Remember Rosemary from the medical unit at the jail? Her psychiatric symptoms diminished shortly after she surrendered her life to Jesus. She was then transferred to a regular unit.
During her first few weeks in jail she was concerned her children, ages 12 and 10, would forget her. I encouraged her to write them and share with them that she had come to know the Lord Jesus. She did.
Later I suggested the following:
- Give the children a new promise from the Bible each week. Tell them you are claiming this verse and this promise for them this week.
- Tell them you will be keeping a prayer journal, and you want them to let you know what their prayer needs are—because you are going to be praying for them daily.
- Ask them to let you know when God answers your prayers. This will build their faith and yours, as you begin to see God moving in your lives.
- Remember to give thanks for your situation, showing God that you are trusting Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.
She did all the above. Her husband and children wrote frequently. It was not long before they had all given their lives to Jesus and were maturing in their faith.
Her husband joined a church and the children began attending the young people’s Bible study. Most amazing: Rosemary’s husband told her he believed God allowed all this to happen in order to strengthen their marriage and to bring their family to Jesus!
I was privileged to follow Rosemary on and off for two years, until her release. She completed 42 Bible studies during her stay. She led other inmates to Jesus, led small groups in prayer and was a model prisoner.
Question: Have you ever visited someone in jail? Could you? Hebrews 13:3 says: “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
- The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
- ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11
- SONG: GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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