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.”

 

If this is not your reality and you would like to have such a relationship with our God and Creator, send me a note and I will correspond with you. My deepest desire is that you also will enjoy the Ever-Present Presence of Almighty God.

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From Dream to Reality

We are never too old to dream!

Have you ever gazed into the skies, dreaming away trying to count the stars? Astronomers, scientists who study the stars, say there are more stars in the universe than the sand on the seashore. There are between 100 and 200 sets of stars and planets called galaxies. In every galaxy there are hundreds of billions of stars. If this sounds amazing, here are more amazing news. Each star has a name!

He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Psalm 147:4

Considering God’s friend Abraham, I’m still young. He was 75 years old when God put a big dream in his heart. His offspring was to be a numerous as the stars. And he didn’t even have a son!

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.” … And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:1,5,6

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. James 2:23

A friend of God! Amazing! Jesus called the disciples “friends.”

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15:12-17

The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14

God shared with Abraham his plans, what he was about to do with Sodom and Gomorrah. Then Abraham interceded…

The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:17-19

Abraham believed God. He believed the dream!

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:18-21

Abraham was given this name by God, which means “Father of a multitude.” His name Abram means “Exalted father.” Year after year he had to live with that name (Exalted father) and he had no children. But he had the promise and the dream that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens and the sand on the sea-shore. Nobody would be able to count them!

Sarah was also given a new name. God named her Princess! She would be the mother of the family chosen by God to one day bring forth the Savior!

When Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 God announced that the time was come for His Promise to be fulfilled! The dream would come true; the promised son would be born! The little old man and the little old lady both laughed! Sarah was barren, so it would really have to be a miracle!

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17

God has a sense of humor. I can just picture him having a little laugh! “So you don’t believe me? I’ll give you a reminder that nothing is too hard for me.” And he gave Abraham the name for the son to be born. “You shall call his name Isaac.” Isaac means “he laughs.”

Every time these dear people called their son, they would remember that they laughed at God’s promise. They didn’t laugh in unbelief; it was just a ridiculous thought that they would have a baby in the house at their ripe old age! And so, Sarah became the oldest mother in the world!

It has been said that “some people dream in technicolor–others add sound effects.” Dream in black and white, add color to the dream, or even sound effects, whatever–but dream! All the great things people have accomplished started out with a dream; a dream and someone that believed in them and was willing to invest in them and the dream.

On a humorous note, “No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work!” The fulfillment of dreams requires hard work. To dream, and dream big, is hard work. God bless you in your dreaming, and even more in the working out part of the dream.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

My dream, what I live for and dream about constantly, is that one day I will stand at the throne of God together with ALL my loved ones.

As Abraham looked up into the sky, I look beyond the sky and dream and pray.

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The Most Encouraging Words

I can’t think of anything more encouraging than Jesus’ promise to the disciples he had commissioned with his gospel:

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

Today one of his disciples, a pioneer for missionary work in Peru, my Father, has his 97th Birthday. By the time I write this he has already celebrated this day. We have seven hours of time difference, from Sweden to Oklahoma, USA.

He has been a modern time Elijah. I consider him my hero in the faith. Like Elijah of old, he probably got discouraged, but I saw his determination during trials and se-backs. Now he is close to the finish-line!

The story I’m publishing today in the series Salt and Pepper with Daisy is about Elijah when he got discouraged, but the Lord was with him and sent him the encouragement eh needed.

After the great victory that Elijah had when God sent fire from heaven, and when the Lord answered his prayer for rain, this intrepid servant of God got discouraged. To such a degree was his despair that he wanted to die. Queen Jezebel had threatened him, and he fled.

Elijah was so lonely and desperate that he thought he was the only one who had not bent his knee to Baal. But God told him that there were seven thousand who had not followed the false god!

God was merciful to his servant Elijah, as he is to us all, and He sent him an angel with food. Elijah was tired. His encounter with the prophets of Baal was very emotional, and it exhausted him. Elijah rested and the angel fed him.

Read it all in 1 Kings 18 & 19.

If you are discouraged, don’t despair. We all can get “low” moments, like Elijah; and as God sent his angel to lift him up, may He send an angel to lift your spirits! It will probably be an angel without wings; a brother or sister in the faith that encourages you.

