There is Always Hope

Hi guys.

I know that the last few posts have been random in nature—not really connecting whatsoever to the Chibok school girls— but many things have been laid upon my heart as of late, and I wanted to share those things I have been prompted to pray for, hopefully encouraging and inspiring you to pray for and think about these things, as well.

Honestly, one of those things has been cancer. I know that this subject/topic can be a very painful subject to read and think about, so if you feel that this post would trigger you, I would stop reading, now.

As I have been reflecting upon the many people I have known of– but sadly, never knew personally– that have suffered and passed away of cancer, my heart grows heavy. From a toddler with a brain tumor, to a pretty well-known evangelist and speaker passing of stomach cancer, to an older family member who passed from uterine cancer before I was old enough to know her, cancer has ripped people away from the world in what seems to be the prime of their lives.

Remembering the pain and suffering that so many have been through, I am also reminded of something one pastoronce said: “God hates sin and death.” Hates. Looking at the world, God is grieved when sin and death occur; it was never a part of his original design for this world (Romans 8 speaks more about this fallen world).


The God Who Hates Sin

The first part of this idea, about God hating sin, isn’t new to anyone who has read the Bible. The Bible is chalk-full of verses that display God’s intense hatred for sin; and, when reading these passages without ever asking why He hates sin so much, God can end up looking like a “cosmic kill-joy,” merely an angry God that is against everything that seems to be fun and give life.

But, when one asks the simple question of why God hates this sin so much, it no killjoybecomes obvious that Christ is not a “cosmic-killjoy” at all. John 10:10 states, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The truth of the matter is, Jesus wants us to live the abundant life HE has for us– a life much more abundant than anything we could imagine ourselves! Pastor Dick Foth once said, “Warnings are a call to live more fully.” While sin can look enticing and life-giving, it is a complete and total lie, and will kill you soon enough.


Hebrews 11:25 encourages us to look at Moses’ life, when confronted with either choosing sin, or God’s way: Moses was, initially, in a place of great stature, being the princess’ adopted son (Exodus 2:1-10). But, when seeing that his fellow Hebrews were being beaten and driven to exhaustion and death by the Egyptian slave drivers, he refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter (even though doing so removed his place within Egypt’s royal court, and all that came along with it). In this, he chose “to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25). God is not just some angry, far-away deity ready to smite an evildoer; He is a God who shouts to all men, like He did in Matthew 4:17, “Turn away from death—come and live! The Kingdom of God is coming!”


The God who Hates Death

The second part of that idea—that God hates death—can be a bit harder for some to believe. “If God hates death, why does He allow it?” One might ask. This is where freewill takes place. Many places in the Bible speak of both God’s predestination and mankind’s freewill, going hand in hand, such as when Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go, to no avail, many times (Exodus 3-12). God Himself speaks of this “compatibilism”—the idea that freewill and God’s determinism goes together—in Exodus 11:9, among a plethora of other places:

The Lord had said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.’
(Exodus 11:9, NIV)

God foreknowing and predestining Pharaoh to refuse Moses somehow still does not remove Pharaoh’s own responsibility for refusing Moses. It seems impossible; yet, one can see it over and over again in the Bible (such as the relationship between Ephesians 1:5 and John 3:18). God told Adam and Eve what would happen if they ate that forbidden fruit; they ate it, and God’s Word on the matter was true.


 But God allowing death does not, in any way, mean He likes it. Ezekiel 33:11 says that God does not delight in the death of a sinner. The fact that God appoints our death in a fallen world (Hebrews 9:27) does not mean he is happy that this death exists. According to one pastor, this is most proven by the Gospel itself: that God, extremely opposed to sin, evil, and death, stepped off His throne in Heaven, and made Himself the least of all people1. He lived a sinless, yet incredibly painful life, and ended up dying the most horrific death possible to redeem those who believe on His work alone for their salvation.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
(Isaiah 53:3, NIV)

God hated sin and death so much that He Himself waged war against them both—and won—on the cross at Calvary, rising from the dead on the third day.

