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.
“…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