Sunday February 26, 2012

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Phiippians 4:6-7

This morning I decided to get up early because I felt in my heart that it was extremely important to spend a good quality time with the Lord so I got up at 6:00am today. I’m not a morning person at all so I did get the temptation to go back to sleep after my alarm went off but I really believe that the Lord helped me get up because a scripture verse came into my mind that I heard from Thursday’s sermon at church when Akin preached. The scripture verse that came to my mind was “…learn to control his (though “your” came to my mind) body in a way that is holy and honourable” – 1 Thessalonians 4:4b

I am so glad that the Lord gave me a nudge to get out of bed because I have been trying lately to start my quiet time at 6:00am because it is much less distracting to spend time with God early in the morning compared to other times of the day however I have been struggling with disciplining myself to get out of bed. I think in the future I need to remind myself of this scripture verse. I’m so glad I spent that time with God in the morning. I ended up spending around an hour and a half with God.

I spent time reading my Bible, worshipping the Lord and calling out to Him in prayer. As I worshipped and prayed tears just streamed down my face. The more I pressed in with the Lord, the more my intensively in my prayer increased and the more my desperation increased. I felt strongly in my heart that Libby getting sick is a direct spiritual attack on my family especially on my Mom.

When I realized that we were going through spiritual warfare and facing an attack I started praying more aggressively, praying more in tongues and as I pressed in more with God I felt in my heart the Lord guide my prayers and guide me to different scripture verses. I then began to pray and proclaim the different scripture verses that the Lord gave me. I just want to praise God for how He has been teaching me to pray more (especially praying scripture) from my church that I go to here.

This morning I went to church. It was a good service. After the service I spoke to my friend Akin about speaking/ praying in tongues and I also spoke to him about my time I spent with the Lord and how I felt strongly on my heart that my family is being attacked right now. I am so grateful for the encouragement that he gave me and also how he took the time to pray for my family and I as well.

This afternoon I went to the Sabolciu gypsy village for a couple of hours with the other volunteers. We had such an awesome time there with the kids and families as we had our Sunday church service at Ica’s house. I just praise God for what He has been doing in the village and I believe that the Lord will continue to do even more greater things there!

Late this evening I was able to speak to my parents on Skype from 10:45pm – 12:10am. This time we spoke much longer compared to yesterday’s short 16 minute conversation which was pretty emotional too. My Mom was a bit more calm compared how she was like yesterday but she was still taking it pretty hard. This time my Mom told me a bit more about Libby and I also told her about a conversation that really discouraged me on Friday too. My Mom also told me that they (my parents and my brother) will visit Libby at the cat hospital today (their time around 7:00pm).

I am glad that I was able to have a better conversation with my Mom today. I told her that I will continue to pray for Libby and encouraged her to keep the faith. Before we said good-bye I prayed for my family and Libby while both of my parents sat on the other side of the webcam. I prayed that God will bring peace, protection and I also prayed for our sweet Libby that God would touch her and bring healing to her. We would appreciate your continual prayers. Thanks so much!

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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