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

 

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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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

Where I’m At: Being Led by the Holy Spirit

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.

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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.

In Love,

Annalee

The Month of March: 31 Days of Prayer

 

month of march prayer.jpgAs I wrote in another post, I have been praying over how to continue to best serve and be faithful “in the little things” to Christ, especially on this blog. I came up with a list of things to start integrating; one of those things was to spend the entire month of March– every single day– writing a short blog post asking you guys as readers to pray for 4-5 Chibok girls I post about each day.

I am listing 4-5 of these young women daily, based upon this banner photo of 60 of the Chibok school girls, the list of 18 Chibok girls found/freed on October 13th, 2016, the list of 57 girls who were found/freed on May 6th, 2017, and Solomi Pogu, who was freed on January 4th, 2018 (136 young women in all). I will simply be listing the women in groups of 4-5, going down the list of the 136 women in all. Because there are 140 girls whose names have not been made public– and no one knows if they have been freed/found– I ask that you keep one or two of these young, unnamed, yet so loved women in your prayers, too.

Each week will have a theme:

Week One: Freedom & Courage
Week Two: Loved Ones
Week Three: Truth
Week Four (only consisting of 4 days): Healing
Week Five: Renewed Interest (in the Chibok girls’ situation)

If you like to journal your prayers but do not have paper/ a journal, you can print this prayer-journaling sheet, here.

Pray however you are led; this is merely a prayer resource for you! Feel free to share these posts, and to comment anything you want to add to them! I pray that these daily times of prayer would not only do much in the Chibok girls’ situation, but would bring you closer to Jesus and His heart 🙂

Happy Praying!

(PS: Honestly, March creeped up on me! Because of this, I am (obviously) starting this a day late– so the “month of prayer” will end April 2nd. Please forgive me for the slip up! Be blessed 🙂 )

Changes Are a Comin’

Hey friends!

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
(Matthew 6:5-15, NKJV)

“It’s not about the eloquent words– but about the prayer itself.”

This is something Jesus has been teaching me, as of late– especially regarding this blog. A few days ago, as I sat with Him in the quiet, my focus concerning this blog was re-oriented; and with it, Jesus gave me some great ideas to initiate here on ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY.

He led me to focus more on this blog’s purpose, in the beginning, and to really go after it (as taken from the blog’s “About” page):
1) To continue to pray for the girls’ safe release from these Boko Haram camps,
2) To continue to be updated/ update others on the state of this situation, the church of Nigeria, and Nigeria as a whole,
and 3) To, as Isaiah 62:6-7 states, advocate for the Chibok girls, as well as to encourage world-wide prayer for the state of Nigeria, the Church of Nigeria, and all of Nigeria’s kidnappees so that other believers may “have no rest, and give the Lord no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the Earth.”

Because of this, I have decided I wanted to start these things:

  1. More prayer-focused resources for you, the reader. Instead of just writing about the Chibok girls, Northern Nigeria, Boko Haram, displaced peoples, those fighting Boko Haram, etc., I want to help you, the reader, have a more precise, straightforward, practical aid in praying for all the topics mentioned above. Part of this includes “Prayer Points” with each post: printable PDFs or Word Documents regarding the different prayer requests brought up in each blog post, so that you can be aided in praying for the things mentioned, as you are led. This could also include different resource pages, as well as updating and improving current resource pages (like The Names & Pictures). These printable “prayer points” could be done weekly, but I am not sure about that yet, as things like that can easily become legalistic for me.
  2. More posts just focused on the Chibok girls and their situation. News about them can be written about more frequently, like the fact that many Chibok girls are now going to school! I would like to write more about them explicitly, and ask prayer for them in a more detailed manner.
  3. I have edited/polished the “Do You Know Jesus?” Page. I wanted to keep this more up to date, reading as excellently as possible (and prayerfully, by the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing people to Jesus!).
  4. I have decided that I want the month of March to be especially dedicated to praying for the Chibok girls. More details about this, soon.
  5. I want to further encourage prayer for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls specifically, so I will be posting a page/post on a group of Chibok girls readers can pray for, weekly.
  6. To let my local community know more about the Chibok schoolgirls, and to encourage prayer and advocacy for them, I may try to put together an art show for the art I have created that surrounds them. We will see; I would need lots of help, but I want to make good on this! 🙂
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    A portion of a piece of art I have created, Untitled, concerning the Chibok girls, and stating Bible Verses Christ has given me about their release.

    7. may change the blog’s overall theme! I am not 100% on this yet, but it’s an idea.

 

What do you guys think of these changes? Readers, I need your help!!! Do you have any other ideas for this blog? Any compliments/constructive criticism about it?? I’d love to hear from you!

As always, thank you for your prayers, and for reading what my silly heart and mind have to say! I love and appreciate you all! 🙂