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

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Never Losing Hope: Prayer for the Parents of the Chibok Girls

“She’s a special child. My first daughter. She’s my adviser. She makes me happy all the time and comforts me when I’m down. She’s my everything,” said Esther Yakubu said of her daughter Dorcas Yakubu1. From dying of health issues, to being hurt and injured in car accidents, countless parents have passed away since their daughters were abducted by Boko Haram in April of 2014. Sadly, the pain these parents go through on a daily basis shows no real sign of relenting.

Just as I touched on the pain those children in Northern Nigeria are going through right now in this post, I felt I should take the time to shine the spotlight on the parents of those kidnapped, like the Chibok girls. While many parents of these girls have been reunited with their daughters, many more have not. Since the abduction four years ago, 18 parents of the Chibok girls have passed away2.

As the rest of these parents wait, day upon day, for signs of their daughters coming home, many have been hit with the news that many of these girls claim they do not want to come home, as seen in a recent video from Boko Haram3. This news has done nothing but tear down the Hope and Comfort that these parents have even further.

In their darkest of days, parents like those of Dorcas Yakubu are praying that God would intervene, and do what only He can do. As I wrote about in the post concerning the kids of Northern Nigeria, all we can do is pray, advocate, and act. This week, as Father’s Day comes upon us, would you pray over these girls– and the parents who are endlessly waiting for them?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
We come before You, lifting up the parents of the Chibok girls, and others– parents such as Rebecca Sharibu and Esther Yakubu. Father God, we pray that You would draw these parents to Hope in You for their daughters and sons. 

As the Chibok girls have reportedly said that they do not want to be freed, we pray that it isn’t true; we pray that You would intervene on behalf of their lives, and would free them mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, as only You can do. Please bring these parents to have Hope, Trust, and the tenacity to keep praying for their daughters and sons. Thank You, Lord Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen.”

Esther, Dorcas’ mother, has not lost hope yet– and whenever she wants to remember her daughter, she sings Dorcas’ favorite song, according to CNN. “I used to hear her sing (it) always,” said Yakubu. “Anytime I want to recall her to my soul, I sing that song.”

May these parents continue to sing songs of Hope & Strength; may they rely on Jesus, and never give up. Please continue praying for these parents, especially the fathers of these young women. Thank you.


Do you know Jesus?

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
(Isaiah 49:15, NIV)

Around 2,000 years ago, the one and only true God stepped on the scene of humanity. The God who genuinely cares for the people He created came to die for them, so that they might become His children through what Jesus Christ did on the cross. Learn more about Jesus, why He came to earth, and why it should matter to you, here.


1 https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/africa/nigeria-chibok-girls-mother-yakubu-intl/index.html

2 http://www.pulse.ng/bi/politics/18-parents-of-chibok-girls-have-died-in-last-4-years-id8142185.html

3 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5270483/Abducted-Chibok-girls-say-wont-return-Boko-Haram-video.html