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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Seeds in the Soil of Faith

Three weeks ago I planted these “seeds” in a flower-pot. It was just for fun to see if something would happen. And happened it has!

Isn’t it incredible what has exploded in just three weeks? I am more than excited about my experiment. But there is a big problem! The pot it too small. There is no space for growth for the new sweet potatoes. That is something I should have taken into consideration from the start. I guess I will just have to enjoy the green leaves and forget about the “harvest.”

I have been thinking this morning about everything there is to learn from the seed and the soil and the watering and the growth… every little part has a spiritual lesson to teach us.

One of the main lessons is the FAITH involved. I must have faith in the seed. As the sower, I must have faith in the seed, faith in the soil, faith in the sun and the rain, but most of all faith in the Creator of the seed and the soil and the sun and the rain!

Most of the time we don’t think about this. We take so many things for granted. But there is so much power hidden in a seed. This “seed” is big, but there is the same power in the tiniest of seeds, like the mustard seed that Jesus talked about.

And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Mark 4:3o-32

“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

It doesn’t matter if it is big or small, there is the same potential in a seed. But there is one thing needed to see growth, and that is patience. You have to believe that something is happening underground! If I should dig up my “seed” to check how it is doing, I would ruin the whole thing! The evidence above ground tells me something is happening in the dark, in the “invisible” world. In due time I can look for the fruit, but not now! In this case, there will be no new sweet potatoes because I have not provided the environment this seed needs. It has no space to grow!

I could go on with the lessons to learn, but I’ll let you think about it. Let me give you a quote about what happens in the spiritual realm. Faith is what our life and experience with God is built on. When Jesus walked on earth he looked for faith in people. Time and again you can find that people had “faith to be healed,” and they were healed. “Your faith has made you whole,” Jesus would say.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

I have planted a seed in the soil of faith! I will water it with prayer! And I will believe in the Maker of the Seed for something incredible to happen.

I’ll tell you about it in a few words. Maybe you can provide me with some resources. What I want to do is some 15-minute videos of Salt and Pepper and the Treasure Club. I think it would be a fun way to teach children life-lessons. If you are not familiar with Salt and Pepper, check it out here:

ENGLISH:  MX1414.wordpress.com

SPANISH:  clubperlita.wordpress.com

I have to redo my stories to make them video episodes. They can also be puppet skits. Or they can be skits for kids to act out. The possibilities are endless.

This is my latest “seed of faith,” planted in the “soil of faith.” I need help.

  • I need CREATIVITY to write the episodes.
  • I need PEOPLE to help me pull this together.
  • I need MONEY to pay for the project.
  • I need RESOURCES–technical resources of all kinds.
  • I need FAVOR–favor with God and men!

Will you help me pray for this project? And all the other projects I have going on! One would think that at my age I would have run out of ideas (I’ve passed the 70 mark!). It’s the opposite. I have so many ideas I would need another life to accomplish them all!

One more thing. I have a helping hand. Will you pray for my current helpers?

  • CRISTINA is my assistant in Peru. What would I do without her?
  • ABSALOM is my excellent artist in Costa Rica.
  • XIMENA is my dear friend and helper in Bolivia.
  • NANCY is my friend in the USA who translates my stories to English.
  • PILAR is a teacher in Mexico who will make the audio on the videos we have.

This will be all for today! Do you have any seeds to plant? Put them in the soil of faith and water them with prayer. There is no telling what the Maker of the Seed will do!

May you be blessed beyond measure!

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Exploding Growth and Sparks of Kindness

Last time I wrote here it was about a little experiment I was doing with some sweet potatoes that had grown some roots laying in my kitchen waiting to be eaten. Since I had an empty flower-pot I thought I might use it and see if something happened.

This is the result after 10 days!

I am amazed st the explosion of growth. Every morning, as my grandson David and I waited for his school bus, we would look in awe at how quickly the little plants were growing. Today I was totally amazed at how they have grown.

While these sweet potatoes were sprouting and showing the power of growth that is in them, in another part of this country, just south of us in Oklahoma, people have been devastated by one of the big powers of nature–a hurricane! Thousands upon thousands of people have lost everything to the forces of winds and water. Day after day I’ve seen the images on television of houses and cars submerged in water, and people walking waist deep in that water, to save and to be saved. It has been heart-breaking to hear the stories. But at the same time heart-warming to see the outpouring of help and support from strangers to strangers. I am overwhelmed by the love for neighbors the American people have shown!

