101: Not Built to Break: being wrongly accused & incarcerated didn't stop her with Jessica Roberts

Challenges Won't Stop Me

May 8 2024 • 30 mins

When you hear a story about someone in prison claiming to be not guilty, do you ever wonder what that would be like if it happened to you?

I know not all who claim to be not guilty are, but Jessica Roberts was wrongly accused AND given a 27-month prison sentence. Was she upset? Yes. Did she feel wronged? Yes.

She could have fallen into negativity and anger, but she chose a different response. In today’s interview, Jessica Roberts explains, "My attitude was to remain as positive as possible and play the cards we were being dealt. I was determined not to break. I was not built to break."

Jessica is the author of Triumphant! One Woman’s Journey from Prison to Purpose. She describes herself as a re-entry activist with a passion to help promote smooth re-entry into civilian life for men and women who are soon to complete their prison sentence.

Jessica describes her childhood and young adult years as ‘being a good girl.’ She had no desire or intention to become ‘a bad girl,’ but being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people led to her being charged with the crime of drug conspiracy.

As difficult as prison was, God met Jessica there and changed her life. She shares about how reading the book of Job while in prison impacted her. Instead of never going near a prison ever again, Jessica is passionate about following God’s call to minister to male and female inmates, pointing them to Jesus and offering them hope.

Notable quotes from this episode with Jessica Roberts:

·         “That’s when the spiritual side took over because I was raised in the church, but I didn’t have a personal relationship with God . . . when I became incarcerated and when my mother and father and no one could help me, God was taking the blinders off little by little. I began to see things in the different light, from a different perspective. Job lost everything, but God would not let the devil take his life. He was tested and tried, but He would not let him take his life. It resonated with me really, really deep.”

·         “In the shower, I just would cry out to Him – ‘I have to go through this. I must go through this. Be with me. Never leave my side.’ And so, I found comfort in that and that’s where that strength came from. I’m in prison physically, but not mentally or spiritually.”

Bible verse:

·         1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.”

Connect with Jessica Roberts:

Her website: https://jessicanroberts.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.roberts.3591

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicanicole8726