Written by Katie Souza while incarcerated in 2001
I went to commissary and then laid down on the grass for the express purpose of talking with the Father. As I lay there, I looked into the tree and there was a hummingbird. God was saying rest in me; I could have stayed and watched that hummingbird all day!
While I was inside commissary with Hulda, Tina came over just to ask me, “Do you know what you are known as on campus?” I said, “No, what?” She said, ‘Christian Katie’; when anyone is referring to you they all call you ‘Christian Katie’. I just thought you might want to know that!’” I felt the Lord was speaking to me through Tina to prepare the way for my victory testimony. I can hear it now, “Christian Katie got a word from the Lord that she was going home on November 21, 2001 instead of January 24, 2010, and it happened!!”
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
At the 8:00 PM prayer meeting, I was praying for Angie and I quoted Jeremiah 33:3. I had never quoted this scripture before, and I even wrote it in the back of my Bible earlier today. It is the same scripture Agnes’ pastor gave her when she got sentenced. At the end of the prayer, Deena told me that for the second time during prayer, she got chills on the side I was standing on. They were just on half of her body, including half of her scalp and half of her back. She said, “I’m not like this; I don’t usually act like this or feel this kind of stuff!” She told me that she was sitting there analyzing it, because it was so weird and that she could not believe that it was a coincidence that it would happen twice.
Tuesday morning – I had a dream that someone was cutting hair and they told me, “It will be done on the 21st.” I didn’t understand until I talked to mom. She said, “Oh good! Haircutting means purification. The time of purification is at an end. It will be done on November 21st!”
During typing, I felt God telling me that my faith will be tested when I go home. Sherry said, “Let’s go check the mail!” I told her, “Yeah, I’m going to get legal mail.” Sure enough, it was the 15 pages that Dan Morris wrote, and they were good. This really challenges my faith.
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
Isaiah 40:1-2 (NIV)
At the prayer meeting, I had asked the Lord for a word from one of the sisters. At end of the prayer meeting, sister Constance gave me a paper with Isaiah 40 on it. My heart leapt for joy! “Speak tenderly is the same as the Hebrew “be encouraged”! 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 tells us not to fear the King of Assyria because he has only arms of flesh, but we have the Lord God behind us. Dan Morris is the king of Assyria! When I was half asleep on Tuesday morning, I felt better and I knew that it was because I had been obedient to make the prayer list that the Lord had been prompting me to do for months.
I always tell people that they need to journal (especially dreams and visions). When we look back at our journals, like looking back at 2001 here, it builds our faith! I see what God was doing in my life at that time and I see how far I have come in 20 years!
If you journal, go back to one of your early days of journaling and see if you find it a blessing. Write to us and tell us how God spoke to you from the pages of your old journal.
If you don’t journal, you should begin right away!
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