Dear Email Friends
God's message from wlthin prison walls.
Dearest Piecemakers (Marie),
I want to thank you again for the Pamphlets. I received one Pamphlet on July
16 and another one on July 27. So because I had already received one,
I gave it to someone that has just as much interest in knowing God as I do.
So being able to pass it on to someone who was blessed to receive it was
a blessing. I also received a Bible thank you. and I want to thank
Marie personally for taking the time out to write to me. I have 8 months
left to go and its a little scary. I don't quite have a plan yet but
believing in God and following His direction I'm sure He has a Plan for me.
I was also told that Piecemakers will also assist you in money in helping
you with hygienes, I am definitely in need of hygienes. So if
you could assist me in that, that would be great, and also a pen - pal.
I'm still working on my life story and I've dug deep into my past that its
hard to continue sometimes, but it will be soon to be done and I'll forward
it to you. Again thanks for everything.
Marie did get your letter but with the hundreds of letters we receive each
week she has asked us to help in answering them, She has entrusted
me to write to you.
My name is Doug and we all here at Piecemakers feel that we have met a sister
in the Lord through your letters and we are honored to be a part of your
life. I've known Marie for over 30 years. Before there was a
Piecemakers we would gather together at her home, sometimes at the beach
or a restaurant and fellowship one with another, hour after hour. I
couldn't get enough. Marie would share the revelation that God had
given her never holding anything back. The truth that she spoke was
nothing like I'd ever heard in all the years of growing up in the organized
church. All the church had done for me was make me religious and self
righteous - trying to look good on the outside not knowing how filthy I was
on the inside. I had created my own god - one of my own imaginations.
I didn't have a clue who God the Father was - the real God - the creator
of you and me. For about two years I left Piecemakers thinking I knew
a better way. I was wrong I really didn't have any more of a
choice of what spiritual family I was to be born into anymore than what natural
family I was born into. I've never regretted coming back home. This
is where God meant for me to work out my salvation.
Since then He has been lowering me into His body - taking down my high places,
my walls of pride arrogance my ways of thinking. I look down on people
thinking I'm better than they are. When I'm foolish enough at time
to think that I have arrived God will faithfully set up a circumstance to
give me a good look at who I still am. This happened to me while doing
30 days of Cal Trans a few months back. I could not identify with the
other men and women. They were lower than me. They had been stripped
of their humanity, passions, money, family they'd lost everything yet they
were kind to one another each watching out for the other.
God loves the lowly and the humble. It was a privilege and an honor
to work alongside those whom God is going to use to build the foundation
of the new America. God is with you and is unfolding His plan for you
at this very moment. At just the right time, His time, you will
know what He has called you for. You will not spend one day more or
one day less in prison than you are supposed to.
We look forward to seeing you one day. We are blessed that you are
blessed with Marie's Words of Life - and that you are sharing them with others.
As you can imagine, your name with the Piecemakers information is spreading
like wildfire here amongst the women at CCWF I am very grateful to have gotten
the word myself! I am very much looking forward to receiving a Pen-pal,
someone to talk to and hopefully develop a bond with being that I don't have
healthy relationships', one that motivates or inspires a way of being just
by conversing (the sharing).
Perhaps you can already assume I'm in this period of my life alone and am
seeking a direction for myself to take upon my release (July 10, 2008) next
year. I don't wish to return to where I come from, anymore then I wish
to continue doing what it is I seem to consistently do - at least up to now.
I've taken some steps towards change already. With every step, choice,
attitude I assume - also with the classes I'm taking. All this is very
commendable and does afford me some hope, however, I am finding myself very
much alone. If you could find someone willing to correspond with me, I'd
greatly appreciate it. I do have to admit, I'm not a religious person
- I do have a personal belief and relationship with God that I am cultivating.
I'd like it to be more at a conscious level. I don't want to dress
it up with a lot of scripture - that seems to desensitize it somehow for
me. I don't know why I say that... I just think I'd be some how deceiving
if I was less than honest with where I stand at this point - considering
Piecemakers are religiously based as an organization (I think?).
I am grateful for this organization and I see how it is touching many women
around me. I am grateful for you - to be able to send this letter
to, expressing my hopes and desires. I want to also say thanks, you've
made it possible for women here to be touched, make a connection and "Believe"
at a positive level.
I read your heartfelt letter today and would like very much to be your pen
- pal. Your honesty did not go unnoticed and if God loves anything
Let me tell you a little about myself and my life if I may. I'm 59
years old and I've been with Piecemakers for about 35 years now. Even though
Piecemakers is a store where people come to shop and take classes we are
much, much more.
I met Marie, our gentle shepherd about 35 years ago and little did I know
that the truth I heard her speak would have such an impact on my life.
But an impact it did.
I thought I had been walking with God before I met her but I soon discovered
what I had was a God of my imagination. It's taken a long long time
for all my layers of protection and deceit to be peeled off but they are
coming off, slow but sure. We are not a religious people. Each
and everyone of us loves God more than our own life and our commitment to
Him and to each other is total. He is very real and very personal.
Everyday He gives us opportunities to choose, life or death? Sometimes
these choices are as simple as what we choose to read, where we choose to
go, whether we prefer ourselves over our brother or sister and sometimes
the choices are more complex. No matter, there is only one way for
me and that is the way Jesus went. Death to self, die a little everyday
and more of Him becomes my portion. His dying on that cross some 2
thousand years ago was a pattern we all can follow and it to will lead us
into the resurrection. Joy, peace and righteousness right inside our
Laura I know you feel you're all alone but the one thing you can count on
is this: "God is near you, even in your mouth" Forgive me for
using a scripture but it's true. By for now, your new pen - pal in