April 11th, 2015

I was thinking today that it has been quite a while since I have written about what is going on here in prison.

A lot of stuff has happened in the last couple weeks.  I was asked to lead a praise song on Easter.  The song was “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave.  I found out 2 weeks prior to Easter.  The first thing I did when I found out was pray.  I prayed that God would use me and my voice to relay his message to the congregation.  I also asked if he would calm my nerves and fill me with the Holy Spirit.  I wanted this song to be spiritual, about him and not about me.

I prayed many times before the 1st practice and the 2nd practice.  Then on Easter Sunday I led the song.  During the intro, I prayed my singing would be pleasing to God and for him.  After I finished, there were quite a few grown inmates crying.  It was a very spiritual moment for everyone.  My prayers were answered and the message for the song reached the very core of their hearts.  Throughout the week, inmates were commenting on how the song touched them and they enjoyed listening to me sing.  I am glad that people were blessed!  God was present that day!

Then the next day at 4 a.m. we were woken up to a “shakedown.”  A shakedown is when a whole team of people come in and search your cells.  A deep search!  They strip search you, handcuff you and make you sit down looking into your room while they tear your room apart.  They told me I had too many books and my OPVS # wasn’t etched into my radio.  I explained to them that I bought it at Central Prison and they didn’t put my number on it.  They decided not to confiscate it.  Thank Goodness!  No one in our block got a write up!

From what I hear, this wasn’t a real shakedown. During a real one, they take all your stuff out of your room and throw it in a pile on your mattress outside in the dayroom.  I heard that someone got a hold of a cell phone.  That is why they had a shake down.  Who knows if that is true!  Then that night I was asked to sing and lead another song for April 12th.  The Chaplain is coming to me more to help lead songs and teach harmony parts.  God gave me the gift of singing, and He wants me to spread His messages through singing!  I am so excited!  Then I talked to my Mom on Wednesday and got an update on Mark’s hand.  I found out the week before that he messed up his hand working on the lawn mower.  During surgery he coded, flat lined.  Please pray for him.  Pray that his hand will heal properly and quickly.

I also got a bunch of letters and cards and that was awesome.  I even got a funny comic from my cousin Allyson.  Maybe my Mom can put it on the blog.  I don’t know if she can.  I am sending it with this blog post!  I couldn’t stop laughing!  comic (1)I finished the book “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hanna Hurnard.  I recommend reading it.  It is an amazing interpretation of the author’s journey to be close to Jesus.  Awesome!

Update on my exercise program.  I have been doing well and have lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks.  I feel better, and I am finding it harder and harder to eat sweets and junk.  It is easy for me to not eat them.  Yay!  I faced the inner temptation and asked God to take it away.  I am still not 100% there yet, but I will be.  Working at the Sewing Plant is good.  I put belt loops and reinforced the fly, 2 front pockets and back pocket on 1,536 pairs of pants this week.  Haha.  I just laughed, because I realized that, that is a lot of pants!  Oh yea, one more thing . . . . . wait for it.  I shaved my head completely bald!  I love it except I have a red head from being outside for 3 hours today!  Haha.

I love you all!

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Day by Day – Feb 14, 2015

A few days ago I received a book from my dear friend, Lonnie.  Lonnie and I met on the men’s rafting trip with the Seacoast Men’s group.  Lonnie is a Master of Survival, and I was going to learn from him. Then I got locked up.  I told him what happened, and we have been keeping in touch through letters.  He sent me the devotional “Morning & Evening” by Charles Spurgeon.  He was a very well known baptist preacher in the mid to late 1800s.  He died in 1892.  The version I have is the KJV edition.

I love this devotional! It is in the authentic English-speaking language of the 1800’s.  I was reading the morning devotional for today (Feb 14, 2015) and it touched me.  I was going to put his message in my own words, but instead I decided to just copy the whole devotional on paper, word for word, because I felt like I couldn’t do justice. Please take the time to read this message by Charles Spurgeon.

“And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of he King, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.”  –2 Kings 25:30.

“”Jehoiachin was not sent away from the King’s palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension.  Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants.  We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn.  The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive, we shall never know want.  Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy.  We can not eat or drink or wear more than the day’s supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief.  One staff aids a traveler, but a bundle of staves is a heavy burden.  Enough is not only as good as a feast, but it is all that the veriest glutton an truly enjoy.  This is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful.  When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with his daily allowance.  Jehoiachin’s case is ours.  We have a sure portion, a portion given us of the King, a gracious portion and a perpetual portion.  Here is surely ground for thankfulness.

Beloved Christian Reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply.  You have no store of strength.  Day by Day must you seek help from above.  It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you.  In the word, through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall receive renewed strength.  In Jesus all needful things are laid up for you.  Then enjoy your continual allowance.  Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy.”

— Charles Spurgeon

Read 2 Kings 25: 27-30

Note from Mom:  This is amazing.  I read this article today:  http://www.trueactivist.com/shes-69-and-hasnt-used-money-for-15-years-and-has-never-been-happier/   (and told my husband about it)