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Topic: Measure (01/10/13)
TITLE: She Lives Next Door
By Janice Wappel
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Who is she? Your neighbor, your sister, your friend, a pastor's wife, a politicianís wife, the stranger you see walking down the street. She lives in fancy high rise apartments in New York, a hut in Africa, in the Bush of Australia and nations around the globe; she may even live right next door to you. You might see her at the local park or school playground playing with your child, or stand behind her at the grocery store, but she has skillfully covered the bruises on her body and gives you a forced smile hoping to mask the pain, loneliness and even shame she lives with.
She is tormented day after day and wants and needs help but is unable to speak out for fear she will be beaten again or her children will suffer under the same blows she has received. She wants to run away, but doesnít know where to go or what to say. Her husbands friends and co-workers would never believe he was cruel to her or her children.
What can we do?
Pray for protection for all the women who suffer from domestic violence around the globe.
Pray God will raise up church leaders and city leaders who will be good examples of godly husbands and fathers and will hear her cry for help and act on a solution by raising the standard of mutual respect in marriage.
Pray God will convict men around the world of their cruelty to women and children and remind them that Godís Word says in Mark 4:24 that we should ďTake heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. Luke 6:38 says: Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.Ē Pray men will take heed to Godís Word.
Lastly, ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees, feel what He feels, hear what He hears and be ready to help and comfort when God brings someone to you who may be in need of comfort and help because of cruelty they have suffered at the hands of a father, husband or boyfriend.
Did you know that 60% of battered women are abused while they are pregnant?
Did you also know that every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted and beaten?
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