Greetings on this chilly January day, with the north wind howling around every crack and corner, with no place to hide from the bone chilling north wind! But, you know the Bible tells us that where our treasure it, that there will also be our heart.

Greetings on this chilly January day, with the north wind howling around every crack and corner, with no place to hide from the bone chilling north wind! But, you know the Bible tells us that where our treasure it, that there will also be our heart. Well, many have lived in Oklahoma all their life, so no need to complain, because they know that in just a day or two, the weather will change again, and all will be smiles, once more! Of course, one often wonders where some people’s hearts are, because their vehicles are sitting at home on Sunday mornings, as most are on their way to some sanctuary in our community. The front of our church bulletin had Matthew 6:21 at the top of the cover, then in large print, it said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” I wonder how many will take notice of that verse and let the Holy Spirit give their heart, mind and soul, a tug, and make plans to be in some sanctuary next Sunday? Perhaps, we that attend a church service weekly, might be able to reach out to others, show them a big smile; and give a bit welcome to them, with an invitation to attend our church and all the church functions. Isn’t that what Jesus taught us to do, way over in the New Testament? Well, goodness gracious, I have done enough on reminding everyone how important church is to a good and happy life, so I will move on to the functions of our fine city. Isn’t it nice to drive down Main Street of our fine City of Shawnee? The sidewalks and streets are so attractive and I encourage you to just take a slow drive down Main Street on a sunny evening, and start at one end of it, down either at end of Harrison, perhaps around six or seven p.m., and notice how beautiful and clean our Main Street looks. I want to express my appreciation to all that has made this possible, because when I married my late husband, Elbert Eugene (Gene) Pickens, and moved to Shawnee, I wasn’t very impressed with it in 2002. I kept writing letters to the Editor about some structures that were about to fall down across from our home and about the mill being so dirty looking, and finally, one morning I called the mill and spoke with the secretary. She was so nice, and I told her that I was recovering from cancer, for the second time, and about all I could do was sit in my living room, in my rocker and look out my large picture window and see nothing but the back of the dirty mill. It wasn’t long before they painted the facility, and the Indians began mowing the lots across the street; and the old building with loose sheets of metal roofing, was soon demolished! What joy to behold. And, I improved and began to plant flowers around my home, one by one, as I felt like it; then came one rose bush, then two and three! I was sick but I wanted plenty of thriving living things all around me. Well, thanks to new meds, and injections weekly for several years, I am doing great and so is that part of town! All of which I want to thank everyone that has a part in making Shawnee such a welcoming town and for all the beautification that has been done in the last few years. To all of which I say: “God bless Shawnee, city officials, all businesses and organizations, and individuals, that work together to make it one of the friendliest, neatest towns and is always moving forward! Philippians 2:13-14: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings.”