The God Who did Something About Sin & Death

This God, who loves and pursues us despite our sin, will one day come back to Earth, set up an entirely new heaven and new Earth, and will reign as King over everyone and everything.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth…” (Philippians 2:9-11, NIV)

He will make all things new. No more death, no more crying, no more pain. The old will pass away.OLD

When looking down the tunnel of our future, Believers have both a light at the end of the tunnel—Heaven—and the Light of the World leading them every step of the way. Because of this, there is real Hope, in the face of anything. A Hope beyond death; one that can never be stolen, removed, or ripped away.

The God of Hope & All Comfort

It is because of God’s great sacrifice that we have this Hope in the face of such seemingly hopeless, terrifying prospects of cancer. Where most people think that God is either evil or non-existent because evil, like cancer, exists, the Gospel alone strongly refutes this lovingnotion. It is only a Loving, caring, omnipotent God who would provide the only way for people to accept Him, while also allowing mankind the freewill to completely reject His offer.

With Jesus, there is always Hope, always Life (Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3). May those going through the valley of the shadow of death, because of cancer, cling to Him— May we all, no matter what our days bring.


Do you know Jesus?

“I do not need saving,” you may say to yourself. In this day and age, it is said that sin is outdated—and whatever one wants to do is what is right for them.

But sadly, this line of thinking simply does not add up. If it were true, our search for “right” and “wrong” would be a useless endeavor—one we wouldn’t think of making! The fact that people have real, rational disagreements with one another based upon what is right and wrong is proof that there is such a thing: one objective moral law that we all fail.

Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”. Whether you believe it or not, you and I do need saving. Fortunately, God made the way to being saved, through Jesus Christ. Learn more about this Savior, and how He is relevant to the deepest matters of your life, here.

Please pray for (find the prayer sheet for this post here)…

  • Those currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Please pray that these people would come to know Christ, would have eternal life in Him, and would have Hope and Comfort that far outshines whatever their circumstances are.
  • The loved ones of cancer patients. Please pray that these people, too, would trust in Jesus—and would receive His Comfort throughout this hard time.
  • For more advances in the study and treatment of cancer. Pray that cancer would be annihilated; and that God would heal these people however He chooses. He is capable of miracles!!!
  • Although this post has little to nothing to do with the Chibok girls, please continue to pray for their release, rescue, and/or freedom. You can find some of their names and pictures, here.

Thank you for your prayers!!! May Jesus come soon. ❤


Puerto Rico, six months after Hurricane Maria, still have no electrical power.

Lives have been changed. People have been shook up. Many people who were once vibrant members of Puerto Rico’s various villages, towns, and cities have passed away, either due directly to the Hurricane or because of the aftermath. 55 people have died, according to the “official count,” but the real death toll– coming from this lack of electricity and sometimes water– has been counted in the hundreds1. Read this compelling, poignant article on the subject, here.

Please pray that Puerto Rico, especially those places hit hard such as Corozal and Yabucoa, would be able to have their power restored, soon; and that Jesus would carry them through this darkness and time of need.

Thank you!

Do you know Jesus?

No matter what is happening all around us, Jesus is the “Light of the World”– and He has overcome it all. Learn more about the true victory there is in Christ, here.

Urgent Prayer Request: Justice in Austin, Texas Bombings

Please pray over Austin, Texas, where there have been four separate, yet extremely similar bombs that have gone off in the city.

So far, two people have passed away from these bombings: one 39 year old man on March 2nd, and one 17 year old boy on March 12th.

Three other people have been injured in the attacks, including the one that occured just yesterday at 8:30 PM. Police officers still do not know who this bomber could be– and they don’t know, for sure, if these bombings are connected, but strongly suspect that they are, because of obvious evidence.

