FROM KEN MILLER
(Mennonite pastor who helped Lisa Miller)

Our dear sister Lisa Miller is going through some very deep waters right now, especially since her motion for pre-trial release was denied on Nov. 3. The jail she is being held at does not have Christian services, there are no other believers in her immediate area, so she has very little or no fellowship. In addition, she has been unable to get visitors. Can we pray in our congregations that the Love of God would be poured into her heart and that somehow the love of God’s people could be conveyed to her—so that she would sense the love of God’s people just as though she had fellowship and visitors? Can we stand beside her and help her lift the shield of faith?

 

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Great is His Faithfulness:
What might your difficulty be?
·        Cancelled endocrinologist appointments
·        Brain surgeries put on hold
·        High blood pressure
·        Rebellious children
·        Debilitating health
·        Excruciating migraines
·        Blaring competing TV’s
·        Moms and Dads dying of cancer
·        Delta variant
·        Unutterable horrific crimes
·        Autism
·        City-destroying earthquakes
·        Home-rebuilding floods
·        Knockout electricity hurricanes
·        Sudden deaths
·        Abandonment
·        Lost keys
·        Flour shortages
·        Separated families
·        Prison terms

These are all things that are happening to my friends or to myself . . .

Fear?  “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” (2 Tim 1:7 Amp. Version) And, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 KJV)

Worry?  “Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? . . . Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  (Matt 6:25, 34 KJV) And, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with 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.”  (Phil. 4:6-7 KJV)

Great is His faithfulness among suffering? I read in a Bible Helps* pamphlet that suffering is intended for 4 reasons:

1)     To keep our eyes on Heaven (2 Cor. 4:17, Is, 35, Rom. 8:18)

2)     To chastise/discipline us (Heb. 12: 5-11, Rev. 3:19)

3)     To learn how to give comfort (2 Cor 1:3-7)

4)     To give glory to God/increasing our strength to run the race (Rom. 5:3, 2 Tim 1:8, Heb. 2:10, I Pet. 4:16, I Cor. 4:19)

I think of Noah (remember his many years of preaching that it was going to flood, when rain as we know it wasn’t even known and not one soul converted), Joseph, Naomi, Job, Mary, John the Baptist, Martha,  Paul… Jesus.

Suffering is suffering.  Pain is not comparable.

May all Christ followers say as Paul proclaimed:

“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. … 1For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.”  (Col 1:24-29, 2:1-5 KJV)

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller #149005A

An inspiration from Lisa Miller

Dear Brethren and Friends,

HE IS

My Savior

My Redeemer

My Hope

My Healer

My Husband

My Maker

My Counselor

My Friend

My Power

My Defender

My Rock

My Fortress

My Beginning and End

My God

My Father

My Peace

My Rest

My Help

My Justice

My Defender

My Judge

My Wisdom

My Story

My Knowledge

My Fear

My Might

My Understanding

My Delight

My Root

My Branch

My Advocate

My Pastor and High Priest

My Teacher

My Stronghold

My WORD

My TRUTH

My JOY

My Pleasure

My Love

My Chariot

My Horse

My Prince

My EVERYTHING

“What a Beautiful Name it is, the Name of Jesus. Nothing compares to Him.”

Gratefully His,

 Lisa Miller

Lisa 9 26 21

Dear Brethren and Friends,                                                                                                                                                                    September 26, 2021

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”  (John 8:31-32 ESV)

Several girls and I are studying the Gospel of John (expository) and recently we discussed in depth John 8:31-47. Verses John 8:31-32 stood out to me. What does truth applied look like?

The following is a “story” that a sister in Christ sent me, which I believe personifies truth applied in a very simple and plain way. I hope it helps you as much as it helps me.

“I would have pulled Joseph out. Out of that pit. Out of that prison. Out of that pain. And I would have cheated nations out of the One God would use to deliver them from famine.

“I would have pulled David out. Out of Saul’s spear-throwing presence. Out of the caves he hid in. Out of the pain of rejection. And I would have cheated Israel out of a God-hearted king.

“I would have pulled Esther out. Out of being snatched from her only family. Out of being placed in a position she never asked for. Out of the path of a vicious power-hungry foe. And I would have cheated a people out of the woman God would use to save their very lives.

