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Been awhile…

I have had some major ups and some major downs but have grown in the Lord through it all. I sometimes blog a lot, sometimes not much. Maybe no one reads, maybe 5 people do I have no idea! lol

God is moving in my heart and my life in ways I never thought possible. I hope He blesses everyone here and uses us for His glory. May everyone’s days be brighter as Christ shines through you. God bless you all and if you don’t mind, say a prayer for my sister who is struggling with addiction. She really needs it.

 

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In Awe

Okay so there is this really nice lady at a grocery store here and she always is just super sweet. I look forward to seeing her anytime we go. We go late at night so the store is pretty much empty and she is often there. I made her a Thank You card in the past and was praying for her and also that maybe I could have a friend. This is not something easy for me in person. Online, sure it is easier to talk online but even then it is hard…but I really need friends.
So anyways I made another card and was super nervous but I put my phone number in there because I wanted to like maybe start a friendship. Well my husband went to the store this morning and she was there. He gave her the card and the Portals of Prayer booklet I sent with him too from church. They were talking and come to find out,  the woman from the store and her boyfriend go to the same church as us and we had no idea! lol They just go at different service times. And she has invited us to watch her baptism this Saturday and be there on the 24th when she is welcomed as a member of our church. She even called her boyfriend while my husband was there because of how interesting this turned out to be.
I am still struggling but am just in awe. After my last post, this has really helped lift my spirits. Maybe we will become friends. I don’t live near family in a biological sense so it gets tough for me at times. I have never invited anyone over or had a close friendship out here. I do talk to some people but one of them lives a bit away so we haven’t seen each other I think in almost a year which was in passing at church. The other is at a nursing home and due to her wheelchair, it is not feasible for her to visit our humble apartment.
So I just felt like sharing this and giving praise to the Lord.

Why am I here?

I wonder this, I don’t get it. God has plans we are taught…His word is true but why am I here? I am a wife, aunt, cat momma and sister in Christ but I feel like I just exist. I keep feeling lost like there is nothing God can use me for and yearning for a different childhood, which of course won’t ever change it. I feel bad as it took me a month to write to my inmate girls and usually I write them at least 2 times a month. I don’t feel like doing much of anything. What is wrong with me? Lord have mercy on me. What else can I say? I don’t know. Just felt like journaling on here I guess.

I feel like I want to say more but don’t know what to say so I will end this entry for now.

 

 

How Writing To Inmates Actually Changed Me

My sister is incarcerated until September unless a bed opens up somewhere for her (please pray on that). Well a couple of months ago I told her to ask if anyone there needed a pen pal. It is an all women’s facility and I prayed God would lead me to people to write. I didn’t want to judge but I wanted to err on the side of caution about who I wrote to. This isn’t to boast like “Hey, look at me! I do something good!” This is because it has turned out in ways I didn’t expect and I wanted to share.

So she found one woman who wanted someone to talk to who has no support right now and someone she has gotten to know there. Then she found a second person who she actually knows on the outside as well. Both are Christians and attend worship services there as well. They will be in a bit longer than my sister, but I don’t mind writing as long as God wills.

So these woman were all excited to have someone write to them and share their stories with. My intentions were to be there for people who felt alone and encourage them in the Lord. I even told my sister…. look for the people who don’t have support. Those are the ones I am led to write. It wasn’t to be some hero or fix them or change them, just give them encouragement. Letters and pictures can mean so much to someone who is incarcerated.

They have shared themselves with me and we relate so much despite our different situations. I can literally sense the emotion behind the letters from them. I set out on this journey expecting to help others and in turn, this experience, God, and these girls are helping me. I can see the prayers they pray for me helping. I can see them writing more about God and opening up more as I am doing with them as well. And I let them know they are helping me too and God can use them anywhere.

I find myself much more empathetic and realizing we are all people and we all make mistakes. Some lead us down roads we wish we never had to travel which may include incarceration however, we are never out of God’s grasp if we trust in Him and obey and repent. If we believe Jesus died and rose for our sins and ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.

So my sister and the girls get excited for letters and guess what? Now I do too. It is a pleasure writing to such deep and thoughtful women who want to do right. God knows more than me and I do understand I must be cautious, but I am always wanting to be prayerful for these women and I would love it if you could say at least one prayer for them too. They have good hearts, they messed up but there is still hope and I think more people in prisons and jails…and all over the world, need to know this. Not so we just willfully sin as in “Oh God will forgive me so I will do whatever I want.” No, that is not what I mean. I mean that God can use us anywhere, heal us anytime, answer our prayers, and give us faith anywhere and anytime. He can literally do anything. I may have some pretty crummy moments but I believe this with all of my heart because He helps me to believe, not of my own doing.

So please take some time if you can not to sound bossy, but maybe to pray for the incarcerated because no one is too far gone from the Lord….ever.

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Trying to press on…

I woke up with a bad headache and earache. I cannot get back to sleep. It is 6am. I have a sinus infection, fluid in my ears, and a stye that no matter what I do, just won’t budge. I am on a slew of medications for all of this as well as waiting for results for some blood work (mostly for vitamin D and white blood cell count, few other things).

I…feel…awful. On top of that, I just got over my monthly friend and am trying to move on from things of the past in regards to family situations. I feel discouraged to be honest. I feel like I could cry but then all of this pain I have from being sick would just get worse. I feel like I don’t know what to do.

Even though I feel all of this stuff, I am trying to press on with the help of the Lord. My feelings and sicknesses are fleeting and Heaven awaits us where everything is perfect. I am thinking about this while reading from my prayer books and Bible verses. But I still am human and I struggle so much to just let go sometimes. It doesn’t do any good to keep looking back over things I cannot change yet I do it anyway. I wake up from dreams where things in my family are way better and then am saddened that they were just that, dreams.

This is probably all over the place and I apologize to anyone reading this. I just feel lousy but need to remember God and His love and truth that never change. Help me, Lord and help everyone else too.