Some churches set aside a time during a service for people to give a testimony. Unfortunately, there is no format or guidelines for the speakers to use. Some testimonies end up being everything except what they were intended to be.
Dark energy. Dark matter. Black holes. How has these things possibly influence humankind? This science fiction story explores those ideas while we read about Mackenzie Zap.
This fan fiction story was written to meet Billybuc’s Photo Challenge. A couple is hiking down the Pacific Coast tri mid-November. An early snowstorm makes camping a bit more uncomfortable. The story tells of the adventures this couple has while hiking and camping.
Psalm 23 is the best known and most popular of all the psalms. Many people know this psalm by heart. The psalm is loved by Jews and Christians alike, speaking as it does of God’s protection and care.
Nearly every child undergoes a number of formative experiences before reaching adolescence. It is impossible to gauge which of these will impact, in an uplifting or dispiriting influence
Most people love receiving blessings from God. Did you know God gives two kinds of blessings? Do you know what they are?
A short story prompted by William D Holland's photo challenge number 5. A school science team tries to come up with a solution to a sticky problem.
In defense of postmodern drivel, philosophers will say things in new and different ways. When a piece of short fiction can sound like a nonsensical treatise, readers will laugh and remain delighted that they encountered such a singular junket into the pit of scientific glory.
This short story is an mashup alternative ending to the short stories No One’s a Mystery by Elizabeth Tallent and Teenage Wasteland by Anne Tyler, based on the song Carousel by Linkin Park.
If you take every opportunity to ridicule your friend for her choices, it is likely that she will end her friendship with you.
Heyoka is the Lakota equivalent of a sacred clown. They were thunder shamans, representing the mysterious dual-aspect of nature and the cosmos. Their tactics were seemingly foolhardy and ridiculous, but they were revered by their people as powerful and wise.
A lot of Christians are waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. While it will be the second coming, the Bible speaks of three comings of Jesus. This article explains in detail.
We all make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes can get us down. These quotes can help us refocus on what's important and find a way to move past a mistake that may have gotten us stuck.
This article discusses the meaning of prayer along with prayers for humanity, children, the environment, and peace.
This is a story about a woman who is unhappy with her life. She forms a strange relationship with her reflection in a very special mirror.
People can walk in divine favor. Even so, it does not come automatically. There are some things to do to participate in your own blessings.
This articles explores why Jesus often spoke in parables, instead of simply saying, in a direct way, what he wanted to say. Was the "indirect" approach best for conveying what He wanted to say?
To nurture their desire for success, here are six great Bible verses students can adopt as guiding principles throughout the year. Even younger students can benefit if someone reads and explains them.
A Saint decanonized is a fact-based story of the human element of Saint Christopher’s removal from the roster of Catholic Saints. Christian saints are revered by believers as protectors of various aspects of life. Hence, the removal of one of them can cause an enormous amount of pain and disruption
Understanding the nature of forgiveness might be the difference between letting go of unforgiveness, or keep holding on to it. With that in mind, here are nine Bible quotes about forgiveness that describe nine qualities of true forgiveness.
Loneliness is one of the most pervasive plagues of the human condition. Yet, it is often one of the most difficult subjects for society as a whole to address. These stories focus upon sources of isolation
The toilet paper debate has been going on for many decades. Some say the paper should come under the roll. Some say it should go over the roll. Which is the correct way?
It was the summer of 1966. Mom and Dad had left the city to let their spirits run free and live off the land. Mom was an artist. Dad was a musician. And both hated the Establishment.
Six titles seem adequate in a tribute to a good mother, one title for each letter in the word MOTHER. Find suggested words here, and make it a family project. Your creativity will make her proud.
God is our Creator. Sometimes he allows pieces of our lives to fall apart. When we entrust ourselves to Him, He will put all the pieces of our lives back together, either now or in eternity.
Monsters, ghouls, or even scared of the dark? You name it! Know how to write a quick, short horror story with these simple tips.
If your husband had ever cheated, this is the type of letter you might receive from "the other woman."
Michael Myers escapes from captivity and interrupts a Halloween festival on October 31st in Haddonfield.
Jacob was the son of a woman he adored and a man who had been convicted of murdering his mother. A mystical, ethereal, terrifying experience changed his life and the memory of his parents.
The Whistler has found a new story with a complex of irony. He is rethinking his profession as literary sleuth. Captivated by the stories he finds, he remains conflicted about continuing with literature. Maybe he will give up and become a lawyer.
The story is based on a timeline 6 months after the incidents happened in The Writers Block. While Ivan was trying to find an explanation for the previous incident, he encounters something else which was very similar to one of his childhood memories.
