Remembering my Firstborn

This is the day! It’s the Saint Lucia day in Sweden, celebrating the “queen of lights.” That’s the day my “queen of light” went to the place where there is eternal light, no darkness! No pain! No suffering! No tears!

Here I am in my loneliness, letting the memories flow. It’s been 16 years since she moved to a better world. I have her little shoes that she took the first steps in. They were white, but I painted them green. It took time before she could hold her balance. Very much was different with her. Not until she was three years old were we told the reason for all her “problems.” Our princess had cystic fibrosis. When the time for her last journey came, her body had no energy to fight.

Fight? Why would she fight against moving home to God? I wish you could have been with us the moment when she let go. It was a sacred moment. “Evita –I said to her–, go home to God!” It would have been selfish to keep her. She had battled a long time, fought a good fight!

I read to her Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:7,8.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Then we shut down the devices that kept her alive. We did not want to do it, but we had to. And then there was only a flat line on the screen. I can picture her as the angels came to usher her the soul home to God, and Jesus giving her a welcome hug!

No more respiratory distress! No diabetes. End of the asthma! No more Meniere’s. I don’t remember the long list of ailments… Now she is healthy and whole! Lucky her, I want to say. But I have the same hope. Soon it will be my turn.

First Advent Eva-Marie was with us. I’m so glad we took this picture. Just a few days later came the pneumonia. Then the hospital stay in the intensive care. Her entire body was infected. My friend Karen told me that the doctors were just waiting for our decision to turn off the artificial aids.

It was hard. It wasn’t fun for Carina to lose her only sister. And Smulan, Eva-Marie’s poodle friend and companion, could not understand why she never came back from the hospital. They had more than ten years together! Smulan (little crumb) was Eva-Marie’s “salvation” against loneliness. It is very lonely to have a chronic illness.

This morning I watched NASCAR videos with the boy who filled the void after Eva-Marie. When David was born, 14 years ago, I literally felt the hole closing. Now that he is in High School, and comes every morning to wait here for the school bus, he brings me such joy! Today was the first time we watched NASCAR videos. It was fun! Usually we play Words with Friends on the phone. Can you believe that he is beating me in Spanish? His little fingers move like lightning over the keyboard and he tries different combinations until he gets a word. Who cares that he doesn’t understand it!

My friend Karen has also received a welcome hug in heaven. My Bengt has also been welcomed home. I still have work to do. The last Sunday this year I will celebrate 400 Perlitas, the stories I have published online for eight years, faithfully every week.

Eva-Marie loved the La Perlita paper that we printed and distributed when we were in Bolivia. Now we’re celebrating 400 online stories, and my Assistant Cristina will have a party in Lima, Peru. It will be for her niece Ale and her little friends.

Do you have the hope of heaven for the day it is your turn to leave this earth? Jesus is the way to God. I’ll be happy to help you find that hope. Send me a message.

See you soon!

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Not an Iota Will Pass Away

Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass. Joshua 21:45

“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14

After reading Max Lucado’s book “Glory Days” I dove into the Book of Joshua. Lucado’s book is based on Israel entering the Promised Land.

It has been a very interesting read. I highly recommend Lucado’s book and, of course, God’s book about his servant Joshua.

What an amazing man! Joshua, I mean. What an astonishing assignment! To bring the people into Canaan and to conquer the land and give each of Israel’s tribes their allotments, what a job!

God had prepared him during the long years of wilderness wandering as Moses’ servant. God exalted Joshua in the sight of the millions of Israelites.

On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life. Joshua 4:14

I’ve read the Book of Joshua many times. I’ve even written a set of Bible lessons on Joshua’s “adventures.” But this is the first time I have read it and tried to put myself in his shoes. Of course, those shoes swallow me. Compared to him I’m no bigger than a ladybug, but I’ve also experienced putting my faith in the Lord and seeing miracles!

One of the secrets to Joshua’s success is that he followed the Lords’ instructions, given to him at the beginning of his ministry.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

God’s Word is the foundation, a true and solid rock to stand on, because not even an iota will pass away. Every word written in God’s Book is true and will come to pass.

Let me give you tree easy steps to remember, things that God said to Joshua, and that no doubt he says to each one of us.

SPEAK the Word
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.”

