Blessings Like Air With recent Thanksgiving “family” visits at the recovery center, my girls shared their “blessing” testimonies. And their stories became an hour-long breath of fresh air, along with laughter and even tears. I heard praises like “the Lord knows my heart” and “I press on to obey Him with my life”. Another girl […]
Gathering for Praise and Prayer! A morning at the Recovery Center gives insight into hearts. and I see myself in their stories. And I see how Christ is changing their lives! One said, “When I go home, I’m not welcome in my mother’s church and I’ll not be welcome by her friends. That’s why I […]
Begin with Praise Taking the time to give praise during our services at the recovery center gives my girls a chance to say out loud what the Lord has done and is doing, while focusing on Him. One girl praised the Lord for her daughter’s salvation. Another for pictures from home. Another for an upcoming […]
What is Your Need? “Pray for the truth to be revealed. The Lord knows what I need. He knows my heart.” Those words slipped from her quivering lips at the end of a recent church service at the Recovery Center, after most had left our meeting. She sought the Lord for answers. Her eyes red. […]
When We Sin She didn’t get to have her family visit recently at the recovery center because she lost her privileges, thus she wept during our Sunday morning worship time. Now I’ve heard this many times over the years from the ladies, how consequences for breaking rules impacts their day. Which is no different for […]
This book is yours — FREE! Things I Learned In Jail I serve in a recovery center where 100 women arrive to spend nine months in a court-appointed center. I join them on Sunday mornings to share Christ, to encourage them, to pray with them, to impart the gospel. Their stories are my […]
This post is for the one who suffers with blows to your face and to your heart. In high school, I allowed another teenage boy to control my life, to hurt me. His fist often found its way into my jaw. But I thought that dating a popular boy was the answer. That his status […]
Praise Begins She used sign language for a song this morning in recovery. And everyone wept. Another girl sang too, along with two others. And everyone, some sixty of us joined in singing, too, as the room becoming a river of tears as our hearts praised God, and we worshiped. A new girl shared how […]
No Hugs For many weeks we had not hugged. For many weeks the girls were on shutdown. But also, for many weeks we (thankfully) gathered to hold church in spite of their punishment. Thus, the Word of God was shared even in the limited movement at the recovery center. As I entered the center after […]
I have one of my girls in recovery who will not graduate for sometime, but she’s planning to ‘sign’ the lyrics to this song for a deaf family member who is expected to attend her graduation down the road.
She’s planning to start practicing this presentation next week in our morning service. I expect when she does this, I’ll cry and find my joy overflowing with praise! That I’ll find joy rising up like a burst of hope from within my heart! That I’ll sing along for sure!
Life is filled with wonder. Life is filled with opportunity to shine. To change. To make a difference. To give the Lord glory. To reveal the hope inside one’s soul. I can’t wait to witness her signing this song!