Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
patiently bear with me when my faults become evident.
See the difficulties I face with trying to fight against
the negative influences that try to come back,
and even the ones I allow to have residence.

I’m at war sometimes with myself,
taking steps ahead only to find out I have to start again,
trying to build without my foundation,
I have to tear everything down because I lack patience.
Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
because I’m falling in love with temporary fixes,
knowing it only soothes me for a second before
it ultimately sets me back.

It’s like I fail to trust You even when You hold the plan
for my life in Your hands.
Know better, but I see nothing happening,
my faithfulness is in question for moving away
instead of hanging in there.
I’m sorry I keep sabotaging what You’re doing,
all because I feel uncomfortable being suspended in air…

Pardon my flaws that keep me out of fellowship with You,
please forgive my haste.
It’s just that I don’t want my life to go to waste in prison,
and I grow older in this space.
Help me to move this stumbling block because I’m tired of tripping……

Marshall Jones is a 42 year old man on a lifelong journey of bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God. The author with Jessica Jones of THE PRODIGAL SON, Marshall's Biography includes his almost 21 years life sentence incarceration. THE PRODIGAL SON, just published January 2024, They married November 1, 2022. Marshall is also author of "A RAVEN'S MEAL" (RoseDog Books), a poetry collection, he aspires to target the grey areas and the people who are terribly misunderstood by society. Believing that everyone deserves a voice, he shares his testimony in his books and in their Red Granite Daily Devorionals (800 and counting). He also tries to use his gifting to share other people's experiences as well. Writing from the prison system that has now housed his body for almost 21 years, but also from the place that has been the catalyst to his freedom. As Jessica discovered in 2019, working as an employee in the Wisconsin correctional system, "Marshall lives more freely within the walls of that prison than any other person I’ve met in my life outside". Click on the YouTube Links below for these books and on the 'PUBLISHED WORKS' LINK FOR BOTH.