Celebrating Holy Week to Pentecost with Words of Encouragement


2014
 
May                                         WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Edition   
Written & Published by: Kim Fincher, 1813 Sycamore Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110, USA
This is our first bi-annual special W.O.E. newsletter which will contain almost every message of the year so far since January. It’s like a book without the cover. We will have another one to celebrate Christ’s birth in December. This edition is especially done on the month of Pentecost which is Sunday, June 8th. I will start with a message about the Pentecost and then include messages from January through May of this year. For some this is your first time to receive a message from us and others have been receiving them for years. We hope that you will be encouraged, inspired and that your faith in Christ will be strengthened through this small Woman’s ministry unto the Lord. Thank you to my ministry friends and Sisters in the Faith: Beth Michaels of C.P.P. and Eva Myers for sharing with me the woman on your mailing list so that I could reach out to them with this compilation of messages from the Lord written by me and to my other ministry friends who will be sharing this with your mailing list.  Praise the Lord for His Word and Love!

Filled with the Holy Spirit:
“4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”          Acts 2:1-4
Isn't the Word of God amazing! I just love it. I love it more than anything else really!! I was reading in Acts 1-2 today and just felt how wonderful the early church must have been to experience everyone having The Lords Super together and sharing with one another in all they had and experiencing the coming of the Holy Spirit for the first time. All because of Jesus Christ! From easter Sunday the day of His resurrection to the day of Pentecost can you imagine the persecution, the doubt, the thoughts of the early church and the disciples? But then that Spirit of God came and boom! The disciples preached, filled with power and the church grew in numbers bang! It was on!! We still have that potential today but we take it for granted after all it’s been over 2,000 years some can get discouraged when thinking like that.
Have we forgotten the reason why for our faith, for our belief in Jesus? Has life overtaken your faith with worries, doubts, and fears of what’ yet to come? Never forsake the assembly of the saints in fellowship, prayer, and daily bible reading it's the reason and the Word is like our high-vitamin nutrition without it we are walking around malnourished and cannot be a light in the world and we ourselves are too needy to help anyone. Get fueled up daily so your cup overflows into your neighbor’s life and you plant a little seed of hope, encouragement, love and that's all Jesus asks us to do. Be a light, spread the Good News that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life; there’s no other way to the Father God accept through Him. Amen. Be a woman of God, proud to call out His name!
New Beginnings
     I dreamt of the day of my release from prison for several months and even a year before it happened.  I thought I was ready and prepared for a new beginning, but old habits had a hard time of dying.  I moved back to a friend’s place that was living in Austin, TX.  The same town I found the high that only gave me false hope, and a false freedom. I’d fallen for the security of another man who said all the right words and we were engaged soon thereafter, but he couldn’t hide his dark & ugly lifestyle from me.  He was an alcoholic and suppressed true feelings behind his drinking.  The red alert went off real fast, and I was out of there rescued by a handsome stranger who I’d met my first day of freedom.  He drove me to Athens, TX where my dad offered me a place.  I got off to a great start by inviting the guy I had just met to stay the night at my dad’s.  Big mistake!  He claimed to be a Christian, but his actions didn’t match up, and neither did mine.
     I stayed at Dad’s for a couple of weeks before we had a big fight and I asked my new man friend who my dad introduced to me to take me to my mom’s place in Corsicana; this was a different guy.  She’d just moved into a house with my youngest sister and her dad.  I wasn’t looking forward to the arguments that I anticipated there, but I also didn’t see a better option.  I couldn’t sleep on the bed so I’d sleep on the floor beside the bed in a small space similar to a prison cell like I was used to for the last two years.  I had a hard time sleeping for quite a while.  I’d often wake up, or be real restless without a job or anything to keep my mind occupied.
     My youngest sister and I did not get along.  She was pregnant and I was unbalanced to say the least.   I had many struggles living there.  There was always beer in the fridge, men all around, and I had yet to find a church home.  My lowest points happened around this time, and I did several stupid and sinful things.  I had yet to realize who I was as a Christian, as a woman of God.  I didn’t love or respect my body as God’s holy temple to be used for sex only in marriage.  Satan was all over my weaknesses.
     During this time of lows I contracted two STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), which I didn’t find out about until when I was pregnant with my first baby boy.  I was a fool and I acted foolishly, but God was forgiving and gracious with His love and mercy.
     After attending AA meetings for several weeks I had decided to see what Christian groups there was, like there was in Austin, TX and I found Celebrate Recovery.  I went three times and I was invited to a Bible study at Calvary Worship Center in Corsicana, TX.  I went and met a few people.
     The one person who’d made the greatest impact in my life was Christina.  She was a godly Christian woman who had encouraged me to be abstinent until marriage.  I’d honestly never met anyone who had the pure heart and simple conviction that she had.  I was inspired and began asking God to help me with this because I knew how wrong it was for me to be with guys outside of marriage- as a new Christian woman.
