Tuesday, April 13, 2004

BLESSED BY AN INMATES MOTHER

THROUGHOUT THIS PAST YEAR, JIMMY HAS HAD ME CALL ON THE PHONE FAMILY MEMBERS OF INMATES, IF THEY ARE IN NEED OF A SPECIAL FAVOR. I HAVE SPOKEN TO WONDERFUL PEOPLE!...WIVES, MOTHERS,BROTHERS, GIRLFRIENDS. THAT IS HOW WE ARE, JIMMY AND I...WE LIKE TO HELP PEOPLE .........AND SO, BEFORE CHRISTMAS, I CALLED A BROTHER OF AN INMATE.  AFTER A NICE CONVERSATION, HE ACTUALLY INVITED ME TO CHRISTMAS DINNER WITH HIS FAMILY!  CAN YOU IMAGINE...A PURE STRANGER!......KNOWING MY HUSBAND WAS IN PRISON.  HE TOLD ME AROUND 30 FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE THERE, COMING AND GOING, WITH CHILDREN RUNNING AROUND THE PLACE.  IT IS INDEED A BLESSING FOR ME TO MEET THESE PEOPLE!.....AND SO YESTERDAY , JIMMY ASKED ME TO CALL SOMEONES MOTHER.  IT WAS ALREADY 10PM, BUT I TOOK THE CHANCE. MAYBE THIS ONE PERSON WOULD SLEEP BETTER TONIGHT, HAVING HEARD ABOUT HER SON THRU ME..............WELL, SURE ENOUGH, I WAS HIGHLY BLESSED!........"SHE" WAS A 77 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH 9 CHILDREN. HER "BABY," WAS IN PRISON...(44yr. old baby!....IT'S OK! MY MOTHER ALWAYS CALLED ME HER "BABY" NO MATTER HOW OLD I GOT!)  "IS HE OK?" SHE GASPED INTO THE PHONE.  "YES, HE'S DOING JUST FINE," I SAID. " HE WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HIS PIN NUMBER HAS NOT BEEN WORKING AND HE HAS BEEN HERE FOR 1 MONTH." THEN I PROCEEDED TO GIVE HER THE NUMBER TO CALL IN THE MORNING TO GET THINGS STRAIGHTENED OUT.  SHE ASKED HOW I WAS DOING. I SOMEHOW SAID,"WELL, I'M ALL ALONE." QUICKLY SHE SAID TO ME, "NO, MY CHILD, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. NEVER SAY YOU ARE ALONE. THAT GIVES SATAN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE IN WHEN HE HEARS THOSE WORDS.  ALWAYS SAY "JESUS IS WITH ME."  AND PRAISE THE LORD USING   "ALLELULIA" AND "HALLILULIA."  .......THESE WERE THE MOST COMFORTING AND BEST WORDS ANYONE COULD HAVE TOLD ME. I FELT SO BLESSED TO HAVE SPOKEN TO THIS WOMAN.....AND TRUTHFULLY, SHE FELT LIKE A CARING MOTHER TO ME.

2 comments:

bernmilo said...

This is great that you do this...
http://journals.aol.com/bernmilo/WAYNEATOPICTURES

inmtwfe said...

i am also an inmate wife. my husband is in the florida prison system.  i don't know what state system your husband is in, but the florida prison system has to be the worst! i too have gotten those calls from my husband asking me to call another inmates family or loved ones. being able to hear the relief in their voice is heart warming. and i have also received calls from other inmates using my husbands pin # when he forgot to sign the phone list, or for some reason he was unable to use the phone. my husband calls home faithfully every night. the thoughts and fears that run through my head when that phone call is not received is unimaginable.i have been there. i have been looking for someone to share my feelings and thoughts with. someone who knows and understands what i'm going through. i have family and friends, but none of them have ever been in my shoes. they really don't understand.
while my hussband has been incarcerated we to have dealt with 2 deaths in the family with in 1 year! the 1st was my dad, and he and my husband were really close, the 2nd was his grandfather whom i cared for in my home. there rules are inhumane. after that i started having uncontrollable panic attacks that have now led to agoraphobia. i am scared to leave my home. so now i am a prisoner in my own home. i do manage to heavily medicate myself every sunday to go visit with my husband. i've not missed a visit yet, not do i plan to.  just for the record i am a 32 year old single mom now. things have been everything but easy!
i appreciate your time and thank you very much for listening.
i needed this! my chest feels a little lighter this morning.
thank you again
cindy