An Amazing Day of Prayer

I’m so excited, I must tell this testimony. When we serve the Lord, and look to him for guiding our steps, so many details are intertwined.

Yesterday, Thursday May 4, was National Day of Prayer. I had not remembered it but read a post on Facebook by Franklin Graham that alerted me. As usual, I had asked the Lord what story I should do for my weekly La Perlita. I had one story that had been “sitting in line” for a while, with beautiful pictures done by my artist Absalom in Costa Rica—the story of George Müller.

The great “father” for orphans

George Müller lived 200 years ago. He fostered some 10,000 children in the orphanages he established. That is amazing, but consider this: he did it all based on prayer! He never asked any person for help, only God. He would get up early each morning to pray.

I recommend you find a biography about his life. It’s amazing!

God led me to turn exactly right!

Thursdays is the day I usually don’t mess with anything by the publishing of the story. This day turned out very different. Some days ago I had sent a monetary gift to a friend in Bolivia. Since she is wheel-chair bound her son-in-law was going to help her with the transaction. I had his name as the receiver. The bank would not accept it, because both of his first names were not on the transaction, so I had to make an extra trip to Walmart in Muskogee to make this change. Since I have to get a new driver license, renew my passport, and get new tags for the car, I thought of taking advantage of the trip.

I dressed in my Sunday-best to look nice on the pictures. The license office was closed! They were having training. So, I thought I could work on the next project: renew my passport. I had asked for directions. From York, to Chandler, to Okmulgee, and then passed the mall (now, which mall?)… I asked Jesus to help me. I’m driving on Okmulgee, and then I was sure I had gone too far. I better turn around, I thought. And I did! This is the amazing part. As I am turning back, my right eye catches a sight! United Stated Postal Office. It was right in front of me! “Thank you, Jesus!” He made me turn around at the exact right time. I got help inside to get all the pieces together that I needed. It cost me US$ 131.75 (postage and photograph included).

Asking for directions again, stopping at the wrong building and getting new directions, I finally found my way to the tag office. Now I have a list of the things I need to get new license plates. So, I’ll have to make a new trip.

The special story posted on the Day of Prayer

Why am I so excited? I’m happy because of posting a story about a man who lived and breathed prayer on the Day of Prayer.

Yesterday morning, before I even connected the dots, I was reminded of Jesus promise, that if we asked for something in his name, he will do it.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14

 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14,15

George Müller knew that he was doing God’s will. God had spoken to him about opening homes for all the orphan children in Bristol, England, so he could come with confidence before the throne of God.

Milk delivered at the door for breakfast

One of the well-known testimonies is about the day when the children came to have breakfast and the tables were empty. “Let’s thank God for supplying breakfast for us,” said Müller. They prayed and there was a knock on the door. The milkman’s cart had broken down right outside the orphanage. Since he couldn’t distribute the milk he gave it to the children.

The children needed something to go with the milk. Right then the baker showed up. God had woken him up very early, urging him to bake bread for the children.

I titled my story: “Breakfast from Heaven.” That’s what it was!

A baker obeyed God for the orphan children
to have fresh bread for breakfast

God is the “Father of the fatherless”, “the helper of the fatherless”(Psalm 68:5; 10:14).

A constant fellowship with God

Yesterday was a different and wonderful day of prayer. It’s not like I was on my knees all day. Prayer is that, but it’s much more. Prayer is a relationship with the Father. What the oxygen is for your physical body, prayer is  for your spiritual life. You don’t have to think every second, “I have to breathe now!” You just do it! It’s natural! That’s how prayer works in the relationship with the Father. It’s a constant, wonderful fellowship, “breathing” your concerns for family and friends. Yesterday and today, one after another of the individuals and families that I carry on my heart have been mentioned. I have many, many to bring before the throne of God.

I prayed with Cristina, my assistant stationed in Peru, and I told her that I would be happy to be even one thousands of what that man of prayer was. He has been one of my role models as far back as I can remember. No wonder I feel like it was a wonderful day of prayer. I am overwhelmed at God leading me to put the story of George Müller on my Spanish blog on the day of prayer.

My dear friend Nancy Crowson will translate the story to English, so we will soon have it on the Royal Palm World Mission blog: MX1414.wordpress.com

Another interesting thing I just found out, is about Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville Tennessee. I would have love to have been there. For the last few years I have been translating lessons written especially for orphans and children at risk. I feel so blessed that I could publish this special story this special week.

How interesting God’s timing is. We just have to keep tuned to Heaven!

 

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Believe in Miracles

“Worship the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water.” Exodus 23:25

I have a vivid memory of the time “discovered” this Bible verse. Our family had moved from Huancayo, Peru, to the town of Chaclacayo. There was a problem in the house we rented… water shortage! My brother Lars and some of his friends had accompanied us to help with the move. One of his friends was Marco. He’s the father of Cristina, who works with me doing the illustrations for our stories. It’s kind of amazing! At that time he had not yet met Cristina’s mom!

