“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
(Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”)
This is how I feel towards the fact that the remaining Chibok girls have not been freed, yet. A mixture of love, disappointment, and longing.
But thank You, dear Jesus, for placing this deep love for them inside my heart– even if it means I am sometimes deeply disappointed.
Bring them home soon, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.
Learn more about Jesus, and His Great Love, by clicking here.
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Day of the African Child & World Refugee Day

June 16th was the Day of the African Child. June 20th was World Refugee Day.

Though time has passed since both of those days, I wanted to shine the spotlight on these two very important people groups, both of which are important to this blog. Continue reading

Shatter, Shekau (A Prayer)

Have you ever wondered at what made evil people so evil?
How the villains who make headlines for their crimes became the person in the pictures?
They were a child once. They once
Lived on nothing but milk, people who were helpless,
not only in taking care of and doing good
To others,
But in even taking care of themselves.

 

But now, here they are.
Weapons in their hands;
Hatred in their veins.shekau

 

Shekau, do your parents weep for you?

Do they pray for the light to dawn on your soul,
Lamenting who you could have become?
Sources say they do– (source).

Praise God, “Right” in religion has not become so wrong–
may those who love you never smile in pride at your headlines.

Shekau, don’t you feel empty?

“allah” keeps stringing you along,
lying to you about the wages of your deeds.
I pray
that you are made sick by what you have done–
that you are broken and rebuilt by the Christ you
look to in disdain.

Right now, you are
the embodiment of evil.
But so was the apostle Paul. This gives me Hope
–Even for you.

May your leader be seen for the coward he is;
may satan be cursed and cast down forever.
and may all those who do his work
be shattered.

These are my prayers for you, Shekau. You’re disgusting–
but not even you are a hopeless case.
I pray, I pray, I pray.

So Shatter, Shekau!
Christ alone has the glue
and the kind of Love needed
to rebuild you.

“’You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
– Jesus Christ
(Matthew 5:43-47, NIV)

© Annalee Hoover, 2018

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Do you know Jesus?

Without Jesus, there is no real salvation. He alone is the only One who can save our souls– including even the repentant soul of someone like Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Learn more about Jesus, and why we need Him, here.


Please pray for…
– The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu. Find their names and pictures, here.
– Abubakar Shekau. Evil as he is, Christ has the power to change his entire life– as He did with the Apostle Paul. Let’s pray for his salvation.
– Justice. What Shekau and Boko Haram has done is nothing short of the very essence of evil. Let’s pray that Justice is served for those who have suffered senselessly at the hands of Shekau and Boko Haram.
– Salvation for all people. Including Boko Haram members.

Thank you for your prayers and support!!!

 

 

Encouraging Yourself in the Lord

Everything in the world seemed to be against him. King David, in 1 Samuel 30, having been raided by the Amalekites, was about to be the object of his army’s wrath, as they all lamented having their women and children kidnapped. Blaming King David for the raid, his men were poised for attack, ready to kill him. Continue reading

God: A Good, Good Father

“’I finally got my freedom Mama,’ Rebbeca quoted Leah to have said in the dream.”1 Rebbeca, the mother of Leah Sharibu, reported seeing her daughter Leah in a dream—where Leah reassured her mom that she had been fed well, and where they “hugged each other very tight” so that they could not be separated again. Rebbeca cried when she woke up from the dream, begging God for it to become reality.

The Love of a parent and their child is one that is fierce, a Love that cannot be broken, even by time, location, and evil. Love, in the purest form, does not give up, and does not let go of Hope. It always trusts, and always perseveres… even when the one you love is nowhere in sight.

It’s true: This type of love does not end. But even in the fierce love a mother or father may have for their child, God’s Love for His Children—those who believe on His Son, Jesus Christ—is fiercer still.

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
(Psalm 27:10, NLT)

Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
(Isaiah 49:15, NLT)

I want to encourage you, today: No matter how your relationship (or lack of one) with your earthly father is, Jesus Loves You… and His Love will never let go of you, and never give up on you.

This Father’s Day, may you run to the Father who always has His eyes upon you, and trust in the God who will sustain you to your own old age (Isaiah 46:4). He will never give up.

This Father’s Day, please also pray for those fathers and mothers, waiting for their daughters from Chibok to come home, soon.

You are Loved. Happy Father’s Day. ❤


Do you know Jesus?

What is the proof that God is a good, good Father, a God who always does what is best for us? Romans 8 says, “What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32, BSB)

God proved His Love for us in giving Himself for us. He is completely trustworthy. Learn more about this God, who Loves you so much, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet for your blogpost, here)…

  • The Chibok girls. Please pray that they would be able to be freed, soon. You can find their names and pictures, here.
  • For those who have lost their fathers in the war against Boko Haram.
  • For those waiting for the Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu, to come home.
  • For those who struggle with their relationships (or lack of ones) with their earthly fathers. May Jesus bless and comfort you, if you struggle with these relationships.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!

1 As read in this article: http://www.pulse.ng/news/local/leah-sharibu-appears-to-mother-in-a-dream-id8423597.html