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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Great Adventure

Our pastor, Tom, recently quoted Helen Keller as saying," Life is either a great adventure, or it's nothing."
That quote is similar to the old adage: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But I like Helen Keller's better; it's a stronger statement. Who wants to have a nothing life?
Like most people, when I hear a quote like that, I immediately ask myself, is my life a great adventure?
Few people who meet me would know that I am a great adventurer.
I'm a little woman, barely five foot one. There's nothing special about my appearance. I'm a wife, a mother, now a grandmother, a musician, a teacher, a writer.
Most of my life has been lived in my home, my studio, my classrooms, and my church.
Where's the adventure in that?
I'm no Indiana Jones, who strolls out of his college lecture hall, then zooms across five continents to face some exotic danger.
But -- I'll bet you didn't know this -- years ago I was once a slave, laboring with others in the darkness of a dank and fearful cave. Cruel troll-masters snapped whips against my back, tearing my flesh, laughing when I screamed in agony.
One night, a Hero arrived and rescued me from that horrible domain of darkness. He magically transported me into a grand and wondrous Kingdom.
But evil trolls from that old slave-world are constantly trying to reach through the portal of the wondrous Kingdom, with gnarled, hoary hands, seeking to grasp me and drag me back into slavery.
I and my new Kingdom friends possess an ancient, enchanted scroll, which, when eaten, bestows power to be able to view through the portal and see when the trolls are approaching to attack. We are able to warn each other about the trolls.
At other times, we hike through the wondrous Kingdom, seeking to catch glimpses of the Maker of the enchanted scroll. It is said that He roams the Kingdom forests and meadows and sings a song so beautiful that all who hear it weep for joy.

Sound like an adventure?
There's way more to my story, but I'll save the rest for another day.

"For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." (Col. 1:13)


  1. Hi Dena -

    I love your description of our truly exciting, adventurous life. :)