These bombings seem to be growing in complexity, which is very concerning to Austin police officers. Let’s pray that this bomber either turns themselves in, or that the ATP (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and local law enforcement is able to find this dangerous person/group of people.


Do you know Jesus?

Even through the heinous nature of these crimes, the fact is that Jesus Loves this person/these people, and “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Whoever you are, and whatever you have done, Christ Loves you– and, as long as you are alive on this earth, it is never to late to turn to Him for salvation. That is the beauty of God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

Learn more about how to spend eternity with this amazing, Loving God, here.

Please pray (you can find the prayer sheet, here)…

  • That this person/these people would come to know Christ, and would turn themselves in.
  • That these people are brought to Justice, and that Christ would lead, guide, and help police officers to find the perpetrators.
  • For the safety of those in Austin, Texas.
  • For the Chibok girls, and their safe return. You can find many of their names and pictures here.


Prayer: The First Defense

On March 16th, an article was written concerning two things that have been very raw in global news: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, and the kidnap of both the Chibok schoolgirls and the Dapchi school girls, among many others.

The article compared the school violence that has happened in America to the school violence exhibited by Boko Haram.1

One comparison was striking: For the Chibok and Dapchi girls—among so many others—protect our girlsthe terror was from the “outside,” an ideology and a people thoroughly against the governments of Northern Nigeria and other nations. In the School shooting in Florida, it was a young man—a man “within society”—that shot and killed 17 people, including students and school staff.

In both cases, people were lured by satan and spurred on by an evil world to commit these heinous and heartbreaking acts. People who hated their society, and thought little to nothing about the precious lives of the people they have kidnapped and killed.

In so little words, there is both terror within, and terror outside.

Fighting the Battles

In both situations, the watching world has vowed this vow: “We won’t forget.”2 Many have meant this, and many have not—but if you might be a person who has forgotten these people, this post is not to shame or push you into some sort of agenda. Actually, I have to be honest: I am a person who forgets these things. I am a person who does not always remember to pray for these precious people; and at times, I am completely ignorant to the pain others are feeling all around me.

This idea of both terror within, and terror outside, reminds me of Numbers 22-25, where a sorcerer/man of divination named Balaam is paid by the king of an enemy of Israel—King Balak of Moab—to curse the wandering Israelites3. It is the story of the talking donkey, which many people have heard of (especially if you have grown up in the church).

After being stopped by the angel of the LORD, God told Balaam to only say what God wanted him to say (Numbers 22:35), and Balaam refused just to say whatever he wanted (Numbers 22:38). Guess what happened? No matter how King Balak pressured Balaam,


King Balak getting angry with Balaam for refusing to curse Israel.

Balaam could only say what God wanted him to: all blessings, and no curses, toward Israel (Numbers 23-24). Just like that, any terror and desolation that could occur from the outside of Israel through Balaam’s curses became inert; God was protecting His People.

But what Balaam couldn’t achieve through cursing Israel by divination, he helped achieve through the Israelite’s own wrongdoing. In Numbers 25, the Israelite men started sleeping with the local Moabite women around them; this debauchery led to the Israelite men worshipping the sexual, false gods and goddesses of Moab. The idolatry committed by Israel caused God to be angry; subsequently, a plague was sent to kill the Israelites. This terror, caused from within, ended up killing 24,000 people, and was only stopped when the “ringleaders” of this sin were killed.

What does this have to do with the violence in Northern Nigeria and Florida? I am not trying to compare the school shooting in Florida with what happened to the Israelites; absolutely NO VICTIM of the Florida shooting is in any way at fault for the choices of one person.

What I am saying is this: there is evil all around us—evil that is subtle, insidious, eating away at the life Christ has for us—both through attacks from the enemy, and from our own inward struggles with sin.

At the end of the day, this evil opposition comes at us from all sides, in a plethora of different ways.