One morning, after breakfast, we had our usual Bible reading and prayer time. It was my turn to read. We read Exodus 23. When I got to verse 25, “Worship the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water,” I screamed and cheered. It was as if God spoke directly to me from heaven, saying not to worry, that He would bless our water. And as long as we live in that house, we did not lack water. It had been worrisome because we had two little girls and my husband was often gone on mission trips. How would I get water? God supplied it!

God also provided the bread. We didn’t know where we would get the money to pay the rent; but God also took care of that matter. A business man, friend to my parents, helped us. He had been very kind to me years earlier, when someone tricked me and stole a typewriter we had on consignment in our Christian bookstore. I’ll save that story for another day.

PanchitaMy story this week is about a village that was in desperate need of rain or their crops would be ruined. Everybody decided to get together and pray for rain.

The Bible tells us about Elijah, a man with a nature like ours. “He prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit” (James 5:17,18).

We can pray for rain! In this village they all prayed, but only one really believed it would rain. That girl took her umbrella with her to church! When they went home later in the evening, God had already answered their prayers. She was the only one that didn’t get wet walking home!

As I prayed for the story and what I should write in my blog to the teachers, this is what God impressed on my heart:

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:24,25

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We often stop at ASKING, BELIEVING, and RECEIVING, but there is another very important component… to FORGIVE!

In the Lord’s Prayer we ask God to forgive us, as we forgive those who wrong us. Jesus even said that when we come to the altar with our offering, and remember someone that has something against us, we need to go and set that record straight. See Matthew 5:23-26. How many times should we forgive? Seven times? No! Don’t keep counting. Just forgive! See Matthew 18:21,22.

The question in my previous blog was, “Do you believe?” I didn’t realize that I would build on that theme. My purpose this year is to write about miracles. I am so busy writing stories and lessons I don’t get to the miracles very often. But the greatest miracle is that I’m doing this–writing stories and lessons! When I see that thousands of people are accessing my blogs I can’t marvel enough. So I put everything else aside and concentrate on teaching the Word to children, through theirs parents and teachers. I have found a treasure, something I can do even when I’m confined to my home. Here is the latest picture from my artist in Costa Rica. I feel as happy as the woman who found her lost coin!

Believe in miracles! God has those in store for you, too!

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Publishing by Faith

I was having a “doubting” moment, wondering if anybody uses the lessons I work so hard to publish online. I said to myself, “It is like publishing by faith.”

Then I opened my hermanamargarita.com page and found this note:

(translated) I don’t have words to thank you for this important material that you have published!!! I only ask God that he will give me the ability to use it in the best way in his ministry!!! Thousand of Blessings and Thanks.

It made my day, really my evening. I was just going to start uploading all the files prepared today. This week I’m very busy working on lessons for Vacation Bible School about Daniel.

The lessons are written by a friend in Bolivia. The artwork for visuals was done in Costa Rica. The additional art is done by Cristina in Peru. The management of all the details and layout is done by a Swedish American. The PowerPoint was done by a couple from Chile and the USA. This can certainly be called international.

This is one of my favorite pictures.

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This man spent a night in a lions’ den because he would not compromise his faith in God. He prayed three times a day from his country of “captivity” with the windows open facing Jerusalem.

When the King’s decree came out, that anybody praying to any god except the King would be thrown into the lions’ den, Daniel did not hesitate. This is what he did. He prayed as usual!

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His governor companions were ready to accuse him. Then the King realized that they had set a trap for him. But he had to go through with the punishment. With a sad heart he had Daniel thrown into the lions’ den.

“May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” said the King. And God rescued his servant and gave him a good nights sleep surrounded by lions. The King on the other hand had a sleepless night. He didn’t want to eat anything and he wanted no entertainment.

Read the complete story in Daniel chapter 6.

I will continue working on the many pieces to write and edit. That’s one of the reasons I don’t write here as often as I used to. This story has “consumed” me. But I’m getting to see the results.

Cristina’s parents are having a Vacation Bible School next week and they will use some of these lesson. Alejandra, their granddaughter, is our little model. Let me show you some of the pictures. Let’s starts with the lion-mask!

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She has also modeled for finger puppets and for a crown.

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Pray for me and for this ministry of “publishing by faith.” Today I published story 217 in Spanish. On Friday we will publish story 28 in English. Slowly but surely I’m making progress. Have you visited the page for stories in English?

See: Royal Palm World Mission at MX1414.wordpress.com.

May God bless you to have a confident faith in Him. You can rest in Jesus more comfortably than Daniel rested amongst lions!