     I loved going to church at CWC and many spiritual strongholds in my heart were being healed during the first few weeks of going there.  I continued to struggle with my lust of the flesh, and I had prayed to God that I could either be single without these struggles or be faithfully married to a faithful and Godly husband.  I had already been engaged twice now and decided to step back from being in any relationships. I now wanted more than anything God’s very best for my life and for me; I wanted to follow His plans this time around.
     I continued going to AA, celebrate recovery, and church.  One day I decided to just leave the drama where I was staying and as I was walking I came to a woman’s house from Calvary Worship Center.  She ministered to me & calmed me down enough to know who I needed to call and talk to, and her name was Toula.  Toula picked me up and we went for pie.  After telling her a bit about my living situation and struggles she offered me a place to stay.  I accepted and soon I was living in a nice, big house all on my own for $100 a month and college finally started which I had been approved for financial aid while I was in prison and was just waiting for the semester to start.   Now I was away from the beer, men, and sinful atmosphere and it was up to me to choose Jesus over my flesh.  I asked God for a husband, I had even listed the qualities I wanted him to have.  One day at church God gave me a message to give to a guy there so I went and I told him what he wanted me to say, and then we prayed together.   Not too much later after, that man & me started being friends.  We would go for walks, read in the bible, and go to church together.  I later found out that God had used me to convict him to get clean and sober.  I liked Joseph a lot and I had prayed that he was the one I’d been praying for to be my husband.
     Joseph proposed to me on Halloween day and we were married on January 9th, 2010.   I gave birth to our first son on July 19th, 2010.  We were young in the Lord, in love, and foolishly in-love; but God turned our foolishness into a marriage and two wonderful, handsome sons because of His great grace and love!
     I wouldn’t wish my past struggles on anyone, but I can tell you this: if you realize what you need is God’s plans for you- no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, He will deliver you.  He is our Deliverer, Redeemer, Saviour, and God of the whole universe and He loves us all so much.
      Happy Anniversary, Joseph!  I’m so glad God chose you to be my husband!  Here’s to another year of God’s mercy & grace in our lives together as we serve God and each other sharing our struggles and God’s mercy with you through Words of Encouragement each month of 2014. 

You Are Significant!
 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33
Has the enemy told you lately that you were just insignificant and easily replaceable? Have you been worrying about your future and trying to come-up with a back-up plan? If so, my question is this then: What are you worrying about that you are not significant and will be replaced or that God will not already have a back-up plan in place if your current position is terminated?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
God formed you in your mother’s womb! That’s how special and unique you are to Him. 
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”     1 Peter 5:7-9
Trust in His plans for your life today and in the future. He is there for you right now if you will humble yourself before His throne, repent of your sins, ask Him into your heart, and make Him Lord of your life.  Make your life about Jesus and serving others instead of about yourself. Let your light shine for God and share some hope and some love; that’s what this world needs.
“ 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:7-10
Remember you are truly unique and wonderfully made in God’s image for a special purpose and you are loved! Be encouraged in Jesus!!
The Father’s Love:
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.” John 14:1,6-7, 10
While I was in prison, falling to sleep scared & crying- after being witnessed to for maybe several weeks by an on fire woman of God- Sheri Horn, I asked God, “If Jesus is who she says he is I want to know Him like she knows him.” That night Jesus Christ came to me with the most warm & melodious voice and through a white mist I seen His hand as He said, “Take my hand & I’ll take you to the Father.” That’s when I met my Father God and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. It took me several months before I would actually start going to church. The next day September 24, 2007 I felt a freedom and had some of the best sleep. I stood up to my roommate who was super scary to me and was no longer alone while in prison. One of my first prayers as a new believer was that I could get a job where I was off on the weekend and be moved to the open dorms so I could easily get ready and go to church services and events. Soon after that prayer both things happened I got a job in the print shop which is a very wanted job on that prison unit and I got moved to open dorms which are a big space with open beds compared to the closed dorms with doors and a bunk bed with a roommate. I also joined a few bible study groups and began to heal and learn the Word. When I started going to church I was filled with the spirit like a warm glow throughout my body especially over my heart. I remember God would wake me up by saying my name and I didn’t know what was happening so I asked a few people and they told me that was God, it was amazing to me that God of the Universe would call my name and want to spend time with me and I felt so much love. I would spend hours in the word sometimes early in the morning and others through the night. I would pray to God, when will Jesus return and He would whisper not yet I’m waiting for all my children and I felt such warmth and love for the first time in my life after seeking so many different spiritual paths from new age to Buddhism and I found Christ in prison and really He found me.
Heart- “kardia”-Greek: the inner person. Emphasis is on the mind in this context.
Troubled- “tarasso”- Greek: to agitate-to cause one inward commotion, make one anxious, distressed, cause one’s spirit to have fear and dread.
Examples when Jesus was troubled: John 11:33  “When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.”
John 12:27  Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!”
John 13:21 “Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!”
