This book: “Once Upon A Time In The Denton County Jail” was written to encourage people who are struggling with their faith in God and their walk with Him. Perhaps you have fallen away or backslidden from your initial salvation. Or maybe you would simply like to learn more about an initial faith in God and what it means to walk with Him. The chapter that covers this subject is “The ABC’s of Salvation”. So if you need to find peace in your on-going relationship with God or would just like to find Him for the first time I hope you will read this book. This book is not about Christian denominations it is about your personal relationship with God through his son, Jesus. It begins with my true and personal encounter with God that changed my life forever. This encounter with God showed me how to surrender my life to Him. From that point on up to the present time (24 years) my life has been good! This experience changed me from being a miserable Christian to a happy Christian. Far more than happy! I have found out just how marvelous and good our God is! The chapter that covers this is “A Happy Christian”. I want to point out that this book is not only a help in rekindling the joy of when you first found Jesus it can also be used as a devotional with each chapter dealing with diverse situations and problems. For example there is a chapter “The Best is Yet To Come” that deals with finances, stress, dealing with people, and your personal needs. I encourage you to read this book with a hopeful and expectant heart. Let God speak to you through the scripture. I have included very much scripture! The scripture is God’s Word. Let it feed your spirit.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Chase after God instead of the World

Isaiah 55:10-11
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

About myself, the author:
I’m neither a preacher nor an evangelist I’m just an ordinary person. I was brought up in church and saved in my youth. But at fifty years old I found myself still struggling with sin and guilt. I had no peace in my heart and was dealing with fear, unrest, and dread of the future. I had wrecked my life with multiple marriages and divorce. I kept trying to fix the messes I had made by making even bigger messes. I had simply left God out of my life. I knew he could save my soul, but I didn’t think he could guide and direct my life. In short, my life was in the toilet and I prayed that God would not flush it! But while driving home from work in the wee hours one morning I had an experience with God. He was ministering to my heart. He was calling to me and I began to listen and that was the beginning of my new life. A life of peace and confidence in my salvation. It was the time that I gave up on myself and began to trust in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At that time I didn’t know if or what He would do with or for me. I just simply put my life into His hands. I now realize that what I did was to put my faith in action. And I want to assure you that my initial faith was just a tiny frazzled crumb of hope! But if you know who, what, why, or how things are going to turn out, it is not faith it is sight. Jesus said this about faith:

Matthew 17:20
“…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. After this personal encounter with God I began to read the Bible again. I had ignored it for nearly thirty years. I found a church to attend and attended faithfully. God lead me, taught me, blessed me, and after about ten years He put me to work ministering to the women in the Denton County Jail. In other words it took time for God to teach and mold me before allowing me to enter the jail ministry. Before my first time ministering at the County Jail, I prayed and asked God, “What will I tell the women? I have never stood before a group and shared the Word?” God spoke to my spirit and said, “Just tell them what I have done for you.” For ten years I shared with the women what God had done and was doing for me. I told them how be immediately began leading and directing my everyday life. I told the story by using everyday examples. To find peace I encouraged the women to get their business straight with God. Just as they were getting their business straight with the county. I told them that in fact that their “time in the county jail” would be easier with Jesus in the lead. They seemed to relate to this example and many agreed. And, if you would like to know what God has done for me, how he picked me up, changed my life, my mind, and direction … simply begin reading and remember this as you read: What God has done for me, he can and will do for you! And my ongoing theme throughout the book is: keep on chasing after God like you used to chase after the world!

Chase after God instead of the World

“God Knows Who You Are”
…where you are
…why you are
And He still loves you!
His LOVE produces grace and forgiveness
He is the Creator
He is the Alpha & Omega
…the beginning and the end
He is from everlasting to everlasting
He is the Almighty God
…the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
He is the Great I Am
He is our Counselor and Comforter
He is the Lover of our souls
And by LOVE:
He will forgive your Past
…and become your Present
…and secure your Future … with the Best yet to come!