Today is a milestone in my life and in our marriage. It is a happy occasion in our household because this is my first day off of probation. After three years of supervised release, two years of incarceration and two years under a federal investigation leading to my sentencing; my husband and I are done with a very long judicial journey! Yes, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad.”
Getting to this day has not been without the help of many friends, family and a terrific husband. There are so many of you to thank, where does one even begin. Many of my family members have stood strong and supported me and Gerry through this journey, as well as some amazing friends. We love you all and are grateful for your steadfastness. I have learned so many valuable lessons, met some incredible ladies behind bars, some who will be friends for life and others who will be etched in my heart throughout eternity.
If I could impart one nugget of wisdom from all of this; it is to look to God to get all your needs met. I say this because ultimately, not doing this led me to live in an 8 by 10 cell for two years. Maybe some of you can relate and maybe others of you can correlate my physical cell to living in a prison in your mind, your marriage, or through serving an addiction, living a secret life, and/or trying to make it on your own without God’s help.
Perhaps your imprisonment is in the form of a disease, physical handicap, cancer or a mental illness. Trust me God has already given you the keys to get out of your captivity. Turn the key and walk free from whatever is ailing you. Sure, this may seem impossible at first, but remember with God all things are possible.
One of the keys that brought me freedom is to live each day in contentment. God helped me to live with contentment while incarcerated. Are you content in your circumstances? If not, ask God to show you why and to give you revelation on how to live each day fulfilled. Hint: contentment is not found in stuff, a degree, your job, a number on the scale, your home, people, etc. It can only come through a loving and intimate relationship with our Savior.
As Gerry and I look forward to the future, we will continue to do our best to help others gain freedom from whatever might be holding them hostage. We love you and thank you for your prayers and support. Now it is time to move forward to the next chapter of our marriage.