Let me tell you about an angel that God sent yesterday evening to encourage me! I’m amazed at God’s timing and how He has every detail in his care. I wasn’t discouraged but very tired and wondering about the next step to take in this “story-telling” ministry, especially as it pertains to the Spanish, which is the core of my ministry to the Lord.

The Freemen’s, if you know who they are, we in concert at Calvary Church in Tahlequah. Oklahoma. I was excited to be going there, asking the Lord that it would be a “picker-upper” for me.

I quickly made some cards to take with me, hoping to meet someone to promote my Salt and Pepper stories. See here what I took with me!

This past week I have felt very overwhelmed. Maybe one reason is that I’m still getting used to a big change. I have a teenage boy that spends early mornings and afternoons with me, since his High School is close to where I live. If you ever heard of Words with Friends, he and I have 19 games going! I love this boy to pieces but it’s an intense relationship that drains me of some energy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Let me get back to the part of God’s encouragement. Just the detail of where I took a seat at the concert is important. There was a break in the service and I stepped out to buy some CD’s. When I came back a lady was admiring the “box” that I put my feet on. I must have them elevated because I have lost some lymph nodes (that’s a story for another day!). We talked and I asked her if she would take one of my cards. It turns our she is a daycare worker and she works in Sunday school.

To make a long story short, meeting her was such an uplifting experience that I got a “push” to keep going. If you have ever been in a race, and getting close to the finish-line seems like and unsurpassable task, the little extra push you give yourself at the end can make the difference between winning or losing. Pat, the lady I met, gave me that “push” that I needed. I went home from the concert uplifted and ready to continue writing stories!

When I opened my files today, and realized what story was next to publish, about God encouraging his Prophet with “Angel food,” I marveled once again at God’s timing. It’s these kinds of details that speak to me, and I have seen many of them lately.

Read the story here, #10: Angel Food for a Discouraged Prophet

Whatever your need is, the eternal “I AM” is with you. I’m making a study about this wonderful truth. I’ll share is another day. Just keep the words of Jesus close to your heart, whatever your situation is.

Many people that have gone through unimaginable disasters this month need encouragement. I have seen many news stories about “angels” taking them food and other necessities. God bless everyone! Both the “needers” and the givers!

“I AM” was with Elijah at his lowest point. He didn’t let him die! He gave him new assignments. As long as there is breath there is hope.

Hope in Jesus, my friend!

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Made with a Purpose

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

I have started to study the Book of Jeremiah, but have not yet gotten past verse 5. I’ve never meditated so deeply on the wonderful truth that God formed me in the womb. Of course, I’ve always known that. It’s probably the same for you. Stop. Take a deep breath. Let the Holy Spirit make this message come alive for you.

It’s not only that God formed me in the womb, but he had a purpose for me. The same applies to you. We are all made with a purpose. Are we fulfilling our destiny?

It’s amazing to think that even before we were formed in the womb, God knew us. He knew our purpose. Some, like Jeremiah, are appointed for special service. Jeremiah was to be a prophet to the nations.

Another person that had a very special assignment was the Apostle Paul.

But when he who had set me apart before I was born [set me apart from my mother’s womb], and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles… Galatians 1:15,16

But the Lord said to him [Ananias], “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” Acts 9:15,16

Abraham was chosen to be the Father of the Israelites, God’s chosen people. All the families of the earth would be blessed in him, because form Abraham’s seed one day would come Jesus.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3

Made in secret

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16

In God’s book were written every day of our lives, before there yet was one of them. That’s something to think deeply about!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

I just heard this—it might be from a song—but it’s good.

Don’t waste time.
Make right now matter.

Today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1,2). Nothing is more important than to make things right with God. This is your moment! Are you prepared for eternity?

The God who made you, who formed you in secret, who wrote the number of your days in his book, calls you to a life of fellowship with him.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

What is the greatest purpose for each human being? To glorify God! God might have a special assignment for some of us, but most of all we are put on this earth to give glory to our Creator.

Want to continue thinking about the wonder of being made with a purpose? Here are some more verses to meditate on: Isaiah 43:1; 44:2, 24; 49:1; Job 10:11.

You are made with a purpose.
Make today matter!

 

 

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