When I got to prison, I was feeling pretty lost and hopeless. I was in the dog pound (a holding place) at Woodman State Jail when my bunkie gave me a copy of the book Karla Faye Tucker Set Free. I was immediately captivated and thought if God could transform Karla, then I know He can change my life too.
A few days later, I went to church and met Terry and Jean. They were full of love for us. I felt so comforted by them.
Terry talked about being set free from drug addiction. Through Christ he overcame, and he was so joyful about it all. I wanted the joy they had. When they talked about Celebrate Recovery at Temple Bible, I knew in my heart that someday I'd be there.
A few days later, my husband sent me a Bible with a ribbon marking the page Jeremiah 29:11: I know the plans I have for you. Plans for good and not for evil. To give you a future and a hope. Suddenly, I knew that all my pain was going to take me to a new place.
I was released on a Thursday, and Sunday I was at TBC and again on Tuesday for Celebrate Recovery where Terry and Jean welcomed me with open arms. It was reconnecting with old friends. Linda was also there, and when I introduced myself she hugged me tight and welcomed me.
They became like family to me, checking on me weekly and just showing me love and concern. As soon as my 18 months was up, I went to Texas Department of Corrections volunteer training. Linda handed me my Discipleship Unlimited name tag. I felt like I was given a badge of honor. The first time I wore it to prison and gave my testimony I felt as though I came full circle from that horrible day in the dog pound to right now ...
Staying focused and sober is not easy. I stay accountable and in study. I serve in the prison weekly and am fighting the good fight of faith.