Being Thankful for Friendship

Have you ever just cried when you think about the people who have poured into your life the most? Those people who took the time to hug you, to pick you up and get coffee, to ask how you were really doing because they actually cared?

I’m doing that right now. My heart is full of sheer gratitude for those people I once loved and lived so closely with. From my ex boyfriend’s sister, to a loving youth group leader, my eyes have filled with tears as I think of the pure joy and love they have shown me.

I remember one dear friendship: how I would come over to her house, or that we would meet somewhere in my hometown, and we would just watch movies. Listen to music. Talk about the abstract things, and the things right here and now.

It didn’t matter what we did. All that mattered was that we were together.

And so it is today. It can easily fill me with sadness to know that I no longer am around such people… but then I remember: Jesus has never lacked putting lovely people in my life, even now. They are people who care—and people whom I can pour into, as well.

After taking Interpersonal Communications and intro to Psychology courses this past semester, I am blown away by just how wired for authentic community that we are. Whether you agree or not, there is something deep inside of us that yearns to be known deeply—and Loved just as deeply at the same time.

I don’t really know where this post is going… all I have to say is that I am glad that I have been deeply known and loved by so many—and that I am ready to be even more deeply known and loved, now.

My heart is ready. May it be opened up to the right people—and ultimately, opened up completely to my Savior: the One who knew me and loved me deeply before I was born.

Thank you Jesus, for how You Love us—and for how You show Your Love through us.
Learn more about Jesus, and His Love for you, here.

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Hey guys, just felt like I should type this:
Be praying for and thanking your pastor and those who have significantly shaped your walk with Christ!

Life can be hard for a pastor– they need all the love, encouragement, and prayer they can get!

-Annalee

 

Update on Strasbourg, France Shooting

It turns out that the shootingin Strasbourg, France was perpetrated by a jihadist muslim, who yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he shot and killed 2 people. One person was left brain dead, and twelve people were wounded—6 seriously (source). Continue reading

A Call to Worship

Those who live at the ends of the earth
    stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
    you inspire shouts of joy.
…The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
    and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
    They all shout and sing for joy!
(Psalm 65:8, 13, NIV)
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Prayers for the Strasbourg Shooting

Prayers for those affected by the Strasbourg shooting–
may Jesus bring the criminal to justice, and comfort the families of those who are hurting.

At least two people were killed in this shooting “near a Christmas market” according to The Guardian, though not much is known yet.

more information soon…

Prayer for Christians in China

I am saddened to report that approximately 100 Christians have been arrested and detained by the Chinese government as of late. Early Rain Covenant Church, a Protestant underground church that has close to 500 worshippers, was seemingly shut down, with the pastors’ and deacons’ homes raided.

Church elder Li Yingqiang said of the raid, “Even if we are down to our last five, worship and gatherings will still go on because our faith is real.” Continue reading

“Tremble” by Mosaic MSC: The Power of the Name of Jesus

“Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble; Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear.
…Your Name is a Light that the shadows can’t deny. Your Name cannot be overcome!
Your Name is alive, forever lifted high! Your Name cannot be overcome!”
(Tremble by Mosaic MSC)

Hi guys. Following up on my last post about praying against the darkness for the Chibok girls, I wanted to share this powerful song, “Tremble” by Mosaic MSC, showing all that there is no greater, nor more powerful Name than Jesus Christ. I pray it stirs you up to pray for the seemingly impossible, and grants you a whole new vision of who Jesus truly is.

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Lastly, let me know if you have any prayer requests by using the contact form on this blog. I would love to pray for and with you about whatever is on your heart. Remember: we serve an awesome God!

 

Love to you, readers!

Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY