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I was blessed to receive a letter from one of “my girls” with a testimony she wrote for the blog, as well as a couple of poems.  I’ll share the testimony today, and the poems over the next couple days.  Blessings,  Jodi

I just turned 50 this year. I didn’t ever imagine that I would spend this special, memorable day incarcerated.  I’ve been here 4 months already.  Praise God, doing God’s will and He gets all the glory.

I’ve been living as a Christian for 34 years, and I had started slipping away again.  I would always come back stronger, but this time it was different.  I felt God’s love over me, and I had no fear.  My faith has grown stronger.  I read more Christian motivational books and more of the Bible.  I am also blessed with the women in here with me.  We learn from each other.  Some are Christians and all know of God and everybody has a Bible in here – Amen!  But I noticed that some didn’t have a personal relationship with Him.  So, as I tried to show all the girls how good Jesus is and just how real God’s love is for us.  That’s when I realized that I didn’t know this, and I didn’t know that, and I was in such shock and amazement and grateful to have this opportunity to see it, use it, teach it and especially feel it.

God showed me verse after verse, just how great His love is. His powerful, graceful, merciful and faithful love that He has for us.  Then I went on to learning more about forgiveness.  Really letting it go, giving it to God.  More blessings.  I give God all the glory.

I have never been in jail. This is my first time.  I have never been into any trouble with the law.  I believe my heavenly Father loves me so much He sat me down in here for a minute, to fill me with His word.  God is dressing me with His Armor.  Getting me ready for the evil day, to resist the enemy and fight him to the end and hold my ground.  Ephesians 6:10-20.

Learning with these women has helped encourage and bless me, to also encourage others with His love and bless them. I love praying for these women.  I feel their hurt and I see their pain.  I see their struggles with their families.  As I prayed for them, my own family relationships grew closer with my own adult children.  And I saw many girls didn’t have a good relationship with their mothers.  While praying these past 4 months, prayers are being answered!  Glory halleluiah!

I lost my 23 year old daughter in 2012, right after I had just adopted her 2 small children. This was a very hard time for me.  I could not cope with her death and lost everything I had.  I attempted to commit suicide which “I did not believe in”.  I was brain dead for 2 days.  The Doctor asked my children to let me go, but my children waited for 2 more days.  My Pastor came and prayed for me with my children, and praise God I woke up the next day.  God saved me for His purposes.  Romans 8:28.  God has made me so humbled, holding my right hand (1 Peter 5:6).  When I first got here I did ask God “Why me?”.  God told me “Look back.  That is when I carried you.”  And He showed me and told me “Your daughter lived long enough to give you those 2 children.”  Oh my!  I was in awe!  I cried on my face and thanked God for all the blessings I never saw.  Ephesians 5:20.  My Mighty God is so good.

I have been blessed to meet all these girls and see them transform and are born again and rededicate their lives to Christ. So many blessings and miracles.  New inmates and the officers that work here all say that we have the best pod.  Amen!  We have the Holy Spirit here and the peace of the Lord.  He comforts us.  He supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19).  For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

All the glory, praise, worship and gratitude go to His son Jesus. So I feel led to write faith, praise and worship poems or songs for Jodi’s blog.  Please bless Jodi’s new blog.  Praise God!  I pray healing, comfort and peace to all who read these.  May Jodi’s blog begin to help to heal broken hearts and fill their heart with love.  And bring others and their families to salvation.  Amen.

I leave you with my favorite passage: Isaiah 41:9-13  I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are My servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.   “See, all your angry enemies lie there, confused and humiliated. Anyone who opposes you will die and come to nothing.   You will look in vain for those who tried to conquer you. Those who attack you will come to nothing.   For I hold you by your right hand—I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’