Oct 27, 2012

Dropping the Mask

     Miss Smiley
     To most people who read my blog, the only name you know me by is “Storyteller.” I’ve been keeping my identity a secret, evading questions and carefully hiding any traces that would lead to my real self. But every masquerade has an end.

     The time has come. You have been so kind to indulge me this long. Now I am going to step out of the shadows and finally answer some of your questions.

red bricks cropAre you a boy or a girl? This used to be one of the most debated issues, so if you haven’t already figured it out, I am pink.


breeze 1How old are you? I am 20 now. Or I would be, if I were human. 

handsWhere do you live? Somewhere south.


What is your real name? Cadi Murphy. (Whew, that was harder to write than I expected!) big smile

coolWhy did you have an alias? It started out as a safety precaution. I didn’t want my information open to just anyone on the internet. But as I learned what was ok to say or not to say, I kept the name “Storyteller SilverLoom” for fun.

     I hope you are wondering, “Why reveal your identity now?” Why, I’m so glad you asked! But I can’t tell you just yet. Keep your sticky goofnotes close by and check back here soon for some seriously epic, exciting, entrancing, enchanting, extremely extraordinary news!

Post Tenebras Lux!

Oct 17, 2012

Announcement and Allude-ment

     It is the middle of October. Which means November is right around the corner. Which means, to many crazy people, that Nanowrimo is closing in quickly. And this year, I am one of those crazy people.
     Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month, for those of you who don't know) is an annual writing frenzy. Writers from all over crack their knuckles and set to their keyboards about a crazy endeavor; writing a novel in 30 days. The actual set goal is 50,000 words.
     This is my first year of officially joining the crazy side. I'm so excited. And a little intimidated. I have an incomplete outline... and 50,000 words in 1 month is a lot! But I am determined to get my novel written.
     So, who is also joining the ranks of the crazy people? What are some crazy stories you have from past Nanowrimos? What are some of your apprehensions?

     After you comment, write a sticky note to remind you to check back here soon. My next post will, I think, interest you. Let's just say that I am going to answer a certain much debated and much asked question.

Post Tenebras Lux!

Aug 17, 2012

Refreshments, Anyone?

     Here is a public confession: I’m stupid. Now, don’t try and tell me different, all you compassionate people. It’s just true. But it’s ok, ‘cuz no matter how smart I am, there will always be someone smarter than me. I don’t have to be clever. I just have to follow the right Person.

     When I came home after going to the Word of Life Bible Institute for a year, I thought I was pretty clever. I thought that because I had spent a whole year studying the Bible, Satan would have a hard time tripping me up. I thought I would never go back to the person I had been. I was prideful. Yup, you know where this is going.

     Fall. Splat. After just a little while, I stopped reading the Bible consistently. I lost interest. I lived for myself instead of having a servant mindset. I fell back into old sins. I was basically useless.

     Around Christmas time, my dad asked me, “Have you thought about going back to WOL to help with summer camp?” Yeah, I had. But I procrastinated in trying to contact anyone to see if they could use me. Honestly, I didn’t really want to go back. It was too uncomfortable.

     Praise the Lord, He is faithful to pull me off my lazy rump! He hates my comfort zone way more than I do. He proved that once again, when I got a call from the STC coordinator earlier this year.

     STC stands for Summer Training Corps. It is a group of young people who do all the behind-the-scenes work during summer camp. Most of them are volunteering teenagers. They do everything from washing dishes to manning the rock wall.

     So, ring, ring, STC coordinator calls me and asks, “What are you doing this summer?”

     “I have a feeling you are about to tell me,” I think. I was right. He asked me to come back to WOL for the summer as an STC Supervisor, which means I would be over a few teenagers in a work area.

     Comfort zone collapse. Blam. I was a camp counselor last summer, but we got new campers every week. STC is nine weeks of working and living together. I felt unprepared to be in leadership for that amount of time.

