My name is Billy. I’m 37 years old and I am now, by the grace of God, a servant and friend of our Lord Jesus Christ. Growing up was hard for me, moving from place to place in foster care, knowing these people didn’t care about me, other than the paycheck. I was adopted at age nine. Life was getting better, or so I thought. Even though we went to church every Sunday, something was still missing.
I moved out when I was 15 years old. Lived on the street until I was 17; that’s when I joined the U.S. Navy. When I got out of the Navy, I got married. I was 21. I’ve been married three times; I have four kids living in different states. I really miss them.
I was locked up in Oklahoma County Jail on February 1, 2012 on some serious charges. I never had much in the world, but my word and the ability to talk to people about anything. I gave my life to God on February 4, 2012. I mean total surrender. I made a promise to exercise my body as well as my spirit everyday: 20 push-ups and 15 Scriptures a day. I have lost my wife and most of my friends on the outside, and I’m looking at a life sentence. I have been here for three months; I have cried for 100 days. I have stopped cussing, and turned away from sin.
My favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord completely, lean not on your own understanding; with every step you take, think about what He wants, and He will help you go the right way.” Even though I’m locked up, I’m free through Jesus Christ. We have prayer circle every day and prayer call every night. Praise God! Thanks to God and through the chaplain’s office, they have taught me how to be a better person through Christ. I’m not sure where we’re heading, but you can be sure God is in the driver’s seat. Peace, love, and pray without stopping is my new motto in life. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, He has given me the job of listening, teaching, and praying with 40 other guys in my pod. We are very grateful and humbled for the chance to share in God’s life every day. So I challenge you: Live the Scriptures and God will open the doors you need!
In Him I trust,