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Dream House

Dream House
by Danny Tariman

“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” – Matthew 15:28

“The Lord spoke to me through your reflection — to ask in faith regarding our dream house,” emailed a lady.

She was referring to my Didache story about how the Lord enabled us to purchase a 300-square meter lot in a nice village. In my reflection, I shared how the Lord provided so we could pay for the property without obtaining a bank loan.

“I believe the Lord is telling me to just trust Him,” she added. At the time, she didn’t have enough cash for a down payment on a property they were eyeing. Now and then, she would update me.

“The agent pushed the deadline for payment.”

“We sold the condo unit we were selling.”

“My husband was promoted.”

Then one day, she emailed, “We are moving to our new house next week!”

Wow! The Lord is truly awesome!

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it shall be yours.”

This woman’s dream was granted because of her faith.

Reflection: Do you have an almost impossible desire or need that you are praying for? Ask in faith.

Lord, strengthen my faith in you. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache – Aug 5, 2015]

Believe, Receive!

Believe, Receive!
by Danny Tariman

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

We had planned to climb Mt Daraitan one weekend. We researched on what to prepare and readied everything we need for the trek.

My family is excited to go back to the trails and climb a mountain. And this time, it is near the city, just about 70kms away.

However as early as 2 weeks before our climb, three tropical storms were spotted near the country. One after the other. It was raining hard for many days. In fact, there were floods and land slides (due soil erosion) in many provinces. Classes were suspended in the provinces and well as in the Metro.

We prayed for our trek. We prayed that the LORD will blow the rain away from our paths, that the LORD will grant us dry, “trekable” trails when we climb the mountain.

But the storm continued. Even just days before our trek, the rains kept pouring. Hard and heavy.

We continued to lift up to the LORD our prayer for a good weather for the weekend we will climb.

We checked the weather forecast for the day of our climb. The predictions were gloomy – some forecasts predicted rains, some cloudy.

We persisted in our prayers. Every family prayer time, we prayed for good weather. We believe God can make this possible despite the 3 storms spotted near the country,

We recalled how the LORD answered a similar prayer when we trekked Mt Pulag. It was also raining days before our scheduled climb. In fact, our trek organizer informed us that the mountain administrator had closed the area for trekking due to rains. But praise God in His goodness, the sun dried the paths, so that on the weekend we climbed, it was dry, and the administrators opened it up for trekkers.

We believe that the LORD can make it happen again.

Not so surprising because we anticipated God’s favor, we found the road and the trail dry. There was no trace of rain when we climbed Mt Daraitan.

As the Bible says, “believe and receive” (Mark 11:24)

We believed, and we received the answer to our prayers. Praise and thanks be to God!

Found!

Found!
by Danny Tariman

“Seek and you will find…” (Matthew 7:7)

It was early in the morning. I was about to go to work when my wife said to me “I can’t find the original CR. Did you keep it?”

I replied “No, I did not keep it. Let us pray for it. I know it is just somewhere inside.”

She was referring to the original copy of the Car Registration Certificate.

We were about to register our car for its annual registration at a local Land Transportation Office (LTO). My wife was preparing the documents – the Car Registration Certificate, the previous Official Receipt of registration – when it occurred to her that the original Car Registration is lost!

She tried to look for the usual compartments where we normally keep documents like this. But this time, it is not there. She prayed, as I suggested, while she continually look for it in every possible place.

While waiting for my ride, I texted and asked her if she found it. She replied back that we continue to pray. She said she went the back to the possible locations again – the drawers and shelves – but couldn’t find it.

We kept on praying. Few minutes later, she was led to get hold of a Holy Week Reflection booklet which we carried along in our travel to Bicol last Holy Week.

Lo and behold! The original Certificate of Registration of our car was inserted in the book!

And our car’s registration was processed at the local LTO very fast.

Indeed, there is nothing impossible for those who believe. As the Word of God in Matthew 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds.”

The Highway

by Danny Tariman

“I will cut a road through all my mountains, and make my highways level.” – Isaiah 49:11

It was a thrilling experience to drive to Subic through the new SCTEX highway. I was cruising at top speed!

I noticed that many mountains were cut to make way for the wide and long, straight road.

This brings me to recall the time when I was called to start The Feast (a prayer meeting of Light of Jesus) in a foreign country.

I was facing a mountain of challenges: no co-servants to help, no venue, no one to sing in the prayer meeting, etc. There was literally no Light of Jesus (LOJ) presence in the city.

But the Lord has His ways.

One by one, I began to see the hand of the Lord moving: mountains were cut, roads were built.

I was able to easily arrange for an audience with the archbishop. I was given quick approval to establish the LOJ Family in his archdiocese. Out of nowhere, a man called up and volunteered to help. I was introduced to a worship leader. Everything just fell into place! In a few months, we started The Feast in Port Moresby.

How wonderful it is to journey with the Lord. He can cut mountains and make highways level to pave a better way!

Reflection: Are you facing a mountain of problems? Is the road narrow and winding? Trust the Lord — He will make a way!

Prayer: Lord, I surrender to You my situation and problems. Have Your way in me. Amen.

[This reflection first appeared in Didache April 2, 2014]

This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine
by Danny Tariman

“I will give to you, and your descendants after you, the land….” – Genesis 17:8

We had been praying for a property on which to build our own house. In one of her prayer times, my wife came across a Bible verse, “I give you the land,” which we believed was the Lord’s personal message to us.

My family scouted out many places in search of that “land.” But nothing worked out. Then one evening an agent called to offer us a property. We went to see it the next morning. It was in a peaceful, secure neighborhood and within walking distance to a church. It was perfect for our needs!

There was just one problem: it cost a few millions while our savings was just under one. Someone advised us to apply for a bank loan. We did. However, we continued to hold on to God’s promise.

Meanwhile, I returned to my overseas job. Whenever I would send money home, the exhange rate would be favorable to us. Also, I was able to sell our equity holdings abroad at almost 150 percent profit! In two months we were able to raise the needed cash. We saw the hand of God at work.

The loan was approved in record time, too. But we eventually cancelled it because the Lord had provided. The Lord literally gave us the land!

REFLECTION:

Do you feel like giving up? Hang on, the Lord is doing something for you!

PRAYER:
Grant me, dear Lord, an unwavering faith in You. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache, March 29, 2012]

Hold On!

Hold On!
by Danny Tariman

“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” – Luke 21:19

The pressure is getting heavier. Projects are not turning out as they should. Deadlines pass by unmet. The boss calls you to check the status. Operations people call to follow up. Team performance leaves much to be desired.

These are the situations when I just want to say, “Enough is enough!” When I feel like packing up and going home.

As a worker in a foreign land, I face many challenges. So I’d call my wife back in Manila to intercede. And she’d pray and give me bible promises that strengthen me to go on

“Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you” (Isaiah 41:10).

“I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me” (Philippians 4:13).

And because of these powerful messages from the Lord, I am able to patiently endure and carry on. I remind myself, “Quitting is not an option!”

I persevere in my work, constantly asking the Lord for help and guidance. And yes, each day the Lord unfolds a blessing, a victory in my workplace!

REFLECTION:

Are you on the brink of quitting? Don’t. Hang on. The Lord will give you a breakthrough!

PRAYER:

Lord, I am sorry for the times that I have weakened in my faith. Please strengthen me to keep on.

[This reflection was first published in Didache on November 23, 2011]