Category Archives: Stories for Children

A Door that Never Closes

The above quote is my granddaughter Sarah’s favorite. Inspired by it she wrote a story, with some help from her grandmother. She loves the Salt and Pepper stories and wanted to share it here with you.

To print the story:  The Door That Never Closes

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.

 

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your story. We welcome other children to send in their stories and we will publish them.

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A Slave Girl’s Testimony

Today’s story focuses on a slave girl’s testimony that saved a general. Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was a leper. The girl could have felt revengeful, since she had been taken captive from her land of Israel. But this girl testified that in Israel there was a prophet of God who performed miracles. She spoke with her mistress and said to her,

“Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy” (2 Kings 5:3).

God used this girl to bring healing to the afflicted general; but even more important than his physical healing was that he decided to serve the living and true God. He said to Elisha, “Please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord” (v. 17).

God has not changed. He does miracles today as he did yesterday. Whatever you need, tell the Lord about it.

There are many beautiful teachings that can be applied to this story. The saddest thing is what happened to Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, who coveted the gifts that Naaman had brought, which Elisha would not receive. By deception he obtained those gifts; but it cost him dearly. Naaman’s leprosy struck him and his descendants!

Enjoy the story #14: The Girl Who Saved a Great General

The slave girl testifying to her mistress

Naaman and the King of Syria

Naaman dips seven times in the Jordan River

Naaman is healed

General Naaman offers gifts to Elisha

Gehazi asked for the gifts

The prophet Elisha turns Naaman’s leprosy onto Gehazi

May God bless you and the children wonderfully!

A Smart Puppy’s Birthday

Today’s story was in part inspired by a very smart puppy I saw on America’s Got Talent. He could count! I thought that could be something fun to incorporate in my Salt and Pepper story, so I decided upon a birthday party for Miss Beatrice’s dog Dino.

But the point of the story is for the children to guess the secret word, something that is worth more than riches. A shy little girl that I introduce today guesses the word, and she is given a Bible as the prize.

For Miss Beatrice it was important that Daisy and her friends Salt and Pepper learn God’s Word, that can make you wise for salvation. She invites the children to come back the following week.

I invite you to read today’s story and then come back for another one next week. How about that?

You’ll be surprised what happened to Daisy when she arrives home with the precious prize she received at the birthday party. I’ll keep you in suspense. That is coming up next time!

Today, read about smart little Dino!  HERE!

 

 

A Pleasant Taste to our Words

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful. Ephesians 4:29 NLT

Welcome to the second chapter of the story about Salt and Pepper. Miss Beatrice, the kind neighbor, invited Salt and Pepper to her house. They would talk about having salt in your speech.

“To talk with salt means to give a pleasant taste to the words we say,” Miss Beatrice explained to the boys. “No one likes unseasoned food. It doesn’t taste good. In the same way, it’s not pleasant to listen to bad words and ugly conversations.That’s distasteful to our ears and our heart!”

“Sometimes I say bad words,” Felix said. “Does that mean I’m talking with pepper?”

“What do you think?” answered Miss Beatrice. “Just as pepper stings your tongue, bad words and ugly talk leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

Follow along as Miss Beatrice teaches the boys about seasoning their words with salt.

I read the story to my youngest grandchild last night. She got all excited about a word the children have to guess, about something that is worth more than gold. I told her to sleep on it. First thing this morning she wanted to read the next chapter, so she could find out what the word was.

She is privileged, because her grandmother writes the stories. I told her the other children have to wait a whole week to find out.

Find the next chapter of the story in the SALT AND PEPPER page.

Want to guess what is worth more than gold? Go to Proverbs 8:11.

Beatrice teaches Salt and Pepper about having
pleasant taste to our words.

Please pass along the information so lots of boys and girls can follow along and learn many wonderful things for a life pleasing to God.

 

A Salt and Pepper Story

It all started a few years ago when I read these Bible verses:

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6

I made myself a note that it would be interesting to write a story about being the salt of the earth and seasoning our speech. I got the idea of making it about a couple of boys, and why not call them Salt and Pepper? I tucked the note together with all my other ideas and totally forgot about it!

A couple of months ago I found the note and decided to write a story. One story would not be enough to talk about our speech. The Bible teaches a lot about it!

That is how my chapter story got started. Today I have ten chapters in Spanish and it is snowballing. The more I progress, the more I see things to write about. It’s just been two months since I started writing but I have already seen some interesting things that show me how the Holy Spirit is guiding me in writing and choosing subjects.

Thanks to my dear friend Nancy Waldrep we can have the stories in English. I’m very grateful for her help! Now you and your children/grandchildren/students/nieces/nephews/siblings can also be grateful. I hope you enjoy them!

There will be a coloring page to go with the story and a poster with the Bible verse. There is a lot more in the Spanish version. I will try to squeeze in time to add some more elements to the English version, but I can’t promise for sure.

Go to the page SALT AND PEPPER STORIES. Sometime every Friday I will add a story, so the safest is to check the page on Saturdays.

Pray for me that I will have open ears and heart to hear the message the Holy Spirit wants to convey. Pray also for inspiration. The stories will be featuring Bible characters and teachings for our Christian living.

Welcome to enjoy the stories about Salt and Pepper and their friend Daisy.

You are a Priceless Treasure

Have you ever felt useless or forgotten? You are precious in God’s sight! You are a priceless treasure! God loves you so much that he came to this earth and became a man, to carry the punishment of your sins.

You are the apple of God’s eye! Take courage. Jesus loves you!

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 ESV

We have two new stories. One about a Chinese girl who was rejected by her parents. Someone took her in and gave her a new name… from Useless to Priceless.

The other story is about a queen’s treasures. Read and see!

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