“And I would have pulled Jesus off. Off the Cross. Off the road that led to suffering and pain.  Off the path that would mean nakedness and beatings, nails and thorns.  And I would have cheated the entire world out of a Savior. Out of salvation. Out of an eternity filled with no more suffering and no more pain.

“And oh, friend, I want to pull you out. I want to change your path. I want to stop your pain. But right now, I know I would be wrong. I would be out of line. I would be cheating you and cheating the world out of so much good. Because God knows. He knows the good this pain will produce. He knows the beauty this hardship will grow. He’s watching over you and keeping you even in the midst of this.  And He’s promising you that you can trust Him.  Even when it all feels like more than you can bear.

“So instead of trying to pull you out, I’m lifting you up. I’m kneeling before the Father and I’m asking Him to give you strength. To give you hope. I’m asking Him to protect you and to move you when the time is right. I’m asking Him to help you stay prayerful and discerning.  I’m asking Him how I can best love you and be a help to you. And I’m believing He’s going to use your life in powerful and beautiful ways. Ways that will leave your heart grateful and humbly thankful for this road you’ve been on.”

                                                                                                            –R.J.

Free. Free from “trying to figure it out.”  Free from worry. Free from the “fix it” mentality. Free from anxiety. Free from “If only.”

“Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4 KJV)

1 “I will go before you
and level the exalted places,
2 I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut through the bars of iron,
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I name you, though you do not know me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I equip you, though you do not know me,
6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity;
I am the LORD, who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:2-7 ESV)

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller

#149005A

Niagara County Jail

PO Box 496

Lockport, NY  14095

Lisa Miller – update 9/19/21

September 19, 2021

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings in the name of the Father Who is the Word.  Thank You to ALL who sent me birthday prayers, encouragement and good will.  You blessed me tremendously.

Many of you have expressed a desire to know more about my daily life in jail. It’s really quite normal.  I try to keep to a schedule as much as possible.  Monday through Friday mornings typically find me folding, sorting and organizing the jail’s uniforms, linens and shoes.  On Wednesdays and Saturdays, we have linen exchange, and for last Saturday’s exchange, I made 208 setups (1 sheet, 1 pillowcase, 1 towel, 1 washcloth rolled up in another sheet) and 12 bedrolls (roll the sheets, towel and washcloth in a blanket and place the roll in a pillowcase).  The Wednesday count varies from 100-125 and is for completely different units.

After lunch, if need be, I return to laundry, otherwise, I write letters.  After “lock-in” for shift change (2:30 pm – 3:15 pm), I keep occupied with talking to the girls, making phone calls, reading and or writing letters until around 6:00 pm when I usually put away my writing implements to stretch out on my bunk (bed) with a good read.  You all have blessed me tremendously in keeping my eyegate pure.  I read typed sermons, magazines (thank you to the “anonymous to me” sender of Bliss Victoria) and books.  The girls say I sure do read a lot of different types of books. =) They also teasingly claim I have 7 Bibles in my room when in reality I have two, one English and one Spanish.  Currently, I am reading Under God’s Arrest (Ida B. Bontrager), a biographical book on a “wrenching personal expression… to clear his head [author’s] of madness and alcohol.”  For personal study, I’m reading From the Garden to the City, The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology (John Dyer), a thin book espousing a Biblical viewpoint to the heavily research-based application to technology, which is a complement to The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains (Nicholas Carr), which I just finished reading and reviewing line upon line, again and again.

For Bible Study (with others), I’m reading Lies Woman Believe (Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth).  Also, I am perusing The New Testament Documents (F.F. Bruce) in order to help me “to be ready to give an answer” during the expository cell block Study of the Gospel of John.  These Bible Studies (3 times/week) are the highlight of my week.

