Mourning with Chibok

Today, as I sat in my seat in church, my pastor said something that stuck with me:

“Jesus hurts for the things in our life that hurts us.”

And it reminded me of why I started this blog…

It was born out of a great realization of these young women’s hurt, and great need to see the Chibok school girls released and made whole.

You see, I would have given ANYTHING in the world in 2014 for even one of those girls to be saved. Now, as only about 100 of the girls remain in captivity, I have lost my first love and loyalty to these precious women.

Things have changed. But what my pastor said reminded me of a verse in Romans: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

(Romans 12:15)

Just as Jesus wept when Lazarus died in John 11, I want to mourn with those who mourn– especially those loved ones of the captive Chibok girls, who are still waiting to see their beloved girls (now young ladies) again. At the same time, I want to celebrate every victory these girls celebrate.

Jesus, give me the heart I once had for these girls. Give me the passion to see the rest of these young women released. Let me pray with new found fervor for their freedom, and celebrate every precious young woman who goes through victory and healing.

Question: Who do you need to invest in and help out?

Please be praying with me over these young girls in the days to come. A practical way to do this is to look at the Chibok Girl of the Week, where I post a new Chibok girl to pray for over the week.

Thank you, friends and followers, for loving these young women through your prayers and support.

Love in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

The Resurrection & The Life

Today, early this morning, Reverend Billy Graham passed away to be with Jesus, the One who he had preached about for forty plus years.
As we pray for his family, loved ones, and those who are grieving Him– and anyone else today– I just wanted to say this: Jesus is so good. Because, as I was reading in my devotional today, I read about how Jesus says of Himself, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life– the One who believes in Me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25-26, NIV). If you’d like, you can read this incredibly beautiful passage of scripture in John 11 here.

I read about how diagnoses, divorces, pain, and even death do not have the final word– only Jesus does.

About how, even if we don’t see any fruit from the anguished prayers we’ve been praying for days, months, and years on this side of heaven, that we can still trust Jesus to be faithful to His Promises. 

That idea is scary, and heart-wrenching. That everything we have labored for may never actually be seen by us; and that Jesus could answer those prayers in the way we desperately hope He wouldn’t of. 

It is hard to look at Jesus Christ and say, “Jesus, I trust that You are Good,” in times like these. It seems insane, even.

But in these incredibly hard moments, we can cling to Truth: Jesus IS the Resurrection, and the Life. And because of His sacrifice on the cross for our sins that put Him there, those who believe on Him and His sacrifice “will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in [Him] will never die.” Jesus will continue to be faithful to His Promises to you, even if nothing looks like it. You can trust Him, even with your eternal soul, just as the Reverend Billy Graham– and millions both before and after Him– have. Do so, today.

This post is in tribute to the God who saved, led, and used Billy Graham in such a powerful way, to bring others to Himself. May He continue to raise up people to bring others to Him!

 

Jesus, at the end of what He says in John 11:26, asks Martha, “Do you believe this?” I pose this question to you, today. Read more about this faithful God– this God who gives eternal life, and never breaks His Promises to us, and why He died on the cross for you– here.

 

The Peshawar School Massacre: Mourning with Those who Mourn

Though this event did not occur in Nigeria, Christ led me to write about it. The story needs to be told; these words need to be heard.

On December 16th, 2014, seven men from the Taliban attacked a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 141 people– 132 of them children and adolescents.

Bullets were sprayed indiscriminately, covering the classrooms where children had come to simply learn.
How can one even begin to describe the shock,  the outrage, the horror of it all?
Today, as the Pakistani government tries to pick up the pieces of this heartbreaking tragedy, hundreds of parents are putting their young loved ones in caskets, experiencing pain they never thought they’d have to experience: the pain of outliving their own children.
What can one do in the face of such a horrible event? Continue reading