Gari Mitchell was living her life in 1988, taking her two kids to school, enjoying tennis with her friends, when she had a routine sinus surgery. She woke up to debilitating depression that lasted for ten years. And then a phone call a few years later from the FBI changed her new normal even further. The following months resulted in her husband, Bo, in prison for ten months while Gari tried to hold their life together.
A woman’s whose life was turned upside down a few times, she found an intense intimacy and dependence on God. With years now since those events went down, she can see with a clarity perspective offers that God’s presence was palpable and her own growth exponential during those difficult years. She talks about her children’s journey, how she was spiritually prepared for the difficult when it came, and how those years impacted her marriage for the better.
Gari’s story is one of life changing dramatically and quickly, feeling as though the rug had been pulled out from under her. It is a story of clinging to Jesus in the middle of the darkness, wondering if life will ever feel good again. It is one of perseverance, and ultimately victory, because God was right there in the middle of the heartache. Yes, Gari’s story is one for the sisterhood because it is about those doors we must walk through and find God on the other side.
You can find more about Gari’s book on Facebook at GraceBehindBars.
To listen in on our interview with Gari on iTunes click here.
Here are a few things you heard mentioned on the show:
Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Gari and Bo’s book: Grace Behind Bars: An Unexpected Path to True Freedom
“For you, God, tested us;
you refined us like silver.
You brought us into prison
and laid burdens on our backs.
You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.” –Psalm 66:10-12
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