For personal devotions, I am reading The Kingdom of the Cults (Walter Martin), a formidable dissertation of various cults we may encounter; Correcting the Cults: Expert Responses to their Scripture Twisting (Norman L. Geisler & Ron Rhodes), a verse-by-verse “Q&A” enlisting the majority books of the Bible; and Gripped by a Dark Hand (Paul Weaver), a book detailing the varying occult and witchcraft practices prevalent today.  When I’m done with Gripped…, I will read How to Protect Your Child from the New Age and Spiritual Deception (Berit Kjos), a book detailing how “media” is saturated with spiritualism.  Remember “media” includes printed materials.  Spiritualism and/or an eclectic religious view seems to be prevalent in today’s society. Consequently,  I want to study it in depth so I can better “give an answer” for my hope which I find in Jesus.

Yes, I still read straight from God’s Word:  currently John, Proverbs and Exodus and all the written verses (I look up your references too =), which you send me.  =)

Saturdays and Sundays I devote to reading and letter writing and occasionally napping.

I read for pleasure and for me there is no greater pleasure in reading than learning something new for the purpose of strengthening and protecting my relationship with Christ, helping others in various ways (some of you have been recipients of my excitement of certain topics which I thought you’d enjoy knowing about =) and in learning information which helps me to “give an answer for the hope which lies within with all gentleness and meekness.”  I’ve always read like this; however, I’ll admit that being in jail does afford me more opportunity to learn.  It’s bittersweet though because I’d rather be spending time with my daughter.  Even so, I have a choice on how to spend my time.  I’ve always said, “You make time for what’s important to you.” And, “There’s a silver lining in every situation.”

Thank you all for your prayers for me and especially for Isabella.

There will be grace, grace to make it through this trial, 

There will be strength, strength to walk another mile, 

There will be hope when I’ve done all I can, 

I’m glad to know it’s in the Saviors hands….

 Serving Him,

Lisa Miller #149005A

Niagara County Jail

PO Box 496

Lockport, NY  14095

P.S.  I can receive photos now (not on cardboard but real photos =).  I would really enjoy receiving family photos with your names and address on the back.  It helps me with prayer times and to put a face to your name.  Just the other night I woke up with one of you on my mind, staying up to pray for you.  When I awoke in the morning, I pulled your picture out of my photo envelope and prayed more as well as penned a letter to you, mailing it by using your address on the back of the photo.  I may not have had your address readily available because I mail out my opened mail every 6 weeks or so.  This means if you didn’t just recently write me, I wouldn’t have your address with me.  Thank you in advance if you are able to send a photo.

 

Choices

  June 13, 2021

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings to you all in the name of our Father the One whom I hang my hope on for “Our hope is in His unfailing love” (read the Psalms).

Life in jail is never dull.  In fact, jail, as with any situation in life, is what one makes of it.  My motto for anything “going on” in here is:

“The only thing I can change is my attitude.”

What are some things I’d like to “change?”  Hmm …

  • To not have to ask for the fingernail clippers or a razor
  • That the noise level (including the TV) in here would decrease
  • Being able to go outside in the cool of the evening
  • A chair in my cell would be nice 😊
  • To be served “better” food
  • To turn off the light in my cell (it’s on 24/7)

Oh . . . and selfishly the list can go on.  ☹ I say selfishly because my “changes” are only changes for my benefit.  In other words, my changes are not sacrificial or looking out for the good of others or for the sake of unity (with the jail rules).

So let me now share with you what might happen if my changes were implemented.

  • Fingernail clippers and razors can be used as weapons as well as to execute self-harming behaviors.

Attitude Change:  I should be grateful that I need to ask for those items as well as being grateful that they are not available to use after the designated time allotted to use them because having these rules enables the C.O.s to better keep track of these items as well as helps keep all of us safe.

  • Yes, the noise level is high at times.

Attitude Change:  Nevertheless, I should be grateful (as someone wrote me 😊 ) that the noise level helps me to practice concentrating more (if you’ve ever studied in a college library or tried to put together a topic amidst the noise level and interruptions of your own children or family members you know what I’m talking about 😊 ).  It also helps me to practice my Christian virtues of patience, love, gentleness, self-control . . . and above all else loving my neighbor as myself.

  • We need to have set times to go outside; otherwise, all the units wouldn’t be offered the opportunity for outside time.

Attitude Change:  I should be grateful that we All are offered outside time because it is a benefit (health and physical) to the inmates.

  • Even though I had my own chair in the dorms (all we women are now back in the cells), in this block (cell) setting it can be used as a weapon (only the microwave is not bolted down).

