Is there a short in your fuse?
by Katie Souza
(Taken from Katie’s Journal written in Prison April / May 2001)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)
Today I told Reverend Hodge that he scared me when we talked about the theology class. He said he thought he did, and he was sorry. So, we made an agreement to talk again about the class. Praise God, all in His time! We got to attend two churches today!!
I talked to mom and dad, they aren’t coming again. (I need to pray for mom’s complete healing!)
We had Spanish Bible study at 7:00 pm. I feel the Lord on a new level. The Lord our God is the only true God! Got struck with a urinary tract infection (UTI) while praying for Josie. I need to fight through this!
I read Nehemiah, walked, had prayer meeting, shopped – ordered shoes. Received a letter from Teresa, still have UTI, and I read the Bible all night. Josie got victory last night at 11:00 pm when she was in prayer. I worked alone, buffed the floors, went to prayer meeting and choir practice, called mom and dad, read Matthew, and still have the UTI.
No church today, I walked 2 miles, I read more of Matthew and I buffed alone.
Today, there was hardly anybody in church. I went to Chinese Bible study then went to Prison Fellowship Ministry meeting at 7:00 pm for Kairos.
I PREACHED! Had prayer meeting at 12:30 pm, worked (still with no partner) and buffed the floors.
I’ve been inside for 93 days. I met with Reverend Hodge, read my Bible, suffered with UTI until late.
I worked today with no partner, buffed floors, and went to the Spanish service and Communion service. Then I walked and called mom. This is my scripture for today, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Matthew 5:14 (ESV)
The church service at 2:00 pm was a larger turn out. Went to service with Ray and Esther. Prayed for my mom. God gave me this verse today for mom, “Let your light so shine before all men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
There were attacks on the floor crew today. Anna is our new boss.
Ann Shelby passed away. We had two church services today. We sang Grace and Mercy at both, and I dedicated that song to Ann because she used to sing it at services. This is my scripture for today: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 (ESV)
I listened to tapes all night at the chapel. “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 (ESV)
Today at work, the buffer had a short in it. I thought how it was like me (sometimes I have a short)! I was getting frustrated and mad at the machine for not working, then I remembered to pray for it in “Jesus’ name” and it started right up! This was a great lesson from God!
Looking back at my journal makes me smile. I was so intense and so fragile at the same time, and was doing my best to follow hard after the Lord in all the small events of each day. The Lord was teaching me valuable lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I was in a training ground!
How do you approach each day?
Are you taking each event as it comes and looking for God’s hand in it? If not, how can you adjust the way you see the everyday things?
Pray through the above scriptures from Matthew with me and believe them for yourself! God loves you!
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