Considering It Pure Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

(James 1:2-3, NIV)

The testing of my faith. I have seen it time and again: my broken heart or tortured mind falls into a million pieces, as I ask Jesus, “why?”

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When We are Overwhelmed

Shootings. The murder of Gabby Petito. Natural diasters. Global terrorism.

I have been overwhelmed with how much pain is in this world, and have felt so ovewhelmed that I didn’t know what to write about… but I thought it would be best to just be honest.

I’m tired of writing about tragedies, yet that is what this blog has been based upon. I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about these things.

As I sit here typing, a Bible verse comes to mind:

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

(Psalm 56:3)

When I am overwhelmed, I can come to my Savior, and recieve the rest and rejuvination I so desperately need. And that is what I encourage all of you to do today, as well. Amidst all the bad news, we have a God who has Good News for us: He sent His Son to die for our sins, so that those who believe could live with Him for eternity.

We have a refuge in this battle called life. And when we feel overwhelmed, we can run to Him.

Have a beautiful day.

In Christ,

Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

A 2021 Post

Hey friends,
First and foremost, I want to thank you all for your support and prayers. Whether it’s over something personal, or something related to Nigeria and the Chibok girls, or anything in-between, knowing that you see these posts and pray mean the world.

Unfortunately, I usually find myself getting burnt out on writing about these things, especially when they are depressing in nature. I would be remiss if I didn’t do this, though. All too often, I come at writing for this blog from a purely “religious” standpoint– checking it off of my list of to-do’s and feeling like God Loves me more for writing and “being on top of things.” It sucks all of the passion and joy out of writing when I do so with such a motive.

I am learning, more and more, that Jesus wants, not my perfect behavior, or even my good works, but rather my heart. My love. This is what I hope to bring into 2021 as I continue to write for this blog.

Please keep me in your prayers as I seek to love and care for these people, both practically and spiritually. There may be some changes made to the blog, but I am not sure of that yet. I’ll be sure to update you all if any changes are made.

Again, thank you all for hearing my heart. I hope this beginning of 2021 comes well for you.

With Love, in Christ,
Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

Whoever you are, Jesus Loves you and died for you. Learn more about Him, and His Love for you, here.

Remembering Columbine, 20 Years Later

20 years ago, 12 high schoolers and one teacher died at the hands of two sadistic teenagers. Parents, classmates, friends, families, and loved ones were left in the wake of the tragedy, picking up the pieces of their shattered lives.

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In view of what Sol Pais may have been planning to do, it reminds me that we are not immune to such attacks today. In fact, the attacks have seemingly gotten more and more violent and frequent. What are we to do in such a world as this?

Jesus said, “’Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. … ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’” (John 14:1; 14:27; 16:33).

In times like these, we must look up. To comfort and strengthen those hurt by such tragedies, we must be full of Jesus’ Love and the Holy Spirit. As they face an incredibly dark reality of losing their loved ones, we must, and can be, the Light.

Keep shining, friends. May we never forget such a tragedy as Columbine, and may we love on all those who were affected.

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Do you know Jesus?

Jesus Christ went through the most excruciating pain possible; and He did it out of Love for you and for me. Learn more about Jesus, and all He has done, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):

  • Those who are grieving today over what happened at Columbine.
  • Those who do not know Jesus and His Comfort.
  • Those who may be heading down the same path as the shooters—that Jesus would change and save their lives before something horrific happens again.
  • The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.

Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer for Leah Sharibu

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It has been a little over a year since Christian girl Leah Sharibu was taken captive. She was kept in Boko Haram’s clutches because she refused to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.

I want the same boldness and loyalty to Christ that Leah has. I would like to think that I, too, would refuse to renounce Jesus, but I cannot know for sure.

Leah is an inspiration; a gem who is precious to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Please take some time today to pray over Leah, and over her family.

Thank you for your prayers!


Leah’s faith in Christ is amazing. Learn more about Jesus, and what He has done for you and I, here.