Attitude Change:  I should be grateful that the number of potential weapons is reduced for those who have not yet learned the truth of “a soft answer turns away wrath.”

  • We’re fed a diet of heavy carbs. One inmate even went as far as defining the word “heavy” as something like the following:

“If we scraped all our food off our trays (there were only 8 trays at that time — on        my side of the block there are 11 now) and put it    in a boat, the boat would sink!”

Attitude Change:  I should be grateful that this jail serves the heavy carbs because the majority of inmates need the sweet juice and carbs in order to detox properly and to gain back their body mass (some arrive like skeletons due to their addictions).

  • It seems as if I’m in a Motel 6 where they leave the light on for you. 😊

Attitude Change:  I should be grateful that the lights ARE left on 24/7 because it offers a measure of safety for all involved:  the C.O.s and the inmates.

God is good.  He doesn’t give me any more than I can handle (Romans 8:28).  I’ll close with the two truths that lately I have been holding close to my heart:

“. . . in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)

“BE STILL and KNOW that I AM God . . . ” (Psalm 46:10)

Serving Him,

Lisa

Lisa Miller #149005A

Niagara County Jail

PO Box 496 [do not include street address]

Lockport, NY  14095

**All mail is being photocopied at this time.  Please be careful to allow plenty of blank margin on your letters and include your address on your letter itself as well.  Do not send photos or cards at this time.

How you can pray:

  1. Please pray for joy in Christ even when experiencing hate and scorn.
  2. Please pray for physical safety and health for Lisa.
  3. Pray for spiritual encouragement for her.
  4. Pray that God would keep her courage up, keep her strong and faithful and true for this race that she must run.
  5. Pray that she could see rewards for her Christ-like living . . . of not retaliating, going the second mile, turning the other cheek.
  6. Pray that God would give her opportunities to plant seeds for Christ, and that she could see even a little fruit for her efforts in sharing Jesus.
  7. Pray for wisdom for difficult questions she may be asked about what following Jesus really means.

Praise the Lord that He kept Isabella hidden until she was of age.  Praise the Lord that Isabella has made the choice herself to love the Lord and follow in His ways.  Thank God that He is a faithful Father to Isabella, Who is providing for her now.

Pray for the mother and daughter, each of them, as they are far apart from one another, that God would comfort them and strengthen them during this difficult time.

Clean Clear Through

by Lynn Sitton

Read: I Corinthians 6:9-11

CLEAN CLEAR THROUGH

“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2

 Yuk! Maria shivered as the disgusting smell of the dark cell hit her nose. Black mildew and slime on the toilet rim, human waste and graffiti on the cinder block walls greeted her. This wasn’t “Welcome Home!” Could she really live in this pit? Placing her pile of linen on the hard cot, Maria found her washcloth. She wet her bar of soap at the dirty sink and dropped to her knees. Inch by inch, hour by hour, she attacked the dirt. If she had to call this cell “home,” at least it would be clean!

Our sin disgusts God more than the worst filth on earth! Because He is holy, the only way He can stand to look at us and love us is to see us washed in the sin-free blood of His Son. We must realize how dirty we are and ask for a bath! The Bible tells us in Titus 3:3-7 that Jesus saved us by “the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” Jesus did this by His love for us, not because of good things we have done. He gave His blood as the spiritual soap that cleans us up, inch by inch, hour by hour, year by year . . . inside and out.

Prisoner’s Prayer

Lord God, I know I’m a sinner and I need to be washed in Jesus’ blood. Remind me that You always see me clean, because of His awful death for me. And help me to become more and more like Him. Thank you, Lord. Amen

Prayer for the Prisoner

Lord God, Help me know that the blood of Jesus washes away ALL sin. No matter what ________________ has done, You forgive everything because of Jesus. Wash us in Your Word and in Your Spirit today. Thank you, Lord. Amen

When you invite Jesus into your life, He cleans house.

June 3rd – Lisa Miller

June 3, 2021

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings in the name of Jesus the One who is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).  This verse is a very special truth to me, especially because it is the truth that returned to me in the moment when I realized in 2003 that I was being taken to court.  Thankfully, God is the same God now as He was then!!

