Many of you know of the struggles my sister has endured.  Addiction had run her life for decades.  She was led by lies, deceit, temptation, and all the likes of Satan.  Her sins, struggles, and habits caught up with her, landing her in the custody of the State of Georgia.  Almost 2 years ago, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.    I have personally seen and heard her growth from behind the confined walls of Whitworth Women’s Facility.

I have often spoke of her in group settings, supporter events, etc.  I have no shame in her circumstance.  On the contrary.  I applaud and am inspired by her change.  We serve a forgiving God.  A God who redeems us despite ourselves.  Imagine not being forgiven!  The heartache.  The pain.  The loneliness.  However, Jesus Christ is our redeemer.  The good good father who never turns His back on us.  He accepts us with arms wide open.

I was reading Psalm 61 this morning: “For you have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever, I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.  For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.”  This is God’s promise to all of us.  Trust.  Faith.  Devotion.  Let us make it count.

Kim sent the following poem to me a few days ago and I asked if I could share it.  She of course obliged.

Thank u Jesus for loving me.
Thank u Jesus for setting me free.
Freedom from Sin.
Freedom from my addiction.
Freedom from the prison i’m in.
A prison within myself,
I didn’t know where to turn for help.
Then u came along,
Your love so strong.
You were there all the time,
I could never grasp it in my mind.
Now I see clearly,
That u have always loved m dearly.

In His name from Peru,

Josh

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