About The Making of Joy-Flower

There came one of those shining moments when one of my writer friends commented:
“Absolutely beautiful. How did you come up with this storyline?”
My reply was this:

I was only partially responsible for “coming up” with any of the Joy-Flower story; title, middle, or ending!
“It’s difficult to explain God’s mysterious, intense involvement, participation, and presence in the creation of this story, but I’ll try.
One morning I awoke (
or did I?) and it was in my heart to write about the subject of a man being angry at God for what he perceived were broken promises and unanswered prayers. It would also turn out to be about a man taking the power of life and death into his own hands.
Then I “heard” Him say the name of the protagonist. I was a little surprised, and had the audacity to question, “Why this unique Asian name? What do I know of that culture, wonderful as it is?”
Nevertheless, I trusted, and soon began to lay out the story. He filled in my blanks. It even took an unexpected turn into other complex subjects.
I fell in love with our two characters, as I was meant to.
It was all done in one sitting, one “take”.
Without The Divine Presence, there could have been no
Joy-Flower.
The Asian flavor is puzzling, yet I’m confident that Joy-Flower has a purpose far beyond what I can imagine, and that one day He will reveal the whole story behind it. I can hardly wait to find out from Him what comes out of Joy-Flower.
Thank you so much for reading it, my friend! Your question made me think in-depth about the creation of this story, which stretched my pen further than I thought it could go in explanation. I needed that!”

Note: Since that day, I have edited, modified, and added further to the story, as prompted by The Spirit. It has become, arguably, my favorite work because of His close involvement, guidance, and Divine input during its writing. If you would like to read the piece click this link right here. If you have read it before, I urge you to try this “new, improved” version.

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So, if I were pressed to describe writing, from my perspective it seems to be the expression of the heretofore unexpressed, using combinations of words that have not been combined before, with the nearly incomprehensible involvement of our nearly unfathomable, completely infallible, God.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcie Kay Banister
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 17:01:48

    First, I am so very happy to know you are continuing to write your beautiful words of hope, faith and joy. Second, I am so very happy that Rhylie’s Chronicle has not been lost. I have it though, which I will always cherish. Never stop Len. You have been given a gift from your Maker.

    • Gloryteller
      Aug 25, 2018 @ 17:24:21

      Thanks for your always-good words of encouragement. R.C. is always on my mind, and will go on as time permits. Big things are happening in Elvenrealms and the Chroniclist is always busy. Stopping is not an option. I write for His glory. Hope you liked the “new” Joy- Flower. Best regards – Elf.

  2. Marcie Kay Banister
    Aug 26, 2018 @ 10:19:16

    I did, very much. You write with such an amazing clarity, I am always inspired. Keep up the good work. It shows that you do write for His glory.

  3. Tracy Campbell
    Aug 27, 2018 @ 22:08:36

    Keep using your God given talent!

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