I’m a Lousy Blogger!

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Well, it turns out I’m a pretty lousy blogger.  But maybe this will help explain my lack of consistency in posting.

In addition to my jail ministry and speaking at women’s retreats, this summer I decided to learn calligraphy.  It’s something I’ve always been kind of interested in, but just never tried it.  It’s been so much fun!

And it seems God has an interesting purpose in mind for it.  A friend of mine is on the board of directors for an orphanage in Guatemala called Casa De Mi Padre (House of my Father).  They are in the process of building a new orphanage to house the 23 children in their care.
I’m creating 4 by 6 cards with Scripture handwritten in pointed pen calligraphy and selling them to raise money for Casa De Mi Padre.
I’m doing several verses in a variety of inks, mostly on white cardstock.  I’m also doing some metallic inks on black cardstock.  I put several images of the cards below.
Would you join me in prayer that God uses these simple cards to bless these kids with resources to help build their new home?

 

Restoring Our Hearts Women’s Conference

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I have been “heads  down” preparing for a women’s conference hosted by my home church, Bethel Bible Fellowship in Las Cruces, NM.  The conference was this past weekend, and what a joy it was to see God moving and working in the lives of the women who attended.  Once again, God had me outside my “box”, learning to lean into Him even more.

The audio for the event is available, along with PDF versions of the workbook at this link:  restoringourhearts.com/conference-audio/

 

He Sustains

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I have several friends facing health issues right now, ranging from serious to life threatening.  As I was praying this morning, the word “sustain” came to mind.  I decided to go do a word search on that word to see what I would find in God’s Word.

What I found was a tremendous blessing to me, and I pray it will be for my friends (and others) who are all facing difficult circumstances right now.

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.  Psalm 55:22   Continue reading

Poem “Last” by Pam Q.

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This is a poem from one of “my girls” in jail.

“Last”

I lost my house, I lost my car, and I almost lost my life. I lost it all.  I had to fall down on my face to see why it all took Your place.

I was wrong.  I didn’t know, until I saw You were gone.  I’m sorry I put You last.

I am at a stop in my life.  I’ve got to see where to go from here.  Why? …  I’m sorry I put You last.

I’ve got to fix my life.  I can’t do this alone.  I love You too much to lose You.  I won’t turn back.  I will start new.  I will start a new list.  I’m sorry I put you last.

I had to let it all go.  I don’t want or need it in my life.  I will let God love me, and never put Him last again.

He’s first.  He’s best.  He’s on my list… but He’s not last.

By Pam Q.  5/28/15

Letters to God #14 by Dana

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Hi everyone.   It’s been a while!  Here is another “Letter to God” from Dana.  Dana has written several “letters to God” – you can see them here.  Blessings,  Jodi

My dearest God,

Strange to think where I’ve ended up and how I’m not at all too surprised, because even from the beginning I’ve always felt lost, like I never really belonged anywhere.  I unknowingly felt empty, hoping to absorb some sense of who and what I was, never really quite sure of my place, not only in my family but also here on earth.  I’ve never really known myself, just bits and pieces which made it easy to pretend. Continue reading

Letters to God #13 by Dana – Dinner With The Devil

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Dana has written several “letters to God” – you can see them here.

Dear God,

Thank you for this day and every other day You have been gracious enough to give me.  Thank You for getting me through this difficult season of missing my family and children.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our affliction.”  (2 Corinthians 3:4)

Lord, lately I’m confused as to who I am, who I’m supposed to be and who I want to be.  Am I the addicted criminal deemed a danger to society, or the lost daughter, sister, mother and friend from a day so long ago I can’t remember?  Am I inmate number xx-xxxxx facing a total of 43 years, turned Christian, who is trying to survive this cold place or am I a combination of all three; just looking for answers and trying to have faith that God will make sense of it all?  Lately I feel not only disconnected from You my God, but also from myself.

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Poem “One” by Desirre

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Last night in the Bible study at the jail one of the women shared a poem she had written when she was 18 years old with us, and gave me permission to share it on the blog.  Enjoy!

ONE by Desirre

Running in circles
takes us back to the beginning
While finding the straight path
is hard yet forgiving
So once past the
obstacles the body gives the mind
We find ourselves free
to rip off those binds
Because we place them on ourselves
and we need them no more
If we learn how to fly
God will help us to soar.

Letters to God #12 – The Light in the Dark by Dana

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Dana has written several “letters to God” – you can see them here.

Dear God,

I want to thank You for this day.  Another day alive, happy and full of the Holy Spirit.  I’m sorry that I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve felt like I haven’t been able to feel Your presence lately, and that has made me lonelier than I ever would have imagined, and also quietly sad inside.  Sometimes I sit down to write and the words come pouring out of me like some sort of ocean tidal wave washing over the shores.  But lately when I sit down to write, I stare at the blank page with all its plain void and it reminds me of my once spiritually depleted life.  So instead of touching the pen down to paper to try to release my written therapy for my once beaten and abused soul, I run and abandon the lonely lifeless sheet like I handled every other uncomfortable or bad situation in my past.  But I’m writing You now, my Lord, because I wanted to reconnect.  Continue reading

Letters to God #11 – Collision Into A Beautiful Life by Dana

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Dana has written several “letters to God” – you can see them here.

Dear God,

Hello my Lord.  Thank You for this day.  Thank You for the life You’ve given me and thank You for the second chance I’ve been lucky enough to get.  For now my days are long with laughter, rather than short with burden, warm with friendship and faith rather than cold with pain and drug-induced despair.  Lord, thank You for letting me embrace each day with the glory of Your Word and for letting me grow in Your wondrous faith.  Praise God!

But my dearest Lord, lately I feel like I’m in a rut.  Like I’m stuck between who I used to be and who You desire me to be, which is whom I want to be.  Continue reading

An Overlooked Miracle

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The account of the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before His crucifixion appears in all four gospels.  However there is a very significant miracle that occurred on that day that is all too often overlooked.

Zechariah made the prophecy of the chosen mode of transportation for Jesus to make His entrance into Jerusalem:  “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.”  Zechariah 9:9 Continue reading