The son of a friend of mine has been in prison for 6 months now. Blame it on a skewed justice system. He's just 23 years old and we've been visiting the prison, bringing bibles, chairs for their chapel, food for the meetings, and now we're collecting shirts and pants for the prisoners to wear when they have hearings.
It's so inspiring to talk to this young man because he proves Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. It's a terrible thing for him to have to stay in jail with all the other prisoners. We know all the horror stories. But after talking to him, I could see God's hand.
He admitted that if God hadn't allowed him to go to jail, his life may have gone on a downward spiral. But now, I see that he's grown in the Lord, his heart has expanded, and he's recognized his gifts. He is developing his drawing and painting, something he didn't use to do. He didn't use to read, now he's read 30 books. He didn't use to write, now he has a journal. When before he was concerned with acquiring the best cellphone, he now appreciates simple joys. He also cares about the other inmates. He makes really tasty sandwiches, cuts them up, and serves his fellow inmates. He esp. tries to show care to those without visitors, because these men sometimes get crazy!
Hebrews 13:3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners,
He'll be turning 24 soon, and I'm collecting encouraging messages to bring to the jail on his birthday. Won't you say a prayer for him please?
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Numbers 18:20 The Lord said, "I am your portion and inheritance among the people."
People who don't know God are like heirs who have no idea that their father is a King who only wants the best for them. They scrounge around for food to eat and a place to stay unaware that if they read the Bible, it will teach them how to live a full and meaningful life!
As Christians, have a responsibility to wake people up! We can't keep this wonderful news to ourselves! There's enough treasure for everybody!
God is doing something all around the world, and if we're willing to be used, He will use us! It's exciting because we don't know what God is doing, but it's something big, and it's something NEW! We have to listen, obey and be prepared. Are you ready for an adventure with God? I am ready for an adventure with My Father!
What fun! Invited a friend over for making ATCs and we had a great time making ATCs. She said, "I want to be your friend for life!" What I'm thinking is we WILL be friends for life AND beyond! How wonderful that God made a way for us to have so many sisters and brothers in the faith! Here's an ATC I made today. This is my prayer, that I will know the Lord's ways and follow His path. Even if "His ways are above our ways and His thoughts far above ours", we can trust Him to show us what we need to know. He too, is our friend for life and beyond!
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Welcome to my blog HeARTworks! Greetings from the Philippines! My name is Patsy and I've been married for 19 years to a man with a good heart. We have one son who is as funny as his dad. I have been working in our family business, papemelroti, since I was 11. When I get home from work, I stay in my craft room and make collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and think of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. I would be happy for you to use anything on my blog, but please link to me and leave me a comment. I want to be passionate about God's passions so I also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about our service in the QC Jail.