Umbrellas For Cows

I have always loved God.  As a little girl I remember praying every night when I had just got into bed.I loved knowing there was a God who loved every person and who had the whole world in His hands.  We lived on a dairy farm when I was young and so my naïve prayers consisted of things like, “Dear God, please cover all the cows with umbrellas tonight because it is raining.”

But also, without fail, I prayed every night for all the missionaries in the world especially the two I knew personally, Dorothy and Mavis, who were both serving Jesus in Papua New Guinea.

_Anastasis    When I was thirteen my mum and dad took me to have a look around the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ship, the Anastasis.  It sailed around the world with its medical operations on board, helping people and sharing the good news about Jesus.  I walked off that ship knowing what I wanted to do when I grew up – I wanted to be a missionary.

I did get to fulfil this dream, but then life threw a great big spanner in the works – a curve ball, as it were!

“However, despite the “spanner” my passion has never waned.  I still want to spend my life telling everyone I can about Jesus.”                   

This blog feels a little like modern-day missions which, I suppose, would make me a little like a modern-day missionary.

In addition to this exciting step of blogging, I (along with the most wonderful lady, Jenny, who is my editor) am attempting to put my story (the spanner) in a book.  Again, the passion that drives this book is that others may get to know Jesus through my story.

In the book of Matthew in the Bible (chapter 28 verses 19-20) Jesus says:

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” New Living Translation (NLT)

This is called the “Great Commission” but for me is the motivator that drives me.  I am passionate about being obedient to the last thing Jesus said to do before he ascended to heaven.

So please, won’t you join me as I seek to share what’s on my heart, seek to show you what Jesus has done in my life and encourage you to get to know (or know better) the King of kings and Lord of lords – Jesus!


By God’s Assistance.

“Deo Juvante” mean’s By God’s assistance.

This is the motto on one of the Wotherspoon clan’s crests.

Wotherspoon is my maiden name.  My ancestors came to New Zealand from Scotland back in the 1860’s.And Scotland is where the Commonwealth Games are being held as I write this very first blog.So as you can imagine Scotland has a very special place in my heart and is one country I have always wanted to go and visit – on my bucket list people!

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As I was preparing to write this to encourage others to pray for Scotland at this time, I was blown away by the relevance of the motto of my families crest: By God’s assistance.It has truly and utterly been by God’s and only God’s assistance that this blog is up and running. God brought the right people along at the right time who have lovingly helped and supported me in this process.It is by God’s assistance that I am co-writing my story into a book.  And it will be by God’s assistance that I get to share with you that story and other thoughts on this blog.

But first things first – let’s take this opportunity and join together over the next ten days to pray for Scotland while they host the 20th Commonwealth Games.

  • Let’s pray for blessing for Scotland’s economy and people.
  • Let’s pray for protection over the people – visitors, athletes and locals.
  • And finally let’s pray for those who are using this opportunity to share Jesus and for people to come to know Jesus as their Saviour.