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Welcome to our Inside Inspiration Page. The postings below come from our Inside Members as they seek to add value and share of themselves in an effort to bring a smile and comfort to all who may read.

               SUBMITTED BY LEO PAUL CARMONA

                            May 2021


A PLACE TO FORGIVE and to BE FORGIVEN
by Cathy Cartwright-Chow

For those we have hurt in any way, whether through words or deeds or thoughts.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the excuses we have made, just to be right.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the blame we have placed on someone else, again and again,
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the passing up of the opportunity to help because we were afraid.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For hiding the truth from someone.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For working beyond the anger and resentment.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

For the times that I have not felt heard.
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

Forgiveness is never easy, whether for yourself or someone else,
Here is a place to forgive and to be forgiven.

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               SUBMITTED BY KEVIN BERRY

                           June 19th,2021

I hope that it touches someone. I have been through a lot being in prison. My fiancée left me, have lost more friends and family to cancer and health issues than I care to admit, and I have to deal with the fact that I could potentially never leave. But, I am able to stay happy. Even with the tears I shed while writing this I have hope for tomorrow. I may not be home, but that doesn't take away my opportunity to help others. Prison has helped me build the foundation of compassion. And on that foundation I have found love for all of you even though I don't know you. I have also learned to love myself. For years I didn't know how to love me. I was doing things to run from the issues that I was having inside myself and was too afraid to look inside myself at who I was. But, after finding this compassion and love, each day in here is not a struggle, but an opportunity. An opportunity to build myself into someone that, even while being on the inside, can become of some use to all of you. I know that there are days that seem like a constant steuggle. Believe me, prison isn't easy. But, on those days that it seems like you can't catch a break, extend a hand to someone in need and show some compassion. But not only for that individual, but for yourself as well. We are all human and everyday won't be sunshine and butterflies. And that's okay. One of my favourite quotes is this, "Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a vision. But a today well spent makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope." All of us can have visions of hope by helping each other today towards what we all are striving for; happiness.

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Submitted by Charles Foresi
              June 22nd, 2021

In one way or another, we are all in search of a relationship based on trust; being accepted for who we are; truly loved; and forgiven for our many mistakes.
It has been said that, "The restless soul will find no rest until it rests in God." In fact, our hearts have a God-shaped vacuum that can be filled with a plethora of things while still leaving a yearning that only He can meet the needs of.
Every righteous relational attribute we crave can only be completely satisfied by that vertical relationship with Christ. Once that acknowledgement has been made & that longest journey from the head to the heart has begun, then, as a true vessel for His use, the loving grace of our Lord & Savior can freely flow through us to the horizontal relationships in our lives; impacting and/or leading others to the light of the truth of the love of Christ.
To be truly receptive to the gift of God's forgiveness, we must choose to operate from a spirit of forgiveness towards others. To truly acknowledge the gift of grace, we must not withhold that grace from flowing through us. To truly respect the passionate sacrifice of Christ, we must choose to live sacrificial lives.
Our core mission's mantra of "live love" can also be further reduced to a single word that will always be our faithful focus: "Others".
Without that acknowledgment of the needs of others to be comforted there wouldn't be any need for the Christian ministry of The Comfort Buddy Mission.
We are proud to offer comfort wherever it is needed. For we were once broken & lacking that basic necessity ourselves. But we are stronger now healed than we ever were unbroken, & thus choose to use our deliverance from the experiences in that negative realm as a beacon of hope to those who may not think that any is available for them.
The comfort of love in pain is a universal need to all inside & outside the walls of all religious faiths. And regardless of the faith you follow, you trust in the comfort that your god(s) offers. Whether you think you must earn it to deserve it, or you simply receive it freely by merely believing matters not. The fact is that you know you can count on your god(s). My question to you is, "Can your god(s) count on you.....to extend comfort to others who may not ever receive it otherwise?".
What I'm try to cause you to do is simply focus your attention on your intention. Meaning, choose to locate a need or be deliberate about a Divine deed. The possibilities are literally limitless: From somehow producing the smile of a child, to holding a door open for an elderly person, to paying for the family's meal in the car behind you in the drive thru; or a hundred thousand other acts of random kindness that can cause peace of mind & comfort for another, thus fulfilling The Comfort Buddy Mission.
The goal is to live life lovingly through the lens of The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you". Which causes you to inevitably mature to truly live love by learning that your comfort comes through the compassion of comforting others.

