Ashamed of Us, 2fools4Christ? Do Not Fear!

Well, it looks like mother and I will be trying to relax up here in TN until tomorrow morning. God is good. We will praise Him no matter what – we had these same issues from 2010 to 2012 in getting to see the right judge on the right day, but God was orchestrating miracles all along the way. We were able to look back and see that and we can still see that today and know that this time He is still for us and loves us with an unfailing love. Though we struggle we do not fall. He upholds us with His righteous right hand. He has plans for our good, to prosper and not to harm us and for us to have a future and a living hope. We do have a living hope. Like Jerry Dingler said to me in his letters from jail, “But we are not like those who are without hope. We do have a living hope in our Living Lord!” Our Lord does not abandon the work of His hands and He completes the good work that He began in us and He is faithful to complete it.

Friends, you do not need to be ashamed of us for being here. You do not need to fear for us or for our or your or the Lord’s reputation. God is in control. This following verse helped me when I was feeling condemnation towards Jerry as God Himself was dealing with Jerry and his walk with the Lord: Romans 14:4 ” Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.” Like wow! I hope that hits you like it did me several months ago! I was trying to control every minute detail of our lives and fix Jerry and our family – with tons of prayer and prayer books and being “perfect” myself in order to help him not be ever stressed out in any way and maintain harmony in the house and make sure he read his Bible every day and prayed every day and prayed with me, blah blah blah…

God told me to get out of the way! He said “I am Jerry’s Lord and Savior, not you. How can Jerry hear the still small voice of my Spirit when you are hovering and smothering and criticizing and accusing and demanding all of the time?” God also let me know to love like He loves… uhm… can you say not easy? Hard? Reluctant? But can you also say, OK? And forgive, and when you see someone really trying, be there for them and encourage them when they are truly trying? Can you swallow your right to be angry and feel betrayed and worried and want to punish and make them regret their behavior and make them mean it and feel some of the anguish that they have caused you?

AND NO YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT SURRENDERING COMPLETELY TO THE LORD AND LETTING HIM DO THIS WORK IN YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT AND THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

It starts with the choice to surrender to Jesus, to know that you cannot do anything without Him and that you choose to be obedient to His call to love as He loves, to love God with all that you are and to love your neighbor as yourself… love your spouse, love your sister, love your brother. I am mainly speaking right now of my own experience with my sweet husband, a man that I know sincerely never wanted to be in jail again. That never wanted to do anything to separate himself from his family or the Lord. A man that prayed for God’s will to be done and meant it. A man that started out on a journey of complete surrender in 2010 that has brought him to a deeper level of understanding of the fullness of the love of Jesus.

I call it a miracle now in the name of Jesus. I am seeing prayers fulfilled over and over – because we did pray for complete surrender to God’s will, for His way or no way, for His leading, guiding and filling – every day. Maybe he or I meant it more one day than others, perhaps we stumbled in addictions, actions, attitudes, motives – perhaps we sinned/sin along our journey to see the face of Jesus. We struggle with our flesh all the time between our spirit and our flesh they are at war with each other, but that is also how we know that God is at work in us. We do not want to do the things that we used to do. We pray and wish and hope and yearn for the day that we never ever have to battle this flesh again. We are told to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Yes we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. That is why He died for us. He knew we needed Him to cleanse us of each sin, past present and future. Jesus knew who we were when He called us to accept His free gift of salvation and yet still loved us. And God has a reason for our journey. I know it is also to touch each of you that found yourself reading these words. I pray that God’s purpose for you to read this is fulfilled and I know that it will be. He knew your story before you were formed and born into the world. He loved you then and He loves you now. Please surrender to Him, today. ❤ God bless you!

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Jerry Writes from Jail “Random Thoughts & Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ 4/19/14”

I started reading Luke this morning and haven’t made it past the 1st chapter and have got to stop and shout it from the rooftop about how good and powerful our God is. He sent Gabriel to Elizabeth and the KJV Bible says she is well stricken in years and told her that she was going to have a baby and then sent Gabriel to a virgin and told her she was going to have the son of God. God is still just as powerful today than ever. He sent an angel to tell both women one well stricken in years and one a virgin that they were going to have babies. Our God is good to us and His mercy endures forever if we accept Him and turn from our wicked ways. he loves us and He has the best plan for us if we just trust Him to carry it out. I know very well how hard it is to wait on God but if we run ahead of Him like the Israelites in the OT the only thing waiting on them was defeat just as defeat will be waiting on us. God’s plan and timing are perfect. I think that if the God we serve can create the universe, then helping His children is nothing to Him.

