The Story Teller’s Daughter (The Beginning)

“Rise and shine for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Those were the words that my sister and I woke up to as our dad, Charles Wesley Elwell, would throw open our bedroom door and flick on the lights.  Daddy was serious about serving Jesus.  But it hadn’t always been that way. …

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Conquering Chaos

This morning I received a text that said, “I’m stressed. I miss how the world used to be. I can’t handle this chaos.” At that moment, I knew that anything I said would sound cliche. A few hours later I felt led to go to the grocery store. Weird, because I just went yesterday and…

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Accelerated Change is the New-Norm for the Church

Imagine you are on the beach.  You can feel the warm sand between your toes.  The gentle waves lull you and lure you to experience their soothing effect on your soul.  The beautiful clear water (must be in the Bahamas) is irresistible and even though you are not a water person compels you to take…

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It was Friday night–the beginning of a weekend women’s church retreat. What could be better? God. Food that I didn’t have to prepare. A beautiful hotel. It was going to be good. And then the first speaker opened her mouth… She had been the praise and worship leader in her church and fallen in love…

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It was dark and the fires of dinner time had died to a glowing smolder.  Peter had just arrived that afternoon and no one wanted to leave.   A young man in the back stood and said, “Peter, tell us again about the fish.”  He’d told the story the last time he had visited, but…

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Sometime after midnight, an Arabian wolf could be heard in the distance.  The chickens in the backyards of the various homes scattered about cackling and fluttering at the sound.  Danger was in the wind.  They could feel it. It was foolish for anyone with means to be caught on the dark streets alone at night. …

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The Tree Climber

He was running just as fast as his short little legs would go.  Around the corner, past the widow’s house and then across the vacant lot he went, huffing and puffing the whole way.  He wasn’t exactly athletic, and the few extra pounds across his midsection definitely weighted him down. His lungs ached for him…

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The Dreamer

Jake always loved sleeping under the stars.  He would prop himself up against a tree for as long as he could, counting them in the sky.  Sometimes he would see a shooting star, or maybe even two.  He often wondered what it would be like to ride one as it raced across the heavens.  Finally…

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Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude. It’s a German word that means “damage joy” or experiencing joy when you hear about the troubles of others. It’s not just the kind of joy that you experience within yourself either. It is the kind of joy that shows on a person’s face. Yeah, like big-time joy…possibly with a laugh attached to it.…

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The Defining Moment

The servant of a faraway king, stood before King Hezekiah, shouting for all the people to hear, “Listen up you people.  Your king can not save you.  Your army is defeated.  There is no hope.  You will die in the streets and your children along with you.  Lay down your arms.  Even your God can…

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