MEDITATE on the Word
“You shall meditate on it day and night.”

DO according to the Word
“Do according to all that is written in it.”

For those of us who are visual learners I’ve done an illustration to help us think of the three important things God instructed Joshua. Mouth, heart, and hands. The Word is in your heart. You meditate on it day and night, and it flows out through your hands. You do it!

What three promises did Joshua receive?

  • No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life.
  • Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
  • I will not leave you or forsake you.

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.

Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5-7

We can trust the Lord to be with us, just as He was with Joshua. Jesus, our “Joshua,” has promised:

“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18

Amid your Christmas “busyness” take the time to speak the Word, meditate on it, and do according to what is written. That’s the road to success.

God is with us. Jesus is “God with us.” Christmas is the glorious Season of remembering the most precious gift ever given to men. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Not one iota of everything God has promised in his Word will pass away. Everything will come to pass. Even the smallest step of faith can activate a mighty miracle.

The most glorious thing that has not been fulfilled yet is that Jesus is coming again. Are you excited about His coming? A meeting in the clouds awaits us!

If you are not sure about this, sent me a note so I can help you. We all need to be ready for Jesus’ return.

May you be blessed beyond measure!

Scriptures: ESV

 

 

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Quiet Rest in the Season of Peace

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:18

At the beginning of the week a friend called to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving and to encourage me with the above Bible verse. As I meditated on it, three words stood out: peace, security, and rest.

Through the prophet Isaiah, God promised his people:

  • a peaceful habitation
  • secure dwellings
  • quiet resting places

We are at the doorsteps of celebrating once again the Season of Peace, remembering the coming of the Prince of Peace. Do you feel anxious? Are you stressed? Close your eyes and let the truth of Jesus as the Prince of Peace penetrate deep into your soul and calm your restless spirit.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5

Read here about peace: John 14:27; Psalms 29:11; 119:165; Isaiah 26:3

We can trust in the promise of peace and safety.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
Psalm 91:4

When we have peace and security we can feel sheltered and “rest in peace.” My late husband had a favorite saying: “Rest in peace and not in pieces.” He would laugh, thinking he had come up with something very clever. He is now resting, not “in pieces” but in the loving arms of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It’s been 10 years…

God promises us to dwell in safety, in quiet resting places. Repeat these words slowly and inhale deeply. Do you feel the peace they bring to your soul? Do they bring you rest?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:8

Our Creator made us in such a way that we need rest. He designed us to work six days and then make the next one a day of rest. A few years ago, I heard that in Russia they did an experiment to work 10 days and then rest; but that did not work. The human body is made in such a way that it must rest every seven days. Our Creator knows what is best for his creation.

The Lord our God is our Shepherd and He gives us rest.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
Psalm 23:2

Green pastures… still waters… Such a perfect picture of rest and peace!

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

The Lord promises us peace, security, and rest. Whatever your heart is feeling, rest in the Lord. One day we will arrive at our eternal rest. Do you have that hope?

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors,
for their deeds follow them!”
Revelation 14:13

May these words encourage you. Many times we feel overwhelmed by circumstances and life in general. Then our precious Lord invites us to rest in his presence.

I sat down and just looked at the three words that I have highlighted here, and I repeated them, over and over, as a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Rest, security, and peace.

A quiet resting place in the Lord is a wonderful thing. Christmas is around the corner, let’s not stress about it. Make it a Season of Peace, as we celebrate the Prince of Peace.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27

I wish you a restful Season of Peace!

All Scriptures are English Standard Version.

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The Friendship Door

I’m working on translating lessons that teach children at risk to be kind, and I find out that today is the World Kindness Day. I can’t help it, but must make a stop and share with you a story I helped my granddaughter write.

One day not long ago, Sarah sent me a card that touched my heart so profoundly that I have framed it. She had written some quotes.

“A friend is someone who reaches out for you hand and touches your heart.”

“You’re that friend!” she wrote.

“Friends are flowers that never fade.”

“A circle is round and never ends. That’s how long I want to be your friend.”

A couple of days later she got to spend the night with me and the entire next day, a Saturday. That’s when we wrote the following story. She wanted to make it a Salt and Pepper story. I love her story line and I share it here.

