Psalm 126: Bring Back Our Girls

Yesterday, I was reading Psalm 126. I found it to be incredibly similar to the cries of so many hearts right now for the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu when reading the footnotes of the Psalm. What those footnotes say are in the brackets so that one can see its alternate meaning.

Please continue today to pray for the soon return of Chibok’s girls, as well as Leah Sharibu. Thank you. ❤

“1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion [brought back the captives to Zion],
we were like those who dreamed.[b] [restored to health.]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord, [bring back our captives, Lord,]
like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow;
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.”

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New Normals: Living In Oppression

Hi friends,

Long time no post. I needed some time to get back to what really matters when it comes to the Chibok girls, Boko Haram, and everything in this blog: prayer. For the girls, for Leah Sharibu, and for Nigeria as a whole.

But I’m back. And as I read through news articles about how Boko Haram has stolen, killed, and destroyed the fish market, leaving fishermen in danger of being killed or having to pay Boko Haram high prices1, it reminds me of two things: What the enemy wants to do in our lives, and how to live life in what can sometimes be “a new normal”; moreso, how Christ wants to lead our lives to a “new normal.”

Before Boko Haram became so prevalent, fish were a huge staple in Northern Nigerian cuisine. Now, people have resorted to eating lizards and even cats for their share of animal protein. Boko Haram has come in, wanted to steal the country’s strength, as well as oppress, kill, and destroy any sense of freedom and dignity Northern Nigeria, and Nigeria as a whole, has had.

Yet, we must continue to live, even under the most oppressive of regimes. Even in the most stressful and desperate of circumstances.

Sometimes evens in life hit us like a bus. We want to give up. Crawl in to bed and never wake up again.

And sometimes, that is needed for a period of time, to process and grieve. But it cannot be forever. I’m not claiming I know when that time is; everyone grieves and processes things differently.

LIVE

But there comes a time when we must continue to live. Where we must continue to keep on, through a new and daunting “normal” way of life. A way of life that, if we allow Christ in, can become “new” through Him: abundant and teeming real life (John 10:10). After all, Jesus never, ever changes (Hebrews 13:8).

CHANGES

There is still much to be done. When thinking about this blog, all I can help but do is say that I will post as faithfully as possible, however and whenever the Spirit leads me to. As I look at what seems to be a never-ending struggle in Nigeria, I am reminded of how desperately needed our prayers are for the church—and all people in Nigeria. How desperately they need a “new normal,” one without the terror of Boko Haram.

 

As people suffer oppression on every side, let’s pray that Christ would deliver them—and that He would lead and guide them through the ever-changing “new normal” they have been pushed into. He alone will be truly faithful.

 

1 http://saharareporters.com/2018/08/11/revealed-boko-haram-charges-fishermen-n10000-access-borno-waters


Do you know Jesus?

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV)

Are you struggling to find a foundation to place your life upon? That is, a firm foundation that gives you peace, purpose, direction, most of all, a way to be saved after this life comes to a close?

One praise and worship song sings, “I will build my life upon [Jesus’] Love; it is a firm foundation.” To learn more about who this Jesus is, and why He and His Love is THE ONLY firm foundation there is, click here.


Please pray for…

  • Those in Northern Nigeria who are struggling. Pray that they would seek Jesus, and that He would hear their cries and help heal their land and lives.
  • Those currently being persecuted in Nigeria for their faith in Christ.
  • Leah Sharibu, who is still under Boko Haram captivity for not deserting her faith in Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Take a Moment to Write a Note of Encouragement to those in Nigeria!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to stop in quickly to let you know about an amazing little opportunity to write notes directly to those in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is offering this service to encourage and comfort those in Nigeria facing extreme persecution from Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.

It doesn’t take too long– write one today!

With Love,

Annalee of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

 

Bible Study: What to Do When You Get Knocked Down

In an Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDP) camp, a place where one is supposed to be at least relatively safe, Boko Haram has infiltrated and killed four people while injuring four more. It was reported on Saturday, June 30th, 2018, that Boko Haram insurgents made it past the Nigerian army’s security measures, and had opened fire Friday night. Two of the insurgents were killed; the rest escaped after the Nigerian army fought back.1 Continue reading

Psalm 79: Prayers for the Desperate

As of late, there has been much bloodshed in the Northern and middle parts of Nigeria. Villages in Plateau, Nigeria were attacked on June 23rd, 2018, as Fulani herdsmen and Nigerian farmers fought over the increasingly unusable land that both need to prosper.1

The fighting was horrific. With approximately 200 people killed, it has only worsened the state of affairs in places in the North and middle of Nigeria. If this violence was not enough, hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced People in Nigeria have fled due to Boko Haram violence, losing one of their only sources of income: agriculture.2 Continue reading

“There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
(Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail”)
This is how I feel towards the fact that the remaining Chibok girls have not been freed, yet. A mixture of love, disappointment, and longing.
But thank You, dear Jesus, for placing this deep love for them inside my heart– even if it means I am sometimes deeply disappointed.
Bring them home soon, Lord Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.
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