We’ve all experienced these feelings of being deeply troubled in our hearts which workings are in our minds. This is the primary goal of satan to keep us troubled, agitated, anxious, and without peace. There was a time that I didn’t know Jesus as my saviour and I was living in the greatest darkness, I had some great fear. God was with me then he sent a believer to witness to me all about Jesus Christ. One night I was desperate for change and I prayed to God that if Jesus was real I’d like to know this Jesus as my friend knew Him. That night Jesus came to me, all I seen was His hand extended to mine and He said, “Take my hand and I’ll take you to The Father.” His voice was warm and melodic, deeply soothing. I took His hand and I woke up free! Now, I didn’t automatically become a model Christian woman. It took little steps of faith and each time God answered a prayer I was a little bit more ready to believe in Him and live for Him. But, it doesn’t happen overnight. We have to daily work-out our salvation as Pastor Johnson recently said. We have to work out for Him to work in us.
Let’s close with prayer : “Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for freeing me from sin and darkness and my troubled heart and filling me with your spirit and your plans. Help us to grow in you every day as we trust in you and rely on you for all our needs.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.



Daily Inspiration:
Sometimes we may go through a period where we:
  • sleep in all day because you can?
  • loose an interest in life?
  • struggle with depression and feeling alone?
  • frequently ask ourselves what am I going to do today?
Some reasons may be: the children have left the nest or have started school
It’s important not to give into these struggles and to keep our eye on Chist each day. Let’s open to Phil. 4:4 Read scripture & Comm. “Always be full of joy”
Eph. 5:15-20/ comm. Vs. 18- the Holy Spirit, 19-20 singing & making music
We should be filled with the Living Water of Christ the Holy Spirit and not alcohol drinks or any other sins.
John 4:10-Living Water comm.
Philippians 4:8 Do our thoughts and struggles match up to this scripture? Here are some ways to activate the Living Water of God each day in our lives.
1. Thank God: as soon as we wake up; even before we get out of our bed.
2. Worship God: by get on your knees and proclaiming “I am your servant, I choose to serve you Lord, you are my God, my Savior and not the world.”
3. Seek God: Ask God what are your plans for me today? Wait and listen. Write down what He says. Ask Him for some direction from the Word. Read, take time to meditate on that Word, maybe write a verse down and have it where you can see it throughout the day to keep you grounded and on track. A great book to read on this is A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George which we are studying this Saturday & I’ll tell you more after we finish here.
4. Take Notes: Keep a prayer journal and pray for the needs of others and for your own needs. Accept God’s answer to your prayers and praise Him in advance for answering your prayers.
5. Believe and Reflect: Have a time of praise and worship each day. Make up a new song unto the Lord do it with instruments if you know how to play one. This will give you the same refreshment as soaking in a bath or taking a shower. I actually do this in the shower and then just around the house and sometimes with my boys and my husband. He plays the guitar.
Let’s take another look at Philippians 4:8. “Fix your thoughts on what is:
True: loyal, honest, just, legitimate, right
Honorable: characteristics of integrity, upright
Right: correct or moral behavior, a just claim of something
Pure: free of contamination, or impurities, clean, guiltless, and faultless
Lovely: beautiful
Admirable: excellent, good, worthy, marvelous
Excellent: very good of its kind, superior
Praise worthy: applaudable, commendable, fine, excellent, honorable
Reference verses from the Concordance:
True- Psalm 119:142, 151, Isaiah 45:19, Jeremiah 26:15, 28:9, Luke 18:31, John 4:23, 6:55, 17:3, Romans 15:8, Ephesians 5:9, Philippians 4:1, 1 John 2:8, 1 John 5:20, Revelation 19:9, 22:6
Honorable-  Romans 12:7, 2 Corinthians 8:21, 1 Peter 2:12
Right- Psalm 25:9, Psalm 34:15, Matthew 5:10, John 1:12, Romans 9:21, 1 Cor. 9:4, 1 Peter 3:12
Pure- Matthew 5:8, 1 Cor. 1:30, 1 Timothy 5:22, Titus 2:5, James 1:27, 1 John 3:3
Lovely- Proverbs 11:22, Eccl. 3:11, Romans 10:15
  1. Look at words from another translation if you can’t find. NKJV
Admirable- good report- Prov. 13:22, 15:30, 17:22
  1. look up in a separate reference book
Excellent- virtue (of worth). Power/strength.
  1. Look up words broken down.
Praiseworthy-  Praise: Ps.92:1, Worth: 1Pet. 1:7, 3:4
A Change in the ministry took place in March 2014 when I felt led to drop all men from my monthly mailing and focus on being a Minister to woman only. Now, I am a penpal and mentor to many woman but do not send out a monthly newsletter as when I started and for 3 years. Now it’s a reply with a message and a bi-annual newsletter. Praise the Lord He directs and guides me to fulfill His will and plans for me.
