From Saudi Arabia to Oh So Shabby By Debbie Reynolds~

Yesterday I received a message from our lady in Saudi Arabia that has written me several times over the past year asking for prayer from a dark country.  I had not heard from her in a couple of months, and did not dare write her as she had previously explained to me that her husband was totally against her corresponding with anyone from the US.

And ask to remain anonymous, and I have honored that ~ I have wondered many times when we chatted briefly how I might handle the life she lives as a woman in a country oppressed from most things we  here take for granted.  I know, you are saying well, that’s their culture, it’s what they sow.   But, when they see the freedom of women all over the world today, one can not help but imagine life without the freedoms we enjoy here in America.  As hard a times are with the job rate down, no trade in American factories in so long, businesses going under, people losing their homes, and on and on.
Still, let’s decide that with our freedom we enjoy the right to speak our minds, get on our computer if we want or need too, in a country that is struggling financially .. Or, live in a country where we as women are literally to be seen and not heard.  They have no voice in a country dominantly run by men. Yes, I get that some of it is due to their beliefs, religion, etc. but so many woman dream to enjoy the freedoms  of the men in that country or at the very least some liberties of freedom.  As I read the words she writes to me, I am so thankful to be in a country where as a woman, and child of Christ I am free to do so many things that women in many countries are not . I feel that much of the time we forget about those women, and whine about silly things at times ~ be blessed with what you have here, and be thankful.  Let us pray for the ones that do not have the freedom we still have today in America.

Yesterday I received a message from our lady in Saudi Arabia that has written me several times over the past year asking for prayer from a dark country.  I had not heard from her in a couple of months, and did not dare write her as she had previously explained to me that her husband was totally against her corresponding with anyone from the USA.

And as to remain anonymous, and I have honored that ~ I have wondered many times when we chatted briefly how I might handle the life she lives as a woman in a country oppressed from most things we  here take for granted.  I know, you are saying well, that’s their culture, it’s what they sew.   But, when they see the freedom of women all over the world today, one can not help but imagine life without the freedoms we enjoy here in America.  As hard a times are with the job rate down, no trade in American factories in so long, businesses going under, people losing their homes, and on and on.
Still, let’s decide that with our freedom we enjoy the right to speak our minds, get on our computer if we want or need too, in a country that is struggling financially .. Or, live in a country where we as women are literally to be seen and not heard.  They have no voice in a country dominantly run by men. Yes, I get that some of it is due to their beliefs, religion, etc. but so many woman dream to enjoy the freedoms  of the men in that country or at the very least some liberties of freedom.  As I read the words she writes to me, I am so thankful to be in a country where as a woman, and child of Christ I am free to do so many things that women in many countries are not . I feel that much of the time we forget about those women, and whine about silly things at times ~ be blessed with what you have here, and be thankful.  Let us pray for the ones that do not have the freedom we still have today in America.   Take time to STOP and smell the roses, and reflect on just how blessed you are.

Comments

  1. southernlites says:

    I remember reading something she said once. I think it may have been in one of her first posts to you. She said your site was one of the brightest spots in an otherwise very dull world. I felt so bad for her then, and I still do. When you correspond with her again please let her know that we are all sisters under the skin and I wish her health, safety and a chance for true happiness.

  2. Thank you Debbie for being a light to her shining into her darkness. I will put your friend into my prayers. Bless you.

  3. Linda.. <3

  4. joanne nixon says:

    i think no matter what the cultural differences we may experience….we women have the same dream….peace, happiness, and freedom…..i pray someday she may find it…..

  5. Charlotte says:

    Debbie,
    Yes we (I) take so much for granted. Yesterday I worshipped my God, drove my car, bought groceries, wore shorts, and the list goes on….ALL without one bit of fear. AND without the assistance of a man. It is so easy to forget and take this for granted. Thanks for the reminder. Please tell your friend to stay strong…there are other women that care for her even thought we’ve never met. I will remember her in prayer….

  6. Debbie,
    I wonder if this woman, when she asked for prayer….is she a Muslim or a Christian? The reason I ask….if she is a Christian, not only would she get in trouble with her husband for talking to you…..but, in Saudi Arabia she could be killed for following Christ. You are right, we take for granted the freedoms that we have in this country of ours. My heart aches for her…..and I am lifting her up in prayer. There is no place too dark, no life too hopeless, that God is not there. Praying for her protection……her knowing that others all over the world are praying for her, must mean so much.

    • A christian

      • This story touched me. We are beginning to see so much Christian persecution in the world. There are so many who hate the Christians and yet, it’s because of the first Christians who came to America for their religious freedom, that religious freedom of others is so tolerated. I’ll be keeping this young woman who requested prayer, and perhaps a spark of light, in a dark country, in my prayers. Prayers for her safety and her salvation.

  7. I am grateful every day for this country, my freedom to choose a husband that I love, any church that I wish to attend is open to me,, I can vote for any person I choose and go anywhere alone without restrictions. My dad and his brothers fought for this country in WWII, my mother raised us with ethics and honor and we all are free! This woman writes from a country where women are still chattel (property like furniture or a cow or a car). We should pray every day that she and our sisters in foriegn places get the freedom we now enjoy and the ability to worship our God directly. We have no idea what women in other cultures have to deal with. I’m happy that she found this site and people that are willing to pray for her and the darkness that surrounds her.

  8. Dear Debbie,
    I was so moved by the correspondence you are having with the lady in Saudi Arabia. It brought to mind the movie from several years ago “Not Without My Daughter.” The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful country…….I often think of how I easily could have been born somewhere else……I will be praying for our dear sister.

  9. I will remember her in my prayers as well, and not sure if she said this to you, but in her country, women are considered to be property, not a person. First, they are owned by their father, and then by their husband. I also remember the movie “Not Without My Daughter” and I am not sure I would have been as patient as the woman portrayed in the movie. I am so thankful that I was born in a country where women have rights, and are not “owned” by someone else.

  10. Susie Hohenstein says:

    Debbie I stopped and prayed to the Holy Spirit immediately that she can borrow some of my angels to fight whatever darkness shadows over this woman. It is an outrage to hear this let alone to have a particular society that is controlled by men! God does not like ugly! I am a prayer warrior! It’s my job until my last days here on earth! So thank you…thank you Debbie and all of your other friends! I love people and I don’t like to see anyone hurt! You are an instrument of peace Debbie and I thank you! :-) We must continue each and every day to put on the Armor of God!

  11. Almighty God! You are the God of this earth and every place in it! I pray right now for all those Christians around the world that serve you in a quiet and worthy way! Please your warrior angels of protection around them and give them comfort in know others are lifting them up right now in Jesus name! We pray for this oppressive situation! We know that Satan wants the strong hold, but our God is the winner already and will rescue all that stay true to him! Bless this sweet lady! Amen!

  12. Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…. I bookmarked this on my mobile Bible a few weeks ago and was pleased when it was the topic for today’s sermon in church. Yes, we are very blessed to live in this country where we have the freedoms we do. My heart and prayers go out to those that do not have these freedoms.

  13. Debbie, I have followed your story of this woman. Now MORE than ever, I pray for her safety and well being. I pray that the eyes of her husband’s understanding be opened, that he would meet Jesus. Much is happening over in the Mid East; and even though the biased media does not cover the good going on, Jesus does. Reports are coming in that HE himself has been appearing to Muslims and they are being converted by the hundreds! Lets join prayers that thousands come to know HIM and true freedom. Your sister in Christ -
    Cheryl

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