Family Fiction posted May 19, 2016

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Christian romance story

dumamis power

by flylikeaneagle

Grandma Gloria opened her door to the Agape Seed Missionary ladies who came to visit. Leo, her Italian Greyhound went outside while the door was open. Leo circled in the wet dewy grass for the perfect spot.

"Welcome, welcome! Come on in!" Gloria held the door open for her friends.

"How are you?" LaVonne asked as she saw Leo run in front of her.

"We came to check on you, Gloria. That storm was fierce last night. We lost our power." Diane commented as she sat down on the overstuffed sofa. "I heard the radio station said that a tornado was in the area."

LaVonne added, "Somehow, the tornado hit a field by Blackburn Road and jumped back into the sky. It hit the Spirit Lake area and stirred up the waters. I have friends there."

"Good thing that the boats were tied down. Some of the large oaks fell onto houses by the sandy beaches. It's a mess with the roads closed." Diane commented to the ladies.

Grandma Gloria listened and smiled at the ladies. She knew that God had answered her prayers.

"Ladies, would you like some egg coffee?" Gloria asked as she poured coffee and served her home baked cookies.

"Yes, thank you!" Carmen responded as she took the coffee cup from Gloria.

Gloria smiled at her Presbyterian friends from Bible studies. "Thank you for the lovely gifts. The food was so tasty and we gave thanks to God for you all. We heard the fierce winds and the lightning and thunder all around us. We prayed to be in the secret place of the Lord. Jesus protected us as we ate and sang praise songs last night. God answers prayers."

Diane said, "We are glad to bring you some treasures from our church. How are the school children doing?"

"The youth love to come here. They are like sponges soaking in the Lord. The children ask so many questions. Thank you for the journals and Bibles. We will be using these next week with our study on Saul who became Paul."

LaVonne ate some snicker doodle cookies. These are delicious, Gloria!"

"I use my fingers to press the cookies down before I add the cinnamon, sugar and peppermint on the top. This is my secret recipe I won at the Jackson Fair last year."

"Can you share a story for your friends? I know that the youth are so excited to hear your stories. They become alive when you tell the Bible stories." Diane commented as she reached for a cookie.

"I will tell you a story about an angry Pharisee named Saul, who later became the Apostle, Paul."

"The disciples of Jesus were multiplying and the people dined together in fellowship, Koinonia. Seven men full of faith and wisdom were picked out to serve tables for the believers in Acts 6. Steven, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. His face shone like an angel as he spoke about Jesus of Nazareth and the history of Israel, God's chosen people."

Diane said, "I love these stories of Paul. I shared these with my sons while they were at my house. Brian named his first son, Paul."

Grandma Gloria smiled as she continued her story, "The enraged Sanhedrin took Steven out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses laid down the garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. The disciples scattered throughout all the regions of Judea and Samaria in fear from the persecution of Saul. He and his men would go house to house and drag off Christ followers and sent them to prison.

Saul would then take these people and drag them in chains. They were bound by their hands and feet as they walked on the dusty roads to Jerusalem."

LaVonne asked, "What happened to these people?" She petted Leo who curled up on the sofa.

Gloria said, "God had plans for his people, his new church." She smiled at her friends she grew up with. "Saul hired a master of a camel caravan to escort Saul and his Pharisee friends to lead the way to Damascus. This master had forty camels that were connected by red ropes from camel to camel so that they would not get lost in windy sand storms.

Now, as Saul was approaching Damascus on the dusty trail, a light from Heaven suddenly shone around him. Saul held up his hands to cover his eyes as he fell to his knees. Saul heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Saul, the Pharisee, asked, "Who are you Lord?"

Jesus replied, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."

Grandma Gloria continued as the ladies listened intently. "The Pharisee friends, Andreas and his servants were speechless. They heard the voice but saw no one. Saul rose from the ground with the help of Andreas, the caravan master. Saul's friends led Saul by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days, Saul, fasted and prayed while waiting on the Lord for answers.'

