Another brush stroke added to The Big Picture…



Many of you read my article about my daughter, Jodie Lynne, getting out of prison, The Big Picture, last week.

I said, “I am asking all of you who believe to pray for us. She is walking out the prison gates with nothing but the clothes on her back, a faith that God loves her, a belief that He will help her survive and a very strong desire to not return to prison.”

You responded with encouragement, support and promises of prayers…thank you so much.

I am thrilled to report that we got our miracle. One of many in Jodie’s Journey.

Her ex-husband, currently sober, has used his recovery connections to help her get into a recovery house for women. A very structured program designed to teach women to take responsibility for their own lives, while giving them a safe place to live. This is a big deal, definitely in the miracle category, because I have called recovery programs in the area and Jodie has already burned so many bridges that most of them wouldn’t even call me back.

When she is released, she will be taking a daylong bus ride back to Tulsa and as soon as she arrives, she will be going to the house for her interview. They have two openings and all she has to do is show up sober and say she is willing to follow the program’s rules. She will be accepted into the house that very night. She will not spend even one day or one night wandering the streets, looking for shelter.

She started crying when I told her. She had planned to leave prison with a list of shelters for the homeless and now she has a bed waiting for her.

If she wants to stay straight and stay out of jail, God has given her the opportunity. It won’t be easy, but it will be possible.

She has been calling me the last few weeks full of anxiety and nearly hysterical. I kept telling her that God had a place for her, we just didn’t know where it was yet and I believed that with all my heart, but nothing I could say calmed her down. I understood her fear, but this precious girl has helped me learn to trust God, so when I could tell her that I knew where her place was, my heart was overflowing with gratitude. I told her that I believed for her when she couldn’t and I reminded her that she has done the same for me.

Again, thank you for your encouragement, support and prayers,

Jeanne Marie


11 thoughts on “Another brush stroke added to The Big Picture…”

  1. Someone near & dear to me once was in prison – came out & took advantage of a good opportunity that came their way. Now – living a wonderful life & has never gotten mixed up in anything that would take this current life away. It can be done. And – if the person is good hearted to begin with & has a great support system – they are pretty much going to do everything to not fall into the same place ever again.
    I wish your daughter the best. She’s already on a plus with taking a good opportunity that’s been given to her on her way out to a new start!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your own experience with me. I have a very good feeling about Jodie this time, God has opened some awesome doors for her starting the day she got out… We have been going through this since 2008 and this is the first time I have seen a real change in her attitude. Hugs back, Jeanne Marie

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  2. Praise God!!! May your daughter begin to totally trust God and walk in faith with Him, giving her life to serve Him to help others as she overcomes the brokenness of her past. I hope that she reads my book. Even though I have never been to jail, the wounds of each of our pasts leads us all down the same path of brokenness… until we reach rock bottom and turn to the Lord to help us overcome. Many, many blessings to you and your daughter. I will keep praying…

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