A few weeks ago I was asked to share a testimony at church. The opportunity thrilled me and I was grateful to have the chance to share a little of my heart with my new church family. But then I hesitated, as I carefully typed my reply to my pastor… “Sure. In English or German?” […]Read More Do It Anyway
I was never much of an adventurer growing up. I was the kid who watched as her friends hurtled around a rollercoaster while I stood safely on solid ground. As a teenager, I held my peers’ belongings as they climbed and swung and scrambled their way through the ropes course at summer camp. Even in […]Read More Adventure Awaits: When Adventure Becomes a Habit
(I recently shared an abbreviated version of this blogpost in A Modern Day Epidemic) In my late teens and early twenties, I was plagued with sickness after sickness. Nothing serious, usually just the flu. But I would catch it often, sometimes up to four times in one year. These bouts would floor me and leave […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Facing Opposition
In J.R.R. Tolkein’s novel, ‘The Hobbit’, we follow the journey of Bilbo Baggins, a small, unassuming fellow who enjoys his home comforts and relishes his food. He lives a quiet life of routine and respect until the wizened wizard, Gandalf, comes knocking on his door and invites him on an adventure. Gandalf had been tasked […]Read More Adventure Awaits: Essential Tools for the Journey
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to visit Montenegro as part of a short-term missions team. My local church in Scotland was partnered with a church in the Montenegrin capital city, Podgorica, but our work was primarily with three Balkan refugee camps in the eastern town of Berane. The first team that […]Read More Making Way for Miracles
Michael Apted’s movie, Amazing Grace, features the life and works of William Wilberforce, an English politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Following his conversion to Evangelical Christianity in 1785, Wilberforce toyed with the notion of leaving politics and a life in the public […]Read More The Power of Position
I recently FaceTimed my youngest brother and we were chatting, as we often do, about our next steps and what God is calling each of us to next. At the time of the phone call, I was facing a number of challenges myself and was a little preoccupied by them as we spoke. But then […]Read More The Mathematics of Generosity
I was sat comfortably, as it happened, in my economy seat onboard the British Airways aircraft that would take me back to Germany after a fortnight of reunions and precious time with family in Aberdeen over the Christmas period. The flight roster was quiet, gifting me an entire row of seats to myself. The safety […]Read More Are You Sitting Comfortably?