Letter #24 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #24 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

I have two little dogs, Danny and Darla. They are dachshunds. I like to call them weenie dogs. When they come in panting from being outside in the heat, I ask them if they are “hot dogs.” When the come in cold in the winter, I ask them if they are “chilli dogs.” 🙂

They are my sweethearts. When I’m working at my computer, they are always at my feet. They like to sleep under my desk behind the trashcan where it’s safe and cozy. There is something secure about the feeling of having a safe space to hide.

God understands our need to feel safe, and He provides Himself as our safe place. Psalm 17:8-9 says, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”

Can you imagine a bird with her chicks, how she keeps them safe and dry in a rain storm by keeping them under her wings? That’s what God does for us spiritually when we hide in Him.

Psalms 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Rest in the fact that God is watching over you. He is your Strength, Salvation, and Song of Deliverance.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 17:8-9 and 32:7

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman at PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

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Letter #23 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #23 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Do you, or someone you know, like to draw? There’s a new trend happening with artists; it’s called Bible Journaling. What they do is as they meditate on a scripture verse or passage, they begin to draw whatever comes to their minds. There are some really beautiful creations.

They actually draw and use colored pencils or watercolor paints right onto the page in their Bibles. Some Bible companies are making Bibles with a really wide margin so that the Bible journaling people can draw in the margin – the drawings usually always still go on top of some of the text.

I’m not a great artist, but I still enjoy Bible journaling. I don’t do my drawings directly into my Bible because I’m afraid I’ll mess up! But I do have a separate journal I use just for my Bible drawings. I was making one drawing every night for a while.

A friend of mine was just talking to me about Isaiah 61:3 – the “beauty for ashes” verse. Apparently, back in the day, people would take ashes and add colors from berries or other natural sources, mix in some water, and create paint. They would make beautiful paintings from the ashes. God does that with us too. He can turn what we think of as a pile of ashes into a beautiful creation.

Try Bible Journaling. See what you think!

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Isaiah 61:3

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #22 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #22 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Do you have a Bible? If not, we can get you one if you want one. Have you ever tried to read the Bible through? It’s not an easy task. I have done it one time, but it took me a year. I do try to read at least a verse in my Bible every day. Somedays I read a lot more or focus on a particular book or passage of scripture.

My favorite way to read the Bible is a little bit of Psalms and Proverbs every day. In fact, there are exactly 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, so if you read one chapter in Proverbs every day, you can read the book of Proverbs in one month. I used to read the book of Proverbs over and over again – a chapter each day, once a month.

Reading the Bible every day is like taking a multi-vitamin for your soul. It keeps you balanced and gives you the strength you need to make it through the day without depleting all of your energy.

I hope you will consider starting this “One-A-Day” routine with me. As we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we shall be filled. The Bible is the source to fill our souls with life and health.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Matthew 5:6

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #21 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #21 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

I’m sitting here with an ice-pack strapped to my face. I bit my lip the other day and the swelling seems like it is getting worse. I was not sure what I was going to write to you about, but I for sure thought it would not be my ice-pack and swollen lip. But then I randomly opened my Bible and this is the verse I saw:

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth: Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

It’s circled in my Bible. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I happened to have this ice-pack strapped over my mouth at the moment. I think it is a confirmation from God that I need to watch what I say.

It’s a fitting time too, because today someone is coming over to stay at my house for a week, and I’m a little concerned that I might say something I should not. It’s so easy to do when personalities clash . . .

I’m sure you’ve experienced something similar. I am praying the Lord would help us both to keep quiet when we need to. Maybe I should keep this ice-pack strapped on all week!

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Psalm 141:3

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Hallelujah—the Mercy of God

Yesterday morning before church I was scanning through Facebook and I saw the video of the priest singing a rendition of the song Hallelujah at a wedding he had just performed. I had the chorus stuck in my head and sang it on the way to church. I arrived at the service and when my brother-in-law got up to preach. I was surprised when he started sharing the same song, Hallelujah.

His message centered on the mercy of God and how even in our most terrible times we can sing Hallelujah. He gave some background information on the original song and read a part of an article written in Rolling Stones magazine about the song and what Hallelujah meant.

The message really touched my heart. It made me think about how no matter what state we find ourselves in, or how bad things get, we can sing Hallelujah because it is true, the Lord deserves our highest praise at all times. His worthiness is not based on our condition. He is worthy and we worship Him for who He is – not for how good we are.

So, this morning I woke up with the song on my mind. I started praying and what came out was my own verses to this beautiful song. It is my prayer this morning.

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Hallelujah—the Mercy of God
Based on Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah
Verses re-written by Rachael Kathleen Hartman

You know my story very well
You love me and You’ll always tell
Me just how much I really mean to You
I’m thankful for the times that we
Have when it’s just You and me
And all I can say is Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Every day when I wake up from sleep
My soul and mind You keep in peace
As I’m on my knees surrendering it all to Ya
I read Your Word and meditate
When my soul is in stalemate
And I come back to a place of Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

There are days I make mistakes
I lose my mind, throw out the breaks
It’s like I forget I ever belonged to Ya
The cravings are too hard to tame, so
I give in and drown in shame
And I can’t even whisper Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

And when my life is going to hell
My nerves are shot and nothing’s well
I shake and cry as I come back to Ya
Repenting, I do my part
You’re the answer to my breaking heart
And mercy’s new and then there’s Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Will these cycles ever end?
I want to be faithful, never bend,
But I’m broken and I know I need You
You’re my Savior and my King
My righteousness, You forever reign
And my heart can’t help but sing a Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Letter #20 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #20 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Have you seen the popular way to paint furniture nowadays? It’s to make it look “distressed.” There are all sorts of “how to” and Do It Yourself articles and videos on the internet and in magazines to teach us how to make “an instant antique.”