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Submitted by Bob Henshaw - July 5th, 2021

My name is Robert E. Henshaw (please just call me Bob) and as you know I'm incarcerated in the M.D.O.C.
I've known Corey (founder of TCBM) for more than 11 years and have joined in working with him and TCBM for the past 2 years, to reach out to the general public to show the changed hearts of many who are incarcerated due to really bad decisions. My hopes through this ministry and through God's Mercy and Grace is that citizens in free society see us as more than the horrible decisions that lead to our incarceration. We need the free world to understand that we indeed are more than our worst decisions. I pray that nobody ever has to be known by only the negatives of their past... I'm not trying to convince anyone that people who commit a crime should not be reprimanded or punished... but for those who truly live everyday as a testament to change and betterment in their lives as well as those who lead others into a life of serving others before self, being less self-centered and more Christ-Centered, truly doing to others as they would have done to them, be given a chance, whether they are blessed by freedom out in the world or practicing being free on the inside by serving God and others, we all need to be forgiven and to forgive in order to move on to new lives, lives that help others understand that we, together, can rise above our past bad behaviour, overcome the obstacles of incarceration and whether free or inside, still share our passions and love by helping and contributing to those who are in need or just need to be comforted. I believe that through The Comfort Buddy Mission, Hannah House, all the volunteers, donations, members and followers, we can make a difference. Change is inevitable, let's all work together to make the changes for the betterment of the world we live in!

Thank you for making a difference, thank you for taking the time to read this, thank you for taking a chance to understand that no one is without mistakes or sin, and thank you for not seeing me as only the worst decision I allowed in my life, I will certainly not see you as yours.

Your friend in Christ Jesus and a member of the Comfort Buddy Mission,
Bob H. #504350

John 3:16 & 17
(16)For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

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Submitted by Osceola Foster 
July 25th, 2021


QUESTION
Would you like to go on a shopping trip to the mall with Osceola?

INTRODUCTION
Come on, let's go turn this experience into ''a forever magical time...'' The only catch is that you have to purchase ''a whole outfit'' in order to relish in the joys of our destination.

Most mall experiences are/were good, although there's been times when going to the mall is/has been intimidating. Assuredly though, once we get to our destination, it'll be ''gratifyingly wonderful!''

NO WORRYING
* You won't have to worry about transportation.

* You won't have to worry about methods of payments. You'll have the best layaway plan ever.

* You won't have to worry about being thirsty.

* You won't have to worry about being hungry... The finest foods are available.

* You won't have to worry about other's attitudes. The atmosphere will be like ''no other ever seen.

* On the way there we can openly or privately pray, we can share testimonies, hold one another accountable, and fellowship...

A BELT
We all took pride in the purchase of a fine leather belt, whether it was Gucci, L.V., snake skinned or a plain brown or black leather belt.

A SHIRT
Of course we're searching the racks for a ncensatin shirt, Coogi Sweater, Polo Shirt, or one other monogrammed type of shirt, right?

SHOES/BOOTS
I know many of you recall going shoe shopping at places like a grocery store, SS KRESGE'S, WOOLWORTH'S, K-MART, SIBLEY'S, KINNEY'S, CANCELATIONS, PHILLIP'S, HERMAN'S, DUNHAM'S, PICKWAY'S, PAYLESS, LADIES & MEN FOOTLOCKER'S. The shoe obviously varied in brands and style, whether they were Pony's, Pumas, Nike's, Filas, Adidas, Converse, Pro-Keds, Pro-Wings, Etonics, Kresge Brand's, Ascics, LA Gears, Lotto's and many others.

A JACKET
A jacket is very necessary in order to keep us warm in colder weather. And also to keep our clothing protected. So a full length Bomber Jacket, Tweed Coat, Trench Coat, Members-Only will suffice.

A HAT
Its hard to conceive the thought of an American not owning her or his ''favorite team sports cap'', whether its a ball cap or knit cap. For those that like stylish dress hats; a Dobb, Kango, Bee-Bop, Panama, or a Stetson its fun matching hats to clothes.

BEING PRAYERFUL
We must keep asking and praying to God For Things! Oh God Please Help Me, Help Me, Help Me!!! ''I want this, I want that!'' God, I want The Largest Home, The Most Expensive Cars, A Yacht, A Plane.
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Now that we've held our end of the bargain by purchasing the whole outfit. Admirers are anxious to know where we've received our outfits? They want to know how is it that our outfits make us look like we're shining? They want to know how we received so much at such a great deal? They want to know how we had such a pleasant trip with no drama? We won't elude answering their questions... We will explain to them where, how, and why its so. We'll also explain to them how they've had and have the same opportunities as us. We'll explain to them how there's a great deal of sacrifice associated with receiving the ''Deal of Our Life.''

There's also people that are lost, not knowing how to get to the mall. GPS won't guide them. Its our duty to guide them and keep reminding them of what's in store for them if they remain '' loyal in heart'' to the missions. There's also those that are undeveloped in their minds (babes) that we must help at navigating to understanding to where there'll able to guide themselves and others to the mall for their outfit. There will be those that does not do believe in the mall, that particular journey, nor what's promised.