Greetings Woman of God! My purpose is to encourage you with the Word of God as a friend and pen pal I will do my best to offer you godly advice when I can.       Ephesians 4:11-16, Titus 2:3-5
Quality Over Quantity:
I know that as I make this transition that I will get many men writing me and I’m prepared for that because I’ve been writing 80-90 men a month with only 10-15 woman for almost 3 years or so. I am ready to be that woman of God that I need to be. That’s why I said in last month’s newsletter I am devoting this ministry to woman and that means quality over quantity. A quality time spent with a friend is more important than having 10 friends hanging out with no real substance to the time spent. That’s what I want with you Ladies some quality conversations to take place between us and even friendship. I don’t want to be a big-time tv evangelist who has no clue who the people are that are receiving their newsletters or books or sending them money. That’s not for me. I want to make a small impact in this big world and specifically I want to help a few of the woman in prison, jail, and in my community to live a better life as a Woman of God once you get out of prison. I would like to start by just having an intro from each of you like you are meeting a new friend and this will be helpful to me to (receive whose reading this special newsletter prepared just for you woman to know what this ministry sends out each month I’ve changed very little so you’re are getting an inside peak of what a prison minister writes). have on file so that I can go back to it when we are writing and so I am getting to know you. Even if you have done this before please understand I didn’t keep your info on file before and that’s what I’m going to do now so I can be more organized and successful at ministering to your personal needs, meeting you where you are at. I will not be accepting any more woman at this time on my personal letters list so I can keep it quality with you woman who I am already writing but you are welcome to share the bible messages with anyone of your choosing and anyone can request the books too. Just that you know there’s a waiting list of 30+ right now, but I will be having a fundraiser yard sale in late march and using that money to send out books.

My Personal Introduction:
Hi, My name is Kim Fincher. I am 34, my bday is 9-27-79, I was saved 9-24-07 while serving time in prison on hobby unit, marlin, tx. I’ve been writing inmates since may or june of 09. I met my husband at church and we’ve been married since jan. 09th, 2010. His name is Joseph. We have 2 sons: J.J. is 3 ½ born July 19th, 2010 and David is almost 2 born April 2nd, 2012. I am a stay-at-home mom and wife. I love to bake sweet bread and muffins, cook in the crockpot soups and chicken, and going for long walks and the spring taking the boys to the park. We live in a small town: Corsicana, TX. We go to a Pentecostal non-denomination church Calvary Worship Center. My husband works for Green briar rail services as a machine operator. We have one boy cat named Tiger. His mom and brother both went missing and I think they were took because they were both really pretty white cats and the brother is a rather common color but we absolutely love him. Because of the Lord, I have wrote two books and self-published and sent them to prisoners and hope to continue this as part of my ministry they can be used as a personal study and/or group study books. I also am a big nerd when it comes to learning I’ve read so many books on being a godly woman, mom, and how to handle our money. I think I’ve done pretty good with my husband’s income in spending it properly, but for a while I didn’t and so we have some debt we are still working on paying off. I love buying 2nd hand at thrift stores and yard sales and my favorite grocery store to shop at is HEB. I love to see how much I’ve saved at the bottom of the receipt and it’s circled. I don’t like to go to wal-mart and try not to it’s too big and I usually buy more than I intended. I also go to CVS mainly for vitamins because I can get them for about $2 a bottle and stock up for the year. We do take a vitamin every day and I know that helps us stay healthy. I love to drink coffee every morning with breakfast or even before breakfast and I love to go for a quiet morning walk before the boys wake up when it’s nice outside. One of my goals is to take my boys to explore the surrounding area where we live like to museums in dallas and parks because I think that it’s important to explore and be creative so you don’t feel you have to do it later in life and I want them to be cultured in arts, crafts, nature and all the world has to offer with an understanding of who their creator is and who they will ultimately have to answer to for all they do and don’t do in this life time. I love to write and make new friends. And I’m looking forward to hearing back from you and hope we can be penpals. Your Sister in Christ, Kim
The Doors That God Opens:
The doors that God opens we can't open and no man can shut. If the Lord is up to something for your life He will make it evident. For example: I couldn't even get 4 woman to meet me for a bible study in Corsicana, TX but I've had 4 woman interested in learning more about the Word of God from Hong Kong. Wow! Praise the Lord for His plans are better than mine. amen!
"11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29
"I will give him the key to the house of David--the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them." Isaiah 22:22
But who do you say I am?”  16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),f and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” Matthew 16

Our Partner’s in Ministry:
J.A.R. Ministry- John Richards, 7038 Webster St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 (newsletter)
Christian Pen Pals- Beth Michaels, P.O. Box 11296, Hickory, NC 28603 (penpal site)
Peggy Jones, P.O. Box 302, Friendship, OH 45630 (monthly newsletter)
Free Life Ministry, Mitzi Hall, 1413 S.E. 16th St., Mineral Wells, TX 76067 (quarterly newsletter)
The Felony Foundation, Poppa Garrett, P.O. Box 190806, Dallas, TX 75219 (newsletter)
Blessing Beyond Bars, Robin Denault, P.O. Box 694, Newtonville, NY 12128 (newsletter)
Crossroads Ministry, Bro. Otto Bal, P.O. Box 363, Hyde, PA 16843 (testimonies & tracts)          
A Resource: She sends books and Christmas books for the kids. The Scarlet Thread, P.O. Box 443, Atlanta, IL 61723-0443
A Better High poem by Kim Fincher
“I'm Drunk & I'm high, but I'm not going to die from it
The Spirit of God keeps me sustained, with something much stronger
than the pain caused by drinking and drugs
I've got the high that can not die from praising the Lord
I've got the drink that is living water, that gives eternal life
and not death of the liver or heart from years of pain suppressed behind the drink & the drugs.
