Challenges Come

June 22, 2010 at 10:28 am 1 comment

Precious children of Romanian, Roma and Hungarian ancestors play at Covasna County Red Cross Camp located up in the Carpathian Mountains

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

Beautiful people at the Thursday night LST party

Beautiful Romanian Alps (Carpathian Mountains)

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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  June 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Beautiful Romanian Alps! Glorious wonder of God’s creation!

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