     Turns out, I needn’t have worried. The four girls under my supervision were amazing. I had so much fun with them. Our work area was great too; we were in the camp bookstore! (Shout out, Michelle Black!)
     God used this summer to remind me that I have to trust and obey, because there seriously is no other way. I realized that I needed discipline and accountability. I needed to stay rooted in His Word and pray continually. Not because I should, but because I love Him and desire to know Him more. It’s nothing I did not know before, but like I said, I’m stupid, and I forget. I am so thankful that He continues to remind me. He is faithful. 

Instagram picture taken by the Tech Guys
     Friend, we are all stupid. But it’s ok. It doesn’t surprise God. He doesn’t want us to get smart, He wants us to get into Him. Let me encourage you to get refreshed. Put aside distractions for a while. Spend some time – yes, a long time – reading the Bible. Pray. Ask God to continually turn your heart toward Him. It is one thing in your life that you will never regret. And don’t stop there. Joshua 1:8 says that if we meditate on the Word all day every day, we will be successful. I don’t know about you, but I want to be successful in God’s eyes.

Post Tenebras Lux!
     Philippians 3:8-14

(Lemonade picture: wikipedia.org. Word of Life Summer Camp Instagram picture taken by the WOL Tech Guys)

Jun 5, 2012

It's Out Of My Hands

     Once again, I will be going AWOL from the internet. This time will be much shorter than the last. I cannot give details now, but suffice it to say that the events surrounding my departure are definitely God's handiwork. When I return, I will tell you where I have been and what God has been up to in my life. For now, all I can tell you is that this song by Matthew West perfectly describes how I feel. (Except for the part where he says, "There You go healing these scars." Then all I can think about is that line in Kung Fu Panda 2....) Anyway, here are the lyrics:

Post Tenebras Lux!

May 28, 2012

Life in the Past Lane

    I live so much of my life in the past and future. So few minutes of my day are spent thinking about the present. Most often, my thoughts are, “I’ve gotta get this done before….” Or, “I wish I hadn’t done that….” 

    It’s not that planning for the future or learning from the past are bad (in fact, the Bible says we should do those things), but when I am dwelling on my plans or regrets – that’s not good.

     Here’s what the Bible says:

Ephesians 5:15-16
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (ST: Stay focused. We are in a war.)

James 4:14-15
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." (ST: Trust eliminates fear of the future. The ability to see my life in the light of eternity gives me the perspective I need to put things in proper order. People are more important than “getting things done.”)

Matthew 6:33-34
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (ST: Yup.)

Philippians 4:6-8
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (ST: “Anxious for nothing,” including past regrets and future worries. I need to dwell on true things, things that are here and now that I can do for God’s glory.)

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (ST: So why worry over what is beyond my control? “He is on His throne and firmly seated,” as my father says.)

      I hope this encourages you to seize, not just the day, but every moment.

Post Tenebras Lux!

Mar 21, 2012

Fiction: Is It Worth It?

     I am writing a book. It is in the science fiction genre. My goal for the book has always been higher than simple entertainment. I want my book to glorify God, not just make a reader happy. But every once in a while I wonder, "Is it worth it?"

     There are some who say that fantasy and science fiction are a means of escape. That we use fiction to "get out" of the world for as long as we can. They say that much of modern day fiction is causing us to pull away from reality. That we are forgetting that this world has real consequences and requires us to take real responsibility. 

     God has often used fiction in my life to draw me back to Him. But I have also often been distracted by fiction.

     If, as Christians, we are to keep our eyes focused on Christ, then how does fiction, and entertainment in general, fit in? I don't think God wants us to live dull, boring lives. But if glorifying God more means abstaining from time-wasting entertainment, then surely He will bless those who obey. The question is, does God want me to?

     This is one of those areas where Christians will never totally agree, I think. And that's fine, because we aren't supposed to agree on everything. But I want to hear all the views.

     Is fiction worth it? Is writing fiction, reading fiction, and watching fiction on the TV worth the time we give it? What say you?

Mar 5, 2012

Happy Monday, Everyone!

     Proven fact: Mondays are not as cool as Flippy, Floppy, Fruity, Futterwacken, Fantastic Fridays. But the best thing to do when faced with the adversity of an upcoming week is to make fun of it. Thus, I give you Julian Smith:

Mar 2, 2012

Flippy, Floppy, Fruity, Futterwacken, Fantastic Friday!