Can you believe that it has been 4 ½ months since I have been in jail?  Primarily, the most difficult part of my experience has been my separation from my daughter.  Another difficulty has been the decline of my health.  My main health challenge has been in the area of my Hashimoto’s disease.  As a result of the jail (including FDC “throwing out” the meds I brought with me) refusing to grant me my usual medication and treatment plan, my overall health has rapidly declined creating other flare-ups and conditions, which were previously under “remission” prior to entering the penal system.  As a result, I am extremely fatigued, brain-fogged, and my pain level has risen significantly, which in turn precipitates a need to rest throughout the day and increase my intake of ibuprofen.

In addition to compensate for my brain fog and fatigue, I have switched my quiet time (devotions) from my usual lifelong morning time to night time in hopes to be able to obtain more sleep but more importantly to be able to be more focused on my Q.T. (my pain level is higher in the mornings) for another inmate commented that she has noticed that I am distracted in the mornings and therefore am not doing my devotions as I have previously been doing.  =(  Since I am living in a dorm my every move can potentially be watched by others, which means I have basically a built-in accountability system!  I am grateful though that she felt the need to bring my remissness to my attention!  =)

At this time in my life due to both my declining health and increased need to concentrate on my legal case by reading page after page of legal documents, I am unable to respond to each of you personally as I have done before.  These last weeks I have been resting/sleeping more and have fallen very behind on my correspondences.  Even though I read and cherish each and every one of your letters, even jotting down the verses and chapters (and quotes) you encourage me with for purposes of having a handy list of God’s truths to peruse later, please do not be offended should you not receive a return letter at this time.

Life in jail continues to be a blessing for I am daily reminded of Jesus’ love for me and am daily reminded of my shortcomings so that I may be refined in the fire.

God has been good to me in many ways, including but not limited to:

  • Permitting me to watch during rec. time a mama robin tend to her two babies from their “infancy” to when they were big enough to sit on the side of their nest to puff up and preen.
  • Be asked to work in laundry – folding, organizing, preparing linen for linen exchange and performing other various and sundry duties (I work with another lady).
  • Receiving mail from many brothers and sisters in Christ who encourage me and who offer me a glimpse into their lives (which by the way blesses me beyond words)
  • Even though I do not feel worthy and at times feel like an utter failure while doing so, speak with others about Christ.

I’ll close by sharing with you a sample of the quotes that I have been gracing my bunk in hopes that you too are encouraged to trust God more and to be spurred on to be “zealous for good works:”

  • “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11
  • All I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not
  • Our hope is in His unfailing love. Psalm 147
  • Be still and know that I AM God. Psalm 46:10
  • There is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes

Thank you again for your prayers, cards and letters, gifts, and money on my commissary (by the way I have no way of knowing who puts money on so I am putting the “thank you” in here =) ).  I appreciate your generosity and am so blessed and encouraged by our unity in Christ.

Serving Him,

Lisa Miller

“…in this place will I give peace saith the LORD of hosts.”  Haggai 2:9

 

Lisa asks that we please remind you:  NO stamps, glitter, paint or crayon drawings on her letters.

Also please remember to use the PO BOX address and NOT the street address . . . some people are putting both on the envelopes.

 

Lisa Miller #149005A

Niagara County Jail

PO BOX 496

Lockport, NY  14905

June 7, 2021 message from Lisa Miller

June 7

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings to you all in the name of our Father who gives us strength to do all things (Phil. 4:13).   This is just a short update to let you know I’ve moved from the dorms back to a cell block.  Jail life is more fluid than “outside” life.

On Monday morning (June 7) as I was just floating off into dream land I heard, “OK Ladies.  Pack up.  You’re moving to the dorms!”  I rose up out of bed, looked to my neighbor and asked, “Seriously?  (There went my rest time between work shifts.)  Did I hear right?”  One of the reasons we were moving was because it was becoming increasingly more difficult to find shift coverage for 2 units of women when in reality, we all could live in one unit. The dorms are considered “privileged” status.  Even so, since our numbers were dwindling it was considered to be a perfect time to consolidate all women inmates in the cell block where 32 women can be housed in cells.  Thankfully, I was moved to the quieter of the 2 sides.

