I’d like to introduce you to Anne Berezina–co-pastor of a thriving, vibrant Assembly of God church known as “Tree of Life” in Samara, Russia. This wife and mother of three is on fire for the Lord, and her passion is to disciple the women of their church to reach her city for Christ.
The Corona Virus pandemic is spreading into Russia now, and people there are getting nervous. Will their shaky-at-best health system be able to withstand COVID-19? Will all the businesses shut down like in the US? How will we survive with no jobs? (It’s already hard!) A few nights ago, Anne had a vision–and after she shared her vision on her Instagram page, six more women from different churches in different Russian cities told her they had similar dreams about floods, big tsunami waves etc. Every one woke up knowing that everything will be okay. May these words from the other side of the world bless and inspire you today as they did me.
“Friends, I want to share a dream, more precisely, a series of dreams (2 in a row). I believe that very often God gives true dreams. And through these dreams, He inspires, warns of something, protects and guides us.
“And it will come about … that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
I believe the Lord speaks to His people through dreams especially in sad, difficult times, when the society is in panic and chaos, fear and disorientation, and really needs direction and protection from Him.
So here is my first dream: I’m in our apartment, and suddenly the water out of the tap is getting out of hand and flooding the whole apartment up to my knees. I’m certainly in horror 😱. I think, when Mom comes, she will be very upset, because 100 percent for sure it will fill the neighbors places! Then I am immediately out on the street near the house, and I can see all the approaching streets! My fear of flooded neighbors and flooding streets is changed by the desire to swim in this stream! And so I swim in this nice, warm, transparent clean water! Horror and panic from disaster changed into peace and grace.
In the second similar dream: I see many different fish in the water. Again, the water is clean and transparent.
My thoughts on what I saw in these dreams: What the Lord has shown me in the first dream—He calmed me—100%. Fear and panic, natural disaster–when you feel everything is out of hand—is what each of us is going through today. We can’t manage the situation. Nothing depends on us – it’s true! We are just weak people (I think everyone has felt this very much.) But God teaches us to trust Him fully and even…. relax! It’s like swimming! Life live and realize that He is keeping everything under control.
In the dream, I was visited by such thoughts: “Isn’t it too far to swim and too high in this situation when the apartment and streets are flooded? I probably won’t understand me! What did you think 🤗” I woke up with clear confidence that everything will be fine! With the Lord we will swim! And the second dream is the like first one, also related to water, where there are lots of fish. It represented a lot of people now in need of God, to hear the Good News of the Savior Jesus Christ, to learn about how He loves them and is waiting for them! Without God there is no hope, no salvation, no joy and peace, no confidence in anything. Now is the time for all people on the planet to turn to Christ, to our only Lord and Savior. To repent of your sins, turn away from evil ways, understand the true values, the meaning of our being, and to live according to it!”
Don’t you love her vibrant faith and passion for Jesus? She is one of my many favorite people to spend time with when I’m in Samara. Never a dull moment with Anne in the room!
A word of encouragement and some great helpful hints from a survivor of the Cold War.
Hi friends! Jeanette Morris here. How are you all doing?
In my early years of ministry to Russia I was privileged to meet several Campus Crusade staff who had lived and/or served in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. One of these missionaries, Dorota, sent me the link to this fascinating blog post today. I had asked Dorota if she could remember what it was like during Soviet times in Poland (her native country) where there were always shortages and martial law, etc., and if she had any tips to offer. She thought her friend, Debby Thompson’s post was spot on and so insightful for such a time as this. Please take a minute to read and reflect.
Who could have imagined that the Cold War of the last century could have a message for the Corona War of 2020? This is a great example of cultivating an intentional life in the midst of craziness! Would love to hear how you are coping–and if any of these tips resonate with you. Be blessed.
At our team retreat in January we ate so much delicious food … as we always do. So we thought it would be fun to share a few of the recipes with all of you ladies. Here’s one that Nicole make for us. We hope you’ll try it out!
