A few months ago I celebrated my 32nd birthday. My parents made their first trip to visit me in Germany and we enjoyed traditional German food and plenty of sight-seeing around the province of Hessen. As messages of congratulations flew in from friends all over the world, I noted the occasional hint of awkwardness or […]Read More The Worst Kept Secret
In J.R.R. Tolkein’s tale, The Hobbit, a company of dwarves led by Thorin, the heir to the throne, embark on a quest to reclaim their home in the vast caves of the Lonely Mountain. Now housing a greedy dragon, the dwarves have little hope of re-entering the mountain and defeating the dragon unless they enter […]Read More The Hidden Door
In church, we are currently journeying through the book of Philippians together, considering, last week, Christ’s example of humility (Philippians 2:1-11). As part of his introduction, the Pastor quoted C.S. Lewis: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” It was not the first time I had heard or read that quote. […]Read More Humility: Redefined.
I have always believed in the existence of God and His role in the creation of humanity; it was what I was taught as a young child, having attended Sunday school each week, and it is what I read for myself in the Bible as I grew up and explored the ideas for myself. However […]Read More A Crisis of Faith
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 recently read a social media post from Paul Scanlon that resonated with me as I reflected back on my time in Germany so far. It read: “Q) How do you attract divine guidance? A) Movement. The biggest thing I’ve learned about divine guidance in over 45 years of walking with God is that: GOD […]Read More Building Momentum
I recently returned from a 3-week trip back to Scotland to visit my family & friends. It was a fantastic time to reconnect with people, make memories, and share with them all that God has worked in me and through me in my time in Germany so far. But what struck me the most was […]Read More The ‘I Don’t Know’ Taboo
“But how do I know it’s God?” I’ve been asked this question over and over again the last few months; friends, acquaintances in church, family members, even social media connections from the other side of the world, all want to know the same thing: how do we know we are being led by God? So […]Read More How Do I Know It’s God?
It can be easy to look at the everyday, mundane nature of life and ask ourselves this very question. I remember reading a book in school that described people in the “rat race”. People going to and from their work and daily lives, like a swarm of mice going back and forth, back and forth, […]Read More So Why am I Here Again?