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Andrew: Letters from Prison (17)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (17)

Life can be complicated and hard, like a maze that leads nowhere. Andrews path has led him through the loss of family to foster care, delinquency, drugs and now, prison. But he has learned the truth he was taught by his adoptive parents, that there are really only two...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (16)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (16)

We all struggle, inside and outside of prison. The real struggle is not on the outside but on the inside. the invisible combatants are God and the devil. We are the collateral damage or beneficiary of their contest. Andrew has learned to be on the right side.

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These 3 Regrets Will Change Your Life Forever

These 3 Regrets Will Change Your Life Forever

Regrets are what happen on the other side of life. There’s the saddest of pictures in the New Testament, in a story Jesus told of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The rich man lived in luxury while Lazarus lived in squalor just outside the rich man’s mansion. The rich man...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (15)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (15)

The holidays can go either way. They can be a time of family celebration and cheer, or they can twist like a knife in an old wound that won’t heal. Given his checkered history, it always surprised me that Andrew somehow avoided the holiday blues. His arrest came in...

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Just Forgive and Move beyond the Roadblocks in Your Life

Just Forgive and Move beyond the Roadblocks in Your Life

“To err is human. To forgive is divine.” Thank you Alexander Pope for reminding us that forgiveness is impossible without God’s help. Actually the famous quote comes from a really long poem that is really not a poem at all. It’s the Essay on Criticism (bet you won’t...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (14)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (14)

Did you ever wonder where the phrase, “turning over a new leaf” came from? In the 1500’s people referred to the pages of books as leaves. When they turned over a new leaf they were really moving to a blank page to begin writing something new. So, the phrase came to...

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Why Can’t We Talk with Each Other Anymore?

Why Can’t We Talk with Each Other Anymore?

Gee I miss talking with people, especially those who disagree with me. In recent years the number of people I can disagree with and still remain friends has been reduced to one. Thank you, Jon! This is a slippery slope that leads nowhere, at least nowhere good. Allow...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (13)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (13)

Upheaval in prison is normal, a new normal for Andrew. “The mail here gets messed up. Mrs. Marston was very nice to send the money order but they sent it back because it may not have been filled out right. No biggie. My property is not with me and they are moving me...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (12)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (12)

Andrew entered prison from the streets with very few possessions and even those were taken away. He was left with his name and an assigned inmate number. It’s a given that you exit the world and leave your freedom behind, but they can’t take away your name and your...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (11)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (11)

It’s human to live with purpose, to have meaning in every day and to make a difference in the lives of others. Prison strips away all of this. What we call “prison reform” is the job of government and do-good organizations. The job of prisoners is to do their time and...

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3 Simple Ways Breathing can Un-Crazy Your Life

3 Simple Ways Breathing can Un-Crazy Your Life

If you’re like me life can get a little crazy. What if I told you that the best way out is by breathing? Most holidays are an excuse to relax, get away from work and just take a breath. In addition to the wonderful history of Independence Day, it is also the official...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (10)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (10)

For all of us there are times where the sun shines through the clouds. One glimpse of the sun reminds us that there is light behind the darkness, even the deepest darkness of life. Andrew’s next letter begins, “The sun is bright in my life today like my Heavenly...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (9)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (9)

As the consequences of Andrew’s actions were translated into time and place the prison waiting game began. His dust up with the officers landed him in the CCU (Closed Custody Unit) for ninety days and cut him off from his short-lived income stream. “I don’t have a job...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (8)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (8)

Whoever first said, “Hope springs eternal,” was stating an opinion, not a fact. Those who have hope face changing circumstances and the constant threat of discouragement and worse. In prison, the odds favor the worse. Andrew’s lawyer thought he might face one to two...

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Andrew: Letters from Prison (7)

Andrew: Letters from Prison (7)

Some things can’t be fixed. You can’t take back your words, but you may be able to earn back trust over time. Actions have consequences but they might be reversed by good behavior. Bad decisions can be lessons for future decisions. Death is final. Before Thanksgiving...

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