 

 

Stepping into the Water

I have written a “Praise Marathon.” I don’t know what else to call it. It’s a walk through Memory Lane to praise God for his faithfulness.

This winter is taking its toll. Today is the third Sunday the walls are caving in on me. Because of the extremely cold weather my feet get stiff and very painful, so I just stay inside. If the weather predictions are true, next Sunday will have a temperature above freezing. I miss going to God’s House.

My neighbor from across the street has taken on a kind gesture. She brings the mail from my mailbox every day. “Knock, knock, knock… the mail!” Such kindness!

My Sundays are now filled with Dante Gebel, a very dynamic Argentine pastor from California. He preaches every Sunday across from Disneyland and all the messages are streamed online. I’ve got almost 300 of his videos to listen to. To keep track of what I listen to I’ve started on number one! How amazing to be listening to preaching on the computer! At the same time that I’m worshiping Jesus, I’m practicing Spanish so I can better serve my Spanish audience.

This was a long introduction for my question of the week. Have you ever stepped into the water? Obviously, I’m not talking about going swimming or the likes. I’m referring to a step of faith, like what Joshua and his people had to take to cross the Jordan into the Promised Land.

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South Missouri skies)

After wandering in the desert for 40 years, Joshua and all the Israelites were ready to cross the Jordan. But, how? This was a company of millions! No boat available for such a crowd!

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

For the great march across to the Promised Land the priests would carry the ark of the covenant. God tried their faith and commanded that they step into  Jordan’s waters, and go and stand in the river.

“Step into the water,” was the divine order. They could have come up with all kinds of objections and excuses. How about the force of the waters? It was harvest time and the Jordan was at flood stage. They just had to exercise their faith. They had to be willing to get their feet wet.

Here’s the miracle! As soon as the priests who carried the ark of the Lord set foot in the Jordan, the waters flowing downstream were cut off and piled up in a heap. The priests stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

Read the story in Joshua 3.

I’ve seen this principle work since childhood. My dad was a faith-filled missionary. He would start a building project and as long as he kept going, God would supply the needed funds to finish it. God even stopped the rain during the day-time so the builders could do their job. This happened in Tarma, Peru when he was building the church. It was rainy season, when it usually rained every day, but that year it only rained at night. Not one day did they have to stop the work!

I’m stepping into the water, figuratively speaking. Somebody wrote me, “Let’s hold off until after the summer so you have time to raise funds.” It can’t work that way. I know that as I step into the water, the funds will come. At least that’s what I believe!

Let me encourage you. Is God speaking to you about something he wants you to do? Are you faltering, wondering how it will come to pass? Be bold like Joshua and the priests that carried the ark of the covenant. Step out in faith. Move ahead. You’ve got the whole counsel of God on your side. You can carry the entire library of History, Prophesy, Poetry, Gospel and Revelation in the palms of your hands. There are Bibles that can fit in your shirt pocket. Big or small they all contain the same promises.

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

 I wish you a wonderful week of stepping out in faith into waters of victory!

The Magnifier of Faith

I’m listening to an interview done on Oasis Radio Network with Kerry Kirkwood about the power of imagination. It’s been so inspiring for me that I’m listening for the third time today. He has a book called The Power of Imagination. We can see beyond our circumstances through the power of faith.

We usually look at our problems and magnify them. God showed Kirkwood that he should magnify the solution, then the problem would shrink.

How do we magnify the solution? By magnifying the Lord, by exalting his name. Instead of magnifying the problem, let’s magnify the Lord. Let’s concentrate on his greatness and his power.

Psalm 34:3
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together. (NKJV)

Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together. (NLT)

Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together. (NIV)

If you are going through a difficult situation, instead of rehearsing the problem over and over, take the “Magnifier of Faith” and ask God to help you see the solution. That doesn’t mean that the problem will disappear or go away quickly. Sometimes it persists for a while, but your mindset will be totally different, and instead of complaining you will be praising.

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Remember what we have seen in a previous blog about “what to do when you don’t know what to do.” You follow the example set by King Jehoshaphat, who prayed and praised.

PROBLEM + PRAYER & PRAISE = VICTORY.

That was my sermon last week, from 2 Chronicles 20. If we can really grasp this truth, it will be life-changing. Let’s magnify the Truth above the facts. Jesus is the TRUTH! In whatever situation, Jesus is Lord. Nothing is too difficult for him. Whatever miracle you need, TRUST him. Look through the magnifier of faith at the solution. The problem will shrink. You will stand in awe of God’s miracles.

This is not a magical wand. You have to Pray and Praise, and keep at it. Sometimes we have to Prevail for a long time in Prayer and Praise.

Be SPECIFIC! Pray specifically for the answer you’re looking for.

Pray with the SCRIPTURE! Find references in the Word of God that you can stand on. Remind the Lord of his mighty works in the past.