Prayer: First Line of Defense

With these attacks going on around us— and with everything we thought we knew for sure being shaken—I want to ask you one question: what is the first thing you normally do when you are attacked, or when you see an attack happening?

Do you go to Facebook and social media, posting and tweeting? Do you put together a protest, writing on signs?

Do you simply turn away from it all, hoping that, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind, and it will somehow resolve itself on its own?

All of these things are understandable; I’ve done all three. But I want to encourage you all to do one thing first: Pray to Jesus about it.

You’ll notice that I did not say “prayer” vaguely. I did this for a reason: The God of the Bible—the Godhead, three-in-one– is the only God in control, and able to change anything at all.

I can hear the scoffs and retorts. “Jesus? What is Jesus going to do? Time for prayers have ended, Annalee. We need action. We need results, now.”

But, regarding any attack in this life, Ephesians 6:12 declares, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV).

And in terms of personal attacks happening in our everyday lives, God’s Word tells us to “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NIV).

Honestly? I’m horrible at this whole “praying first” thing. Most of the time, I think that writing a blog post, or sending a tweet or even just a text instead is more productive than immediately going to the God of all Creation in prayer over these attacks. But, when one person goes in prayer to Christ, the One and only true God, about these things, more is done than anything we mere humans could ever do.

Praying to Jesus. This is the number one thing that will heal and protect, not only our morebroken children, but our broken world. So, may we protest. May we write blog and social media posts advocating for these precious people. May we be an active part of these people’s miracles.

But first, may we spend time with Jesus in prayer and worship. It is then that we will be strengthened and led to do all the beautiful things He has for us to do.

Do you know Jesus?

People today think that Christians are crazy for believing that a person can have a real, genuine, personal relationship with God. This is probably most evident in the words of Joy Behar recently, who publicly mocked Christians when she said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. …that’s called mental illness, if I’m not mistaken.”

But, no matter what the world thinks about it, Jesus Christ is risen and reigning—and He longs to have a personal, saving relationship with each and every person ever made, if only they will accept Him as Savior and God over their lives.

Jesus cares DEEPLY for you. He has spoken, in His Word, about what it takes to know Him. Read more about His Good News, here.

Please pray for (print out a prayer sheet here)…

  • Joy Behar. This is random, but please pray that she would come to know Jesus even after her remarks on The View. Pray for the many, many people who agree with her sentiments.
  • The Dapchi girls. Please pray that they would come home, soon.
  • The Chibok girls. Pray that the 112 left in captivity would desire home, and would be able to come home. You can find a link to many of their names, here.
  • Those involved in and affected by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Pray that these broken, hurt people would come to know Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers.  these kids be protected by Christ through prayer, and Christ-led action.


2 The video featuring Anderson Cooper in this article:



Wait for the Beauty

Hey friends. I hope you all are doing well! Today, as you might already know, is Saint Patrick’s Day.

Oddly enough, I didn’t know it was Saint Patrick’s Day until I came to my computer to start writing this blog, and saw the Google Doodle for today. As I clicked on the Google Doodle, I found information on Saint Patrick that many people do not know—information with a striking similarity to that of the Chibok girls.

As you all probably know, the Chibok school girls were kidnapped from their boarding school during the time that they were going to take their exams. These teenage girls, anywhere from probably 15-18 years of age, had their physical freedom taken away from them; 112 still remain in captivity, today.

Well, contrary to what many people commonly think about St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland was actually not Irish at all—in fact, he was British. But, at the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders, where he lived for six years. As puts it, “During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian.”1

When one strips away the mythology and fame of Saint Patrick, he was simply a young man who was ripped away from his family, undergoing extreme hardship in a land he had never been in, before. But, it seems that this seemingly barren, horrible part of his life served a huge purpose. goes on to say that “It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.” According to St. Patrick’s writings, St. Patrick stated that God gave him two visions: one to leave Ireland after being there for 6 years, and then, later, one to return to Ireland to do Catholic missional work there as a priest.1

This man, having lived through much terror, heartbreak, and confusion, was used by Christ to bring the Gospel to the mainly pagan nation of Ireland (many say that it was St. Patrick who used a three-leaf clover to describe and explain the trinity to those He shared the Gospel with—something we as people still hang on to today as a “good-luck” charm). Christ exchanged even the worst of St. Patrick’s ashes for beauty: sharing the Gospel, and seeing people become saved.

