It was there that a visiting pastor encouraged Alisha to join the inmates Bible study group. That first meeting was the start of a closer walk with her Savior-God and the road to recovery.
Eleven years later, this married, drug-free and inspiring young woman reads the scriptures daily as she hugs on her surprise "miracle child" -- a little boy conceived in spite of doctors' diagnoses of the unlikelihood.
"My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11," the attractive mom said with a smile as she quoted the familiar words from the Old Testament, " 'For I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a hope.' "
Alisha Bryans is proof that God sees the hopeless -- and knows they are not.
(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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