One man’s self-awareness and the ordeal of human development unfold in this journey of life from birth to death.
What is it about looking fat that upsets us so much? Why do we feel less manly if we do not have a six-pack? Who really cares as long as we're choosing that right? So yet why is that not the case ?
Getting older doesn't mean all the excitement has to go out of life. But half an hour of Wheel of Fortune may be as close to the edge as some people need to get. Join this fellow as he gives up his safe routine for a walk on the wild side.
A woman who has begun researching her family tree returns to the farm once owned and run by her ancestors to see and feel it first hand, and for another more important reason.
This story represents a moment in time. In this moment, a choice must be made. These tiny moments are what life is really about. These moments define us.
This is a science fiction short story about leaving our home for something new and old at the same time.
Love is something that almost every person would experience at some point in their life. It is truly an amazing experience and your first love is something that will be in your memory for the rest of your life. Here is a love story similar to the story of Cinderella we know so much about.
Why do spiders weave and why do spiders have weaving silk? This legend might give you the reason why spiders continuously weave their web.
A fictional tale about two Venus in Virgo people, who wonder if a platonic relationship can successfully change into a romantic one. What do you think? I'd like to hear!
The dark corridors of the Opera House holds many secrets. A young soprano encounters the phantom that dwells within the mysterious passages, during a nighttime encounter.
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
A real story of a mountainous fairy encounter from the Appalachian Mountain region of West Virginia.
Brain injuries occur in 1.7 million people annually in the United States. This story is based on my personal experience as an RN working in ICU. We are taught to keep our emotions out of patient care, but this case really upset me at the time, maybe because he was 17 years old.
Caring for the elderly is often defined as a vocation for the angelic, but the needs of both can nurture animosity and a disposition to deceive
As people age, their lack of control over their lives tends to diminish. This loss of autonomy can result in voicing their frustration upon those most eager to nurture them through their difficult moments.
This is a story provided by my Higher Self - which some people call God - to my little self in my book 'Divine Dialogue - How to hold a conversation with God. Done via Automatic Writing.
Throughout the pages of the Bible, the word "bread" is mentioned. Bread is used to provide physical nourishment as well as a symbol for spiritual satisfaction.
As a newbie travel reporter for The Chronicle, my first assignment was to find an out-of-the-way destination, spend some time there, and tell my readers why the area should be a go-to for adventure, relaxation, and the perfect getaway. This is what I didn't expect.
I've written this article to highlight the qualities in other people that I most admire. Nobody is perfect, myself included (!) but just how fussy are we when it comes to liking others? If, for instance, they swore like a trooper - would it put...
An old boxer looks at himself in the mirror shortly after waking up. He reminisces about when he was young and laments his deteriorating body. The only visitor he gets these days is a stray cat that comes around when he is hungry.
Friendships are one of our major sources of joy and well-being. Sadly, often those most in need of its solace, present themselves in a way which proves smothering to those they approach. Equally painful is the belief in friendships being sold rather than offered.
A hayride turns into a nightmare during a social outing designed to help stressed out employees relax.
Have you ever seen a common house gecko? This harmless little creature lives in the home and there's an interesting legend on why this house lizard is known for on kissing the ground just before sundown.
My dad, Synco Schram de Jong, used to make little books for us and illustrated them with his lovely drawings. They often had a message of some kind. This one 's about listening to your parents.
An astral traveler finds the house of her dreams in her city, but knows they can't afford it. Then she can't believe her good fortune, or can she?
Comedy and funny story about the fish that got away. My favorite funny story about fishing with my uncle.
Moms, we all know the struggle of falling in the toilet when the seat is left up. Enjoy this story of my workplace bathroom disaster. I believe toilet seats should be left down.
A fictional story. A “B” movie actress gets conned into getting others to invest in a movie. The con artist has disappeared and the actress does what she normally does in a crisis. She goes to her cousin, whose husband is also a fan, for help. The husband comes up with a crazy solution.
This fictional tale describes what its like to fall in love with a person who has Venus in Scorpio, what are you getting into? A sexy, romantic, jealous and passionate ride! Read on!
Many years ago, the Daily Telegraph ran a competition to write a story or essay in exactly 50 words, no more, no less. Here are a few of my 50-word essays.
Why are we here? When others play the victim, do we adopt the hero? In this story, I come face-to-face with some of the harsher aspects of our reality, homelessness and gut-wrenching depression.
The word "awesome" should be reserved for only God. Chocolate ice cream and God should not be described the same way.