There are both striking and obvious similarities between the life of St. Patrick and the countless number of people who are taken captive every single day (including, of course, the Chibok girls). These innocent people do not deserve what has happened to them; the great suffering they have undergone seems to be too much to bear.

But, even throughout all the suffering and heartache, could it be that this pain has a purpose?

And do we believe that Jesus can, somehow, in His own ways and timing, exchange our ashes for beauty?

This was the idea I was thinking of when sitting in church this past Wednesday, during a midweek service. I jotted down some notes from the sermon, here they are:

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“’I [God] will trade your ashes for beauty.’

You’re not the only one waiting for beauty.

I will bring good out of this—trust Me.”


Friends, what is the pain, the heartache, the hardship that you or your loved ones PAIN PURPOSEare facing, right now? I can’t help but imagine the pain, frustration, fear, despair, and helplessness these kidnapped young women and their families feel, being kept apart, and not knowing where the ones they love most are.

Joseph suffered through it. And today, on St. Patrick’s Day, I have learned that St. Patrick, too, was stolen like property.

But, through it all, Jesus was faithful. And as the watching world looks upon the Chibok girls, it is my confident Hope that Jesus is (and will be) faithful in His every promise concerning these beautiful young women.

Christ did bring beauty from ashes. And this is what He yearns to do, for you.

So, this is my encouragement for you, friend: wait for the beauty. Ask Jesus to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit, whose fruit includes patience; ask Him to help you to “wait upon Him.” There are a huge number of blessings and promises concerning waiting on Jesus’ work in your life . I exhort you to read, receive, and cling to them like the air you breathe.

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Promises in the Waiting (copyright Annalee Hoover 2017)

Most of all, ask Him to fill you with Joy in His Presence, as you realize He is always with you; ask Him to show you the beauty that is already all around you, and rooted in who He is.

Jesus will come through, my friend. Rest in this promise, and wait for the beauty.

“He’ll bind up the broken-hearted/
Oh He will, yes He will/
He’ll set captives free from darkness, Oh He will, oh He will/
He’ll breathe hope into the hopeless, help a restless soul be still/
Oh-ohh, oh-ohh, He will, He will.”2

(“Oh He Will,” by Ellie Holcomb: Watch the video, here)

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This post is dedicated to those who were kidnapped in Oyo state, Nigeria. Please pray for their soon return.

Do you know Jesus?

Jesus has done all that is needed for us to have eternal life with Him, enjoying and celebrating a personal, transforming relationship with Jesus. Learn more about this amazing, Joy-bringing God, and how you can have a personal relationship with Him, here.

Please pray for (get your prayer sheet here):

  • The soon return of the Chibok school girls. May there be a breakthrough, and a pouring out of these people from Boko Haram captivity.
  • The soon return of the Dapchi girls. May they not be forgotten!!!
  • The family members and loved ones of these women.
  • Those currently in sex and human trafficking; that they would be freed, in Jesus’ Name!
  • Jesus to comfort and show Himself faithful to these people, who are watching and waiting for Him. Pray they would trust Him and His timing.

 Thank you for your prayers!!!




He Wins the War: Hope for the Weary

Over a month ago– on February 5th, 2018—two people were burnt alive in Alau-Kofa village, which is in close proximity to Borno state’s capitol of Maiduguri. This horrific information has come just as the military has said that Boko Haram has been defeated1.

