Monthly Archive: February 2017

We All Struggle

Dearly Beloved:
May God’s grace, peace, mercy and joy be ever upon you.
We all struggle. That’s a fact.  Lord knows that I have my share – especially as of late.  I am in a place where there are no fellow believers to converse with (at least not in the cell block I am in).  As a Christian, it is very lonely here.  I am surrounded by hatred and violence.  Just today I saw five members of a gang savagely beat one of their own over a phone.  One has to be constantly vigilant here.  You can be attacked at any moment without warning and with little if any provocation.  I am not a gang member which makes me an easy target.  All of this has hurt my spirit.  It is hard to stay positive and upbeat in this kind of environment.  I haven’t been myself lately.  Sometimes being in this harsh and unforgiving place, it seems that I cannot fight anymore.  For 4+ years, I have been fighting for my freedom.  Sometimes this struggle weighs on me and I get so tired.

I know that you can relate on some level; For we all have our struggles.  I am here to tell you some great news.  GOD can lift us up when we are low.  Yes sir, He can.  I have been praying fervently.  I have been reading the Word faithfully and I have been praising the LORD daily.  I can feel Him working on me.  I know that I will overcome my struggles.  For my GOD is greater than all of them.  Hallelujah!  Thank you, mighty Jesus!  It is hard to be a Christian.  Ours is the path of most resistance, not the least.  The path we are on is meant to strengthen and temper us.   (more…)

Maintaining Your Faith

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Dearly beloved: May GOD‘s love, joy, peace and wisdom be ever upon you.  A lot of Christians maintain their homes, cars, bank accounts and bills, but sometimes we forget to maintain our faith.  Faith is our most important asset.  It is faith which makes us whole and complete.  Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith.  Thus, we must stay in touch and in tune with Him.  Well, how do we do that?  By staying in the Bible as much as possible and praying as much as possible.  We all have times when we lose touch with our LORD.  I went through that myself recently.  I found myself studying less.  For 4+ years I have done my best to immerse myself in my faith through prayer, meditation and Bible studies.  This harsh environment has caused me to be discouraged.  I love discussing the bible with others, but for some reason, I have not been allowed to go to church.  I am in the midst of taking legal action to fight for my right to go to church.  The lack of conversation with fellow believers as well as the lack of interest in my housing unit has caused me great distress.  It has affected my life and my spirituality.  Even my posts on this site have been affected.  My mood, attitude and drive have all been affected.   (more…)

Count Every Blessing

2nd Thessalonians 1:3  “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other”

Dearly beloved: May GOD’s grace, peace, love and joy be ever upon you.  WOW!  Lots going on here in America.  A lot of civil unrest over the election of Donald Trump.  It is sad.  I, for one, am waiting and watching.  It is too early to say if Trump will be good for us, but I can tell you that I like some of what I see.  I am hope-full.  Well, it has been a very busy time for me. I got a job working in the prison kitchen.  I load trays.  It is menial work, but it is fulfilling none-the-less.  I am not in my cell too much because I work six and a half hours, six days a week.  The downside is, I have to wake up at 4:30am.  It will take getting used to.  Other than that, I gotta tell you that I very much enjoy working.  It feels good to work an honest job.  Plus, it has given me access to more prisoners.  That means more opportunities to spread the gospel.  Please pray for me.  The other day I debated with a fellow who claims he is a satanist.  He has “satan’s minion” tattooed on his face.  I found myself defending my faith in our Lord.  I stood my ground and I may have even planted a few seeds. (more…)