Can you resist a writing challenge? I can't. Follow Joe in his battle to stay safe on a dangerous journey from mountain hide-out to busy port, on a mission to help others.
Is God like my father? See life through my little girls eyes and the terror of living with a raging Dad. Then learn how I came to know God as my All in All and Jesus His son as my Savior and Lord.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in an operating room? This story will tell you about a typical day for a circulating nurse in the operating room.
Flash Fiction: Physicist Dr. Simon Morton invents a time machine and goes back to 1865 to prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He succeeds. Or does he? Sci-Fi time travel story.
Many Christians use Psalm 46:10 as a type of contemplative prayer, but is this correct when considering the context? This verse can still be a comfort for Christians, but for the right reasons.
Over years of reading and studying the Bible, Rev. Margaret Minnicks has compiled a simplified way of understanding the Bible. Read and try her methods and you will also understand the Bible.
For this flash fiction project, I set out to use all the words contained in a crossword puzzle solution. The result is a quick and wild look at how one young lady may have discovered her destiny.
Two short stories exploring the impact of bullying, both in terms of domestic domination and abuse about personal appearance
Whether writing, interviewing, or just having a conversation, everybody wants to get accurate answers to their questions. But the only way to get the right answer is to ensure you're asking the right questions. This article will discuss "leading" questions and how to avoid them.
Three boys, adventurers at heart, set out on a day hike in the coal mining region of West Virginia. The decision to explore a mine leads to a chilling encounter and a narrow escape. (1526 words)
People who have Venus in Aquarius need a lot of freedom in their relationships, as shown by my fictional couple. Check the link to see what sign your Venus is in!
Charlie is saddened and jealous to see his old job has been reallocated, He longs to come out of retirement and resume duties. But will his dreams become reality?
Mason Anderson was a pioneer in spaceflight. His trip into space was designed to open the door on a new era of enlightenment in society.
This is a short story of a lamb that is totally 'lost' is the world. But is this God's cruel joke or a story of misplaced identity? Mukti's story is actually all of our story with our dear Lord...
A look at a story drawn from Hindu mythology, concerning the benevolent goddess, Lakshmi, and her encounter with a clever washerwoman.
Some people say they don't know how to pray. Prayer is simply communicating with God. If people can talk, then they can talk to God.
This fictional piece about Venus in Taurus lovers are among the "Lovers of the Zodiac" since they are sweet and sincere. Check out to see where your Venus is.
The "I am" statements of Jesus are listed as they are recorded in the Gospel of John. They are explained why Jesus used particular metaphors to emphasize who He was.
Change is constantly happening every day, all around the world. This article is all about the facts of change and a list of the top ten things that will always change, in life and in the world.
The Bible records the stories of several women who were barren. That list includes Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah in the Old Testament and Elizabeth in the New Testament. Here is Hannah's story.
This Fan Fiction article tells the story about a couple who have to make a serious decisions that impacts their future, and that of their child’s.
This article gives thirteen Bible verses about birds, and it provides data about old and recent religions' views of feathered creatures.
Adesua's life is one to be envied,with a very handsome husband and a baby on the way,some might say she has it all. But the question is, does she?
Here is a collection of my very short stories, suitable for all ages. Each story has a maximum of 300 words and was written for a flash fiction contest.
The popular saint Francis of Assisi created one of the most beautiful prayers of Christianity, a mediation on peace.
This is a fictional Journal entry written in the voice of a young woman on the trail of tears. The journal entry is fiction however, the facts in the entry are true.
The Blue Gum Gang is a short story depicting childhood fun and adventure roughly set in 1950s Australia. I originally published it here in 2013 but later moved it to another site. I thought the time was now right to return it to this site and make it available to a new group of readers.
When a child dies, the parents left behind grieve in spite of well-meaning friends and family. Learn tips to make traveling grief of the death of a newborn child a journey with a reachable destination.
Post-feminist revolution, 1950's housewives carry a certain amount of hip kudos. Now that we have equality (or a facsimile thereof) we don't have to be on the defensive anymore. We can wear a stiff, full skirt, vintage aprons, masses of lipstick, absurd hair and play at having afternoon teas and being as ultra-feminine and retro as we want.
This is a Fan Fiction article about a seniors who are spending their summer in the Adirondack Mountains. A widow and widower meet and find love they thought they would never happen again at their age.
In order to understand the Bible, you must read the Bible, and you must read it daily. Then as you read the Bible you will begin to understand it.
Jesus says Christians are the salt of the earth. However, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men, according to Matthew 5:13.
