November 16, 2014

On Sunday mornings I enjoy watching Joel Osteen on the television; his words are always uplifting and motivational, rejuvenating, giving me the strength to fight another week in prison. Somehow it always sounds like his words are directed specifically for me, highlighting my struggles and pointing out the importance of moving forward and being thankful for the blessings we do have in life. I read other spiritual and motivational books every day, including the One Year Bible, they’re all very helpful, providing me with direction and something to reflect on for the day, but somehow Joel finds a way to connect with my life deeper than most others, which is why I never miss his Sunday show. Today Joel spoke about how being strong and staying positive when times are dark are great opportunities for growth. Instead of asking why do I have to go through this, understand that an end to something good may be the beginning of something even greater. I realize that a large part of faith is trusting God when life doesn’t make sense and that’s something that I’ve really held onto tight over these last couple months of cell isolation.

Steven Dybvad

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