A Day of Rest

April 23, 2009 at 4:45 am 2 comments

Today was calmer with no appointments in the City.  Dan is definitely feeling better as the swelling continues to go down. He helped me “straighten up” our room.  We’re slowly making the room “our room.”  His cough is not as tight as it was, but it is not gone.  Before the medications made him ill, he was beginning to take medium size steps. Now he walks with very small steps.  The best indicators of his health are that his appetite is excellent, and he only took 3 naps today.

The “heat wave” is over.  The high today was about 73 F / 23 C.  The sun shone all day until about 5 p.m. when clouds covered the sun, and fog covered the ocean.  It gets cold enough at night that we need a thick comforter on the bed.  In our Romanian home of Sfantu Gheorghe, it was 17 C  / 62 F today.  Nights there are just above freezing.  What does it look like in Sfantu now?  Here are two photos that Adolf sent today.

 

Spring in Sfantu Gheorghe

Spring in Sfantu Gheorghe

 

In Reka's Garden

In Reka's Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I gaze upon the beauty of nature in these photos, I feel the deep love that we have for so many in Sfantu Gheorghe.  I also feel the power of God, the One who created love and beauty.  Speaking of the power of God, Sherrie also says, “When we are humanly weak, that is the time when God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit show up strong within us.  In this way, we KNOW the One who did the ‘impossible’ in us, with us, and through us.  We KNOW our human effort didn’t do it because we KNOW we are weak.”  

“But we KNOW the One in Whom we have believed showed up and did something magnificent in us, for us, and with us. His Grace does the things we cannot do by ourselves.  Therefore, Paul states, ‘With one glory after another [glory], we are being changed to look more like Him.’ (2 Corinthians 3:18-SEB).  And, ‘If anyone wants to be proud [brag], let him be proud of [or, brag on] the Lord [Jeremiah 9:24].’  Who is approved?  It is not the one who pats himself on the back.  It’s the one whom the Lord pats on the back (2 Corinthians 10:17,18-SEB)!”  (to be continued) — Anne and Dan

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  • 1. Wanda Shantz  |  April 23, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Anne, you keep US so uplifted with your honesty during your struggles. No “Fine” from you and I praise God for your forthrightness about how it feels during a particularly hard time. In your weakness we see God’s strength. Know that we pray for you day and night. I need not quote a scripture to you……you have many in your heart already. I just offer a hand to hold even if it is in our thoughts. **sigh**

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  • 2. Sherrie Hammond  |  April 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful photos. I love the tulips in Reka’s garden. Reka has great beauty in her home. Praying you are well, gaining strength, and finding the joy in each day, because God is our joy, strength, and hope forevermore.

    Love you,
    Sherrie H.

    GOD’S PROMISES: “Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar (Isaiah 33:17-NIV).” “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness . . . to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor . . . to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:1-3-NIV).” “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him (Psalm 126:5,6-NIV).”

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