This will be my worship.

Someone once said that to write well you have to write what you know. Well, this is what I know…  Sometimes worship comes through gritted teeth and crying eyes, through tired breath and legs that shake as they stand. It’s not the care-free dance or the light-hearted shout, it’s the power of a mind deciding…

That moment when I try not to be a pushy activist.

I’m probably the one staring at you while you sip on bottled water, the one asking with raised eyebrows about the recycling and wondering where your Fair trade coffee is. We all know those people—those activist friends who tell you there are children working for 10p a day in horrendous conditions just to make your…

Hi, my name’s Sarah and I’m a recovering Martha.

Every time I read the story of Mary and Martha I feel sorry for Martha. Don’t get me wrong, the message of the story isn’t lost on me, I just know that I’m her over and over again. Trying to make a good thing happen, but often missing the point. I picture her sitting in…

Fight with love.

I was talking with a friend a few weeks back and—much to her amusement—I came out with, “the problem is, I have a lot of very strong opinions about everything”. It was funny, but it was also true. I’m an idealist—and a fairly stubborn one at that. Just try telling me that something can’t be…

Dream bigger little girl.

I think I was about 11 years old when I told my daddy that I really wanted to have a wendy-house in the back-garden. In usual parent/child fashion we went back and forth for a while with our reasons why it was or wasn’t a good idea. I honed my negotiation skills early on and…

Counting the Cost.

I was in a meeting the other day listening to a presentation about some of the ways we’re moving forward at Tearfund. One guy asked a colleague of mine, “so, what’s the dream then? What does this look like in practice?” and her answer kind of stuck with me. She said, “I suppose the dream…

Am I insane?

Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. Well, call me insane. Most years I make myself a list of things I want to do or achieve in the following twelve months. They often include countries I want to visit,…

Embracing the things that scare you.

I don’t know if it was ever a deliberate decision, but at some point a while back I started acting like the best way to pursue life was to head straight in the direction of things that scare me. I’m not sure if it’s because my competitive nature kicks in and I somehow know that…

Following well…part two

I got a little bit lost driving home from a holiday a month or so ago (which will be no surprise to most of you). I took several wrong turns before realising that I was absentmindedly following the lorry in front of me – even though I knew the route home. Zoe was sensibly following…

I had some thoughts…

Facebook is a funny thing. People you know really well, people you used to know well, people you try to keep in touch with, people you can’t even remember. A complete range of people have this bizarre access to your life. It paints a picture of you – whether true or false – for others…