After the cell was cleaned (it was filthy), I started to unpack, only to be called out for laundry duty again, a job I’ve had (and enjoy!) for about a month now.  I finished unpacking by night’s end and then took stock of my surroundings.  I realized that I once again had cell 11 with this time being on M block instead of N as I was when I was in quarantine.  I was pleased to see that my walls were peppered with godly sayings such as “Have Faith in God,” “In Jesus name,” and “I beg for mercy in Jesus name… AMEN.”

I also have warnings on my wall of the “Who’s Who” of those who work for the Feds (“snitches” is the jail lingo).  Thankfully, there are only 2 curse words on my wall, whereas my neighbor unfortunately has more than two.  =(

I pretty much stay to my cell because the table outside my cell is sticky (due to the humidity level in the Block) and furthermore my cell has everything I basically need – sink, toilet and bed.  The setup over here is the same as the setup for quarantine; so, I won’t bore you with the details.  The routine though is a bit different than quarantine because we’re not locked in 23/24. Rather, our cells are open from 7:30 a.m. – 10:15 p.m. with the exception of “lock-in” for CO’s breaks and shift change (2:30 – 3:15 p.m.).  Showers are open for use during morning and evening blocks of time.  There is a microwave (the only item not bolted down over here =) ) for use and the TV instead of being set upon a cart at eye level is bolted to the wall at a level where one has to tilt her head to see it properly (fully).  In fact, I can only see it when I heat my water for coffee in the microwave at 7:15 am and whenever I go to the shower or exit the cell for work.  Unfortunately, I can hear it from my cell and nevertheless, I am grateful that at the moment the fans (we have no A/C) – industrial size and strength – drown out the majority of the exact words (I’m hard of hearing as it is, which is a blessing in here =) ).

I feel blessed to be in a cell, especially because I have semi-privacy now for my devotions and back exercise time.  Hmm . . .  just as I wrote this I heard, “Male on the block!” and within seconds of the announcement saw a male C.O., head turned toward the cells, amble by.  Semi-privacy as I said. =)  We have 15 minute checks here, even during “lock-in” times (which is currently in session).

Please do continue to pray for me and for ALL those involved in my legal case.  Thank you specifically to those who are currently praying and for those who write me.  You ARE an encouragement to me and I make remembrance of you to my God, giving thanks in joy for your “partnership in the gospel” (from Phil. 1: 3-5).

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:2),

Lisa

Latest Message from Lisa Miller

Dear Brethren and Friends,

Greetings to you in the name of the Father who “does not give us a spirit of fear but of love, power and sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).  This truth has long been my motto for the last 15 years.  I even quoted it years ago to a reporter when she asked me how I had persevered thus far (I had just come out of watching my VA Supreme court hearing).  Now, years later, God is bringing through people’s letters, a prayer request, and through my daily reading the topic of “power” – His power – to my thoughts.

Just this morning through Utmost Classic Reading and Prayers once again the word “power” surfaced:

“Are you drawing your life from any source other than God Himself?  If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone” (Oswald Chambers, Day 6, p. 16).

Of course, in the past, I’ve done a word search in God’s Word regarding “power” and specifically the “power of His resurrection.” Nevertheless, I believe I’m missing something – what, I don’t know.

“Seek and ye shall find.”  “God will always give us the answers we need to live the life we are meant to live” (written in a card I received recently – one which did not have a full return address – so I thank you here for sending me just what I needed to hear 😊).  Hmm, good idea.  So now, I’m going to seek your input about this topic, my brothers and sisters in Christ, praying that our Lord will work through you to increase my heart knowledge about “power.”  Consequently, if you feel led to comment on the topic of “power,” I welcome your sharing.

In closing, I want to thank you for all your letters – not only are you “visiting” me in prison (and welcoming me as a stranger, and giving me a cup of cold water” (Matt. 25:31-46), YOU ALL are a witness to those around me thereby permitting me to “…always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you [me] to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you [me], …” (1 Peter 3:15a, Amplified).  Thank You!