THE DOOR THAT NEVER CLOSES

By Sarah Cole, age 9 (with some help from Grandmother)

Salt and Pepper got in an argument with Daisy. They argued about a cat that they found while walking in the woods. Daisy wanted the cat, but Pepper said that since he was the one that had seen the cat first, he should have it.

Daisy said that girls are better at taking care of cats, so she should have the cat.

Salt did not agree. He didn’t have a pet, so he argued that he should have it.

Because they couldn’t agree they decide to go to Miss Beatrice and ask her for advice.

It was in the middle of the week, so Miss Beatrice was surprised to see the children.

VISITING MISS BEATRICE

“Hi! What a pleasant surprise!” said Miss Beatrice. “What are you guys up to?”

“We have a big problem,” said Salt. “We can’t seem to agree so we need your help.”

“We found a cat,” said Pepper. “But really I was the one who found it!”

“No, you did not!” said Daisy. “We all found it!”

Miss Beatrice could see that there was a problem.

“Are you arguing about a cat?” she asked.

“Yes!” they all said.

“That is nothing to argue about,” said Miss Beatrice. “You can have all the cats you ever want! My precious cat Dina is going to have kittens. I’ll give each one of you a kitten!”

“Yeah!” cried Daisy. “Ever since I first saw Dina I have wanted to have one of her kittens.”

“Problem solved!” Miss Beatrice said. “But I need to talk to you about something important.”

GUESSING DOORS

Miss Beatrice wanted to talk to the children about the door that never closes.

“What door is that?” asked Pepper. “I’ve never seen a door that doesn’t close!”

“We have a door that doesn’t close at my house,” said Daisy. “It always makes a lot of noise when the wind blows.”

“Did you break the door?” asked Salt.

“Please don’t start to argue again,” said Miss Beatrice. “That’s not the kind of door I want to talk about. I want you to guess what door I’m talking about.”

So, they started guessing!

Daisy guessed it was the door at the hospital. You can come to the hospital at any time and you will find the door open. But, that was not what Miss Beatrice wanted to talk about.

Salt thought that maybe it was the door of Wisdom.

“That was a close guess,” said Miss Beatrice.

“Is it the door to heaven?” asked Pepper.

“That door is never closed!” said Miss Beatrice. “God’s doors are always open. But I was thinking of something else.”

“Is it the door to your heart, Miss Beatrice?” asked Salt. “Your heart is always open to us!”

“Thank you, Salt,” said Miss Beatrice. “I always try to have my heart open to all you children. I love The Treasure Club!”

THE FRIENDSHIP DOOR

But what she was talking about was the Door to Friendship.

“At the Treasure Club we have all opened the door to be friends. We should not close it, especially not arguing about something so minor as a cat.”

Just then the cat Dina jumped up in Miss Beatrice’s lap. It was like she wondered why they said that a cat was something minor. She considered herself very important!

“A true friend is someone who reaches out for your hand and touches your heart,” said Miss Beatrice. “I want you all to remember that and to be that kind of a friend.”

“You are that kind of a friend, Miss Beatrice,” said Daisy. “My Dad didn’t like you the first time. Now he says you are the best friend we have!”

“Let’s never close the door to friendship,” said Miss Beatrice. “Friendship is like a circle that never ends, but you can always make it bigger by including others.”

The children decided that the best thing to do with the cat they had found in the woods was to give it to Miss Beatrice. Her cat Dina needed a new friend.

That was the best solution to the argument. Everyone went home happy because they knew that soon they were each going to get a little kitten. And because Dina now had someone like herself to play with.

To print the story: 01 A The Door That Never Closes

The author of the Friendship story

Time is flying away for me these days. Time is time. There have always been 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Maybe it’s because I’m so busy writing about the children in The Treasure Club that the hours seem not to be enough. I’m doing the stories in Spanish and my good friend Nancy is translating them to English. What a blessing!

What have I gotten myself into? I often ask. It was just going to be a story about seasoning your speech with salt, about watching what we speak. Here I am, 24 weeks later, and don’t have a clue on how to get out of it! This week I will be writing about heaven.

