September 12th 2015
I can’t help but to think of where I was at just 5 years ago. The type of lifestyle that I lived before I went to to prison was something that seems to me now like a nightmare, but it really happened.
When I talk to people about my past they have a hard time believing that I lived the way that I did. They can’t imagine me as a drug user, dealer, thief, liar, neglectful parent, promiscuous woman, and violent in nature. The fact of the matter is that was who I was.
We seem to have this picture in our heads of what a drug dealer looks like or what a drug addict looks like. You can think of just about any crime and in your mind you have a picture of someone who you think would fit the description of that crime.
In reality we are all capable of any sin because we are born with a sin nature. There is no set appearance of a criminal. It isn’t as easy as saying everyone who has brown hair is a meth addict or anyone with pimples is a thief. That just isn’t the case.
I have brown hair and blue eyes. I am short and I have a huge smile. I love to play sports and my kids are what I talk about the most. If you set and talked to me you would not think that I spent the past 4 years in prison and the 10 years before that addicted to narcotics.
Walk into a prison and see the faces of the women who are only known right now as a number given to them by the state. They have committed crimes that you may think you would never commit. Set down and have a conversation with them. You will find out that they are mother’s and daughter’s, sister’s and aunt’s, friends and wives. They are people who have lived and are still living.
The majority of them will return to communities in Indiana. They may even end up as your next door neighbor. What will you do? Will you treat them like a neighbor or when you find out that they just got out of prison will you treat them like an enemy? What would the scriptures tell you to do?
I can tell you from experience that God is in the prison and He is calling women to Himself. Some of the most amazing women that I have ever met are inside the gates and Christ is doing a work in them like He did and is doing in me. Are you going to welcome them when they come through the gates and enter back into the communities from which they came?
I just want to encourage everyone to really pray for the women who are in prison and for the people who have the wrong idea’s about them. Pray that God would open all of our eye’s and change our hearts. For the grace of God has saved us all, including the women in prison. If it were not for His grace who know’s where we would be.
Your Sister In Christ