This is a story I wrote to accompany a sketch my brother did. He's not yet read it. Hope he likes it!
Josephine becomes frightened upon learning the scope of t, remains frustrated with not being allowed to learn more and struggles with becoming an adult. Jeremy still avoids her and seems angry.
Though growing girls are often considered to be closer to their mothers than fathers, paternal values can also have an intense impact for good or evil
This is a fan fiction article about a couple when the wife gets her purse stolen. How she reacts, the husband’s response and the robber getting arrested are all part of the story.
Three flash fiction stories on the theme of war, exploring bravery, despair, resilience and consequences. Is battle as glorious as it is claimed, or merely a catalyst of destruction and human misery?
A man's home has been invaded by unknown prowlers. Unwilling to give up the ship, He chooses a hiding place with no way out. Word Count-936
Marietta Grace Spauling’s mother was the world to her. She told her mother everything she did, everything she thought, and everything she felt. Her mother was sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much.
There is a very big difference between grace and mercy. The words should not be used interchangeably.
The Grotto in Portland, Oregon is a stunning outdoor cathedral. It was built by a Catholic priest in thanksgiving to God for saving the life of his mother.
This folktale from Shropshire describes how villagers were saved from drought by a fairy cow, until a wicked witch stepped in.
There are so many little things in the Bible with big meanings. We would be wise to pay attention to them.
This is a flash fiction story inspired by Billybuc’s pictures. The story is about an abused woman who finds a new path in life. Domestic abuse is a serious problem for many women and most big cities have safe houses for these victims.
In this short ghost story with a twist ending, a man, haunted by dark memories, spends forty years living alone on an isolated farm. One autumn day, he discovers another presence in his home that forces him to face the secrets of his past.
As the sun shines happily on the cool, rippling surface of the sea, cars drive towards the nearest parking space like they would never have another chance to see this exquisite scene. Children are the first out, and they run frantically towards the...
Recovering from the shock of a home invasion, couple Steph and Mark decide to join a house swap site thinking that a week in Paris will heal their relationship, only to find their trip to a nightmare
Based off of the Norwegian fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," this imaginative fractured fairy tale is a twist in perspective. Toll, the toll troll, tells his side of this short story. Showing the audience that things aren't always what they seem.
Short story re-published from Associated Content /Yahoo Voices. It's about two people who meet by chance - a decorated veteran and a beautiful actress! Do give it a read!
After a quarter century together, Ben and Kim find that their love has died. Their marriage is at a standstill and both decide on their own to seek love elsewhere. Individually, both desperate for change and wanting to find love, they each begin an affair.
Brian expected that when he went into to the Twin Towers that Tuesday morning, he would never be seen again. But he never planned for Kate to be there with him.
Always keen to rise to a challenge, I attempted this flash fiction inspired by just one photo, a photo which I thought implied a sense of waiting, of being ready but being frustrated by something. Come along for the ride…. maybe!
Patience is the brother of wisdom. Cultivate a passion for learning patience in all things. You are the master of your own destiny.
A Mothers Prayer is the story of my teenage daughter. As her mother I was very concerned about her choices. The story tells of the power of prayer & the very specific answer to my urgent pleadings.
When I was six, I wanted the first thing I ever truly wanted. It glimmered and shone and dominated my every thought. I truly believed I would have it.
This is a short story about hope and determination to achieve spring in your life's autumn.It's a fiction story,so resemblance to any plot or novel can be just coincidence.
Can a world collapse through the lack of moral conscience? Can wars be started and food supplies ended because a moral conscience was missing? And can a moral conscience create an Eden on earth?
The only opportunity she could jump at to study was when her brother was having Chinese lessons with the family tutor. My grandmother would sit quietly at the far end of the long rectangular dining table, across her brother and tutor, listening intently. In fact, this training taught her to read and write her Chinese upside down
What I Did at the End of Our Street is not biographical. It is however, a rather graphic expose on one of our society’s greatest problems.
Mother's day is on May 13, and preachers will deliver messages about biblical mothers. Some might even consider preaching about the characteristics of godly mothers.
Most Bible scholars overlook this, but Psalm 27 has two distinct parts. It is interesting to learn about these two parts and what is in each part.
This is a poem about keeping a positive attitude and not looking back but instead moving ahead to a bright and successful future.
Buried beneath the earth, he twisted in agony as her fear and pain tore through him. Trapped he roared futility as she whimpered his name, every instinct fighting against the paralysis of the sun that held his body safe in the soil as hers was...
God created season for many reasons. The seasons come in cycles offering variety, and understanding and appreciating God's order of nature.