It’s not just a story. This is what we have to go with the story:

  • Page to print
  • Coloring page, 2 sizes
  • Bible activity, 2 sizes
  • Poster with the Bible verse
  • Memory cards with the verse
  • Flash cards in color, gray and b/w
  • PowerPoint

As you can see, it’s a lot of work. If I didn’t have my Artist in Costa Rica and my Assistant in Peru this would not be possible. I can’t thank God enough for their help. And it is to acquire their help that I do the translations. It’s all a labor of love, a thanksgiving offering to Jesus for all his love. The least I can do is share his kindness!

Find the English stories at MX1414.wordpress.com/ Salt and Pepper Stories

This week’s story fits very well with this World Kindness Day. A kind woman in Shunem had a Guest Room made for the prophet Elisha. How comforting for the Prophet in his travels to have this room to retire to when he visited Shunem!

Read the story in the Bible, in 2 Kings 4:8-37.

The woman’s kindness was rewarded with something she had probably wished for all her married life—a son! I imagine the Prophet and the boy reading the Scrolls.

Now you know why I peek inside this blog so seldom these days. I got myself into story-telling and dig myself deeper into it as days go by. Do I want to get out of it? Not really! I hope I will be writing stories for children until I take my last breath. The last week this year we will celebrate 400 stories since I started publishing them on-line. It’s not much to brag about, but each story is my act of kindness to the children of the world.

Will you pray for me and the children that receive the stories?

Now I’m going back to the translation, that encourages children to dress themselves with kindness. We all need to wear that outfit!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

My granddaughter came up with the idea that friendship should be a door that never closes. Let’s keep it that way!

Let’s be kind!

 

 

 

 

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Garlic is Doing the Trick

I’ve been out of commissions, so to speak. At least concerning this blog! My Salt and Pepper story I’ve had to keep up, but the energy level has been very low.

It’s not fun to battle a chest cold. The stores have been out of ginger root, which is what I go to as a first remedy. My second recourse is

  • 2 tbsp. of honey (much less if you have diabetes)
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice

You drink this in a cup of hot water several times a day and it sure helps.

I have to take much less honey, so maybe that is why it is taking time to feel better. A couple of days ago my grandson went with me to send the monthly payment to my artists and to buy some food. I looked for ginger root, but still the shelf where I usually find it was empty. So, I decided on garlic.

I know how good garlic is for fighting infections, but it leaves you with a particular smell. One trick is to eat parsley. So, I bought a big bunch of parsley! Organic parsley, for better results.

Today I feel much better, but I smell of garlic! Fortunately, few people will have to endure that, since I’m the only one in my office. My grandson will have accept it when he gets home from school.

I will continue to eat garlic!

Two very encouraging greetings have reached me this week. I’m talking about pictures. Let me share them! Pictures always excite me!

These are the first pictures I have received from Honduras, and among the first greetings to know that people in Honduras are using my materials.

What a colorful and happy classroom! I commend the teachers who have set it up.

The children are coloring one of the Salt and Pepper stories, the one about Elisha and the double portion.

The other greeting is with a “real life” Pepper. Such a handsome little guy! His teacher is Pilar Cabrera. Remember the Mexican family that visited me last Christmas? That was Pilar.

Pilar’s son Abraham on his birthday

Little sister Mildred

Are you following my Salt and Pepper story? In Spanish we are now on chapter 23. In English we are halfway there. I’m so thankful for my friend Nancy who does the translation. It’s so well done that you would not even guess that it’s translated!

See: SALT AND PEPPER STORIES, always at MX1414.wordpress.com

Another encouraging thing was a request I received for a picture of Jonah. I posted the picture on one of my blogs three years ago, when my assistant Cristina had vacation and visited a missionary friend in the jungle of Peru. They had a Vacation Bible School and talked about Jonah. Here is somebody looking for clip-art online and is directed to my blog! I’m amazed.

If you need clip-art for Bible stories, contact me. I have almost the entire Bible covered! Considering that Absalom-Leon Sixco has worked with me for five years, and that he has been doing between 200 and 300 pictures a year, that makes more than 1000 pictures. Unbelievable! It’s hard to keep track of them all. As I said, if you need some pictures, we can work out something.

May God bless the garlic to continue working wonders, so I can continue working on the stories. I have now over one thousand visits to the Spanish story sight every day. It might not seem much to you, but for me it represents thousands of children who receive the Gospel through life-application stories.

