How do you handle a struggle with a friend, family member, or co-worker?
by Katie Souza
(Taken from Katie’s Journal written in Prison 2001)

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

I got a side job today!   Wow, such a blessing!  Lt S. hired me to do the floor in the Security Housing Unit (S.H.U.). I will strip and wax tomorrow night and Sunday night.  Worked with Rosie and Sherrie from 11:00 pm-4:30am!

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”  Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

Didn’t have to do breakfast because of work; I missed church because I had to buff.  I stripped the floor and removed baseboards.  Lots of fighting between the floor crew. The room took from 4:00 pm-10pm; went to wax S.H.U. at 11:00 pm and it took until 4:00 am to finish.

To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure.  Psalm 18:25-26 (NIV)

No work today. No walk. I went to prayer meeting and typing.

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.  For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”  Matthew 7:1-2 (NRSV)

No work again. I walked 3 miles and went to prayer meeting.

Marnie was on the crew today.  Couldn’t buff; we blew out the plugs. Went to prayer meeting, and I prayed for my appeal. Read through Isaiah 45 and 48 about King Cyrus. Jessie has been praying the same way. I came back to my room and my bed was broken! I walked 3 miles and then went to Spanish church.  I praised the Lord, telling him that I trusted Him no matter what happens with the bed and the appeal.

I met with sister Constance and prayed by the commissary for about 30-45 minutes.

Today was my day off and I finished reading the “Strongman” book, then went to choir practice and walked 5 miles.  I was attacked by the enemy at choir practice. Jeanie was there playing her guitar and I just couldn’t sing my song; my feet felt like they were in ice water! It was the same spirit I used to fight and felt like witchcraft, like when Wilma sent that paper and I read it aloud.

BLUEPRINT* “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  Mark 11:25 (KJV)

I still could not sing what I was supposed to sing, which was “Closer to the Heart.”  I believe God is letting this happen to me, so that when I am out evangelizing or singing and this happens to me, I’ll stop, rebuke it, and toss it out in Jesus’ name!

Today I deep washed the lower deck and waxed it “state style.” The floor looked BAD! I went in on my day off and re-did the floor my way; it looks much better.

After prayer meeting, I came back to my room and I got a new mattress from Ms. L – wow, what a blessing!  Sherrie prayed for me tonight and she cried!

BLUEPRINT* I noticed that I get hot and sweaty as I’m looking for scriptures to pray and as I’m praying.  Then I cool way down as soon as I’m done.  Holy Spirit…

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.”  Romans 12:16 (ESV)

MISS D ARRIVED!!  Praise God! I waxed the upper deck. Marnie is an open door to enemy on the floor crew.  Lord, loose a spirit of unity on the floor crew; bind up strife.

At choir practice Miss M said I was going to sing on the 4th!  Today I got money from mom and dad. I buffed the S.H.U. floor again. Somebody has been washing it with simple green, which took the wax off. I fought bad with Agnes and then lost my voice because of it.

“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.”  1 Timothy 2:1 (NKJV)

At church – I didn’t sing again. I apologized and asked for forgiveness from Agnes in front of the whole church. I walked 3 miles then called mom and dad.

…Living and working in close community with other inmates brought challenges and joys.

Can you think of some challenges you have had lately with the people you work with?

What are some of the joys you have experienced regarding co-workers or family?

Is there a particular scripture that comes to mind that can help you resolve a negative situation, how 1 Timothy 2:1 helped me? If so – share it below!

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