“Saying they have been completely defeated is pushing it too far,” Major General Nicholas Rogers has said concerning the fight against Boko Haram1.The government and military has said much, but things and events have said otherwise, to the anger of those fighting for the Chibok girls—and now, also for the Dapchi girls.

Just yesterday, March 13th, people at the center of the #BringBackOurGirls movement declared that the Nigerian government has 7 days to find and free the 110 “Dapchi” girls, or face “a lawsuit on the grounds of criminal negligence.”2 Obviously, the world is demanding the truth, and real action.

But what if those things never come? What if, for all our striving and demands, our actions and best laid plans, these girls are not freed in our time frame, and Boko Haram continues to at least look like they are definitely winning the war? These are hard, pressing times. Times where the Nigerian military does not want to perform aerial attacks, for fear of killing the very girls people are demanding they save. They are weary of trying to find and apprehend Abubukar Shekau, leader of one faction of Boko Haram, because he is using these precious people as human shields1.

Human. Shields.
Innocent young women and men, their lives put on the line so that these wicked people can live, and continue to do evil.

As I was thinking about this—about how horrific and unjust it all is—one thought came to mind: Jesus knows exactly what these people are going through.

You see, as far-fetched as it all sounds, Jesus was our human shield.

For sinful people who were indifferent or hateful towards Him, “…he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, NIV). Jesus took the blow we, evil sinners, deserved. He took upon Himself the wrath of God, so that we—the ones who have brought it on in the first place—could live3.

Jesus did all of this—only, He didn’t do it because He was forced to, as these innocent people are being made to. He did it of His own free will, choosing to completely obey His Heavenly Father.

I might get hate because of this; I know how racy it made be to compare a normal, everyday person to the leader of such an evil terrorist organization as Boko Haram. But answer me this: Is there such a thing as “big sins” and “small sins,”—that is, is there sins that are more damning than others?

Not just according to us, and not according to society—not even to Christian culture. But biblically?

There is one sin that can never be forgiven, and that is to reject Jesus Christ as one’s Personal Lord and Savior. But other than that, while sins that vary and differ based upon their consequences and who they hurt, I believe James 2:10 says, “If you have committed one sin you are guilty of all.” All sins are equally heinous, as John Piper has said4.

Bottom line: Jesus knows exactly how these hostages feel.
He knows exactly how every outraged mother, father, brother, son, daughter, and sister feels. How the incredibly frustrated, discouraged, angered members of Bring Back Our Girls feels.
He knows my discouragement—and yours, too.

He sees the bloodshed, the tears, the dirt and sin. He hears the cries, the screams; the silence of brokenness.

He hears your sighs, listens to every prayer. Yet, nothing has seemed to change—for the better, at least.

Friend, as everything seems to be getting worse, I have one final question for you: Do you trust the God, who took on the wrath and anger of God the Father upon Himself, to save and free you? Do you trust that He is good, and has good for you, even in this pain?

Look to Calvary, and know two things: Jesus Loves you. And He is in control.


As sin abounds, hearts continue to break, and demands are made in this sometimes hellacious world, I encourage you to look to Calvary amidst your much-needed prayers, demands, and actions. I encourage you to remember, no matter how it all ends up: satan may be “winning battles,” but Jesus has won the war.

He wins. May that carry you through. ❤

Do you know Jesus?

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”
(Isaiah 53:4, NIV)

On all accounts—from how people viewed Jesus, to the actual pain and suffering God put upon Him, Jesus suffered the worst pain of any person, ever. But why?

Isaiah 53 goes on to say, “By His wounds, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “How?” You might ask?

These are two HUGE questions; and while I am only a human being, I would love to help you find and understand the answers. Read more about these questions, here.

