2014: A Reflection

I am currently doing a big project at work where I need to sort hundreds of papers, to throw away the irrelevant papers and keep the relevant ones.

As I have been sorting, I have gotten down to the year of 2014. And that has caused me to think about where I was on the dates on the papers.

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Nigeria Taken off the Countries of Particular Concern List

Apparently, the Biden Administration has taken Nigeria off of the Countries of Particular Concern list (CPC)– a list for those countries where religious persecution exists.

This is why I keep this blog going. No one seems to pay attention to the violence and tragedy still happening, 7 (almost 8) years after the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping. This news displays that while much has improved– including the death of Islamic State West African Province leader Abubakar Shekau— there is still much to do, especially in light of the kidnapping of police men in Northern Nigeria. As Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, says, “The CPC designation is the U.S. government’s official ‘worst of the worst’ list regarding religious freedom violations. Nigeria’s religious freedom problems are obvious and rapidly deteriorating even further. The Biden administration’s removal of Nigeria from the CPC list defies logic and sound policymaking. This must be remedied and Nigeria placed back on the CPC list so the full force of the federal government can be harnessed to address this crisis” (source).

Long story short, Nigeria needs to be on the CPC. Please pray with me and tell Biden that Nigeria needs to be put back on the CPC.

“Dear Lord God,
We thank You and praise You for those Christian brothers and sisters we have all around the world, and especially in Nigeria, who are undergoing persecution for loving and following You. We pray in Jesus’ Name that Biden would put Nigeria back on the CPC, and that persecution would be reduced. Please help our family members there to stay faithful, strong, and full of every fruit of the Spirit– “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). We trust You and lift them high now. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”


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Prayers for Michigan

Today, 3 children died in another attack on a school. What can a person say to this? Are there even words to communicate this tragedy?

While there may be no words, there are words we can pray to Christ. In the midst of the confusion and heartbreak, we can pray to a God who is never shaken, but it so close.

Please, pray with me for those who are injured, and for the families who are left behind and are now grieving their children.

“Dear Lord God,
Thank You for being Sovereign. Nothing surprises You, but it does break Your Heart. We pray over each and every student and adult affected by that shooting, and pray that they would come to know You, and recieve the healing that they need. We thank You for this, Father. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”

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In this, I am reminded of this song— hopefully it expresses both the pain and hope of life with Jesus, who died to save us all. Learn more about Him, here.

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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Women in Afghanistan: The Places that Bound Us

Honestly, I hadn’t heard of the suffering happening in Afghanistan until very recently. Hearing of it broke my heart.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Taliban has recently taken back control of Afghanistan, changing the civic rules and laws in weeks. This is startingly true in the lives of women who live in Afghanistan.

Women are now unable to leave their homes without a male family member escorting them; they cannot study or go to work; and they are basically told to stay at home.

Just like that… everything women had gained in their time since the Taliban was removed from power in Afghanistan over twenty years ago has come to nothing. And it’s made me think.

We cannot go back to the places that bound us. There are sins once done, and dark places we once inhabited, that bound us completely. Sometimes, we can see those places as more cheery than they once were. We remember all the good, while conveniently forgetting how much anguish it put us through. Jesus has set us free! Why would we want to go back?

We cannot go back to the places that bound us.

We must pray for those in Afghanistan, especially the women and children… and remember the dark habits of our past for what they were. May these women and children find liberation, and may we all live to come to know Jesus, who secures our true freedom.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


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A Biblestudy of Fear (And the One who Stops It)

Fear is an odd thing. It is a liar and cheat, a common tool of the enemy to bog down Jesus’ People. If you’re anything like me, you know the signs of fear and anxiety: knots in your stomach, sweaty palms, trouble sleeping (and sometimes sleeping too much!). Continue reading