Sparks of Kindness

Today’s story was inspired by a fire in the center of Lima, Peru. The fire was in a commercial area and lasted several days. Today we want to show the great fire that our words can cause.

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. James 3: 5,6

Instead of concentrating on all the bad things that our words can do, we want to focus on the positive, like “SPARKS OF KINDNESS.”

Miss Beatriz suggested to the children that instead of starting a fire of lies, they should send “sparks of truth” flying from their mouths through the good words they say.

She taught them a saying to help them initiate a “fire of truth” that never goes out. One of the treasures of the club will be kindness. May it be the same in our lives!

Welcome to read the story #6: The fire that wouldn’t g out

 

Don’t miss out on the memory verse

We offer i big size, that can be displayed, and also a smaller version to cut out and give each student one to take home and practice and learn.

To make sure that you get the right size for your paper, we offer letter size and A4. If you have a different size in your country, send me a note and I might be able to do the verses in the size, too.

Nothing is more important than to hide the Word of God in our heart!!!

Have a blessed week making sparks of kindness fly!

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A Club and a Motto

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?” Deuteronomy 10:12,13

In today’s story, Miss Beatrice and the children decide on having a club. Since the purpose is to discover treasures in God’s Word, they decide to call it The Treasure Club. The above verses are used as a motto. I thank my friend Nancy Gilbert Waldrep for providing an acrostic for the motto. The children will use one hand and five fingers to learn and remember it.

  • Adore the Lord
  • Desire to serve Him
  • Obey His Word
  • Respect His commandments
  • Enjoy His friendship

My desire is that we all learn, more and more, that all treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. A teenage boy in Africa, an orphan, when asked what he desired, said, “I have everything; I have Jesus.” But his desire was to have a closer walk with the Lord. How I wish we all would have that desire!

Find here the story #5: The Treasure Club

May you continue to be blessed abundantly!

A Treasure and a Disappointment

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Psalm 119:18 ESV

This is a wonderful prayer to use every time we open God’s Word. I learned this verse at a Scripture Union camp in Peru. What you learn in our younger years stays with us. In fact, whatever we learn from the Word of God, at any age, is a treasure we store in our heart.

 To print and share: MC Psalm 119_18      A4: MC Psalm 119_18 A4

To assist in helping the children store God’s Word in their hearts, I will provide the Bible verse for the story as cards for printing and sharing. I hope you will be encouraged to use this tool to give the children a little card that they can carry with them and keep someplace safe. It will help them to meditate on the verse and hopefully memorize it. There is nothing more important than keeping the God’s Word in our heart.

In last week’s story we were introduced to Daisy. She was given a treasure, her very own Bible. In today’s story, she has a big disappointment, because his father doesn’t allow her to keep the Bible. What a sad thing for this precious girl! … Next week we’ll see what happens.

Read here:  Daisy’s Treasure

My purpose is for children to understand what a great treasure the Bible is. The verse for today indicates the purpose of Scripture, being useful for

  • Teaching
  • Reprooof
  • Correction
  • Training in righteousness

Pray for children whose parents forbid them to hear the Word of God.

May God bless you and the children in your life!

 

Praying for Students and Teachers

It’s morning once again. Summer vacation is over and children are back to school. This year I will have a special assignment. My precious grandson, who graduated from eighth grade in May will now start High School.

David will be going to a new school in a new town. His dad will drop him off at my house on his way to work in the morning. We will have our prayer-time together for the day and then the school bus will pick him up. In the afternoon he will be with me until his dad comes back from work and they go home for dinner.

This will be my “school schedule” for the year. What a blessing!

For those of you who are new to this resources page, and as a reminder to the “old” folks, I have a page with special helps for prayer. I invite you to visit and avail yourself of beautiful prayer cards and suggestions for prayer.

See: PRAYER HELPS

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.