ENDURANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

ENDURANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT
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May the God who gives endurance
and encouragement give you the same attitude
of mind toward each other that
Christ Jesus had… Romans 15:5

Zinaida Vilchinskaya was a grandmother at
the time she was arrested in the
Soviet Union while carrying Christian
literature. She shares a poignant
episode of how one believer can encourage
another in endurance during
difficult circumstances:

When the police first took me to the police station, I was put in a very cold
cell with bare
iron bunks. The guards took my scarf and my coat, and I lay on
the bunk in
just a dress. I was shivering, and I started to pray. When my
cellmate saw me
pray, she, too, got on her knees and said, “Oh, I can’t stand
it. I’m
freezing too.” She started to cry softly.

“Lord,” I prayed, “if You want
me to be frozen here, may Your will be done;
just enable me to endure this with love, submission, and meekness. But You can
help me. You can even take
me out of here if that’s Your will.”

I lay back down and felt such
warmth. I told the other woman, “Here, let me
put my arm around you, and
you’ll get warmer.” We warmed up together. Later
when they transferred us to
different cells, she told everyone in hers, “God
warmed up Aunt Zhenya (as
they called me) in our cell, and she warmed me up.”

RESPONSE: Today I
will seek to find ways to encourage others going through the
same challenges
I have faced.

PRAYER: Lord, give me the mind of Jesus toward others in
order that Your
endurance and encouragement may flow through me.

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One Response to ENDURANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT

  1. Larry I did not know you were here, my friend. Me too. This is Carole..it is using my cat’s little blog.

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