Spiced Tea Infused Poached Pears
6 pears (firm works better- like Anjou or Bosc)
3 black tea bags (you can use decaf)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 nutmeg seed (approximate-I cut a small piece off a nutmeg seed)
1/4 C brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
Add tea bags and spices to 3 cups boiling water and steep 10 minutes. While steeping, peel pears, cut in half, and remove seeds. Place pears in crockpot. Remove tea bags from water and add salt and brown sugar. Pour over pears to cover. Cook 3-4 hours on low until soft. Remove pears from crockpot. Pour tea and spices in a pot and boil on stovetop until reduced to approximately 1 cup (about 20 minutes). Remove spices and add butter to tea. To serve: Pour reduced tea over pears and top with whipped cream.
Reading God’s Word brings peace and stability to my day. Sometimes I just open my Bible and read and other times I follow a plan. There are so many reading plans out there. The way I find a reading plan, is through my Bible that has plans built into it and through apps for my phone.
Here are a few great Bible apps:
The first three apps have both the whole Bible and devotionals. The last is just devotionals. Each one is a great tool to get you started on a journey through the Word.
Whether we use our physical Bible or an app as our source to read isn’t the important thing, as you know. 🙂 The important thing is to read … I love Psalm 119 … maybe my most favorite chapter in the Bible. Here’s a little section of it for you today …
I hope you’re encouraged to read more … to draw closer.
Hi ladies … we had a great time last night at H2H. If you were there, then you know what I mean.
The decor was so beautiful and perfect for March! The food was great! Thank you ladies for your contributions.
We had a special treat in having Kylan Reynoso lead us in worship … her first time to lead at a women’s meeting! 🙂 And Jeanette Morris brought a great message that got us all thinking.
See you all next month! We’ve got something special planned for you!
Please join us for CULTIVATING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD — our March 2020 Heart to Heart.
As we continue with this year’s theme: Cultivating an Intentional Life, we want to focus on the foundation of that life: its Source–our Creator! Hope to see you at Father’s House on March 1 at 6 PM
Rhythms of Renewal – our 2020 kickoff Bible study starts Feb. 11. We are excited to share this with you as we believe it will be a great way to start the new year in God’s Word.
It’s not too late to sign up. Hope to see you there! Father’s House at noon on 2/11/2020.
Your women’s group is putting on a BBQ Fundraiser on February 22. We’re working out the details, but we’d love it if you marked your calendars for a night of no cooking!
We’d like to invite you to our 5 week winter Bible study, Rhythms of Renewal, beginning on February 11th.
Rhythms of Renewal is your guide to daily rescue and a way forward into the peace your soul longs for.
If you’d like to sign up, please comment on this post or give Carolyn or the office a call.
Tuesdays at noon. Cost $10
If you missed our January H2H and the announcement of our theme, you can read the post here.
If you’d like to know a little more about our team, or just see who the ladies are, click here.
Hello ladies! Thank you so much for being part of our women’s group! We wanted to tell you a little about our theme for 2020 just in case you missed our January Heart to Heart. Also to give you the phone wallpaper download we promised at Heart to Heart.
is our theme for the year and our theme verse is below.
Our expectation this year is that God will help each one of us to cultivate intention in our daily lives, whether that be in our walk with Him, the way we care for our bodies, our homes, our families, our artistic abilities, our friendships, our work, etc.
Each of our Sunday evening Heart to Hearts and any other events for the year will be planned around this theme and will give you tools to help you in bringing intention to your life.
We invite you to join us!
As a beginning step in cultivating intention in your life, we’ve created a few images that you can use as wallpaper on your phone. You can download any of them and add them to keep our theme verse right in front of you. (If you need help with making them the wallpaper on your phone, let me know!)
Hello ladies! We are so excited about what God has given us to share with you this coming year. Please join us for our January Heart to Heart to hear all about it. Here are the details: