Have you ever heard anyone start their prayer by humbly saying, “Dear Lord, it’s me. I know you feel like I am shaking you down, but we really need you again”?
These were the sweet words communicated from my oldest daughter’s lips while we were praying as a family about a situation that had suddenly arisen. I could not contain my laughter and my youngest daughter could not contain her shock. But, we all chuckled so hard it took us a few minutes to gather our composure to pray with more earnestness.
Earlier this month she was worried about her very last college tuition bill that was due before she graduates in December. God has blessed her many times in her years at Northwestern State University with scholarships that have helped with the burden of tuition. It seemed as though this last bill was having to come out of her meager pockets so she became concerned. I explained to her that God cares about the things that concern us, not matter how large or how small.
I refused to let her be anxious about it so I spent a lot of time explaining that God has brought her this far and he will not leave or forsake her now. We took it to Jesus and did not worry about it again. Sometime the next day I felt led to ask her if she completed the annual scholarship applications in a timely manner.
I am not sure about your children but sometimes mine need reminding to handle their business.
Much to my surprise, she said she did so we checked on the status of her application. A few days later she was notified that she was awarded a scholarship that took care of seventy-five percent of her tuition. You could hear the hallelujah chorus being sung from our kitchen from miles away. We were just so grateful and could not contain our praise.
A few days after this joyous occasion she was hit with the news that her car was in need of repair and it would cost a few hundred dollars. We prayed about this and the very same day she received this news she also received a COVID check from NSU. It was completely unexpected but could not have come at a better time. It was almost as if God was working things out before she even knew there was a need. He’s been known to do this from time to time.
While I admired my daughter’s honesty and frankness in her prayers I did wonder if Jesus ever gets tired of hearing from us. We talk to him daily, we thank him daily and sometimes we do need him to show up and help us. We routinely bring everything to him and lay it at his feet. He is truly the friend we run to first and that is exactly how she was addressing him, as a friend.
Prayer time for me and my girls has always been a special time and this was one of the things we were most excited to continue when my oldest came home from her travels. It gives us each a few moments to share what is on our minds for the day and remember those who also need prayer. In this particular prayer where she was “shaking the Lord down” she was asking for help again and it is my belief that he loves hearing from us even when we are in need.
It is an easy lesson to teach someone to trust God when their prayer is being answered. Not all prayers are answered in the way that we wish and that is part of life. Our true test of friendship comes when we can continue trusting even though we are not totally happy with the outcome or we are having to wait longer for answers. The bigger test of friendship with our savior comes when we can be joyful while we wait and content while we trust.
Take heart if you find yourself “shaking the Lord down” for help. That is exactly what he wants us to do.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
A member of one of the most storied NSU athletics families will be recognized on the Turpin Stadium field Saturday.
Wayne Waggoner, who is the most athletically accomplished of the Waggoner clan, is the Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game. Waggoner will be honored during the first quarter of the McNeese football game.
Waggoner, an N-Club Hall of Famer on the basketball court, followed in the footsteps of his father Bernard to Natchitoches.
Both Waggoner’s were voted to the 100-man All-Century Team that marked NSU basketball in 2013.
Wayne’s son Jackson hopes he can add to his family’s legacy as a freshman on this year’s Demon squad.
Wayne Waggoner played two seasons at NSU after transferring from Centenary, averaging 16.8 points per game in 56 contests while shooting 57 percent as a guard.
That career scoring average would rank fifth all-time among players who scored 1,000 career points, which doesn’t include Waggoner (939 in two seasons).
His career 85.5 percent free throw shooting ranks second all-time at NSU.
The two-time All-Trans America Athletic Conference player was a sixth-round NBA Draft pick (Dallas Mavericks) in 1983 after helping NSU to a 19-9 record as a senior.
At that time, the 19 wins was the most since NSU became a Division I program in 1976 and wouldn’t be bested until coach Mike McConathy led the 2004-05 Demons to a 21-win season that included a regular season Southland Conference championship.
Waggoner also served as an NSU assistant coach for six years (1983-88).
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The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee selected six semifinalists to interview for the school’s top post.
“The search committee has fulfilled the first part of its mission by selecting a group of semifinalists with specific qualifications to lead Northwestern State University,” Committee Chair and System President Jim Henderson said. “Each of our nine member institutions is unique and I am confident that the best person to lead Northwestern State, my alma mater, is among these candidates.”
- Nancy D. Albers, College of Business International Experience Coordinator at Louisiana State University in Shreveport
- Marcus D. Jones, Interim President at Northwestern State University
- Darrell P. Kruger, Former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Appalachian State University
- Kim M. LeDuff, Vice President of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at University of West Florida in Pensacola
- Jeremy L. Thomas, Interim President at Oklahoma City Community College
- Virginia R. Van Sickle-Burkett, Chief Scientist at U.S. Department of Interior
The committee will interview the semifinalists on Northwestern’s campus the first week of November with opportunities for student and campus community involvement. The next Northwestern president will be selected by the full Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System at a special meeting scheduled for Nov. 8.
“I’d like to thank those individuals who showed interest in this position, we appreciate their attention to the university,” UL System Chair Liz Pierre said. “I look forward to meeting the six semifinalists in Natchitoches next month.”
Chairing the Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee is UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson as a non-voting member. Voting members are NSU Faculty Senate President John Dunn and UL System Board Members Elizabeth Pierre, Jimmy Clarke, Barry Busada, Lola Dunahoe, Alejandro Perkins, Joe Salter and Student Board Member L’Oreal Williams.
Non-voting members are Retired Dean of NSU Creative and Performing Arts Bill Brent, NSU Alumni Association’s Nikki Caeser-Small, NSU SGA President Tja’h Edwards, NSU Alumni Association President Patricia Hrapmann, NSU Foundation Member Mike Knotts and NSU Foundation President John Manno, Jr.
May 16, 1920 – October 12, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Jeanette Soileau Polson
July 25, 1936 – October 11, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 10 am at St. Terrance Catholic Mission in Florien
Bobbie Joy Pitt
October 20, 1929 – October 8, 2021
Service: Friday, October 15 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows funeral home, located at 355 Capitol St. in Many
May 24, 1949 – October 12, 2021
Service: Saturday October 16 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Rev. Wayne Hicks
January 17, 1938 – October 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 23 at 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Natchitoches
Clarence Jones Sr.
February 15, 1929- October 8, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 11 am at The Abundant Life Church, located at 620 Ben Drive in Natchitoches
Cathy Denise Little
December 30, 1962 – October 13, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home
The Sabine Parish Journal is excited to bring you the main events happening throughout the parish and on the lake this week! It’s Spooky Season, and The Bend is packed with fun events for every age group!
Wild for Art Painting Class with artist, Shanna Gaspard, will be held at the Sabine Council on Aging building on Thursday, October 14th at 10:00 am. Don’t forget to bring you own canvas!
Painting classes are held at the Converse location on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Saye’s Boutique is hosting Pumpkin Shine in Pleasant Hill on Friday, October 15th. Registration begins at 6:00 pm; Judging begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your carved pumpkin and register. We will have tea lights to light them. Pumpkins will be judged and can be left out for the night for anyone who would like to walk thru and view. Make sure to wear your costume for a costume contest. Join us for games, movies & snacks!
The Joey Ward Band will be performing at Beer Time on Saturday, October 16th at 8:30 pm. There is a $10 cover charge.
Fall Classic – Bowfishing Tournament
October 16th out of Pendleton Harbor Marina
Open trailer to any public ramp on Toledo bend
Sign up from 6 pm- 7 pm
Weigh in at 7 am
Entry fee -$250 per team – 1-4 man teams