Letter to God #6 – A Death Un-mourned by Dana

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This is Dana’s sixth “Letter to God”.  What a privilege to read these intimate letters to God.  I am blessed that she is willing to share these with me, and allow them to be on the blog.  Here is her first lettersecond letter, third letter, fourth letter, and fifth letter.

12/4/14

Dear God,

I thank You for this day, even though we both know that its been a very tiresome and trying day for me so far.  But I’m determined to stay confident that today will end with everything You want it to be for me, for I will “cast all my anxiety upon Him because He cares for me” (1 Peter 5:7).  I know Lord that these hard days are necessary and there are plenty more in my future, because I’m aware that this change I am making, this spiritual journey in which I embark, is a process.  Continue reading

Letter To God #5 – “I Am His Miracle” by Dana

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11/2014

Dear God,

Hello my sweet, merciful Lord.  Thank You for this day!  Lord, it’s so amazing to me how even though I wake up in here, the “concrete jungle”, every day, I don’t feel all the burdens of a new day as I once did, but rather I can’t wait to embrace all the blessings this new day has to offer.

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Progression – A Story Of Addiction

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This is a testimony from a young woman who came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior while in jail.  She tells the story of the spiral into addiction so well, and this is the story of so many of the women in jail.  Only Jesus Christ can redeem and restore a life lost in sin.

“Progression”

I remember the beginning of my drug use as if it were yesterday, even though it was a little over 10 years ago.   I remember the people and the places.  And I remember the children.  It’s so very heartbreaking to look back and remember the children.  The innocent victims of the bad choices of others.

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Letter to God #4 -“Merely a Co-Pilot, With No Gift To Give” by Dana

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This is Dana’s fourth “Letter to God”.  What a privilege to read these intimate letters to God.  I am blessed that she is willing to share these with me, and allow them to be on the blog.  Here is her first lettersecond letter and third letter.

11/12/14

Dear God,

Well Lord, lately I have so much to be thankful for that I don’t even know where to begin.  But I will first start off by praising You for yet another day lived.  A day in which I’m sober, I’m healthy and I’m happy with the glory of the Holy Spirit in my heart.  I have a smile on my face and peace in my soul, both of which I’ve lacked for far too long and I’ve so desperately needed.  Thank You Jesus for bringing in all the ladies that come in our “Concrete Jungle” to minster to us, for their guidance is greatly needed, appreciated and comforting.  For they come in here unafraid, gentle and un-judging, and speak with such love and remind me I’m not just a number.  I’m more than the sum of my crimes, and that I too am a child of God and a woman of worth.  With their help dear Lord, I feel so blessed and so peaceful since they’ve shown me how to bend my ear and crack my heart to Your soothing Word.  Continue reading

Christina’s Testimony #2: Sentenced – Mercy and Grace

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Read Christina’s first testimony here.

12/02/2014

When I signed the state’s final plea offer of 15 years in the State of New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility, it was as if my life at that moment was in slow motion.  My attorney, along with a court deputy, led me to a room furnished only with a long mahogany table and six chairs.  In the middle of the table was a stack of legal papers and a shiny silver ink pen – as if signing my life away with a fancy writing utensil would make me feel better about this outcome!  I couldn’t help but notice a framed 8×10 picture on the wall.  There she was, standing tall and proud… ribboned in a gold plated frame… Lady Justice… blindfolded. Continue reading

Letter to God #3 – “No Prayer, No Praise, No Progress” by Dana

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This is Dana’s third “Letter to God”.  What a privilege to read these intimate letters to God.  I am blessed that she is willing to share these with me, and allow them to be on the blog.  Here is her first letter and her second letter.

11/8/14

Dear God,

Lord, I woke up this morning really tired, but in good spirits and ready to embrace the day.  My days have been pretty normal, but as its gone on I’ve seemed to “loose steam” so to speak.  I have had a loss of energy, I can’t concentrate and for lack of a better phrase, I have no spirit in my soul.  Normally by now I’ve written my letter to You and prayed to You, but I’ve justified putting it off as “it’s okay to skip a day”.  But as I was lying there in a funk, it occurred to me, maybe my lack of energy is in direct relation to the fact that I haven’t taken any time to connect with my Maker.  I haven’t set aside any time to glorify my God or thank You in any way.  But as I’ve learned, my life can’t bear fruit without Your help.  Which reminds me of that very common sign outside of restaurants and stores that reads “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service”.  So it hits me Lord Jesus that the same applies to You – “No Prayer, No Praise, No Progress”.  Continue reading

Seeing Christ In You by Louise

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A beautiful poem from a woman who was incarcerated a couple years ago, and is now walking strong in the Lord.  May this be true of all who serve Jesus Christ!

I see Christ The Lord instead
All the while I lose sight of you
That through the blood He shed
I see him in all you do
But not in mere spoke word
Or deeds and lost time confessed
But through renewed life in me
The same in you expressed