     Listen, I'm just getting in on the apparent trend. Fairly Funny Friday, Short and Sweet Friday, Filk Friday, and Friday Fun are all current posts on blogs I am following. So here is my clever Friday post. Ta-da.

     So, are you... looking forward to the weekend?

     Sorry. It just had to be done.

     I am going to have a bonfire with some friends tonight. What are your weekend plans?

Post Tenebras Lux!

Feb 23, 2012

The Christian Girls Club

     I've known Jen for over a decade. She is a beautiful, talented, and fun young lady. But what sets her apart from most girls is her love for Jesus.

     Several years ago, Jen decided to create a newsletter for Christian girls (told you she was talented). It started with her circle of friends. Now it has expanded into a published magazine sent to girls all over the world. God has really blessed Jen's work.

     If you are a girl or a guy who knows of a girl (brothers!), you might want to look into the Christian Girls Club. It's encouraging. It's fun. It's interactive. And, whoopee, it's FREE! There really isn't any good reason why you shouldn't click here to go to the CGC website.

     By the way, (cough, cough) my story The Battle Surrendered is going to be featured in upcoming CGC issues. And it's edited and improved. With an alternate ending. Just sayin'.

     And if that isn't exciting enough, Jen loves involvement. This means, Christian writers, artists, and so on, that you can share your gifts with other Christian girls through the CGC.

     Did I mention that the CGC magazine is FREE?

     The best way to sign up for the CGC is to email your name and address to cgc(at)frontiernet(dot)net (cgc@frontiernet.net).

     If you would like more information, email me (storytellerjourney@hotmail.com) or Jen at the frontiernet address above. Please make sure you put "Christian Girls Club" in the subject box.

     By the way, the CGC is FREE. Epic, I know!

     Tell your friends.

     It's FREE! It's FREE! It's FREE, FREE, FREE!


     Seriously, check out the Christian Girls Club. Email me or Jen. Do it. What do you have to lose?

Post Tenebras Lux!

Feb 13, 2012


     temple run
     I can be picky about games. But once I find a game I like, it’s easy to become addicted.
     Right now, I’m addicted to Temple Run. It’s basically a chase scene on an ancient temple wall. Simple. But here’s the thing:

     It never ends.

     You run and run until you are caught by the obstacles or the evil monkey creatures. The point is to collect as many coins as you can before you die so you can “buy” upgrades to help you run farther next time. Poor Guy Dangerous the explorer never makes it out of the Temple.

     There’s another thing about Temple Run. It’s fast. You can’t look away from the screen for a second or splat. Dead. And you need close-to-ninja reflexes to jump, turn, and slide on time.

     So the games whizzes by at Millennium Falcon speed and the runner never actually escapes except by death.

     Sounds like life, doesn’t it?

     At least, that’s how my life feels, lately. As I mentioned before, I spent last year at Word of Life Bible Institute. But now I’m back home, and sometimes it feels like nothing ever changes. I’m busy, but what am I really accomplishing? Or, to put it in Temple Run terms, I’m running, but it’s only a matter of time before I trip and fall off the wall. It’s easy to be discouraged.

     But I read something encouraging a while ago, and I want to share it with you. It was written by Paul Enns in his new book Heaven Revealed. Dr. Enns’s wife died suddenly a few years ago, so he did a study on Heaven and wrote the book. Here’s what he said:

     “Think of the words. Heaven. Earth. Heaven is always better, in every realm, in every dimension. How could heaven be heaven if there was one arena in which heaven would be poorer and inferior to conditions on earth? It wouldn’t be heaven! You and I cannot think of a single realm or phase of living in which life would be poorer in heaven. Health? Better! Knowledge? Excessively better! Relationships? Much better! Everything will be better in every area of life.”

     Yes, our run through this crazy life will end in death. But we have the expectation of better at the end, if we trust Christ. I hope this encourages you today in your run. It gives me hope when I remember it.

     Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us….
Hebrews 12:1

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