When I first came to prison, I turned to religion. A lot of guys do. But then after a few years, most guys fall off. I was no exception.

The past few years I’ve been thinking about incorporating Christian values into my life. I believe the Bible is a blueprint to a righteous life. For years I have tried on my own to achieve this.

I have made great progress. But I have also had many setbacks and failures. There seemed to be some type of a hump I couldn’t get over. One of those humps cost me my EFV’s for 5 years! Another one got me sent to the hole for 3 days.

Deep down I knew I was missing something.

I sent my wife a unique email. I was done just “thinking” about Christian values. It was time to commit and incorporate. Here is my email & my wife’s response:

Steven’s Email

Suzie’s Email

Two days after committing to God and sending that email, I got some amazing news.

Blessed Magazine wrote me. They said in part, “We have read your blog and was inspired. It would be our honor to feature your story in our publication.”

Upon reading this my body got the chills. Then I broke out in tears of joy. It was almost uncontrollable. I verbally thanked God out loud. I’ve never felt such a powerful feeling.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

I absolutely love this journey I’m on.
I will continue to serve the Lord.
I am committed.
I will continue down this path.

Thank you for all the love and support.


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

19 thoughts

  1. The Bible is the map through a mine field. Follow His word and step on fewer mines. It’s very practical and not just for “Christian values”. Christ speaks personally to us through His word. Blessings in your travels.

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  2. Indeed, the Holy Spirit (as an integral third of the Trinity), exists inside every one of us. All we need to do to leverage that immense power as children of God is to open our hearts, acknowledge, invite and accept His presence in our lives… Amen!

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  3. What a wonderful gift for your wife and yourself. You could have turned your problems into something negative and brewing, but you did not. Instead you turned it into something positive and good. By the way, five years of no extended family visits is extremely harsh. After all, your family did nothing and they suffer too.

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  4. Is that it? You make it sound so easy. My experiance is vastly different. I have to work hard as I use the practicle teachings of Jesus to guide me. Ive never felt an outside force come down and help me. Ive never felt an outside force come down and shift my circumstances. Everything I know revolves around cause and effect. I dont believe in divine intervention, or some outside spirit that comes to help. Ive tried that. Nothing. I’ll continue to seek. But until I know for sure, I wont fake it. Today its all about cause and effect, the law of attraction, you reap what you sow. And thats exactly why I want to live in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. I love Jesus. I love his ways.


  5. Your right, my family pays the price for my actions. Thats just one more reason why I need to always do the right thing. My actions dont just effect me….they also effect the ppl I love. From now on I live for them too. Thank you for the comment.


  6. Steven, I sincerely believe you (and most people) have indeed personally experienced God’s presence, however, have not recognized it as it was most likely “masked” in some ordinary daily occurrence, situation, or event. Collectively, we live in a world with an incredible amount of distraction (sports, technology, automation, leisure, etc.) and that serves much like “white noise” to preoccupy our minds and desensitize us to God’s Word and presence. I strive to create a quiet time for myself every day, even if it is a mere 5 minutes. It is time for me to reflect, clear my mind, eliminate stress and tune my senses into God. It works for me. Be well.

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