Small boats save lives too. August 2018

We live in a country area.  The big names don't come here. 

The older generation here still remember the huge Billy Graham Evangelistic campaigns of the 60's.  They saved so many lives.  They are still waiting for a big name to return and save thousands.  But small boats save lives too. 

When the big battlships can't enter the harbour its time for the small boats to take the risky journey out onto the sea.  The unknown boats, the unnamed boats, the working boats, the boats that have only ever been used for pleasure, the fishing trawlers and the fancy yachts.  Small boats save lives too. They can save five or ten or twenty.  They can return again for more. 

There is no shortage of battleworn, lost people in our world.  There is no shortage of those in need of rescue.  Lets stop waiting for the big battleships to appear over the horizon, they can't reach the places we can reach anyway. 

Let's take out or small boat and rescue who we can.

Small boats save lives too.




The Red Kites are Flying! Summer 2018

The red kites are soaring today in the sunshine in our valley.  We have a nest quite close by and the youngsters always fly our way this time of year. 


I love to see them soaring because they go so high and it looks so effortless. That’s because it is effortless.  Once they’ve flown into a thermal, the hot air rising under their wings lifts them higher and higher.  No flapping, no effort, no exhibitions of strength and stamina.  They just ride the wind.


It reminded me of the times when I have exhausted myself flapping, when I could not make the effort anymore and had run out of strength and stamina.  That was when that God-thermal, the unseen strength of the air, caught me and carried me.


And it reminded me that I don’t have to strive and struggle now, like the Red Kites, I can relax and soar in the strength of the unseen wind of God.


Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31



New Year Again! January 2018

Where did that year go!  Half in Tampa, Florida and half travelling the UK, that's where.  

And here we are at January again.  Why do we always feel the need to review the last year and set goals for the next?

Say no more, I'll let the Skit Guys say it for me.

It's 2 mins 55.

It's worth watching.

It's funny.



Is it Christmas? December 2016

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready for Christmas but I’ve hardly given it a thought.  So I’m reassured yet again by my old friend’s comment of “It’s just a chicken dinner!”  I’m clinging to that one this year David!

At the moment we’re just too busy preparing for a New Year Adventure to worry about Christmas.  John and I are about to go over to Florida (visa permitting – we have an interview at the Embassy in London next week) to do some charity work with the church we visited in Tampa.  “What!” I hear you say (well I can hear those of you who know us saying it) “Why leave the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside for an American cityscape!” and “You know it’s hot over there don’t you?” You see, if you know John you know that his full Scottish bloodline has given him some sort of antifreeze alongside the red and white corpuscles – he doesn’t even reach for a jumper until it gets to minus 5 and he finds anything over 20 too hot to be comfortable!

It is going to be quite a shock to us - but it is only for six months and we were so impressed with the way the church was connecting with the community. Outreach, evangelism, food banks, job creation schemes, alcoholics and drug addicts freed from addiction, support groups and home groups in local areas.  I’ve seen all of these in various UK churches over the years but never all in the same place.  Their creativity and vitality in reaching the community was intense – and it worked!  The Holy Spirit is so at work there.  So many lives transformed it made me cry!  (Though I think I was supposed to be laughing.)

We are delighted by the opportunity we have been given by the church there and we are hoping that we will be able to bring back some of those amazing ideas and transforming power to help the ordinary people in the scattered country communities of our Scottish homeland too.

Watch this space!

P.S. Don't you just love the Xmas tree graphic?  It's from Shy D and you can find it here.

Surveys November 2016

Whenever I stop to do a survey in the steet I end up disappointed because they always seem to be about double glazing, utilities suppliers or the latest junk food for kids.  Nothing of real significance.  The last one I did gave me bits of chocolate (you can see why I stopped) and was trying to find out whether I preferred the chocolate at room temperature or cold from the fridge.  They did this by "hiding" the fridge (not very well) so that I wouldn't know.  It took me some time and several tastes of "A" and "B" to give my decision I can tell you.

Why can't we have a survey about something important?  Something like this:

1. Has anyone ever told you that God loves you and that He has a great plan for your life?    Yes/No

2. If today were your last day here on earth, do you know for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt that you would go to Heaven?   Yes/No

3. If you answered, "yes" to question 2, is that because you are a good person and/or because you attend church regularly?  Yes/No

4. Have you ever heard that the Holy Bible reads, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." And "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." And "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved?"  Yes/No

5. Did you know that you are a "whosoever"?  Yes/No

Here's a quick prayer for you: Lord, bless each person who reads this with long and healthy lives. Jesus, do a quick work in their heart and make Yourself so real to them. If they have never recived  You as there lord and Saviour, I pray that they will do so right now.

If you would like to receive the gift that God has for you today, say this with your heart and your lips out loud:

Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that God raised You from the dead. Fill me with the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord. Give me a passion to reach the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm saved. I'm born-again. I'm forgiven and I'm on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart. Thank You Jesus!

When you asked Jesus to come into your heart and to forgive you, He heard you and did so. All of your sins are now forgiven. Always remember to run to God and NOT from God because He loves you and has a great plan for your life. That's VERY good news. 

6. Did you say the above prayer?   Yes/No

Now that sort of survey leaves someone with a gift of eternal significance!

This survey exists.  It was produced by the The River at Tampa Bay Church where we have just spent an eye-opening week and where, every single day, ordinary people are having thier lives transformed by the love of God. See for more details.