Saturday January 1, 2011 – New Year’s Day!

At 11:30am I woke up with the rest of the girls that I slept in the room with and at 12:00pm we left the church for the train station to go back to Oradea. We took the bus to the train station and arrived on time to get our train for 1:00pm. The ticket for the train this time was only 19 Lei going back which was interesting that it was 1 Lei cheaper!  I took the train back with the same group of people that I went to the conference with except Anca left yesterday and Claudia took her place in our compartment. The train ride back was very warm in our compartment which was the complete opposite from when we went to Timisoara because when we took the train there it was freezing cold.

Stefan and Simona talked a lot about having a relationship with God during the train ride. Stefan prayed for her. God touched her and then they went back to their conversation. Sometimes I listened to their conversation and other times I tried to sleep because I was still very tired and also I didn’t understand a lot of things they talked about because they spoke in Romanian.

At one point in their conversation I understood that they spoke about learning to quiet ourselves before God when we are in prayer. I jumped in and told Stefan that it is very hard for some people to learn to quiet ourselves before God. I told him for me it is and even if I remove all the distractions away from me, my mind is still busy with thoughts. Stefan told me that in prayer God wants to speak to us but we must learn to quiet ourselves and not speak.

Then we talked about having quiet time with God. I told him that I very much desire this but it is difficult for me to get up in the morning and I’m not a morning person at all. Stefan told me that he is also not a morning person but when God told him to get up at 5:00am a while ago he told God that would be hard but he wanted to be obedient to God so the next morning he set his alarm for that time. He told me that morning it was very difficult for him to get up but God told him to get up and wash his face. Stefan told me that morning was the beginning of his quiet time, that morning he laid down everything before God and the Lord did surgery work in his heart and it was a fresh start.

My friend Stefan also told me that the morning is the best time to spend time with God because you start your day with God and He can tell you things that He wants to do and through you that day. The Lord prepares you for how He wants to use you for the day. We also spoke about hearing God’s voice too.

Stefan turned back to Simona and continued their conversation. Then a few minutes later he felt in his heart to pray for Claudia. After he prayed for her I asked him if he could pray for me and my quiet time with God. Wow, God really came during that prayer time! The Lord spoke to me and touched me so much. Even before Stefan prayed for me, he asked God to give him the words that He wants him to pray and not his own words.

As Stefan prayed the Holy Spirit came all over me and I just started to cry. At first they were just a few tears but by the end of the prayer I was weeping and the tears came from deep within me. I didn’t expect to cry but sometimes it happens when God ministers and speaks to me.

At one point in the prayer time Stefan received a word from the Lord for me. I forget everything the Lord spoke to me which was disappointing because God really ministered to me when He spoke to me. I wish I had recorded it or have asked someone to write it down for me. From the couple of things that I remember were: God loves me so much and He desires to spend time with me every day. God even gave me a specific time to wake up in the morning which I am to set my alarm clock for 6:00am!

Honestly when I heard 6:00am I was shocked because I’m not a morning person at all and I hate getting up really early! Originally I was thinking of 8:00 or 9:00am but when I heard of 6:00am I was so much in shock that I cried even more because I knew what God was asking me to do would be extremely difficult to do but God wants my obedience. I know too that if I get up at 6:30am or 7:00am even though it is a bit later I would be clearly disobeying God so my heart says yes because I don’t want to be disobedient to God and I have a deep desire in my heart to grow in my relationship with God.

After Stefan finished praying for me I continued to cry a bit more and then Claudia gave me a hug. Stefan then went on to pray for Dana, then we prayed for him and after that Stefan prayed for Ana so we had ministry time in the train! While Dana received prayer the Lord told me that one hour is not enough but two hours would be better so now my quiet time will be from 6:00 – 8:00am. I also felt in my heart God tell me that I must go to bed earlier like no later than 11:00pm and to turn off the computer at 10:30pm. Another thing the Lord spoke to my heart is my Bible study homework needs to be done at a separate time and not during my quiet time but instead to use that time for worship, prayer and reading my Bible.

Oh, I was curious why God told Stefan 6:00am so I asked him before we got off the train. He told me that God showed him a picture when Elijah prayed at the mountain at dawn and then God told him the time. I was like oh, okay and then I didn’t have anything else to say because I knew the Lord made it very clear to me what He wants me to do.

What a great God we serve! I’m so grateful that I went to the conference because God did so many amazing things and I met some new friends too. The Lord also answered a prayer request that I have been praying for since I moved to Oradea which is to have a prayer and accountability partner. I am excited that Ana and I will be prayer partners!

When I got home around 5:30pm it was such a pleasant surprise to see both Eva and Andreea there! I actually knew that Eva would be there because she had been taking care of my cat and I needed to get the key back from her but I didn’t know that Andreea would be there too. Well I found out Andreea would be there just before I got off the train but still I was so happy to see both of them! I was very tired when I got home but it was a special blessing for me to spend a couple of hours with both of them.

By the way, I would like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone who is reading this! I hope you had a very blessed New Year’s Eve as you brought in the New Year with your family and friends. Have a very blessed 2011 with God! May the year 2011 be a fresh start as we grown in our relationship with the Lord and with others people in your lives.

I just wanted to encourage you to write a vision for any goals you would like to achieve for this year. I have been listening to the K-Love radio station on the internet since the beginning of December and they are encouraging all of their listeners to only listen to Christian music for the whole month of January and see if that makes any impact on your life. That could be a goal for you? I don’t know but it’s an idea. I’m excited for this New Year because I know that God is going to continue to do GREAT things!!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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