Hi guys, I hope your thanksgiving was great!
I just wanted to honestly write about where I’m at right now, and what the Holy Spirit has been showing me.
Lately, I have felt more and more like this blog is a chore. More of a duty than a passion, more of just something to get done instead of something to invest in and enjoy. I have come face to face with these feelings, leaving me in tears and asking Jesus why it feels this way, again (it has happened multiple times).
Call it what you want—getting burnt out on ministry, becoming legalistic. But one thing the Lord showed me is that I always get this way when I am trying to do things in my own power, according to my own understanding. When I do this, writing for the blog feels heavy, burdensome, and oppressive.
I need the Holy Spirit to work in and through me on this blog—or else it is no longer the Spirit’s work, and is just the rambling of some legalistic girl.
I need to allow Jesus to lead, guide, and work through me on here, or I will always get burnt out.
Jesus’ yoke is easy; His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). I’m the one making it heavy.
As I continue blogging here on this blog, please pray that I would do so by God’s leading and power—and that my passion for simply praying over these Chibok girls and other prayer requests would remain hot instead of growing cold. Thanks, friends.
I know I have not written about Nigeria in a long time, because I have felt led to post all that I have because of the Holy Spirit’s leading. It’s about time to give an update about what is happening there! Continue reading
The news around my home has been particularly grave, as of late. Christopher Watts, a man who seemed to be a loving husband and father of 3, murdered his pregnant wife and two children in August. Today in Colorado, he was given life in prison, plus some, for his crimes, and heard from his wife’s family as well as his own about how his callous, cold-blooded acts have ruined the lives of so many.
If this was not enough, there was a shooting today in Chicago, which killed at least two people, including the gunman, while at least two others were wounded. Both of these crimes were obviously ultimately propagated by satan; and tonight, I would like to pray for those being completely ruined by the evil acts of only a couple of people.
“Dear Lord Jesus,
Oh Lord God. Our hearts hurt tonight for those in Chicago, as well as for those affected by the acts of Christopher Watts. Dear Jesus, we ask that You would turn even these disgusting acts and make them for the good of those who love You (Genesis 50:20), as well as comforting, leading, and guiding those who are completely heartbroken.
Thank You, Jesus, for this.
In Your Name we pray,
Do you know Jesus?
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
Learn more about the God who takes the worst of the worst, and turns them for the good, here.
Tonight, I watched a special from Netflix on the shroud of Turin. It was fascinating; whether or not it was Jesus, I am unsure, but the person’s body who were imprinted on the cloth went through an evil, painful death full of shed blood, bruising, and unimaginable scarring.
Naturally, it reminded me of how Jesus died. Like the Old Testament testifies to, Christ went through the worst pain imaginable. Our Lord suffered thorns stabbing through His head into His Skull, causing blood to spurt down into His Hair. His back was full of lashings, tearing open His Skin to show the bone and muscle underneath. His Body was blackened and bruised, so marred that one could not tell it was Him (Isaiah 52:4). Most of all, His death caused Him to be temporarily separated from God the Father (Mark 15:34).
Our God went through literally excruciating pain (the word excruciating comes from the word crucifixion1). The pain He went through was unbelievable; and the most crazy thing about it? He didn’t have to. Christ, at any time, could have “called down many legions of angels” and avoided the pain He experienced, but He didn’t (Matthew 26:53)!
So why did He go through such pain? For you and for me. He died that we might live! And this is why I am writing what I am writing tonight. In light of really understanding what Jesus did, one thing becomes clear: Jesus Loves me. And because of this, I can trust Him.
As I struggle with many things, such as why there is so much suffering going on around the world, I know that I can place my full and entire trust on Jesus Christ. Because He died such a death so that I may live with Him forever, I can trust Him in this life. It shows me that He will hold nothing back when it comes to what is for my best and His glory… and knowing that truth is what fills me with Peace.
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus died for all of mankind, but you may be asking, “What for?” Learn more about why Jesus died, and what it means for you and for me, here.
Please pray for…
- Those who do not yet know Jesus. May His Love become very real to them, and may they give over their lives to Him as Lord and Savior.
Thank You for your prayers!!!
Hi friends and followers,
Today is going to be a much more personal post than usual.
I am asking for prayer for a good family friend. While I will not use her real name, she has really been going through it—for a long, long time.
This woman and her husband loves Jesus. In 2016, her husband passed away, leaving behind her and three daughters. She was left with limited funds and has quickly fell into poverty. Many “friends” turned away from her. In the fall of 2017, as she lived in small basement apartment in a sketchy side of town, she was forced by gangsters, at gunpoint, to “tell them where Chico was,” a man she had never met. Her daughters watched the whole thing unfold, and were in danger of being shot, as well.
These traumatic events have left her with severe PTSD. Yet, she still has a strong faith in Jesus, and refuses to give up. She is heartbroken but knows her Savior. She is an amazing, kind-hearted woman; a woman I am beyond blessed to know.
While we haven’t talked in a while, she was put on my heart to pray for, today. Would you pray with me, lifting her up to Jesus? It would mean the world.
Thanks, everybody. Your prayers really are making a difference.
With Love in Christ,
Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
Do you know Jesus?
This is the same Jesus getting my friend through the darkest moments of her life; her life alone testifies to His power, Love, and care. Learn more about this amazing Jesus here.
50 people killed so far1. 200 missing. 125,000 acres and 7600 homes ravaged2. The wildfires in California are beyond frightful; they are devastating nightmares.
Thousands of lives—including celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Neil Young3— have been affected for the worst. People have lost everything; from treasured family heirlooms, to pictures, to expensive houses and cars. And it’s got me thinking.
In such an event, would you lose everything? I mean, everything that mattered to you?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
(Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)
As we pray for the people literally going through a sort of hell on earth in the Campfire Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, let’s remember the fragility of holding onto the material items in our lives for dear life– especially if they are getting in the way of a deeper relationship with Jesus. Those things can and will quickly disappear; but the things we do in putting Christ first will stay forever.
May the people affected by these fires come to know Jesus, and be given the resilience, strength and protection needed to go through such hard times.
Do you know Jesus?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)
satan has done much to ruin people’s lives in this world; but Jesus came to give us eternal life, among other things. Learn more about Jesus, and how He gives eternal life, here.
Please pray for…
- Those being affected by the multiple fires blazing in California. May they be kept safe, and may the number of fatalities not go up any more. Most of all, may firefighters be aided in stopping the fires!!!
Thank you for your prayers!!!