Please pray for (you can get prayer sheets, here):

  • Wisdom for the Nigerian government, as they work on freeing the “Chibok” and “Dapchi” girls. President Buhari wants to negotiate with Boko Haram for the girls’ release; please pray that he would turn to Christ, and would be led of Him.
  • The “Chibok girls.” Pray that Christ brings them home soon.
  • The “Dapchi girls.” Pray that the government listens to activists, and works to bring them home, soon, too.
  • Those praying and protesting for these girls’ release; that they, we, would trust in Jesus alone, and would allow Him to strengthen us.
  • That Boko Haram would be crushed, and all “human shields” set free.


Thank you for your prayers!!!




The True Worth of a Woman, Part 2

On Thursday, March 1st, 2018, ten people—6 soldiers and 4 policemen—were found murdered by Boko Haram in the governmental headquarters of Rann, Nigeria, after suffering an attack perpetrated by Boko Haram. According to reports, two female humanitarian aid workers were kidnapped1 (though some reports say three2). Because of the warfare, MSF (Doctors Without Borders, aka Médecins Sans Frontières) decided to leave the location for the time being, until the attack had ceased and aid workers were not directly in harm’s way. Please keep these women, their families, and the families of those who passed away in this attack in your prayers.

The selflessness of these female aid workers is a virtue that all women could aspire to. Selfless and brave, these women were made the victims of this ferocious attack… and it brings up the question, “What does a noble woman truly look like?”

These women can reflect a part of that answer; but, to see a virtuous woman in her fullness, we can read Proverbs 31. I know, I know… for many women, this passage of scripture can bring them both awe and discouragement all at the same time. But, in this post, with already reading about and knowing that a woman’s true worth and identity is found in Jesus Christ, I thought it would be practical—and hopefully, encouraging!—for us to study how this woman “who fears the Lord” lives, and what she truly prioritizes (Proverbs 31:30). It’s a little lengthy, but I pray that whatever you do read of it will strengthen you.

The Proverbs 31 Woman

First off, I find it interesting that this description of “The Wife of Noble Character” is parked at the very end of Proverbs, a book known for its Godly wisdom. In Proverbs, “Lady Wisdom” is sought as incredibly valuable (Proverbs 8:11), and it is honestly so affirming that God’s Word speaks of what a wise, God-fearing woman looks like; Christ truly does care about who we are, not only as people, but specifically as women; and He cares about what we do to show who we are.

This being said, I also want to say one thing: Girls, we are going to fail at being “the Wife of Noble Character.” Big time. It’s easy for me to look at this passage and feel overwhelmed at how perfect this woman is, but honestly, our value is not found in if we are the wife of noble character or not. Our worth is placed in Jesus alone, His death, and His resurrection. As many other commentators have said, cannot be everything that this woman is simultaneously; rather, it is a goal, one that we will be growing toward (and shying away from) our entire .jpg

Whoever you are, take a deep breath, and allow God’s Word to speak to you.

Proverbs 31:10-12

A woman of God—who knows Jesus Christ personally, and walks with Him daily—is an incredible blessing to any Godly man seeking a wife. This woman, who loves Jesus and is daily enjoying a personal relationship with Him, is described as having the full confidence of her husband, bringing him good, not evil, all the days of her life. Women, make Jesus—spending time with Him, walking in His ways, and being rooted in His Word—the foundation of your life. The more you know and understand Christ’s Love, and the more you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the better you will be at being wise, faithful, and loving towards those around you—including your husband (even if you don’t have one yet!).

Proverbs 31:13-15, 21, 27

She’s sacrificial. As an outpouring of Christ’s Love in her life, the wife of Noble Character makes caring for all those within her household—even at the sacrifice of getting up early to do so—a high priority. This woman’s mind, because of her relationship with Jesus, is on how she can best love the people around her— which is, in this context, her husband, children, and even her “female servants.” She is not up and running around because she has to be; at her core, she is showing sacrificial Love because she knows that that is how God, in Christ, Loves her.