I’m sure I will be revisiting this subject because it’s very close to my heart. If my visions of spreading the lessons I write for teaching the Bible will be accomplished in different languages, and everything for FREE download on the Internet, I have to look through the magnifying glass of faith because I am only one.

I am only ONE, but I am ONE.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can Do, I WILL DO, by the grace of God.

I am praying for volunteers. In fact, my Dad’s wife and I pray daily for this matter. Since the beginning of this year I have 20 volunteers, in three areas: (1) writing, translation, lay-out, art; (2) prayer; (3) finances. Maybe God will call you to be another volunteer. This is an amazing work for the Lord, something that I could not have thought of in my wildest imagination. It is from the heart of God and I get to be a part of it.

I will use my Magnifier of Faith this week!

Pursue Faith

“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life…” (1 Timothy 6:11,12).

This is the verse I have picked to give us a good “attitude adjuster” for the New Year. To pursue means to follow, to chase, to hunt, to practice… in other words, it’s not something that comes easy. You have to work on it. With God’s help it’s possible. Today the subject is faith. There are so many angles to write about faith, the most important being the saving faith, to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.

I chose to go to the Faith Chapter of the Bible—Hebrews 11. We will just make a quick review, because we could spend days on end going over this amazing subject of pursuing faith.

  • “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” NIV
  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” NKJV
  • “Now faith is assurance of (things) hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” ASV
  • “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” NLT

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

The following statement about the people of faith has always amazed me:

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (vs. 13-16)

God was not ashamed of them! I wish to be that kind of person. I want to make God proud, kind of the way we as parents are proud of our children.

Some of the faithful men and woman mentioned in this chapter:

ABEL—offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did.

ENOCH—he walked with God. He’s the man who didn’t die. God just too him away (see Genesis 5:21-24). “Before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

NOAH—120 years he worked on building the ark, thus he saved his family and all the animals.

ABRAHAM—I’ve always admired this man because “when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

  • By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country
  • By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-and Sarah herself was barren-was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
  • By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. (Read the story in Genesis 22.)

MOSES—chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time

  • By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
  • By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
  • By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

JOSHUA—By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

GIDEON—Won a great victory with 300 men (see Judges 6 & 7).

DAVID—As a brave teenager he fought and won over the giant Goliath (see 1 Samuel 17).

DANIEL—The brave man who kept praying even when  faced with lions (see Daniel 6).

There were so many people of faith who…

  • conquered kingdoms
  • administered justice
  • gained what was promised
  • shut the mouths of lions
  • quenched the fury of the flames
  • escaped the edge of the sword

More descriptions:

  • weakness was turned to strength
  • they became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies
  • women received back their dead, raised to life again
  • others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection
  • some faced jeers and flogging
  • others were chained and put in prison

They were…

  • stoned
  • sawed in two
  • put to death by the sword

They went about in sheepskins and goatskins

  • destitute
  • persecuted
  • mistreated

THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY OF THEM.

With this we have not even touched the New Testament. There is no end to the good examples of faith to follow.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb 12:1-3).

Let’s ask Jesus to help us in pursuing the faith that pleases God.

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Driving by Faith

I have been “walking by faith” ever since childhood, that is in a spiritual sense. As the apostle Paul says, “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7).

Today I did “driving by faith”!

I was driving home after delivering my sweet Sarah back to the “fold,” to her family. It was a little rainy when I set out in Oklahoma, very rainy while driving on the Turnpike, but after crossing into Missouri it was like all the floodgates of heaven were open. Maybe I could see 1-2 feet in front of me, and at times no sight! I was happy I had asked for angels to come with me. I always do!

A good thing about the rain was that I had to concentrate so hard on the driving that I could push back the “rain” in my heart. Every so often I get overwhelmed with longing for those that have gone ahead before me. The grieving process is very long! My daughter has been gone for ten years but I still have not gotten used to life without her. Maybe I will always miss her!

My husband has been gone more than four years. If he had been with me on the road today (in his healthy years), he would have done the “driving by faith.” I miss the companionship. And I miss someone to come home to, someone to talk to.

Now I’m so exhausted after the tension on the road that the “grief” will have to wait. I find that being busy with life is the best way to keep going. Then, of course, I find comfort in Jesus.

In sunshine and in rain, in bright and happy times and when things are a little gloomy, Jesus is with us. He sent his Holy Spirit to be our Comforter, our Helper, our Counselor.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18).

Hopefully, I don’t have to do very much driving by faith. That’s a scary experience! But I do want to continue living by faith, walking “in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had” (Romans 4:12).

I wonder how much rain Abraham and his camels and flocks and herds had? At least he didn’t have to drive on an Interstate with big loaded trucks passing him, speeding at more than the 70 miles speed limit. How do they do that? They must have more faith then I had in the rain!

Have a faith-filled week!