Friday, June 27, 2014

Strength & Grace...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries recently, you'll know that I've been discussing Meriam Ibrahim.  And, the life-threatening trial she has been experiencing, in her life.

This poor woman, was raised by her Christian mom.  Alone.  Her Muslim dad, never cared or provided for the family.  She was never Muslim.

Even so, while she was in Sudan, she was arrested for apostasy.  She was told she had three (3) days to turn away from Christianity and become Islamic.  Being only ever a Christian, she refused and was convicted.  And, had been awaiting receiving up to 100 lashes, before being hanged.

All this, because she is Christian.

As you are probably aware, Meriam is married to a Christian American.  Together, they had a son, who was held in prison with Meriam. 

Her death was put off, until after her baby was born, as she was pregnant when convicted.  This poor woman must have suffered greatly, when in labour.  Her legs remained in chains. 

Still, God provided and she gave birth to her daughter.  She lived through that horrible ordeal.  And, so did her infant daughter.  For this, I praise God.

Knowing that once she gave birth, her lashing and murder could take place, I prayed.  And, prayed.  And, prayed.

Then, on Monday, June 23rd, I read this published article by Christian Post (.com) entitled, Miriam Ibrahim, Imprisoned Christian Mother, Freed In Sudan, Lawyer Confirms.  Here is a link so you can read about it:

When I first read that article on Facebook (FB), I was happy. But, I must admit that I wasn't 100% convinced that Meriam would actually be released.  Even so, I thanked God, and continued to pray.

Then, the next day, on Tuesday, June 24th, a relative of mine posted an article on Facebook that truly upset me.  It was published by Open Doors UK & Ireland and is entitled, Sudan:  Meriam Ibraham 're-arrested'.  Here is a link so you can read about it:

While my heart breaks for my sister-in-the-Lord, who has been persecuted for her faith, by lying tongues of Islam, I am still trusting our Lord to provide for Meriam.  And, for her husband and children.

After all, we need to be strong enough to survive the trials that we face in our lives.

Just as we read, in 2 Timothy 2:1, "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

God's grace has been with Meriam Ibrahim and her family.  He's been there, and lifted each one up.  If this wasn't the case, they would not have been able to live through this tremendous issue that has been created by the hatefulness, and evilness of Islam.

For sure, prayer is needed. 

Not just for Meriam Ibrahim and her family.  But, also for others who are imprisoned in places around the world, by Islamic people who would prefer to hurt and/or murder infidels... meaning those who do not believe in Islam.

Please, join me in prayer.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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