Proverbs 31:16-19, 24, 26

She’s wise and hardworking. Notice how this Wife of Noble Character is not strictly a “stay at home mom”; while this is definitely a role she plays, she also has incredibly important roles outside of the house. Contrary to what many Christian leaders have said about women basically being second-class citizens (citing Genesis 2:18, which I expanded upon, here), 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 supports the idea that, in Christ, women are different from—but not inferior to—men. The woman found in Proverbs 31, knowing that she and those around her are all equal in Christ, uses her God-given brain, hands, and talents to make wise, resourceful business decisions.

More than this, this wife of noble character doesn’t just use her talents for her own profit; she uses all that she is to bring glory to God. This can be seen, perhaps most obviously, in verse 20.

“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” (Proverbs 31:20, NIV)

She’s generous. This woman, again filled with the Love of God and daily walking in a personal relationship with Him, values those that society marginalizes. As a woman within the historical context of Ancient Israel, women themselves were usually marginalized and limited3. With this fact in mind, the idea of this woman, who is both business-savvy and generous toward the poor and needy, is one that was very against the “mainstream” culture of the day. Though society limited women greatly—and still does, today—God sees women as made in His Image, just as capable as men in Christ to be lovingly generous to all those around, especially the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:25

She’s full of Life. This one can be hard to read, especially for those of you who have suffered for what seems like forever, in whatever situation you are in. But instead of having this verse discourage you, I want to encourage with its Truth: that, in Christ alone, there is always Hope.

Perhaps, at this point, you are hanging on by a thread. Everything and everyone has been stripped from you; you can’t seem to get your bearings on where you are at right now, much less look forward to the future. Your way feels dark. Your past haunts you. You are heavy with grief and an endless amount of questions.

Sister, despite what everything around you is saying, I want to encourage you to cling to the truth– the Hope– of Scripture. This verse does not say that the wife of noble SHE LAUGHS.jpgcharacter has a wonderful life; the Bible tells it like it is. Yet, it describes this woman as “clothed with strength and dignity,” and “being able to laugh at the days to come.” What is the source of this woman’s strength, dignity, and joyful outlook on life?

The fact that God has never, and will never, leave her. And that, no matter what has happened, what is happening, or what will occur, He Loves her, and is completely in charge of every day of her life.

The Worth of a Godly Woman

This noble woman is not merely beautiful on the outside (though her beauty is of at least some interest to her– Proverbs 31:22). She is a woman saved by Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection; a woman grounded in the Love of Jesus—a precious treasure, beautiful inside and out, always becoming more like Christ as she follows Him, day by day.

Women are a reflection of who God is—proving that He is a God who Loves true beauty; a God who is concerned with the intimate details of His childrens’ lives; a God who is compassionate, empathetic, and nurturing, always providing for those He Loves. As you look at the women around you, today (including yourself, if you are a woman), praise Jesus for them. See their true worth, in His eyes.

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
(Proverbs 31:28-31, NIV)

Do you know Jesus?

The woman of noble character did not become noble by merely doing everything she is described doing; she did not come to God, all cleaned up because of her own efforts. Instead, she only needed to come as she was, allowing Christ to change her, from the inside out.

Learn more about this God—who Loves us as we are, and does not leave us that way—here.

Please pray for (get your prayer sheet, here)…

  • Women in Northern Nigeria. Pray that these beautiful people would come to know Christ, and that much would be done to improve their situation.
  • “The Dapchi girls.” 110 young women were kidnapped February 19th, 2018; please pray that they come home, soon.
  • “The Chibok girls.” Please pray that the 112 young women still missing would be freed, soon.
  • For the salvation of all people. Only when Christ is the Lord and Savior of a person’s life, will all women be seen and treated with real dignity, respect, and love.


How have you treated women? Is it with God-given dignity and love (This includes yourself if you are a woman)? In what ways do you need to grow to be more like Christ—and the wife of noble character? Ask Jesus to cleanse your heart of any sin, and allow Him to work and move in your life in powerful ways.


Thank you for your prayers!