Lights Go Out On April 2, 1998, I lost my oldest son. Ray lost his oldest son. Gideon lost his older brother. My family members lost a little boy they loved. Andrew's classmates lost a ...

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Finding God When the Lights Go Out

July 4, 2020 Finding God when the Lights Go Out I have heard it all my life that we are not supposed to question God. Well, I did... Every day... Many times a day... If I asked God one time, I asked Him a thousand times why Andrew had to leave ...

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Finding Others When the Lights Go Out

July 3, 2020 Finding Others When the Lights Go Out   As the darkness of grief slowly engulfed my soul, I kept thinking, "I need help."  I knew I needed help.  Losing a child was more than my heart could handle.  I had friends, and in their ...

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Finding Yourself When the Lights Go Out

July 2, 2020 Finding Yourself When the Lights Go Out When you lose a loved one, like I lost my son, Andrew, you also lose yourself. Now before everyone starts preaching to me... I know that a person is not truly "lost" if you know where he/she is. ...

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When the Lights Go Out

When the Lights Go Out Years ago, on an April 2nd night, Rev. Henry Sheppard told me he thought I'd write a book one day about that night. He said the title should be "When the Lights Go Out." It's been over 22 years since that day. ...

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Wednesday Night Bible Study during COVID-19 Quarantine - The Great Commission

Here is the Wednesday Night Bible Study during the COVID-19 Quarantine. March 18, 2020

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Messages from Lighthouse of Living Faith during COVID-19 Quarantine

Our Sunday Morning Service at LOLF during COVID-19 Quarantine March 22, 2020

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Journey Toward the Great Commission

The Great Commission There are so many scriptural references to the saving of souls. I know that Jesus left each of us with a job to complete. We all have our unique talents and gifts, but at the same time we are all given the same commission... GO ...

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Burden and Bidding of God's Spirit: When the Milk Cows Bring the Ark Home

Wednesday Evening Sermon Rev. Ray Odom November 6, 2019 (Or Click Here to be taken to podcast)

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Day 36 - Tuesday through Day 40 Saturday

The last few days of Lent, 2019 I have finished my 40 journey, and during this time I learned a lot about Jesus and the miracles He performed.  I also learned a lot about myself.  I know that for the remaining part of the year, I won't to ...

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Day 24 - Tuesday through Day 35 Monday

  We have finally reached the final week of Lent 2019.  At this point in my journey I am in awesome wonder of all that Christ has done for me.  I love my Savior, and I only wish I could convey how much I am thankful for all He did for ...

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Day 18 Tuesday - Day 23 - Monday

Jesus had His fair share of "critics." But He did not allow this to keep Him from doing the right thing.  Some of His critics even sought to kill Him simply for His goodness. We have to be willing to take chances when we help others in the ...

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Day 13 - Wednesday through Day 17 - Monday

What Manner of Man Is This? The Devils Feared Him! "Who Touched Me?" The People Laughed, But Only for a Moment! They Believed, and so They Were Healed! So for the past few days, I've been running, rushing, working, and blogging has been ...

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Day 12 - Tuesday

When a mom loses literally everything, Jesus decides to do what must have been unimaginable for her. He gave her back her son... her only son.  We know she was a widow, and when her son died, she truly did feel as though she had lost it all. But ...

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Day 11 - Monday

Jesus was willing to heal a withered hand so a man could regain his ability to work even if it meant His enemies would do what they could to hold it against Him.  I find it hard to understand how a group of people, who were supposed to be ...

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Sunday #2 of Lent

Today I tried to spend time with family. My sister was in from her hometown, and we had lunch.  It was great to have time just to sit and talk with her. As I went through the day, I looked at several issues in life... and in each one, I truly ...

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Day 10 - Saturday

I love that Jesus had such crowds that the people had to take the roof from the home just to get to Him.  That had to be an amazing sight.  Yet Jesus was more concerned with the man's salvation than his physical healing.  This troubled ...

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Day 9 - Friday

Two things really stuck out to me today in the scripture reading: The faith of the Centurion. How Jesus marveled at the Centurion's faith. Because of a pattern I see as I read through all the miracles of Jesus, one thing begins to ...