Serving Him,

Lisa

I want to do my best to honor the jail’s request regarding inmate mail; therefore, please be sure to use the following address when writing me:

Lisa Miller #149005A

Niagara County Jail

PO Box 496

Lockport, NY  14095

 

Home Confinement May 24, 2021!

May 14, 2021, Friday, Day 893

A believer who has embraced Christ’s redemption for his sins as the basis of his salvation gladly must be willing to suffer for Him if he is a true disciple.  Is this not what Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:24-26 say?  That if I am unwilling to lay down my life for the Master, I will forfeit my soul?  But, if I lose my life for His sake, I will find it!  This is the ultimate cost of denying oneself, taking up one’s cross, and following Him.  And when we take up our cross, we willingly take on Christlikeness and a desire to please Him by doing what He desires, even if it means suffering for Him.

I have had so many of those who confess Christ and who I felt were strong Christians express amazement that I would willingly go to prison for helping a desperate mother and her child whom I did not even know as Scripture dictates (Proverbs 3:27-28).  Yet, according to Jesus’ words in Matthew 16, one’s willingness not only to suffer by going to prison, but to die for Him is indicative of our being a true disciple.  Becoming a follower of Christ means surrendering all to Him, even our freedom or lives.  This includes all of our resources and wealth, as Jesus just a few chapters later indicates to the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-22).

Philippians 1:29-30, Matthew 24:9-10, and 2 Timothy 3:12 also indicate that those who thus surrender everything to Christ, or take up their own cross, will suffer persecution.  But with this comes many blessings and promises (Matthew 5:10-12, 1 Peter 1:6-7, 3:13-17, 4:12-14, 5:6-10; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4, 12), if we endure.  Most of these blessings are eternal, but I can testify that even in this present life suffering for Christ comes with many blessings.  Suffering is a major theme of the New Testament and is promised for all believers as you find in the passages I’ve cited.  We are to rejoice in it and this persecution of believers will intensify in the last days before Christ’s return especially as many in the church are deceived by false prophets and false teachings.  I believe such deception has begun because too many in the church who believe they are true followers of Christ are being deceived by believing there will be a great revival before Christ returns.  But the Bible teaches just the opposite, that there will be a great deception, a great falling away, and immense persecution will come upon those who are faithful to the Word of God.  If you doubt me, I challenge you to read through the New Testament again and search specifically these things, something I have been blessed to do many times while in prison.

Promises of prosperity are nice, and we do see those blessings sometimes, but we must place them all on the altar and take up our cross and follow Christ, surrendering everything to Him.  We must test every teaching and every so-called revival with the Scriptures, as did the Bereans, and be willing to go against the crowd – even those who profess to be believers.  Suffering and persecution, we are told, may come thenceforth from those we least expect, even our own families.  But no matter what, we must be true to God’s Word, deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.  Even if it be to prison or perhaps death.  That my friend, is merely a steppingstone to a glorious eternal life ahead!

I am pleased to report that on Monday, May 24, the day before Kathie and I celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, I will be on home detention for one month, and then on June 24, I will be free, albeit on “probation” for one year.

There is still no word from Judge Arcara as per my motion for him to vacate my sentence due to ineffective council.  It has now been 10 months that I have answered all of his questions and responded to the attorneys’ and government’s responses to the motion.  Please keep praying that he will vindicate me.

Praise the Lord, the civil trial has been stayed once again, this time pending Lisa Miller’s criminal trial.  Please also pray for her acquittal, as according to the statute under which we were charged we broke no law since she and Isabella were fleeing what was believed to be sexual, mental, verbal and perhaps even physical abuse.

As of June 24, Kathie and I should be able to come to your church or small group and share if you’d like.  Thank you once again for your prayers, letters, calls and notes of encouragement, and help with our vast legal expenses.  May God restore what you have blessed us with abundantly!

In His service,

Philip Zodhiates

 

Editorial note: As Paul says in Philippians 4:18, “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Apaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.”

You have generously given to help Philip and Kathie with their ever-mounting attorney’s fees over these past 4 years; many have sacrificed to give. Paul in verse 19, assures us that “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

May God richly bless you for your faithfulness to a godly couple – you have helped them reach many for Christ!

Janet Stasulli

Co-Founder and President

419 Fund