How do people get to my page? Just looking for stories! Praise the Lord for directing them my way, and praise his name for keeping me strong in and inspired to keep going. Even with garlic for a kick!

If you have Spanish-speaking friends, please share this information:

clubperlita.wordpress.com

Have a blessed weekend!

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Honoring an Intercessor

This week marks ten years since my late husband Bengt Lundquist went to his eternal home. I can’t thank God enough that I have the hope of meeting him again. “Eternal home.” What wonderful words!

Bengt and I were Swedish missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. Twenty-nine years ago, we came to the United States, so I could work with Assemblies of God Life Publishers in the development of Spanish Sunday School Curriculum. It was difficult for Bengt to accept that I had to give up the curriculum and stories I was writing in Bolivia. By advice of a pastor I contacted at the time, I “buried” my dreams at the cross of Jesus. Bengt constantly prayed that I would be able to write again.

Bengt traveled as an itinerant Bible teacher. The time came when this was not possible, mostly due to health issues. He then devoted himself to intercession. I wish you could see his prayer journals, filled with names of people and countries he interceded for.

SCRIPTURES ON INTERCESSION

I did a study of some scriptures on intercession, which I want to share with you. You can see how some of the Bible People interceded.

To read and print:  TO INTERCEDE

After Bengt left me a widow, and I battled cancer, his prayers for me and my story-telling were answered. The Lord directed me to “resurrect” the lessons and stories that I had buried. Nine years ago, I started a web page to publish them on-line.

A GREETING FROM CUBA

I will not repeat myself, as I have mentioned this many times, but I received an email this week from Cuba, that my dear Bengt would have loved. You might remember that I sent a USB-stick in the spring with lessons and stories. It was stolen! But I had a chance to send another one through someone who sent a care package to Cuba. This is part of the greeting the teacher who received the lessons wrote:

Sister Margarita:
Here we are super happy! The sister who heads the children’s ministry (the pastor’s mother) is super happy with all the materials, even happier are the children, and not to tell you how happy the teachers are!
There is only one classroom that has an overhead projector, it is the one where I teach. In the other classrooms a teacher brings a laptop and others are teaching with cell phones, so that children in all classes, of different ages, can see the pictures. We all feel blessed and grateful to our Lord. We are also spreading the teachings…

To God be the glory! I have similar reports from most of the Spanish-speaking countries.

SEED OF LOVE MINISTRY

A few years ago, the Lord spoke to me about doing the stories also in English. You can find them at MX1414.wordpress.com.

I was excited today when I realized the story for this week. I’ve been a widow for ten years and I’ve claimed the promise of God as my Protector. See Psalm 68:5. There are many promises in the Bible of God caring for widows and orphans. My favorite story is about the widow and the oil. That’s the story God used in guiding me to start SEED OF LOVE ministry. Read about it HERE.

THE WIDOW AND THE OIL

I did not sit down with a calendar to plan the stories, and the week I would have this story published. I see it as a wonderful reinforcement of Gods promise to care for me. God did a great miracle for the widow, making her oil flow, and flow, and flow… until there were no more vessels to pour it in. Then it stopped! Read the story in 2 Kings 4:1-7.

Money did nor rain from heaven. The widow did not sit in her recliner rolling her thumbs. She and her sons were busy working. They had to borrow pots and pans. Then they had to sell the oil. When all was said and done, the woman’s debt was paid, and she had money to live on!

BENGT’S PRAYERS FOLLOW HIM

God is so faithful helping me in my web ministry. I don’t sit around rolling my thumbs! God provides me work (translation projects) and he provides me workers (Cristina and Absalom). It’s a ministry of love!

Bengt is in his eternal home, but his prayers are working. I think of him often, wishing he could see me now. I’m surrounded by binders with print-outs of lessons and stories. And they are all on-line. When I look at the web sites (I started with one, but I have become a blog-addict), I marvel. I could not do it without the precious artist God has provided. Cristina in Peru and Absalom in Costa Rica. And Bengt’s prayers follow me.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors,  for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13

Bengt has rested from his labors, but his deeds (his intercessory prayers) follow him!

Most of you reading this have never met Bengt. He would have made friends with you immediately. That’s the kind of person he was. And he would have offered to pray for you.

In the times of Ezekiel God looked for those who would stand in the gap.