The distressed look is also popular when it comes to jeans and hairstyles. Do you know someone who has bought a brand new pair of jeans that has perfectly ripped holes in them? You can actually learn how to fix your hair in a “messy bun.”

What’s the deal with messy and distressed being popular? Maybe it is because life isn’t perfect, and we don’t feel “put together” inside.

No matter what we look like on the outside, there is only One way to put our lives in order, and that is by lining up to the Word of God. When we find our lives in distress, we can turn to the God of order who can pull us back together again. Allow Him to turn your stress and distress into peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
1 Corinthians 14:33

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #19 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #19 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Have you ever felt misunderstood? I have, many times. No matter how hard we try, there will always be times we are misread and misunderstood.

We can try to put our best face forward, and be as real as possible, but even then, we can’t control our reputations. Gossip is a terrible thing to endure. So is jealousy. Sadly, we can’t control the way other people feel about us, if they are intimidated by us, or if they project their own issues onto us.

There is One person, though, who will always see us and love us for who we are, and that is Jesus. He knows your heart and every thought, and He loves you.

Pray this prayer when you feel misunderstood. “Jesus, sometimes I feel helpless to change the way other people think about me. Thank You for always seeing the real me, and loving me right where I am. Help me to find my identity in You. I am Your daughter. I am blessed. I am redeemed.”

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #18 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #18 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

There was a quote in an email I read this morning that said, “You’ve had the pain period. Now it’s time to allow yourself to heal.”

Ecclesiastes 3 says:

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
 A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
 A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
 A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.

2 Corinthians 6:2, “For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

Today is your day.

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Ecclesiastes 3
2 Corinthians 6:2

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #17 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #17 of 36. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear ______,

Do you like to write? I love to write. It relaxes me. I communicate the best through writing. I love reading too. I love stories.

Writing can be very therapeutic. Even creative writing. Try writing a story the next time you feel lonely. Create characters, let them talk, and live out their drama on the page.

What are your characters like? What do they say? What happens in their lives?

Stories are important. We communicate life by sharing our stories. We share life lessons and principals for living through our stories.

Jesus shared stories. The Bible calls those stories “parables.” It was the easiest way to get a message across, touch people’s hearts, and make an impression they would not forget.

We can share our testimonies through our stories too. Sharing out testimony brings victory. Try writing your story and sharing it with someone. You never know how it will impact their life.

 

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Rev. 12:11

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.

Letter #15 to a Woman in Prison

Letter #15 of 30. Each woman who attends the prison ministry weekend will receive a handwritten letter from each volunteer. Please pray for us as we prepare for the weekend.

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Dear _____,

Yesterday, I bought a small book titled “How to be Totally Miserable.” Its tagline is ‘A Self-Hinder Book.’ It’s a funny book and is full of sarcasm, but it makes a good point.

Some of the ‘self-hinder’ techniques are:

  • Use your imagination to worry
  • Relive your bad memories
  • Blame everyone and everything
  • Stay miserable
  • Don’t sing
  • Don’t laugh
  • Be easily  offended
  • Judge other people’s motives
  • Put a deadline on your happiness
  • Be a breath of stale air
  • Don’t learn anything new
  • Postpone prayer
  • Avoid good company
  • Don’t read the Bible
  • Don’t set goals
  • Don’t do anything

It’s funny to think about making a list of how to be totally miserable. I’m sure we could each make a list of our own! Ironically, in the learning how to be miserable, we actually learn how to be happy.

The Bible tells us what to do to be happy in Phillippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Praying for you in Jesus’ Name,

Rachael Hartman
Phillippians 4:8

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I’m raising money to help pay for this weekend. $150 will pay for one female inmate to attend the Kairos prison ministry I’m volunteering at.

If you would like to donate to the prison ministry, it needs to be in the form of a check made out to: KPMI (which stands for Kairos Prison Ministry International). In the memo put: Pulaski, GA. You can mail it to me, Rachael Hartman, at: PO Box 501, Bloomingdale, GA 31302. If you want a tax credit, include your full name and address on a note and they will mail you a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers! Every $5 goes to pay for a meal for one of the inmates that weekend. The meal will have a tag with your name on it. And we will have a paper chain link that will also have your names on a link to show that you have prayed for and invested into the weekend. Praise God for what He will do! Please keep me in your prayers as I will be speaking on Obstacles to Accepting God’s Grace, and sharing part of my own testimony in the process.

To add your name to the prayer chain (which will be visualized with a paper link chain – your name will be on one link) please leave a comment below. And please pray for Kairos #40 ~ Pulaski Women’s State Prison in Georgia. Kairos weekend happening August 25-28, 2016.