Me and my wife have been talking of free will and I will have to talk with my wife about this but I am going to write it down while I’m thinking about it. We do have free will in the sense that we can choose God or reject Him. We can think whatever we want or we can take our thoughts captive. But God uses us in some way. He has a plan for us and if we go through life and don’t accept Him we are still placed on earth for a purpose. The God I serve doesn’t make something for nothing.

We as Americans have been blessed because we have always been a Christian nation. Abortions are like an everyday thing now, gay marriage is legal in some states while we as Christians stick our head in the sand and act like everything is okay. It’s time for us to take back our nation for our children, because if the Lord tarries, what are we leaving them? Nothing but a mess. But it isn’t too late for all of us as Christians to go back and do what the Bible tells us to do. I have always had a problem with thinking that on the national issues that I cannot do anything, surely someone will do something – and the next thing I know is they are telling us Christians that we are weak-kneed sissies and we just need to go away and worship this God that doesn’t exist in a corner somewhere and be quiet about it.

The God that I serve is a mighty God, He is a warrior, we will not be quiet because our God will fight for us and if He is for me who can be against me? Let’s all as Christians quit acting like we’re scared to say who we worship and let’s rise up and say it proudly because we know we have the real God on our side!

There are people going around today telling every body that the Bible isn’t real, that it’s all allegories to get a point across. I would like to say that the Bible is real each and every word in it. I mean if we think about it, who if they were going to write a fake book but one that was going to convince people that it’s a real book about God, would put the story of Jonah and the whale, David and the giant, Noah and the ark… and the list goes on… ???

Our God is so mighty that the stories that are in there about Him are so big that they can only be by and about God. No man can do what our God can do. [And when a man trusts God, there is no limit to what he can do according to God’s purposes.] That is why all of those stories are in there. PTL! [Praise the Lord!]

Our God is mighty. He is mighty to save! Let’s put our trust in the Lord and rise up and say that we’re proud to have a God that everyone wants to prove is not real. You know that He is real because everyone that doesn’t want others to believe in Him or accept Him doesn’t want anyone else to, either. He is a God of miracles and if He is for us who can be against us? Let’s all as brothers and sisters in Christ keep going after Him, hard, and while we do, let’s tell as many people as we can about Him and His love. That is the Great Commission. Let’s get back to to the real Bible and not be afraid to tell people that we are not perfect but we believe every word of the Bible.

4/19/14 by Jerry Dingler from the Jefferson County Jail in Alabama

[This is Angela – the other 1/2 of 2fools4Christ – I apologize that the blog had to be neglected for a few days due to no internet service at home. I have been able to get that matter resolved and we, 2fools4Christ, are so glad to be able to update our readers about all that is going on in our lives. Our goal is primarily to share the GOOD NEWS of JESUS, the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, and to share how that plays out in real life and how that looks by being transparent in our walk. We want to share the TRUTH with you and that involves sharing how we are imperfect, yet growing, maturing spiritually, and learning more from our Lord and Savior, Jesus, every day. Also, we want to share how good God is, how faithful and true that He is, how His love is unfailing, and how He comforts, protects, guides, teaches and blesses us and so much more! God bless you!]

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*NEW* Jerry Writes from Jail on 4/21/14 “Random Thoughts and Ramblings for My Lord Jesus Christ”

Philippians 4:6-7 KJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I claim these verses for me and my family as we go through our trial. God is going to keep us as long as we keep our Redeemer in first place. The world of people that don’t know Jesus just think this is all crazy fairy tales but I know that God is real. Because I can pray to my God and He answers me. No, He doesn’t always give me what I want but He always gives me what I need.

Luke 6:27-28 tells us to love our enemies and do good to them that hate you. Bless those that curse you and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Does this sound like a god that hates people? He is love and wants everyone to believe in Him.

Luke 6:35 is also a good verse: “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

Luke 9:56 is also a good verse. It says “For the Son of Man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” Jesus doesn’t want to condemn anyone but He wants to give everyone life to the full.

I can tell you from experience and I’m really trying to drive this home so I’m not going to quit saying it:

There is no better high than serving our Lord and being filled with His Holy Spirit [or being in His presence].

When you are in the world the people that you thought were your friends will be gone in a minute, but not the Lord. He will stick closer to you than a brother. He will never leave you nor forsake you. When times are tough for us and it looks like all there is, is darkness, that’s when Jesus shines the brightest. He shows up and shows out for His people. He is not some weak God like the world thinks He is. He is a mighty warrior ready to go to war to save the lost and hurting to give them hope.