This morning I saw on my Facebook page a call for prayer–the declaration of President Donald Trump to make this Sunday a day of prayer for the victims of this devastating hurricane, for both Texas and Louisiana. There was prayer in the White House. I appreciate that we have a President who believes in the power of prayer.

In my story for the week the children are encouraged to let sparks of truth and kindness fly. Down in Texas there have been many sparks flying. I would say there have been fires of kindness going on. One of the videos that impressed me was a chain of people standing in waist-deep water to save a man stranded in a sinking vehicle. Something totally different–a lady who went around her neighborhood saving the dogs left behind by fleeing home-owners. I think it was around 20 dogs she had in her attic when rescue came. But it was hard to fit them all in a boat!

Today’s story was inspired by a fire in a commercial area in the center of Lima, Peru. The fire lasted several days. My assistant Cristina would update me as the days wore on. That’s when I made up a story to show the great fire that our words can cause. But rather than concentrate on the negative I like to look at it from the positive side, letting sparks of kindness fly!

Welcome to read the Salt and Pepper story: #6 The fire that wouldn’t go out

May our sparks of kindness fly far and wide!

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The Roots go in the Ground

Have you ever done something so crazy stupid that you wondered where your brain was? Had it gone on vacation? Was it hiding in a cave somewhere?

I did something like that yesterday! I had some sweet potatoes that had been sitting too long in the pantry, waiting to be cooked. So they had grown roots!

Even if it is late summer I decided to plant them. Just for the fun of it. So what did I do? I planted them upside down! That is the crazy stupid thing I did. To top it all off, I took a picture and posted it on social media. How insane can a person be?

My sister saw it and corrected me. I had already been thinking that I must have done it wrong. So, this morning I re-planted them. Of course, I watered it well and gave it some plant food.

All this got me thinking about how we act in life. We do things our way and hope they will work out, even if we know that God’s way I the right way.

GOD’S WAY IS NOT ONLY THE BEST WAY, IT IS THE ONLY WAY!

God is the Creator and Designer of the universe. He has set things in place and decided how they shall work. Since he is the Creator he has all the rights to do it. He is the one who has decided the seasons; he has set in place the rules for how things should work. He is the one who decided that the seed must go in the ground, that it has to die, before new life will spring up.

Isn’t it amazing how you take a little seed, almost invisible, put it in the ground, let it sit for a while, water the soil… then, suddenly, something green starts coming out of the ground, and giving it time, it can become a tree. Giving it lots of time, hundreds of years, that tree becomes so big that it takes a village of people to hold hands and surround the tree. And it all started with a little seed, planted in the dark soil.

If that is amazing, what about the little seed planted in the womb, that grows and develops into a human being?! I could go on and on with the marvels of nature, how intricate everything is done. We could go on for days just meditating on the amazing works of our Creator. And then there are folks who don’t even believe in him!

Someone came up with the crazy stupid idea that everything came out of nowhere, that there was this big explosion, that we evolved from monkeys. Why are there still monkeys around? Why are we not continuing to evolve? Because it’s not true!

I just want to remind us that as there are rules and regulations in nature, God has established rules for our life. The most important thing is the way to eternal life. Our short stay on earth is a simple preparation for eternity. You might not like the way God has established things, but just as I need to put the roots in the ground, hidden in the soil, for my sweet potatoes to grow into new ones, to obtain eternal life I must follows God’s way, which is JESUS!

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-6

You are loved! The Creator is calling your name! That’s probably why I did the crazy stupid thing with the upside down sweet potatoes… Just so there would be one more avenue to remind you that God loves you and that he has opened a way for you to have eternal life.

Plant the seed of your life in the warm and nutritious soil of God’s love. Seventy plus years of life-experience, surrounded by God’s love, makes me an “expert,” I believe. In the ups and downs, in joys and in sadness, in health and sickness, in losses… in whatever has come my way, God has been and IS my refuge and my strength. He is a present help in times of trouble.

Come to Jesus, the ONLY way!

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