This is choice grade, 100% Pure, all-natural high. Once you've tried some of this
you want touch that second hand stuff again. He is the breath of life, living water,
love, joy, peace, forgiver. Freedom is found in Him and without the consequences of a life 
living in sin. You can't find this in a club, bar, or party this is found by asking Him in your heart
and receiving His greatest gift ever offered: eternal life for your soul.

Don't die for a high or a drink today, which ends in dependence and eternal sin and death of your soul.
Give Jesus Christ a try and you want regret and you will never look back again. He gives freedom from your pain, a better path and plan for your life, a healed heart, brokenness taken away, burdens lifted from your shoulders and placed on His, He is the Son of God, Son of Man, Saviour, Creator, and Father God.
I'm praising Him today for my new life, my family, my home, and my freedom. Thank you Lord!”

"I pray for you woman in prison to realize that you need an inner transformation that only the Spirit of God which dwells within you can do. Their’s no better high than the Spirit of God working within and healing you of all the pain, all the abuse, and all the harm done to your body, mind, and heart. Let Him give you a better life.” Amen.
A Special thank you to our Pastor for supporting this ministry in 2014 by donating 100 stamps and 100 copies each month and for the last two years. We now are now an independent  publisher relying on the Lord for private donations and using our own funds as God gives us.
Doing Good & Giving Cheerfully:
“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” Galatians 6:7-8
You will harvest what you plant. Let’s take a look at a few more scripture references on this: 
My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.” Job 4:8 (in this case Job’s friend was wrong if you’ve read the story of Job you will know this.)
Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” Psalm 126:4-5
“Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” Proverbs 22:8-9
Remember this: a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the scripture say, They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9
So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10
Money Isn’t the Blessing:
Just like santa claus has nothing to do with Christmas, money is not a blessing from God. It is what we do with the material stuff which determines our service to God as being a blessed servant of His or not. I will give you an example. We recently received $850 that was given to us from my husband’s dad who felt convicted by the Holy Spirit that he owed us this money from an income tax check that he spent that was my husbands about 4 years ago. They have the same name. My husband and me had already forgiven them and forgotten all about this. But, he hadn’t and recently received some money and wanted to give this to us as doing the right thing, so we accepted and prayed God’s blessings over them. The blessing in this was the eagerness of the giver not the money given. It was the changed heart, the transformation, and the miracle of the giver. Now, with this money we we’re able to be an eager giver too. I went to Dollar Tree to buy a few gifts that hadn’t arrived by amazon that I had purchased on the way I seen this older man walking and God quickened my heart to give him the $20 I had just seen in my purse that our sweet neighbor gave us. So, I stopped and said to him here this is from the Lord he wanted me to give this to you and this man actually knew me from a relative so he opened up to me and all I did was pray for his heart to be healed because he was sharing some hurt and pain that he was carrying and I believe God did heal him, he went into the Dollar Tree and was smiling each time we passed each other and said I got everything I needed, thank you and God Bless you. I seen his face change and his mannerism from down to lifted and encouraged again it wasn’t the money that blessed him but my obedience to give as unto God and to take the time to listen and to pray for this older man who had some brokenness. Next, as I was checking out I noticed the cashier repeat to me the same statement several times so I reasoned she was tired or had her mind elsewhere and I asked her how late they are open, and what time she gets off and she shared that she’d be getting off and going to the pawn shop in hopes to get some money to buy her kids some Christmas gifts, my heart felt broken for her and I wanted to give her some money to buy her kids some gifts. So, I made sure to have enough change and I asked her to keep the change, she was so shocked and I said for your children. She was in tears as she realized what just happened and testified to the next customer. Now, in this again it wasn’t the money that blessed her it was the Spirit of God which made my heart sensitive to her need and her heart. I do not take the credit; it’s what God can do with a broken heart before Him. He can use you just the same as he does me. It’s His money and I’m His servant. This attitude is necessary to be a servant of God. She will mostly remember the giver more than the gift and the smiles on her children’s faces. But, the world thinks that it’s the money and the gifts that matters. God wants to show us that the blessings are in the love, the time spent with family, friends, and helping others in need. My story isn’t over yet my husband also was able to take the time and listen to a friend in need. He had texted Joseph because he thought he tried to call him. He hadn’t spoken to this friend in some time but he took a minute to see how he was doing and found out that he was about to face some jail time for some tickets he couldn’t pay. My husband felt broken for this friend in his heart, where the Holy Spirit lives in his servant’s and He eagerly offered to give his friend the money to cover the tickets. As a respectful and considerate husband he sent me the conversation and let me know what was going on and wanted to make sure that this would be agreeable with me as I handle our money. I gave him all the money we had left and said you decide how much to give him but yes this is the right thing to do and please do this. So, we acted eagerly on behalf of his needs and we took his burden upon us as it says to do in the bible. Do not delay when someone is in need and you can help them. I could have used this money in a number of other ways but I knew that this was the right use of it and God will provide more because He provides for our needs when we are in line with His will, His plans, and His Word. So, I hope that you are convinced as I am that “Being Blessed,” doesn’t mean with money but with God’s love, mercy, and a changed heart.
