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  1. Ellen Cauthorn says:

    Hi Carol and Gene
    What an amazing God moment you had to speak to that sister about her brother Andrew! There are no coincidences as we know that find both him and Jason together. Praying for both of them! Ellen (from Wheeling IL where you spoke in May! ) 💜

    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment, Ellen. I appreciate your prayers.

  2. Dori Sheese says:

    I appreciated your email this morning. I have a brother, Jesse, who is in our county jail awaiting transfer to a prison. He is making the best of his stay there, by doing maintenance and fix-up jobs around the jail, so that keeps him busy. He is a meth addict, and I covet your prayers for him to finally kick this habit while he is incarcerated. Thank you & God Bless!

    1. Hi Dori…I’m praying for your brother, Jesse, right now, that he will get completely free from his addiction and grow in his walk with Jesus. He’s blessed to have you in his life!

  3. Karen Strumlak says:

    You always lift my spirits. Your strength and devotion to our Lord is such a testimony. Praise you for your service to our Lord.

    1. You comment blessed me today, Karen! I pray that God will bless your Christmas in a special way. Thank you for taking the time to write.

  4. Nancy de Cardenas says:

    Thank you for sharing Carol! What a Beautiful testimony. I’ll be in prayer for this young woman and her brother Andrew. These divine appointments (divine interruptions) are so important to God.) I pray you have a very Blessed and Joy- filled Christmas season. I’ll be reading and reflecting on Luke 2 and also reaching out to a beautiful woman of God from my past who was always so encouraging to me in my walk with the Lord. She is ill with cancer now and could use encouragement as I am a cancer survivor as well.
    On the Journey,
    Nancy de Cardenas

    1. Nancy, what a lovely note! I’m praying for you as you minister to the woman who blessed you in the past and is currently struggling with cancer. You are a blessing!

  5. Lisa Reinsma says:

    I have friends who are shut-in’s and can’t get out. It gives me a special joy to share a ‘Twelve days of Christmas box’ that has small presents to open each day from Dec. 13-25. The gifts range from framed photos and treats to mittens and socks. It takes a little time and energy to put this together, but the mutual joy I give and receive is well worth it. Thank you for your suggestions. I pray more people are impressed to spread good cheer at this time of year!

    1. What a great idea, Lisa! The “Twelve Days of Christmas Box” filled with small gifts for each day is a fantastic idea that many of us could customize for specific people in our lives. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Carolyn Rivera says:

    Hi Carol, they call me Carol also.

    Both my sons were incarcerated at the same time, it was the hardest journey I had endured at that time. Your book When I Lay My Isaac Down was such an encouragement during that time.
    God also turned what the enemy met from evil to good. I started a ministry for mothers that have adult children incarcerated under the umbrella of Moms in Touch in CT.
    Since I have an opportunity, I wanted to let you know your book blessed me! Thanks 😊

    1. Hi Carol…what a joy it is to hear about the ministry you started for mothers who have adult children who are incarcerated! Thank you for your kind words about my book,”When I Lay My Isaac Down.” You encouraged me today and I’m praying for your sons and for you right now.

  7. Penny Nading says:

    Thankyou for sharing. We never know what HE has planned. As we go visit our son in prison for Christmas weekend, we have been invited to share a Christmas Eve dinner at someone’s air B N B who is also in town to see her husband in the prison. We really don’t know them, but always ask GOD for opportunities. We pray to be a light, and offer the hope we cling to for this hard journey. I appreciate your example of walking this road. I pray often for you family.

    1. Penny, thank you for commenting. Some of my favorite Christmas weekends have been spent at the prison, not only encouraging our son, but getting to know other families of inmates and their incarcerated loved ones. You are a LIGHT, and I know you will be an uplifting blessing to the woman you’ll be with on Christmas Eve. Thanks, too, for your prayers.

  8. Wow, just wow, isn’t God so awesome in the way He set everything up!
    Thank you for being willing vessels, fit for the Master’s use.
    I pray I be so as well.
    Jeremiah 31:3

  9. Maggie Rowe says:

    Carol, these suggestions are excellent. And how amazing that the waitress “lingered to listen” to your talk even while serving, and what she heard could well change her brother’s life. Praising God!

    1. Thanks, Maggie! I, too, am amazed that the waitress lingered long enough to listen to the message. Have a blessed Christmas with your family!

  10. Jill Fase says:

    Carol, thank you so much for that uplifting story. I’ll pray for that young woman and her brother. My grandson just got out of prison a year ago. He’s working and turning his life around , but still hasn’t accepted the Lord. I gave him a prison Bible from Bible League and encourage him to read it. Keep Diederich in your prays. How I wish he would have had a Jason in his prison. What an incredible blessing your son and his ministry is!!! Christmas Blessings to your family.

    1. Jill, I’m praying for Diederich as I write this note, asking God to move in his heart and draw him to the Savior. How blessed he is to have a praying grandma! Thanks so much for your note! Christmas blessings to you, too!

  11. Yvonne Ortega says:

    Carol Kent, thank you so much for this timely message. Number 1 will be my focus because of the endless interruptions that have turned out to be a blessing and a one=-on-one mission field.
    Thank you for the encouragement, you and Gene, have blessed me with over the years.

    1. Yvonne, what a year you’ve had! Gene and I are keeping you in our prayers. You are already an example of how to turn interruptions into Divine appointments. Thank you for all you do to encourage and bless the lives of others. We appreciate you so much! Sending love and hugs…Merry Christmas!