We keep seeing her beautiful wedding picture but in reality right now she is chained in prison. It’s hard to grasp such a drastic change in one’s life all because she refuses to denounce her Christian faith. It’s sad the lack of tolerance for religion these days.
Yesterday I was going to the store. As I was pulling into a parking spot a woman, in the car next to the spot, suddenly opens her car door to get out. I quickly stopped so I could give her room to get out before I pulled in completely. She looked up, noticed this, and smiled at me. She was a Muslim woman. Little did she know, with my cross earrings on that day, she was smiling at a Christian. I honestly don’t think she would have reacted any different.
Not all believers are murderers and intolerant. While we may not agree on each other’s beliefs, and even secretly pray for one another, we should continue to show love and compassion.
I pray that the government of Sudan releases Meriam, her new precious baby girl, and her little boy. We have to learn that attempting to force someone to convert, is not true conversion. Forcing someone into any religion, will not get them to truly accept that religion as truth, thus it will not “save” them. Christians can take a lesson on that as well.
I look back on the times when I was not right with God, I didn’t care if He existed and down in the deepest layer of my soul, I hated Him.
My bitterness did not lead me anywhere but in a downward spiral. All of this time, I remember the seeds. A select few people in my life came along and planted seeds in my life. Some people planted and left and some people stayed.These are the seeds we need to be focusing on. Kind of like little “Jesus impressions” on the hearts of people.
God bless Meriam for her courage, bravery, and planting seeds in every single unsaved soul of the world who reads this story. I’m sure she had no idea God would use her in this way, that her life would be threatened, the life of her children at risk, all for the purpose of reaching others. Cold-hearted humans placed her in jail but I feel like her rich and authentic faith has spoken volumes across the world and God is using this experience to plant seeds in the lives of millions.
Let’s keep praying for her and her entire family. Let’s be prayer warriors for Meriam as she is a warrior for Jesus.
Here is a great article I found concerning Easter, where a lot of Easter traditions originated, and how we can apply a Christian perspective.
I struggled with similar questions around Christmas. Most of Christmas is commercialized and most of my Non-Christian friends still celebrated. It’s concerning to me because this is a holiday, like Easter, which may have had the best intentions, whether they were adopted from a pagan practice or not, but businesses have materialized the meaning. The focus shouldn’t be on the Easter bunny, candy, an Easter basket, egg coloring or egg hunts. If you see that those are where your family tend to gravitate, consider reading the article here and consider incorporating more of Jesus, and less bunny.
I think that these traditions are harmless but at the same time they can be a deceiving distraction. We don’t want to get caught up in these traditions and haphazardly attend church without much more attention or thought. We should start our own traditions, where there are less gifts and candy, and give each activity a purpose. It’s important that although many of these traditions have stories which can tie into faith, the Bible doesn’t have any of these. Our focus should be the Bible. If that means completely changing your Easter festivities, so be it. I’m reevaluating how we celebrate Jesus, on Christmas and Easter, to be sure I’m not being lured into worldly customs and views.
Anyway, that’s my spiel- read the article for some history! Happy Easter to everyone :).
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All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. — Martin Luther
Faith is a living and unshakable confidence. a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake. — Martin Luther
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray. -Charles (Chuck) Swindoll
The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he will stake his life on his belief.
– T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
It is no hard matter to adhere to God while you are in the enjoyment of His comforts and consolations; but if you would prove your fidelity to Him, you must be willing to follow Him through the paths of dryness and desertion. The truth of a friend is not known while he is receiving favours and benefits from us; but if he remain faithful to us when we treat him with coldness and neglect, it will be a proof of the sincerity of his attachment.
-Backhouse and Janson, A Guide to True Peace
Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.
“God is good and he knows what he is doing,” she continued. “I’m so honored to call them my children.”
Pray for this young woman and her new precious twins. God bless her for choosing life.
HOW TO BE A BETTER CHRISTIAN: 10 Ways
Explore other avenues of expressing your faith
make something (pottery, painting, crochet)
Read your Bible
seek answers only in the bible
give only scriptural answers
be knowledgeable in the Bible
Take yourself into nature
be in a quiet place
appreciate Gods creations
separate yourself from technology
Take care of your body
discipline yourself to an exercise regime
be mindful of excessive sun exposure
stay clean and attractive to your spouse
monetary donations through tithing to your church and/or charity
your time to church groups, community outreach and christian organizations
recycle unused furniture, clothes, non perishable items, etc.
be comfortable with long conversations with God
commit a designated lot of time to spend talking with God
pray aloud with your spouse and family
your first reaction to the positive and negative of your life should be to pray
be open to new Christian ideas
be open to everything in the Bible
be open to wisdom, to be rebuked, and to the commands by God that may be uncomfortable.
Always be humble
don’t boast or brag
admit to your faults
never pray selfishly
don’t become a sanctimonious Christian
Always be thankful
be thankful of everything and everyone in your life
be able to notice your blessings
see positive and see God, not your problems
commit everything you do to The Lord, glorify Him
be the example to non-believers
understand that religion is man-made, faith is God-made