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Prayer: Afghan woman released but encouraged to marry her attacker

An Afghan woman whose plight gained international attention when she was imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her has been freed.

The woman, identified only as Gulnaz for her own protection, had been sentenced to prison for 12 years after she reported that her cousin’s husband had raped her two years ago. Wednesday, she was free after President Hamid Karzai intervened on her behalf.

The woman is staying at a women’s shelter in Kabul with her daughter, whose father is the attacker.”

Link to CNN Story

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In the News Prayer: Indiana family dies in private plane crash

A family from Marion, Indiana died in a plane crash this past Saturday. A father, his two daughters and one of the girl’s friends were on the plane. They were flying one of the daughters back to Wheaten College after being home for Thanksgiving.

Their wife/mom and son/brother, as well as their community, are grieving the loss. Please pray for this family, that they would draw close to God rather than push Him away in this very difficult time. 

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Newspaper Prayer: Civil War in Syria?

Pray that God will intervene in Syria; that the innocent people would be protected, the leaders would make wise decisions for the Syrian people and that any evil causing harm to our brothers and sisters would be exposed and stopped. 

The UN says more than 3,500 people have died since protests started in March. Syrian authorities blame the violence on armed gangs and militants.

The Syrian government has severely restricted access for foreign journalists, and reports are difficult to verify.

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Lord, teach me how to love graciously, selflessly, securely, patiently and unconditionally. Provide me with opportunities today to choose to love in that way. Thank you for catching my attention in the midst of this noisy world, turning my focus away from myself up to you and to the other people you’ve put in my life.

Lord, teach me how to love graciously, selflessly, securely, patiently and unconditionally. Provide me with opportunities today to choose to love in that way. Thank you for catching my attention in the midst of this noisy world, turning my focus away from myself up to you and to the other people you’ve put in my life.

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God,
Help me
To be in reality before thee as in appearance I am before men
To be religious before I profess religion,
To leave the world before I enter the church
To set my affections on things above
To shun forbidden follies and vanities
To be a dispenser as well as a partaker of grace
To be prepared to bear evil as well as to do good.
Puritan Prayer from The Valley of Vision, “A Present Salvation”

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Never Alone by Barlow Girl played on my Pandora station today.

I cried out with no reply and I can’t feel You by my side so I’ll hold tight to what I know You’re here and I’m never alone.” 

Sometimes I pray and feel like God isn’t there and that He doesn’t care. Tonight, I’m unable to focus and am afraid of the future. So I need to cling to what is true.

This song reminded me that while I don’t feel like He’s listening, He is and He’s there right by my side. I can feel lonely and afraid but the truth is I’m not alone and He will meet my needs.

Truth: He’s growing me stronger because I’m clinging to my faith tonight.

I’m never alone…and neither are you.

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