November 24, 1938 – July 25, 2020
Lidia Varvara was born on November 24, 1938 in Siminoc Romania and went to be with Jesus on July 25, 2020.
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She was a faithful wife of 62 years to Timoftei Varvara and together they had 12 children. She took pride in being a mother and then a loving grandmother to her 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Even though she had 12 children there was always room for others at our dinner table. She was like a mother to her own brothers and sisters. Many of our uncles and aunts found our parents home to be their home while going to school or work in the city. She was a mother to the most needy children at the Weekly kids center where she worked in Romania. For us, our mother was our gift from God who loved us and others demonstrating God’s love for His children.
Proverbs 31 28-31 describes my mom best:
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
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July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020
I love you and miss you mamaie. Thank you for your prayers and your constant encouragement in my life. You were always a shining light for Jesus and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. I hope to make you proud as I continue to live my life and teach my girls the way you taught me. No more “gogonele” and always smiling for Jesus. I will always think of you and I can’t wait to see you soon. I love you mamaie.
July 31, 2020
While I lived far from Mamaie for most of my life, I always felt a strong thread connecting us. I often had difficulty speaking Romanian, so when I visited I physically approximated myself to her. I still wanted to be by her side even if we didn’t always exchange words. I told her when I was small that “we might not speak with words but we speak with our hearts.” She would always kiss me roughly on the cheek and look into my eyes with tears, sharing Jesus’ love with me.
I wish I grew up closer to her, but she filled me with her love every time I visited. She taught me to crochet and to help her make sarmale and other Romanian foods. She instilled in me the importance of rest and naps, even though I always wanted to go to the pool instead. She would often hold my hand tight and squeeze it and share bible verses with me. She was a light in my life, and I felt understood and deeply loved by her.
I recently spent 6 months in Romania and one of my goals was to learn to speak Romanian better so I can come back and visit her and spend a lot of time talking. I remember I FaceTimed her while I was there and she couldn’t believe I could speak so much. My plan was to visit her in May, and that never happened. This makes me sad, but it makes me think of how powerful her love for Jesus was that as a child and young person, I felt the weight of her love like a force, without many words.
I am thankful for her life and I celebrate that she is with Jesus. I will carry her love forward. Te iubesc, Mamaie.
July 31, 2020
I will always remember the day we drove to Phoenix and had not told Mamaie we were coming and how happy and excited she was to see us. Mamaie was a very loving grandma to me and always made me feel wanted. She would cook for us even when she was not feeling the best. She was also a very talented woman, she would make these cute hats, scarfs, gloves, and slippers for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to wear.
Every time you walked into the room you would see her vibrant smile that made you want to smile. She had shown us all what it is like to love Jesus and to live by him. She was a very strong and dignified women that had the light of Jesus shining upon her.
July 29, 2020
It’s been difficult to put into words what Grandma meant to me.
As I have struggled to piece things together one word has kept coming up, Jesus. That is why we all loved Grandma so much; she was an authentic and genuine Image Bearer.
Loving, Joyful, Peacemaker, Patient, Kind, Full of Goodness, Faithful, Gentle, Self-controlled, a woman marked by Grace. The Grace she received from God herself she bestowed unto others, even those who did her harm.
It’s a tall order to walk in the shadow of her legacy. Not because she was perfect, because she was a blindingly bright reflector. She reflected Jesus in all circumstances regardless of the adversity she faced.
My tears are not those of Sadness but of Joy, that Grandma is finally resting in the arms of her friend and savior Jesus Christ!
She fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the Faith!
Love you Grandma,
July 28, 2020
I Love you Mamica
We will meet again when the Trumpet will sound on that Beautiful and Glorious Day
You were the Best Mother
You showed me how to Love
And how to Be Strong
But most important you
Showed me Jesus
I Love you Mamica Forever
Till we meet again
Your Son, Florin 🌹❤️🌹❤️🌹❤️🌹