Surrender
Self-control, anger, depression
Sins of the flesh must be surrendered to Christ. Weak in the flesh, tired from sinning; I cry out to Jesus asking Him to take over. “I surrender God! I am useless without you. I need you more than I need to have control, anger and depression. I want more of you than of me, so I must step aside and let you live more in me. Help me to overcome, surrender, and to see how you plan for me to live in victory. I’ve got to wash this sin away one more day, one more hour, I’ve got to let it go and give into your presence if I ever want to live a life worth eternity. So, I’m giving it all to you once again, I’m giving into you, in hope to be free, to be free of me.”
What sins are you dealing with? Which ones way you down like heavy chains? These are strongholds that must be dealt with head on. They will not leave easily when you’ve been carrying them around for so long. Prayer, discipline, and fasting will help and determination to live for Christ and die to self-daily. You can do it as I know that I can too. With Jesus each day, keeping our eyes on Him and the eternal prize we can live in victory! Amen
Speaking the Truth in Love:
Unity in the Body
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say,“When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.”Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.[c] 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4
Being humble and gentle is not in my nature I’m more blabbing out what I think and being easily offended and very aggressive. God has been working on me to be a woman of God the way he intended me to be for some time it’s a struggle to suffer the fleshes desires to be Christ-like every day. I give in and then I realize with the conviction of the Holy Spirit which dwells in me and I honor God by repenting and seeking His word. I don’t want to live for myself, flesh, or the world since I’ve been saved I said I serve you Lord, you are my God and He is. I have noticed in the Christian churches and people a big fluctuation in bible doctrine, principles, theology and the way people actually live. One thing that is difficult for me to love in Christians is the fact a lot of them are religious but not filled with the Spirit of God or spirit filled believers. This is a big difference. You can tell by what they watch, listen to, and their daily activities and lifestyle. A Christian who watches zombie movies, non-christian music, goes to worldly events is not being convicted by the Holy Spirit or conformed to the image of God. How do I know this? It happened to me and it still does. I am spirit filled so I observe they are not. I cannot go and watch a zombie movie or even a sci-fi movie where they are worshipping false Gods or any with other religions it quickens the spirit in me and makes me sick physically. The word says we will not be like the world but aliens to the world they don’t understand our beliefs our values and our faith in God. You cannot be living for money and then say you are a preacher it’s contradicting and will not work. We have to choose. Do we believe the bible or not?
Regardless the gifts God gives us is to be used within the body to build up the church and to grow with love and so all things we say or do should be done with a gentle and meek spirit one that is filled with truth in love. I haven’t by any means perfected this character but I know it is what God wants so even though I myself am flawed in this area doesn’t mean that I still cannot produce seeds in you by sharing this knowledge and I pray that it will become wisdom as I grow in His truth and share it with others more with the love of Christ. You can still do what God has called you to do and be even when you are not perfect it’s not about us anyhow it is about having a willing heart to serve Christ wherever He calls you.
So be encouraged by this word and this message that God can use you if you work out your salvation daily with humility and meekness, with consecration and devotion to Him first each day and let Him into every inch of your life.
Let the Lord Guide You:
"So, I say let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you want be doing what your sinful nature craves." Galatians 5:16 Alot of christians are leaving the holy spirit out of their walks, they are like the israelites held in captivity by the babylons, their hearts have grown cold, and they are self-righteous in their religious ways but do not know the voice of the Lord and do not practice what they preach in private, they have a secret life which is not pleasing to God and is only bringing pleasure to their flesh. Read Jeremiah 27-29 in full to see the state or our nation and our people even today.
"If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me." Jeremiah 29:13
"Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit." Romans 8:5 Read all of Romans 8-10 for a thorough understanding of what the Lord is saying as He showed me this morning my people are in captivity by their own thoughts, by their lack of devotion to me, by not participating in the Lords Supper in our church we are not unified but many are following the God's of this world and putting God on hold.