And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30 

He found none –very sad!

God desires all people to be saved, and we need to pray.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 

My loved ones that don’t know Jesus weight heavily on my heart. I can hardly stand to think of us not being together in God’s eternal home. God desires all people to be saved. But each one must make their own decision. Jesus is the only way to peace with God.

If you know the Lord, and you understand the power of intercession, let’s agree to stand in the gap for our loved ones and neighbors who don’t know Jesus.

I praise God for Bengt’s intercessory prayers!

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The Ever-Present Presence

“I am with you.” That is the thumbs up of the Ever-Present Presence. The God of the Universe, the Creator, the Sustainer of all, is the Father that is always with me.

To know God and to know that He is with me always… what a privilege!

I had the visit last week of an extended family member who does not have this hope. We’ve grown up in two different worlds. With God and without God!

Visiting with her and reading her book has even more opened my eyes to the immense privilege of having God as my Father, and knowing that He is always with me. Of course, my prayer is that her eyes and heart will be opened, because God’s arms are open for everyone who will accept Him. I want her to know God in the same personal way I know Him.

When I was doing a study of scriptures emphasizing that God is with us, the October Guideposts came. One of the stories is about somebody writing cards with inspiring messages and posting them all over the house. “The cards remind me that God is always with me,” said the card-writer. What an awesome idea! Fill your house with reminders!

We can all have different ways to remind ourselves of God’s presence. There is nothing more real in the universe than God. Emmanuel, “God with us,” our precious Savior. Once again I don’t have words to express the awesomeness of being in the care of the Ever-Present God.

Here are testimonies of some of the Bible People who had God’s presence. All of them had it, just like you and I, these are some words that express it. Take courage! Be inspired!

ABRAHAM

Called to be the father of the Jewish nation, God promised to be his shield.

Genesis 15:1  After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

ISAAC

God promised him blessings, and quieted his fears.

Genesis 26:3, 24  “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father… I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake.”

JACOB

Was to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. God promised to be with him on his long journey.

Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Genesis 31:3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will be with you.”

JOSEPH

Sold to be a slave, he had God at his side in the direst circumstances.

Genesis 39:2,3  The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.

Genesis 39:21,23  But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison… The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.

MOSES

Called to be the liberator of the Israelites from slavery, received the promise “I will be with you.”

Exodus 3:12  He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Exodus 4:12  “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

JOSHUA

Was encouraged to be strong. And God was with him.

Deuteronomy 31:23  And the Lord commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”

Joshua 1:5  “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 3:7  The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

Joshua 6:27  So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.

GIDEON

Called to be a warrior, with the promise that God would be with him.

Judges 6:16  And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

SAMUEL

An answer to prayer. God was with him from childhood.

1 Samuel 3:19  And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.

DAVID

Became greater because God was with him.

1 Samuel 18:12, 14, 28  Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul… And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him… But when Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him.

2 Samuel 5:10  And David became greater and greater,  for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.

SOLOMON

The wisest king. God was with him.

2 Chronicles 1:1  Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.

ASA

People saw the God was with him.

2 Chronicles 15:9  And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

JEHOSHAPHAT

Another kings who had the testimony that God was with him.

2 Chronicles 17:3  The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals.

HEZEKIAH

The king who was granted 15 more year of life as answer to prayer.

2 Kings 18:5-7  He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him. For he held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went out, he prospered.

EZRA

Was encourages because God was with him.

Ezra 7:28  “I took courage, for the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.”

JEREMIAH

The man of God who was known by God before he was even formed in the womb.

 Jeremiah 1:8  “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 15:20  And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 42:11  Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand.

ISRAEL

The people of God, many times were encouraged by God’s declaration that He was with them.

 Jeremiah 46:28  Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you. I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end. I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.”

Haggai 1:13  Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.”

Haggai 2:4  “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts.”

Isaiah 41:10  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 43:2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

JOHN THE BAPTIST

The hand of God was with him.

 Luke 1:66  And all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, “What then will this child be?” For the hand of the Lord was with him.

PAUL

From the beginning God’s hand was with this faithful servant.

Acts 18:12  “For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

These are some instances to remind us of God’s presence in the lives of his servants of old. He is just as present with us today!

JESUS PROMISE

Matthew 28:20  “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

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