So let’s get the word out that the war against the devil and his minions is on and we are going to win because we serve a Living God that loves people and doesn’t want any to go to hell. We all have the Great Commission, now don’t get me wrong, you have to know that the time is right, that the Spirit is leading, and then have no fear about talking about our Jesus.

We love Jesus. He is always to be the main focus of anything that we say or do. he is always the Head. Amen.

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A New Level of Pain – A New Level of Faith

A new level of pain – bringing a new level of faith and strength from the Lord and more rejoicing and more hope!

Half the day is gone and I have mostly cried it away – crying with the pain of missing my husband and not knowing when he will be able to return to me and our babies, not knowing how I will provide for us while he is away, crying out for comfort and peace and in faith knowing that Jehovah, Rapha will heal us all, He is Jehovah Shalom, our peace, and Jehovah Jireh will provide! Also crying with thanksgiving for the spiritual growth and sweet presence of Jesus that we are experiencing. Praising Him with tears because I know that He is good! And I trust Him! And this is answered prayers from me and Jerry. To be in this place of complete surrender.

Crying? Yes. Hurting? Yes. But this reminds me of something that Paul wrote:

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b] Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I wrote in my journal recently about having this treasure, this all- surpassing power that is at work in us from God and not from us – and that it in us, jars of clay…. molded and shaped by the Potter.

Who are we the clay to question the Potter. He made some us weaker. I praise the Lord that He loves jars of clay. I praise the Lord that He comes to the poor and the needy. I praise You Lord that You love me and Jerry and that You picked us up out of the miry clay and set our feet on the Rock! I thank You Lord for Your presence and power that is getting us through this and with strength and the power of Your might and not our own. We may be down, but we’re not out. We may face consequences on earth for past mistakes but You are our Judge and our faith is worth far more than anything on this earth and we mean this with all of our hearts! May Your will be done and I praise You and trust You to lead and guide and direct us through this time. I know You will provide for every emotional, spiritual, physical and financial need. I thank You for my faith.

I have prayed and Jerry has prayed the words to two very bold songs. I am going to link to them in this post.

We invite you to join us in our brokenness in the sweetness of His presence and His healing and peace and power. There is no love like the love of Jesus! There is no life without abiding in Christ! May you be blessed to be as desperate for Jesus as we are. I trust Him with my death, eternity AND my life.

Did I realize in those verses above exactly what dying daily meant? Do Christians today understand this? Is Jesus truly Lord of your life? Examine your heart today. If you want more of God, more of His presence, are you willing to be pruned, go through the refining fire and the cleansing flood? I tell you it is worth it! I testify that Jesus is worth it!

Not just meeting Him in heaven…. we are told in His Word that a faith that perseveres to the end will be rewarded. I wanted a real and genuine faith. I asked for it. I prayed for it. I never wanted another rock bottom experience. I now realize that the rock bottom is what got me to the mountain top. His presence is sweet in the rock bottom. No, I do not want rock bottoms that come because of my mistakes or my husband’s mistakes. But I am thankful for the experiences that have caused me to taste and see that God is good. I am thankful for the times that have made me run to my Father God through Jesus shed blood and accept His forgiveness and rest in Him.

Hallelujah! God bless you. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and may God richly bless you with more of Him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_sWJQm2fs <- Link to Hillsong United “Oceans”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI1obeb3A9c <-Link to Sidewalk Prophets “Keep Making Me”

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Jerry from Jail Writes “Praise and Faith and Random Thoughts and Ramblings April 17, 2014”

Are we as Christians just to praise God when everything is going our way? There are many examples in the Bible for us to go by. When we are broken is when God is ready to reveal His plan for us. When we have tears coming down our face with our hearts broken saying, “I love you God! I praise You.” I have really been in that situation lately. I don’t know what God is doing but I know that I trust Him and love Him no matter what. He has been too good to me and my family for me to turn from Him. I love God more each and every day and can’t wait to wake up and serve Him and praise His name, again.

Even though the situation I am in is of my own doing, it didn’t catch God by surprise. God knows our situations and He is always with us no matter where we are. He knows what we need and don’t need. He is an awesome God. At the core of everything God is love. He created us in His image, His children, to love and to talk to and for us to talk to and listen to Him. I love praying to the Father because I know He loves me unconditionally.