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Day 8 - Thursday

I love how the leper approached Jesus with the words, "Lord if you will..." And I equally love how Jesus responded... "I will!" I find that amazing! I wonder how many times we could help make someone's life better if we would just say the ...

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Day 7 - Wednesday

I love this story.  Peter is worn out... but he helps his friend, Jesus, have a platform to preach. Then Jesus (whom Peter knows as the teacher) finishes and says, "Hey, Peter... go out into the deep and cast your nets there."  I think Peter may ...

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Day 6 - Tuesday

At the End of a Long Day - He Healed! I know Jesus must have been extremely tired after teaching all day, yet there He was... healing as many as He touched... at the evening time. There are three things that stuck with me in these verses: He ...

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Day 5 - Monday

Healed to Help I love this little story.  It's in 3 of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke.  There are only a couple of verses in each account.  But the message is clear: Peter's MIL had a fever and was very sick. Jesus rebuked ...

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Sunday #1 of Lent

Sunday - Rest Day I don't know about you, but I love rest days! So many days filled with anxiety, stress, and compiling problems... God knew we mortals could not handle all of that for extended days on end... So, He gave us a rest ...

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Day 4 - Saturday

What A Word Is This? From the moment Jesus started in the synagogue, the people were amazed.  When He delivered the poor man with an unclean spirit, their expressions became: "What A Word Is This?"   Two quick things to share: The people ...

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Day 3 - Friday

Having Faith Without Miracles & Wonders As I read the scriptures for this little walk in the wilderness, I realized that Jesus wanted more from those around Him - He wanted them to believe in Him without having miracles and wonders. OK... I ...

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Day 2 - Thursday

1st Recorded Miracle of Jesus' Earthly Ministry - WOW! Do you know what I love most about this story - 2 things - Jesus did it for His earthly mom (Mary) & Jesus' mom had confidence in Him. Oh the things we do for family!  But... one ...

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Day 1 - Ash Wednesday

And so the journey begins.  I've taken my first few steps.  I think I have my fasting in order; I've also gotten some inspiration as how I should pray.  I'm asking God to show me daily what He would have me give.   Day 1 - The ...

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Preparation for Lent - in FPG Mode

Preparation for Lent - in FPG Mode There are 3 Main Tenets of Lent: fasting, praying, and giving.  When you take a look at these principles of faith, you find Jesus embodied all three during His earthly ministry.  When you read of Jesus' ...

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My Love, My Life, My Forever Valentine!

My Love, My Life, My Forever Valentine When I met this guy, I was only 15.  He was stationed in South Korea, and his family had been a part of our community forever. I'll never forget my first memory of seeing him... In his dress greens... ...

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A Real Enemy Among Us

I don't know about you, but my heart breaks on a regular basis when I hear of how people whom I love dearly are falling into the trap of alcohol and drug consumption to the point they are putting their lives and the lives of those around them ...

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Daddy's Birthday

Today is my Daddy's Birthday.  It's been 45 years since I've seen him.  My memories of him are sketchy at best. When I look at the few pictures of him I have, I realize about the only physical feature I inherited from him is the ...

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Living in a Glass House

Recently I was reminded I do indeed live in a glass house.  I'm a PW, which I think is worse than a PK.  When you are in the ministry, all your walls are glass.  Every word you say is dissected.  You are supposed to be in check with your ...

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Need a Little Wilderness Experience?

  These are troubling times for sure. It has become a huge distraction for me on a daily basis.  I do my best to overlook... scroll past... have not reaction... but almost on a daily basis, I find myself upset over something I've seen or ...

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Hold the Fort

I have never seen a time when being a Christian has been met with more hate that today.  It seems if we hold any truths self-evident we are misconstrued as hateful, biased, and non-tolerant. I read a quote today where someone likened us to ...

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Days When I Need Jesus & A Whole Lot of Duct Tape

I am a passionate person.  When I believe in something, I believe it with my whole heart.  Sometimes that gets me in trouble. To be truthful, this is the 3rd time I have restarted or rewritten this post.  It pains me greatly to know that we have ...

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