OUR EARTHLY JOURNEY
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts of Ephesians 6:10-20. Since becoming saved when this scripture is thought of I've immediately thought of a glorious trip to the mall in two aspects.. One being from my pre-saved days. In those days my focus was for impressionable appearance to say the least. My understanding then was, ''the only thing I was destined to lose'' if not outfitted properly was popularity or some of my personality. I often wonder how many others can relate? Of course the other aspect being, ''the Will of our Father'' to become equipped with necessities to defend against Satan. Although Ephesians 6:10-20 never discussed how battered our armor will be nor that you'll have to renew pieces (your Spiritual Armor) to protect yourself.

Now that we have a ''whole outfit'' let's look at our entire shopping trip to the mall. The desired destination and unfathomable peace required a commitment to first join the expedition and take up the ''Whole Armor Of God..''

Relax and consider your lives today as that journey to the mall. As Christians we are charged with sharing testimonies, being in constant prayer, fellowshipping with others, and holding one another (Christians) accountable. Through our journeys we've been constantly suiting ourselves piece by piece as instructed in the ''Whole Armor Of God''. Let's take a closer look at the articles of clothing selected. In our earthly human way of thinking, we immediately correlated all these articles of clothing with some sort of fashion, impressionable persona, prestige, status, and even stature. Below as we outline the intended purposes of these garments you'll be able to take a closer look at (Ephesians 6:10-20) and re-examine yourself.

BELT
In Ephesians 6:14, Paul was not talking about any of those earthly fashionable belts on the rack and counters of shopping outlets. He was speaking of the belt of truthfulness and integrity. The words/phrases that describe integrity such as; an unimpaired condition, soundness, the quality of state of being complete or undivided, a firm adherence to a code, moral or artistic values, incorrupt, completeness, honesty are all synonymous to truthfulness.

BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Paul also urged us in Ephesians 6:14(b) to ''put on the Breastplate Of Righteousness.'' The word righteousness derives from righteous which is defined as genuine, morally right, acting in accord with divine or moral law. Paul says that, ''The Breastplate Of Righteousness is not the righteousness of Christ.'' Its the righteous character and deeds of believers.

SHOES/ARMORED BOOTS
When Paul spoke of shodding your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, as in Ephesians 6:15, I'm sure he was not talking about any of the before mentioned brands of shoes either.

Christians are expected to stand firm in the foundation of the Gospel, and once your standing firm in the Gospel Of Christ we should be spreading the Gospel.

SHIELD OF FAITH
Believers with FAITH IN GOD will have the entire armor protected from the fiery onslaughts of rapid fire by their Shields Of Faith. (Ephesians 6:16)

HELMET OF SALVATION & SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
The helmet is implicative of the brain and heart. From the brain and heart your Bible Knowledge and Attentiveness will provide you weapons/words, as your words will be used for the specificities of the circumstances. Fear not if you feel unqualified or inept in Bible knowledge, for god will provide but you'll need to stay diligent in your studies of the Bible and not turn from the use of sheer common sense in times where that applies. You possess the ability to discern from ''right or wrong'', ''left or right'', and ''day or night''!

SALVATION - One definition is Deliverance from the power and effects of sin. Another one is Liberation (To Be Free) from ignorance or illusion. Wow most of us can reflect back to the stranglehold sin had on us. And especially the feeling of gratifying exuberance when we became free from ignorance in our minds that helped us maintain such illusionary perspectives..

PRAYER
No matter the circumstance(s) none are ''too big'' and none are ''too small'' for prayer! God wants and expects us to have a healthy and hefty prayer life.

We should always be recognized as Ambassadors Of Christ. Being as though we may be subjected to means not comfortable, relatable, nor appreciative by/of us, we ''must have faith in him (God)'' in Prayer and seek understanding, deliverance, liberation, peace, health, fortune, life, and strength in his name through our prayer. Prayer is not a negotiation with God either. Go to him completely humble. Go to him knowing that he's told you that he'll ''NEVER FORSAKE YOU.'' Prayer is the backbone of all. Its the most powerful tool/ weapon we have to protect ourselves and to call upon our ''HEAVENLY FATHER'' in times of uncertainty, despair, anguish, confusion, need, hunger, thirst, glory, joy, bondage to things, fellowship, mentorship, elation, and any other time your humbled soul cries out to him.

* There's usually times where we consider ourselves '' all prayed up'' with a matter and become discouraged for not being able to see or maybe hear what we've asked for. Don't be discouraged my sister & brothers and don't be pushy with God because God does things at his own speed!!

AMBASSADOR - An ambassador is a authorized representative or messenger.

1) If you're authorized then you're authorized by God.

2) If you're a messenger then you're delivering a or messages from someone (God).

* You're an authorized messenger equipped and sent to deliver his messages. Take charge and do the Will of our Heavenly Father!