He knew us and everything that we were going to do in our life before the creation of the world. He knew that we were going to need Him to save us. Let’s think about it this way: before we, as parents, had our children if we would have thought about it, we knew that our children were going to be imperfect and that they were going to make mistakes. But, that didn’t stop us with God’s helping hand from having them. That’s why I want to urge everyone to embrace God because He loves you and wants the best for all of us. Does it involve pain? Sometimes, yes, but it’s a pain that is not for nothing.It’s to teach us, grow us or show us something. We will live a lifetime and never be perfect. But if we “acknowledge Him in all of our ways then He will make our paths straight.”

The main thing is to keep God first no matter what the situation looks like. Just trust Him and listen for the small, still voice. Even though we aren’t perfect it isn’t a license for us to do what we want to do. We are to get closer and be growing closer to God each and every day, month and year that goes by. If we aren’t growing then we are getting stagnant and going backwards and I want to tell you that neither of those are good. All we have to do to grow is read the Bible and read slow enough that we hear from God and understand what we are reading, pray, and before that we have to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and turn from our sins.

My faith a lot of times is tested on a daily basis, not so much in jail, and my faith is tested in a lot of different ways. I don’t always pass. Sometimes I fail and it ends up making me stronger and makes me love God more and more because He keeps helping me get back up out of the mire. I have messed up a large portion of my life but I am now growing in Christ daily and getting stronger and ready to do what He wants me to do.

God will never give up on you. We are going to go through trials in this life and I want to tell everyone that it’s better to have God than not have Him when we face the trials and storms of this life. That’s what the whole human race really needs is Jesus. This life that we are living on earth is just a blip on the radar (if that much) compared to eternity. Without the mercy of God, people that are walking around lost are walking on eggshells. I was doing it for over 30 years and God kept me until I did surrender to Jesus. Jesus tells us to put our burdens on Him and to take His yoke because it is light.

I have a story about my life that I want to share. I was sitting in the Etowah County Jail in December 2002. I would go to church because I was thinking that it got me out of my cell for an hour or so but God was working on my heart. I was saved in there in December and I took a look at my life and saw that up to that point I had really wasted every bit of it. I was on my way to prison for the 3rd time. I had no one to write or come and see me and I cried out to my  God and said I wanted a family – I wanted someone that cared about me.

In 2004 I got out with nowhere to stay so the probation officer told me that I had to stay at the Salvation Army. I ended up walking to my aunt’s house and living with her, really in a small apartment we called rooms. I ended up meeting my wife while I lived there but I also started backsliding. I was having pre-marital sex and I was starting to drink again. I ended up running from God and getting into trouble for D.U.I. in 2005. My soon to be wife was pregnant with our son. I ended up doing 60 days on the D.U.I. and our son was born on Dec. 25th. Me and my wife got married in Jan. 2006.

I just wanted everyone to know that God loves us. He isn’t just sitting up there waiting to zap us. Jesus went through the same things that we go through. I have messed up a lot in my life and I tell everyone when I give my testimony that if God can and did save me after all that I have done in my life, then He can save anyone that is willing to accept Him. Even after I accepted Him I still did things like drinking that I know I shouldn’t be doing. But I really re-dedicated my life to Him, again, and He has kept me strong ever since then. I do love the Lord and if it is meant for me to go into the ministry I am willing and ready. For now I am a jailhouse preacher and will do what I feel like God wants me to do while I am here.

I really think that we as Christians need to put God first in everything that we do. That is what I have been trying to do. We, or at least, I need more Jesus and less of the world. Like John said, “He must increase, I must decrease.” That is my goal for the rest of my life. More of Jesus shining out of me each and every day. I have been put into a situation to where I can’t read the Bible because I don’t have my reading glasses, and my beautiful wife in her wisdom told me to meditate on what I already knew, that’s what I’ve been doing.

Just keep God in first place and everything else will fall into place. If you do accept Christ please don’t be ashamed of Him because it is in Him that we have hope; not in this world and it’s fleeting pleasures.

Let’s all rise up like mighty warriors and say, “I love Jesus!” with no shame or guilt but with pride on our face and in our hearts because of who He is. We don’t need to hide in the shadows afraid to say or do something because our Father is the Father of Light. Let’s knock the god-haters out of the spotlight and take it back and let our voice be heard.

Let’s speak with the boldness of the Holy Spirit. Let’s shout! “I love God! I praise God!”

I’m not ashamed of it and if you don’t want to do the same or do, I’ll pray for you. Praise the Lord!