In prison with her daughter in Missouri, Sandy Harrel cries out to God

Sandy HarrellSandy Harrell has been in jail in Missouri for months when a guard tells her that her daughter is going to share her cell. " I have been in prison before, but never with my daughter. This reality gave me a slap. "

Un morning, in her cell, she watches her daughter sleeping while drinking coffee. Her daughter wakes up and is surprised: “ Look mom, it's amazing, this is the first time we haven't fought over a meth blowjob! Harell's heart broke. She realizes then that drug abuse is the only life her 30-year-old daughter knows. As her daughter comes out of the shower to go to bed, she cries out to God:

“I remember asking God to help me because I didn't know how to live any other way and all this had to change. […] I had been brought up in a good family. I really wish my kids were too. "

When her second child was born, Harrell had started using drugs to lose weight. This diet has turned into years of drug abuse. Under the influence of drugs, she does not realize that she is pregnant until the 8th month of pregnancy. She will continue to take drugs:

“My baby, my last child, has never seen me clean. "

Harrell always believed in God, but she didn't think she deserved His love. But that day at the Chillicote Correctional Center, God saved her.

When she was released, she had to leave her daughter and learn to live again. She turned to the only 2 people who weren't on drugs: her son Chad and her cousin.

Her son took care of her when she left the hospital, her cousin accompanied her to a Baptist church.

“I had always gone to church with my mother,” says Harrell, “but I had never had a personal relationship with Jesus. With Jesus, even my worst days are better than the best days of my past life. "

John Stroup, evangelist at Freeway Ministries, bears this testimony to her:

“Sandy is a shining light. God has done a wonderful job in his heart. "

Her husband Gary has been converted to prison, he reads his bible every day.

“God restores families. I look forward to that day when we will all be reunited. In the meantime, God is filling this void in my life with this wonderful family that is the church. "

“My old chaotic lifestyle took me to a house where people were fighting each other with knives and guns. Whereas I should have been with my children. God protected me all this time. He had planned for me a way out of all this. I see it now. I'm so happy to see the plans He has for me. I just have to be obedient. "

When she thinks about her past, about her choices, she always remembers this verse:

"For I know the plans which I have made for you," says the Lord, "plans for peace and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope." " 
Jeremiah 29.11


source: Baptist Press

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