Loved on Death Row -- an inspiring story!

LOVED ON DEATH ROW

"At 3:00 a.m. on June 13, 1983, Karla Fay Tucker and her boyfriend, Danny Garret, both high on drugs, committed a brutal double homicide while trying to steal a motorcycle. Thirty-five days later they were arrested and ultimately sentenced to be executed for their heinous crime.

In many ways, this tragic event in Tucker's life was simply the lowest point in a disturbing life story. She grew up in a home with parents who constantly fought and eventually divorced. She used drugs for the first time when she was seven. By the time she reached the seventh grade she was using drugs heavily and dropped out of school. By the age of fourteen, she had followed her mother into prostitution. She married and divorced and continued her life in a downward spiral until that fateful June night.

While awaiting her trial, Karla Fay finally met Christ and realized that despite her horrendous deed, immoral lifestyle, and hardened heart, God still loved her. She began a fourteen-year odyssey on death row at the Mountain View Prison in Gatesville, Texas. During her time in prison, she began to study her Bible and took the course Experiencing God. Prison officials credited her with saving two inmates from committing suicide and encouraging numerous other people.

Tucker's case gained national attention, and she was interviewed by Larry King on national television. At the close of their interview, King said, “Finally, you remain up.” Tucker said “Yes.” Then King asked, “Can you explain that to me a little more? It can't just be God.” She smiled and replied, “Yes, it can. It's called the joy of the Lord. When you've done something like I have done and you've been forgiven for it and you're loved—that has a way of so changing you. I have experienced real love. I know what forgiveness is, even when I've done something so horrible. I know this because Jesus forgave me when I accepted what He did on the cross. When I leave here, I'm going to be with Him. 

Ultimately, Tucker's appeals ran out and she was executed on February 3, 1998, the first woman to be executed in Texas in more than a hundred years. To the very end, she remained true to the God who had forgiven her. Her last words were: “I love you all very much. I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you.”

Tucker realized that even when everything else is taken from you, you have all you need when you have Christ. Even when you are in the darkest, most hopeless situations, the love of God is more than sufficient to give you hope and life.

Fortunately, Tucker saw that the most important thing in life was her relationship with Christ. Even as her executioner injected lethal drugs into her system, Tucker hummed praise songs to God. Unfortunately, many people spend their lives and never come to realize the profound truth that God loves them.

Experiencing God, by Henry & Richard Blackaby and Claude King 

I hope this inspires you as well, my friends! 

You are what you eat! Not Just Physically

"Meditating on scripture is like detoxing the mind!"

 

You've heard it before, "you are what you eat."

There are two types of food; food for the body and food for the soul.   Sadly, we struggle to nourish ourselves properly, both physically and spiritually.   

You may be thinking, sheepishly, that you don't feed your soul very regularly.  However,  your soul IS being fed!  The question is, WHAT is it being fed?!   

There is "stuff" all over the place that is filling your heart and mind!  If you watch tv or movies, listen to the radio, read books or magazines, go online, social media, even drive down the street (billboards), you're soul is being fed something!  

More often than we'd like to admit, our souls are in need of a detox; a renewal!!

We renew our minds by meditating on scripture.  

When you meditate on anything, it becomes a part of you!  The question is:  What will you choose to become a part of you?   

You can change your mind, you can recieve a new and sound mind, by meditating on and memorizing scripture! 

What does meditation look like?   For me, this is what it looks like:

-- I write scriptures And positive affirmations in a little booklet and when I take a walk, I bring that little booklet along, pick a verse and try to memorize it.  

-- I read my Bible regularly and take the time to pray and think about what it means and how I can apply it to my life

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-- when I read my Bible, I don't have to read long sections, I take it slow and seek to understand!  If I only get through a couple of verses, yet have been able to take it in, then great!! :) 

-- I post scriptures around my house where I'll see them and read them over and over again - on the wall opposite the toilet😜, opposite my exercise bike, on the door out to the garage and back into the house, on the fridge or the cupboard door,...

-- I write scripture on a 3x5 card and keep it in my pocket, pulling it out throughout the day to think about and memorize.  

-- I play worship music in my kitchen and car

-- I read inspiring and encouraging books, stories and devotionals  

Have you ever heard someone read a Bible verse and you realized you knew it?!  You could quote parts of the verse?   I love it when that happens!!  Because I know that I have God's Word hidden in my heart!  Psalms 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

 

Luke 1:46-55 records what many refer to as, "Mary's song"

 "And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed,  for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;  he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

 He has brought down rulers from their thrones,  but has lifted up the humble.

 He has filled the hungry with good things,  but has sent the rich away empty.

 He has helped his servant Israel,  remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”"

 

Mary's Song references 12 different Old Testament scriptures!   These scriptures were a part of her being.  They just flowed out of her!   What would you like to flow out of you??  Whatever you put into your life will be what comes out!   You decide who you want to be by what you put into your mind and heart!

Let's follow Mary's example!  

 

 

 

Look up!

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“On a day in the autumn, I saw a prairie eagle mortally wounded by a rifle shot. His eyes still gleamed like a circle of light. Then he slowly turned his head, and gave one more searching and longing look at the sky. He had often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings. The beautiful sky was the home of his heart. It was the eagle’s domain. A thousand times he had exploited there his splendid strength. In those faraway heights he had played with the lightnings, and raced with the winds, and now, so far away from home, the eagle lay dying, done to the death, because for once he forgot and flew too low. The soul is that eagle. This is not its home. It must not lose the skyward look. We must keep faith, we must keep hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ. We would better creep away from the battlefield at once if we are not going to be brave. There is no time for the soul to stampede. Keep the skyward look, my soul; keep the skyward look!

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Keep looking up—

The waves that roar around thy feet, 

Jehovah-Jireh will defeat 

When looking up.

Keep looking up—

Though darkness seems to wrap thy soul; 

The Light of Light shall fill thy soul 

When looking up.

Keep looking up—

When worn, distracted with the fight;

Your Captain gives you conquering might 

When you look up.

We can never see the sun rise by looking into the west. JAPANESE PROVERB”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks. 

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He Sees Me💜

"When The Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, 'don't cry'. (Luke 7:13 )

Wow!  In this story, the woman didn't call out to Jesus.  She was walking in her sorrow and He saw her!   

His heart went out to her! 

He loves us dearly, His heart goes out to us and He is moved by us! 

In Genesis, when Hagar was sent away, alone into the desert,  God came to her.  She said, "You are the God who sees me."  (Gen 16:13) 

And He is still the same God today!

He sees you!!