Andreas attended to his camels and gave his lead camel, Manheeg, extra figs and carrots as a treat. Andreas was known for his spices, healing balms of Gilead and fine linens. His trading in Damascus was good. He waited for Saul to continue on his journey.

The Risen Lord sent a believer, Ananias, to lay hands on Saul of Tarsus. When Ananias laid hands on him, Saul regained his sight. Saul's heart was transformed by God and now called Paul. He was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul met with the disciples at Damascus and proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues to the Jews."

"What happened to Paul and Andreas?" LaVonne asked Gloria.

"Paul went on to be a great apostle for The Risen Lord. Gentiles were saved, healed and taught the Good News by Paul. The Way became larger as the disciples grew in numbers. Andreas, stayed at the house of Martha. He loved her home baked breads with olives and spices. Andreas would help Martha cook the lamb stew of fresh sweet potatoes and veggies. Martha, Mary and Lazarus shared stories of Jesus with Andreas as they ate and fellow shipped into the night.

Martha loved her quiet times with Andreas. He was tanned and weathered from his journeys with his camels. Andreas liked sharing his healing oils from the Garden of the Queen of Sheba.
Martha was known for her baking and large gatherings of friends. She owned her parents house being the eldest of the family. Jesus and his disciples were served many meals by the watchful eyes of Martha. Sometimes, Jesus would correct Martha for her worried perfection while Mary sat at his feet.

Martha smiled as she thought about Jesus. She rubbed Andrea's tired feet with the scented oils. Aromas of myrrh, cinnamon and frankincense filled the air. Andreas smiled back at Martha and fed her some berries. Andreas massaged Martha's shoulders, neck and back. She turned around and their eyes met with joy. They kissed each other in a passionate kiss. Martha touched his heart and felt his warm chest. She felt his love touch her heart as they kissed again. Martha knew Andreas was the one!

As the sun set and the stars came out, they were in love. Andreas and Martha joined hands and praised Jesus for their new season of beginnings. What Jesus put together no one would separate. They snuggled close and listened to each other's heart beat through the night.

The next day, Mary looked at Martha. She was filled with joy. The air still had the presence of the myrrh, cinnamon and frankincense. Martha moved around doing her chores with more energy like she was dancing on air. "What happened, Martha?"

"Mary, I found my true love. Andreas asked me to marry him and I said, Yes!"

Mary hugged Martha and said, "Our departed Father and Mother will be pleased! Let's tell Lazarus when we see him, soon!"

"Andreas asked our brother before he proposed to me. Lazarus blessed us and gave his permission for our wedding!" Oh, Mary! This is truly the power of The Lord connecting us together in faith and love!"

"I am so happy for you, Martha!" Mary danced with her sister. "Yes, a wedding celebration is a blessing from The Lord!"

"Andreas gave me a ruby ring as a sign of his deep love." Martha stated with excitement. "It was his Mother's ring."

"OH! How beautiful, Martha! I will help you with the wedding. You can hold the white lilies from our garden. We have so much to do!"

Andreas watched the sisters rejoice. Yes, Martha is the bride God desires for me! He saw the light of The Lord upon Saul, now Paul. Now, Andreas, saw the light of love upon his precious bride, Martha. Life will be good, he thought as he walked toward Martha and gave her a passionate kiss. "Thank you Jesus! I am truly a blessed man!"

"Grandma Gloria!" Diane exclaimed. "What a story teller you are! These stories seem like I am right inside the Bible watching the action. You need to get these stories published!"

"It's never too late with The Lord! All things are possible with Jesus! I have more cookies and coffee. Anyone care for seconds?"

Christian Romance Story contest entry


Agape Seed Missions - the greatest love of the Lord is Agape vs Phileo which is brotherly love. I helped start this mission to outreach to people in our community. We produced photography cards, handed out Bibles and supplies. We even sent care packages to the military guys in the Middle East. I taught youth about Jesus for twelve years and love telling stories about Jesus.

This is from my Suitcase Stories Series which are in my bedroom inside of old suitcases. Nan told me that I need to share these with the world. So, I am! This revised story follows the "He is Risen! prose on my portfolio. Enjoy and be blessed!
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