Sunday January 2, 2011

Well today was my first time getting up at 6:00am for my quiet time with God. I have to admit it was hard to get up but God helped me do it and I ended up spending two hours with Him. The time actually flew by very fast as I worshipped, prayed and read my Bible. I really pray that God will help me get up every day and I will truly begin to enjoy and treasure that time with God.

I felt church it was different today. I felt a lot more focused during the worship and sermon time. I was so surprised that I didn’t even feel tired or sleepy today because the last few months I don’t know why but I have been just struggling with staying awake and focused especially during the sermon time. I usually go to bed late and get up at 8:00am but yesterday I think I went to bed at midnight and this morning I got up at 6:00am so I might have gotten a bit less sleep and I felt a lot more alert today then I usually do – now that was God!

Today at church my friend Stefan came up to me and said to me “see you at 7:00pm at the House of Prayer”. He didn’t even ask me if I wanted to go but just said to me see you there. So, I just told him okay but I don’t even know where it is, then he told me you know because you were there before (I thought to myself yeah once and that was a while ago) then he said okay you can go with Simona because she is also going.

I wasn’t originally planning on going to the House of Prayer tonight because I was feeling a bit tired from the trip and I had some things that I needed to do. It wasn’t like I didn’t want to go but I just wasn’t planning on going so during the afternoon I prayed that God would give me the right attitude to go because I was thinking I have stuff to do, it is the commute back to Nafărul and it is cold outside. I told God that I’ll go and I began to have a better attitude as the afternoon went on and I was glad to go by the time I left.

Now I am so glad that I went to the House of Prayer tonight. There were a lot more people there then I expected there to be. I think there were 25 people including the children and myself that were there. Those two hours of the prayer meeting went very fast as we read scripture, worshipped God and prayed.

Afterwards I told Stefan that it was a blessing for me to listen to their prayers because they prayed with such wisdom, authority and maturity. I told him that I want to learn how to pray like that. He told me that I need to learn to ask the Holy Spirit to pray through me and give me the words to say. Stefan even told me that if I look in the Bible the women actually prayed more powerful prayers than the men because they brought their emotions into their prayers. He also told me to never be ashamed of my tears when I pray. My prayer is that God would teach me how to pray by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I went with Simona on the tram on the way home. I was so encouraged that I was able to speak in Romanian with her all the way home. I felt encouraged because I noticed my fluency is improving! When I got home I spoke to my parents on Skype for an hour and then I went to bed. It was such a GREAT day that I had with God! I had an awesome time with Him at my quiet time, at church and this evening at the House of Prayer! God is so good and I’m so grateful for my new friends that I met at the conference too!

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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