My childhood revolved around reading, making up stories and the knowledge of that opportunity equipped me in literacy, helped make the woman I am today. There is power is reading, and knowledge matters. "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." -David Bailey
Elizabeth Bishop has learned this art of losing perfectly. She wrote the poem "One Art" to inspire the reader to learn and master this one art we are always afraid of learning.
There are three attributes ascribed to God and only to God. They are omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Each one is different. So, how are the different?
The flash-fiction fad has yielded up this form of writing: 5-sentence stories. It's a fun activity that I enjoyed as I composed the forty included here.
Courage and hope in the face of jeopardy, empathy and determination pitted against tremendous odds in a strange land where events are just as anomalous as they are unexpected.
I'd like to thank Ann Carr for issuing the challenge to write about our favourite beach. This brought back fond memories and allowed me to share a little about the first place I can recall growing up.
Clark was happily remembering the special date he had with a woman the night before when a man attacked him in the hallway of his hotel and attempted to cut him to ribbons. Clark fought back and fled to the safety of a nearby monastery where he learns that confession is not always good for the soul.
Do you have a dream? Is there something that lies deep within your heart that you want to pursue? This is a story about hope, dreams and catching your star.
In the stories cited here, the children became illustrations in Jesus' lessons on five major Kingdom characteristics (mentioned in no particular order): humility, giving, prayer, inclusion and trust.
Names are a symbol of one’s identity and are of deep significance to the bearer. They are an undercurrent in a variety of situations and evoke feelings that impact on interpersonal dealings.
Ccarlstead via Flickr CC-BY 2.0 The Lord’s Prayer is one of the basic and fundamental prayers in Christianity and most children grow up knowing it. In some schools, it is taught in the elementary level. However, to a person who is new to the...
These Bible quotes have the potential to pull the victim’s thoughts away from self-pity toward self-empowerment. They petition divine protection, promise divine favor and counsel against retaliation.
There are many sayings that people say are in the Bible and as a result live by them. As a result they sometimes act in a way contradictory to the word of God.
Many people desperately want to believe that the law of attraction is real because that way there's hope that they will achieve what they desperately want. But it's a lie - a hoax.
An old woman pushes a shopping cart around the city and rescues the lost and discarded. She adopts them as her own and gives them a second chance at life.
Checkers was an old man who loved the game of checkers and each of the seven dogs he had befriended over nearly a century. His reign as king of the town's annual checkers tournament was about to be challenged once again and his love for his latest canine friend was being put to the test as well.
Flash fiction is a creative writing form that's hard to define; in this article, I provide examples of flash fiction, including some analysis of how it's characterized by more than just its length.
This Hub takes a look at the best way to smack the ugly face of procrastination with the spirit-empowering Word of God.
People spend far too much time trying to figure out how to make people happy and comfortable. Sure, you can get ahead by impressing people; but it is far more fun to get ahead using intimidation and other nefarious tactics to make people...
This is the story of how time ended for some of the people I have loved. It is meant to make (me) and all of us realize what a precious gift time is and that it can end abrubtly when the things that we have planned to do are not done if we put them off too long. The clock is always ticking.
The Internet forums, chatrooms, and writing sites are filled with challenges for creative writers. And most of them center around on one’s ability to write the shortest story possible. So, this writer decides to take the challenge.
To [my love], Hi dear, its been long. It has indeed been long since I saw you, but it seems like eternity since we shut the door to love. I was young, but not too young to know that the feeling was all too real, so real, that sometimes I feel...
Losing a parent is hard. With no family, only having one friend is better than having no one. But what if there is a secret? A secret that may destroy the only good relationship Julia has? She is about to take that chance. Let the secret be revealed.
I had a dream about you last night, sweetheart ... You know that I often wished I could have died with you. Life here on earth seemed so meaningless without you. My need to be with you felt stronger than any desire to remain one second longer on...
A lot of people don't realize that there are two separate feeding miracles in the gospels. There is the feeding of the five thousand in Jewish territory and the feeding of the four thousand in Gentile territory.
Greed centers on the passion for acquisition. Grandiosity, though akin to greed, is more focused on the narcissistic drive to be admired and envied. These two short stories deal with the human susceptibility for power and wealth
Three were chosen. Their task was to watch the cemetery and signal the vampire population should the fateful day come that would release a terror such as the world had never seen. (word count 1612)
When dealing with issues that seem more super natural than everyday events, there is a way to speak into the circumstances, take authority, and live through the words of truth. If God spoke everything into existence, we can speak to our issues too, because we are children of God.