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My ebenezer stone

My ebenezer stone

Dina Ellens

“What’s that?” my friend asked, pointing to a small brown stone on my coffee table. I had to smile, thinking how odd that plain little rock must look to her. Usually, peo... »

Meet the CEO

Meet the CEO

Dina Ellens

There have been lots of charismatic and visionary leaders and CEOs throughout history, but none of them come close to topping the world-changing importance of Jesus Chris... »

The rain also brings blessings

The rain also brings blessings

Dina Ellens

I was sitting in a wheelchair in the lobby of the hospital, waiting for the taxi to come. My shoulder was still swollen from the operation, and my entire arm was mottled... »

A life changed

A life changed

Dina Ellens

One day I noticed that my dentist friend, Dr. Rina, was looking a bit sad.  We often meet for coffee, but today Rina wasn’t her usual bubbly self. I asked her what was wr... »

A fruitful reflection

A fruitful reflection

Dina Ellens

My ten-year-old granddaughter and I had a lot of fun the other day, talking about fruit. We had just read the verses in Revelation 22 about the tree of life that bears 12... »

Giving Him all the pieces

Giving Him all the pieces

Dina Ellens

I thought I had my life together. I had a loving husband, four wonderful children, and a fulfilling life as an aid worker. We had moved to Indonesia to work with a shelte... »

The light of Christmas

The light of Christmas

Dina Ellens

I was gathered with friends in a living room full of Christmas decorations. There were refreshments on the coffee table, and we were singing Christmas carols together. Wh... »

Eddy and the earring

Eddy and the earring

Dina Ellens

Sometimes the greatest heroes are actually the unsung little ones who live their lives with quiet courage. By their example, they leave an indelible mark. Eddy is one of... »

Break open in emergency

Break open in emergency

Dina Ellens

Recently two friends got in touch to let me know about some pretty major events that were happening in their lives. First, Ina called to share that her daughter had teste... »

Surviving a difficult situation

Surviving a difficult situation

Dina Ellens

Those first few minutes while the news sank in were devastating. I felt like my whole world was caving in. Somehow I managed to stumble shakily out of my boss’ office. Hi... »

The jasmine bush

The jasmine bush

Dina Ellens

My brother’s death hit me hard, perhaps because it was so unexpected. John died of a heart attack at only 51. Until then, he had seemed strong, healthy, and in the prime... »

Finding your way

Finding your way

Dina Ellens

Unexpected changes have never been easy for me, and last year was such a time. I was expecting to be able to move closer to my son and his family, but found out that the... »

The best Christmas

The best Christmas

Dina Ellens

The year we had very little money to spend on Christmas turned out to be our best ever! After a recent move to a new country, we’d had to leave behind all of our Christma... »