Archive for June, 2010
Have you ever been on a mountain high enough to experience the clouds rising from below the ridge across from you? In Texas, where I went to school, when the clouds touched the ground, it was usually a tornado destroying everything in it’s whirlwind path. But these clouds today are so beautiful, billowing, quietly rising from behind the neighboring mountain top, enveloping the land as they ascend higher and higher.
For days now, construction AND the daily rain makes my road impassable, a big mud field. Most of the way from my car up the mountain side, there is a solid path to walk on…just now and then there is nothing but soft mud to step into. Living on the NW edge of town, I am experiencing what Romanian village life is like. Wednesday evening I visited Zsuzsa to help her with 4 yr old Agoston while Anna got her 4 months shots, and I comforted everyone. Unable to drive up my road, I parked my car down near where 1 May joins Canepei. Walking home, I was very thankful to be wearing my gardening shoes.
As I trudged up the muddy path, I saw in front of me a young mother and a middle aged grandmother walking with their family. The ladies had on sandals. I wondered if the shoes would withstand the wet mud. I couldn’t help but think about their cold, wet feet.
God gives me something special to pray about every day…and much for which to be thankful. I pray continually that He will show me the way, helping me to be a blessed tool in His hands. — Anne
Extremely strong winds are blowing again today. Though it rained in the night, clouds are heavy with rain. The shepherd brought the sheep down from the top mountain pasture across from me around 7 a.m.
It appears that the road may be open…I’m going to try to drive out soon to work at the Pro Nobis Counseling Center from 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. Minute by minute, life as we know it is changing. Only deep faith in God will help us deal with the many challenges that come our way. The apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:10 – 19, “You are like servants who are responsible for using God’s gifts. So be good servants and use your gifts to serve each other. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God.”
Continuing on, Peter says, “The person who serves should serve with the strength that God gives. You should do these things so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen.
My friends, do not be surprised at the painful things you are now suffering. Thses things are testing your faith. So do not think that something strange is happening to you. But you shuld be happy that you are sharing in Christ’s sufferings.
You will be happy and full of joy when Christ comes again in glory. When people insult you because you follow Christ, then you are blessed. You are blessed because the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is with you. Do not suffer for murder, theft, or any other crime, nor because you trouble other people.
But if you suffer because you are a Christian, then do not be ashamed. You should raise God because you wear that name. It is time for judgment to begin, and it will begin with God’s family. If that judging begins with us, what will happen to those people who do not obey the Good News of God? “It is very hard for a good person to be saved. Then the wicked person and the sinner will surely be lost!” (Proverbs 11:31 is being quoted here by Peter.)
And, in this, Peter speaks directly to me 20 centuries later…”So then, those who suffer as God wants them to should trust their souls to him. God is the One who made them, and they can trust him. So they should continue to do what is right.” To that, I say, “Amen.” — Anne
Take a look – here are photos of just a few who make it possible for me to help in this little city. May God bless the many who assist through prayer, tax deductible donations, and hands on help in Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania.
God continues to give me joy by offering opportunities to mentor special people who serve others in this land. In the absence of my earthly family here, these fine people gather around me to help, to protect, to advise, to pray for me…even to help with the heavy work of my big vegetable garden. Some asked about my garden…
Every morning, I first gather fresh lettuce, radishes and onions to eat with my free range eggs and peasant potato bread. After the vegetables are in the kitchen, I set up the sprinklers to water the garden before the scorching sun appears. Theoretically, I can set the two sprinklers (that are on spikes that I stick into the ground) and leave them running for 10 minutes. Piece of cake! as we say in the U.S. about something that is easy to do.
But this is ME, and this is Romania! Theoretically, if I place them in 8 specific areas (2 at a time), I can be finished with watering the garden in an hour. Then there’s the front yard with grass, 2 rock gardens and 12 rose bushes. Actually, the time required to water depends upon how many times the connections come apart, how many times I get totally drenched by the water shooting from the hoses! It’s an adventure.
However, at this moment, seeing the beautiful plants thrills my soul – bush yellow beans, cucumber, cabbage (both green, and red), broccoli, strawberries, a few carrots, radishes, onions (both yellow, and red), 12 tomato plants, parsley, pole beans, spinach, etc. grace my back yard along one side fence and the back end of the yard. Eating the fruit of our labor almost makes up for the dowsing I receive most days!
The plums are growing plump. Miniature apples are appearing on branches. Tiny cherries and pears are beginning. I sure can use some help with freezing and canning all this at harvest time. Any takers???
“…he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinithins 9:12
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, it produces a harvest .” Hebrews 12:11
Think about these words. Is there a message in them for you? There surely is one for me. — Anne
Just as you cannot hold back the sunset, neither can you turn back the clock of Time. “Oh, to be young again…” or, “Remember the good ole days….” What days were those? Which would you really choose if you could? Some days were better than others, but each period of life is full of challenges. Accepting “what is” and letting God help you through the difficult times, heal the pain, and carry you until you can find your way again…that is a gift.
It has been nearly one year since my Dan went Home. I celebrate his victory on June 11, 2oo9, when he answered the call of God to let go of this life…and go Home. But, oh, how I miss him. Even though the pain has been intense, I’m surprised that today is here so soon – the first day of the last month of Dan’s life one year ago.
I love the work God called me to do here in Transylvania. I love the good people both here in Romania and half way around the world in the U.S. whom God has brought to me because of this work. I am grateful beyond words for the beautiful home, garden and neighbors God has gifted me with here. As I write this, suddenly I’m hearing the old song, “Dark, dark has been the midnight. But dayspring is at hand, and glory, glory dwelleth in Emmanuel’s land.” Thank you, oh Holy God, for carrying me through this time…and for promising to be with me to the end. — Anne