I FOUND FREEDOM IN PRISON

Jesus Did It!

By:  Donna Barber

I couldn't do it anymore! Someone else would have to raise my children, to give them the care they needed.  I had to have a pill to roll out of bed, a pill to walk, a pill to think ... at least that's what my addiction was telling me. I didn't care about anyone or anything, only about getting high.

On probation for past offenses - now I was afraid and ashamed even to report, knowing I would fail the drug test.  The probation officers had concluded that I would never do right, that I would forever remain the addict that I was!

The victim of an abusive father, I began drinking as a teenager and ran away from home as soon as I could. I went from alcohol to drugs, constantly on a roller coaster of ups and downs. I wanted to stay high, forgetting that life was real. While still a teen, an affair with a married man left me pregnant. Then my mother, a young woman herself, discovered that she was terminally ill with a brain tumor. I no longer wanted to live! 

Becoming more and more mentally unstable, I overdosed, and afterwards ... was angry because I had survived!

Only by God's mercy did I deliver a healthy child, though my baby girl had to endure painful months of withdrawal from the drugs I had forced on her little body.  Looking back, I remember even then feeling the tug of God on my heart.  But I continued to run the other way.

Soon, as a result of my drug addiction and the crimes I committed to support it, I found myself on the way to prison. There I was given a chance to change, permitted to participate in a treatment program for addicts.

Later, while still an inmate, I was allowed the opportunity of working outside the prison. But I abused those privileges. I returned to drugs. I claimed to have changed, but it was only manipulation to get what I wanted. When I got back on the streets again, I indulged in all kinds of destructive behaviors, trying to fill voids I didn't know how to fill.

Through these years there were failed marriages, broken hearts, and shattered relationships - until everyone who had ever believed in me was gone. Though I became the mother of three more children, I failed in my  responsibilities, finally giving them up to the care of others. My addiction always had to come first! That's when my probation was revoked and I was sent back to prison. I had hit rock bottom.

Still disobedient, but now desperate and depressed, I somehow felt I needed to hear from God. He was not done with me.  He was still tugging at my heart.

One evening in the spring of 2008, I was invited to attend a prison Bible study called "Love and Sunshine." And that's exactly what I found there! At the weakest point in my life, in the midst of so much heartache, I fell in love with Jesus! He had been there all the time, never giving up on me; waiting for me to come to Him for forgiveness and healing.  He put new life in me, cleansed me from my past, and set me on a new path.

Now it's time for me to start living in the will of my Father, instead of against it. I have a purpose. My desire is to do God's will and tell others the good news that it took me so long to accept.

Whatever your problems, no matter how bad it seems to be, Jesus Christ is your answer!

I don't know what my Savior has in store for my future, or even when I might be released from prison. But though I'm still behind bars, I've never felt so much freedom in my heart!


PLEASE HELP SHARE THE BEST NEWS GOD HAS FOR EVERY PERSON!

"And this gospel of the kingdom [Jesus died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).

Consider how many children in "all the nations" have never heard YET what Jesus accomplished for THEM at the cross? PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO THE LITTLE CHILDREN!

To help us share the Best News every person needs to hear on this planet, randomly click FOR JESUS on just three (3) of the JESUS DID IT! links below. It will take just a few moments of your time. Please - thatís all you are asked to do. God will reward you! (Of course, be highly encouraged to forward one or more of these video clips to those who may have never heard what Jesus did for them on the cross ... or may need to be re-reminded).

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I FOUND FREEDOM IN PRISON


Dear Reader - are you at peace with God?  If not, you can be.  Do you know what awaits you when you die?  You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain.  Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!).  Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God?  We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.

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