1 Corinthians 11:23-30 The Lords Supper
"What is important is faith expressing itself in love." We are given freedom not to sin against God and each other but to extend God's hand of grace given to us to everyone else, "we are to use our freedom to serve on another in love." Galatians 5:6, 13
Sacrifice of Thanksgiving:
The sacrifice that God accepts is that of praise and thanksgiving. Theirs an order that we should be living by, based upon biblical values and they are: putting God first, our husband next, and then our children. These three will keep our life in a morally righteous track and they do not change. If you are not married but have children then they should come next after God. Do not put a boyfriend before your children and God ladies; that will only lead to tragedy and disappointment. If you can’t remain abstinent then pray to God for a Godly husband and then wait don’t do like I did and sleep with 4 guys, contract two std’s and then step back and pray for a husband, oops! I got the order a bit mixed up. I let my flesh take over and it led to destruction. Follow the order that God has set up for us if you want to succeed once you get out of prison. You put God first that means devotion, dedication, heartfelt prayer, seeking Him, reading the Word and yes that means when you get out of prison too ladies. Don’t be led astray by money, and a good time it will lead to death and if not then a lot of pain and suffering for you. If you are addicted to drugs, to drinking, to sex, to peer pressure then I suggest get into some treatment programs and stay away from your old friends who love these things, go to church and surround yourself with Godly Spirit filled Christian woman and stay away from the men accept your pastor. Men lead to temptation and temptation leads to other temptations and there are a lot of men out there who will sweet talk you into taking your clothes off and losing yourself to them but they want give you anything once you’ve given them what they want. It’s so sad but I’m speaking the truth for your good so you can wise up and stay away from that.
Just be content and thankful to God for your life and then your freedom, your children, your husband, your salvation and each day these things meditate on as the word says in Philippians 4:8. Keep out of trouble and study and learn what it means to be a Woman of God, a Wife of God, A Mom of God and you will stay clean and live a life that is filled with Godliness, and wisdom, and thanksgiving and this is a really good life to live with eternal rewards that this world and these people can never touch or give you.
I recommend reading A Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George it really helped me and I still go to it when I need a reminder very good book.
We Are His Children:
Amos 9:6 “The Lord’s home reaches up to the heavens, while its foundation is on the earth. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!”
You may have no home that you feel love in, no place to be yourself and feel security and rest. But He is everywhere and one day you will have eternal rest, where there are no more tears.
1 John 3:1-3 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
As children of God people may not be drawn to us but we are drawn to Christ. We may not be popular with many friends or attractive like the woman who wear body revealing clothes because we have been called to be meek and quiet, slow to anger, and self-controlled we are to grow in the Fruit of the Spirit, not the spirit of jezebel, lust and sexual attraction; do not draw men to you but draw close to Christ and He will shield you from the men of this world and their desires for you only sexually; they do not have your best interest-be so secure in who you are in Him that you are protected from those men with their grubby hands, save yourself for a Godly, Christian man who will honor and value you and treasure you as a rare pearl that you are because He loves Jesus Christ-this is so important Sisters.
Amos 9:14-15 “I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.”
You may feel like the scum of the earth being an inmate, a prisoner, just a number in the system. You are now in exile but trust the Word of God, and His promises will be fulfilled in your life. He has plans that are for your good if you will daily seek His word, His truth, and be filled with the life of the Word you will live a healthy life filled with great things that only God can provide.
Joseph & me are planning on buying our house that we’ve been renting for 4 years and I’m so excited to be grounded and stable to want to be here and buy this house. I always moved from place to place before and never would be living in this small town if God hadn’t spoken to me to move here. Who knows that He gives us wise counsel, His Spirit, the Holy Spirit is our greatest master  & teacher we don’t need a sinsai we need a Savior a Jesus Christ that’s my Hero, no need for prince charming that fairy tale stuff never happens; this is for real and your life can be amazing if you cling to Jesus Christ, His word and His truth make it your own sweet Sisters, I know that you can be absolutely amazing for Jesus if you Fall-in Love with Him! Praise the Lord for His great wisdom, mercy and grace that He has called us His Children. Amen
They Shared Everything and Met Together:
“42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
What are you so devoted to that you will sale all you have so you can have that? In the early church it was a devotion to teachings, discipleship, and fellowship, closeness with each other and with God that mattered most to them; they were focused on that.  This was the formation of the church body. Today we need to honor and devote ourselves to Jesus by sitting under a teacher and being disciples, by sharing the word with other sisters and believers, by sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other, and praying for each other and together. Take time to meet-up and to share what you have. These are essential for the church, for us as individuals and for the whole body of Christ to function as it should. There’s a lot of outreaches and ministries today where only one or two people are carrying the labor and burden of the whole outreach or ministry on their shoulders and nobody is wanting to participate, to sweat and labor for those lives who need salvation; it’s too hard or I’m too busy; they’ve got it under control- but those laborers are exhausted we are to share in everything meaning the burden too, we are each a part of the body and we each have a gift given to us by God to be used as service for the church. If you don’t know your spiritual gift than ask God and seek His word to discover it. Mine is a writer, evangelist, and encourager to anyone but especially to woman in prison is my niche, ha, ha. It’s where my gift thrives and is most useful to God. I don’t have a board, or big ministry team either, nobody has stepped up to help or join in this burden of love; it’s me and my computer typing the words God has poured into me and I connect with other individuals doing the same and they are my main support team, we understand each other. And they are each in a different state. God puts us where he needs us. I’ve also connected with ministers in other countries: Uganda and England. It’s nice to know that you are not alone and you are not alone Sister’s. Reach out to your neighbors you might not have the same crime but you have other things in common, maybe you both have children, or you are married, single, divorced, who knows until you reach out. The very first disciples of Jesus they reached out and began to preach with the boldness of the Holy Spirit and look what happened people believed and the church grew to 2000 in one day! Don’t be discouraged if you feel down, look up to heaven, He is bigger than all our problems and none of them are too small for Him to care, go to Him he will lift you up and wash you clean for this is the day, that the Lord has made: I will rejoice and be glad in Him! Amen.
