Video of Naghmeh Abedini speaking about the imprisonment of her husband Saeed Abedini at the UN Human Rights Council. Saeed Abedini is an American pastor who is imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. Even at this difficult time, she gives a beautiful summary of the gospel.
She says Iran has kept Saeed imprisioned “because Saeed believes in forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ and that whoever accepts this forgiveness of sin can be reconciled to the God of peace and love. This is the God of peace we are all searching for.”
Please visit http://savesaeed.org/ for more information or to sign the petition to free Pastor Saeed.
This week’s Writing Challenge is about Starting Over. You can read about the challenge here.
The Importance of Prayer
When I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it. I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.
At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer. I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer! I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well. And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.
Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate. Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff. What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.
So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.
Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube video with me. Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too. Hope you find it encouraging today. Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.
Thanks for watching.
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Courage is not a lack of fear. It is doing something even though you are afraid. Sometimes we think those who are brave don’t feel fear. More often, being brave means doing something in spite of the fear.
In other words, do it anyway!
Prayer for today: Lord, please give us discernment to know those things that are in Your will for us to do. Please calm our anxious thoughts and give us the courage to do those things You’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
I just came across this story on Freshly Pressed, and feel privileged to share it with you. It certainly speaks to the power of redemption.
There is a Light that Never Goes Out.