When you’re given an awful Christmas present…

As a kid, I remember the unbelievable excitement of the night-before-Christmas. I’d spend all day looking at the clock, feverishly wishing the hands would move faster, so I could  go to bed.  Because after just one more sleep,  we’d dreamily descend the stairs to see what treasures were stacked under the Christmas tree.   Would it be […]

Don’t be afraid

I had an amazing experience recently. I got to spend the day with an exiled Chinese pastor who’s been tortured, imprisoned, beaten and subjected to mock executions.   All for believing in Jesus.   Throughout the day, I heard stories of people meeting Jesus in the most unreached places in the world, ancient communities in […]

How to deal with a nightmare.

My friend Wendy Tomin wrote a great blog about Fear recently;  the kind of you-know-it’s-irrational-but-that-doesn’t-stop-it sort of fear.   The kind of fear that might just have a little bit of truth in it, so therefore if it could happen, it probably will. Or so your brain says. So last night at 4.10am precisely, it was my turn. […]

Trauma and trembling and a trip to the dentist.

I hate going to the dentist; the dizzying, lemony, antiseptic smell in the waiting room, the surgical masks, bright lights, the faint buzz behind closed doors of equipment which does unspeakable things.  But unfortunately, a few months ago, with a heart-stopping lurch of anxiety, I came to the conclusion that I could ignore a niggling […]