Put Him First:
“49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”   Luke 2:49
We have a God given purpose and the sooner we find out what it is the more time and energy we can save from searching for our purpose and feeling lost; like Jesus’ parents they were frantically searching for Him and when they found him he calmly replied, of course I’m at my Father’s house, where else would I be? This is the place to be. Jesus had discovered what was most important and where He needed to be we would do good to do the same. The more content we are in life where God has placed us the more we can joyfully serve Him and be filled with great feelings of peace, love, hope and to share our faith with our neighbors, family, and friends and even strangers. We can do a lot of good by letting go of what can I get from this to what can I do to serve my family, serve my community, serve my sisters in prison, to serve Him, the Lord. Honor Him with all your works, with all your thoughts and with all your heart and He will honor you for all eternity. Amen.
Christ’s Resurrection Day:
To me and my house we will serve the Lord and honor him on the day of easter we will worship him for He has risen, Christ the Lord! Will we go to have an easter egg hunt with our families yes, we want our kids to have fun, that’s just silly kid fun but the older they get the more they will know that this day was the day Jesus rose from the grave! Amen. It’s meaning will not be hidden, forgotten, or lost it’s number 1. I can even tell my sisters that did you know today is Resurrection day, the day that Jesus Christ rose from the grave, 3 days after he was crucified on a cross for my sins. And yes I have already done this with one sister, believing always for all my families salvation. This is the books and chapters that contain the History of Jesus Christs resurrection read at least one or all four would be even better on April 20th, in Honor of Jesus Our Savior.
Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20
“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them,“Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” Matthew 28:1-10
About the Author & Publisher:
I am a stay-at-home Mom of two boys, David: 2 and J.J.: 31/2, and a wife married for 4 years to a wonderful husband: Joseph. I’ve been writing to prisoners since May 2009 after spending 27 months in prison and finding Jesus Christ and I’ve been serving Him ever since. March 23 is my 5 year anniversary of release from prison. I love to receive your letters and will try my best to write each of you back. My salvation date is September 24th, 2007 and birthdate is September 27th, 1979 I am 34 years old in age and have been a disciple of Jesus for almost 7 years and that’s the most important celebration in my whole life! I live in a very small town of 28K population, a cowboy, country town, ha, ha! Yes, I have a southern accent and I say, “how yall doin’?” We attend the church we met at and were married at Calvary Worship Center a Pentecostal non-denominational if that makes sense, they believe in the true Word of God and the Spirit, speaking in tongues, and prophetic messages. It’s a nice group of people. We encourage you to pray for a husband, and first pray for a family of believers to belong to and be apart of, so very important woman! I hope you like are family pic enclosed!
I have also self-published through createspace two books: Freedom Behind Bars-Inmate Testimonies and Following God-His Plans for Your Future both available on amazon or createspace or directly from me that you can purchase when you get out or now if you have the funds to do so. I was sending out but the cost to ship is just way too much, I’d rather spend my time and money creating these. Hope you enjoy!

Share Your Testimony! Of salvation and faith in Christ. All submissions must be neatly written or typed not crammed on a page. I can only share them if I can copy them on my copier for I don’t have much time to type them. Focus on Christ more than your sins or crimes, add some scriptures with verses for others to be encouraged in the Word and built up in their faith and speak to your audience the Woman in Prison in the U.S. and in Hong Kong. I will choose a few to share please make one to two pages front and back only. Thanks!

Please pray for me to be a better pen-pal organizer I thought I’d keep a page for each of you and keep tract but I am so sorry to say I haven’t. Please pray for me to be a strong leader, teacher, disciple, and minister so that I can have many fruit for the Lord from this ministry, meaning you Woman. I pray that you will grow in your faith through this ministry and you will be so in love with Jesus. I hope and I pray that you will seek Him, to desire Him, to live for Him, and to truly know Him. He is the best thing that’s ever happened to me and He gave me an amazing family: husband and children to call my own. I was once a slave to sin and then Jesus turned my life around and now I’m working for Him to encourage woman with the Word of God which is life.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
Amen. God Bless you! I hope to hear from you soon and will try my best to give a prompt reply.
Servant of the Lord, Kim Fincher


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