An Imperfect Journey to London

by | Oct 1, 2014 | 31 Days to London, Trust


As a true ENFP personality on the Myers Briggs test, I like to fly by the seat of my pants more often than not. When H asks me (almost daily) “What are you plans today?” it makes me cringe a bit.

While knowing what lies ahead is helpful, I don’t enjoy being overly organized and planned out. I like to leave room for the wind to blow on my circumstances. I know, I know, you people that need things concrete in order to function are rolling your eyeballs.

If you are a loyal follower here, then our family journey to London is familiar. You know it’s providing the perfect storm of uncertainty even for this girl who revels in a little spontaneous adventure.

The call is sure and we know London is the destination but the details are slow in the unfolding. This faith journey has pushed me beyond what I assumed were my limits. And I’ve grown in ways I didn’t anticipate.

Which is kind of like the wind blowing like a hurricane and creating a challenging mess, right?

During morning prayers recently, I asked God about whether or not I should join thousands of bloggers in October and embark on writing what will be my third 31 days series, given our uncertain situation. And a random thought blurred past like a child running across a crowded living room of seated adults.

When it was confirmed in H a few hours later, I knew it wasn’t random. The serendipity was divine confirmation.

“You should write 31 Days to London and make it completely different than your usual blog posts,” he said to me with a smile and a bit of exuberance.

“Yes, like a peek into my personal diary or reading the The Miller Enquirer without the sex and scandal,” I laughed.

This is the gift in 24 years of marriage. We consistently think the same thoughts about almost everything. During our engagement, I knew I was in for a treat when we were picking out our wedding wishes and walked across the store, directly to the same china pattern.

In Listening to Your Life, Frederick Buechner writes about the biblical view of history saying, “It is for each of us a series of crucial, precious, and unrepeatable moments that are seeking to lead us somewhere.

The true history of mankind and the true history of each individual man has less to do than we tend to think with the kind of information that gets into most histories, biographies, and autobiographies. True history has to do with the saving and losing of souls, and both of these are apt to take place when most people including the one whose soul is at stake are looking the other way. The real turning point in a man’s life is less likely to be the day he wins the election or marries the girl than the morning he decides not to mail the letter or the afternoon he watches the woods fill up with snow. The real turning point in human history is less apt to be the day the wheel is invented or Rome falls than the day a boy is born to a couple of hick Jews.”

Beginning today, I plan to write every day in October about our move to London and it won’t be what you usually get in your inbox. This will be like a personal journal entry similar to the Sabbath Society letters I send out to nearly 400 people every Friday about rest.

My life is fluid and I have relinquished any timetable or preconceived notion about the end result. What you will get is a vulnerable account of the way of trust. My prayer is that you will find a glimmer of hope and meaning through my imperfect journey of brave surrender.

God will choose how it ends on October 31st. It might be in London, moving into a new house or where I’m sitting in my beach town on the Atlantic. I’m fine with flying by the seat of my pants.

Join me?


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If you are new here, welcome! If you would like more information on why I’m moving to England read Gloriously Ruined: Why We are Moving to England and search London in the archives for further posts.

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  1. Laura Lynn Brown

    Oh, I’m looking forward to this. And down the road I bet you will be so glad to have this record of this adventure.

    “This faith journey has pushed me beyond what I assumed were my limits.” Isn’t that always the thing about limits? Blessings on your expansion.

    • Shelly Miller

      I think you’re right about being glad I’ll have the record Laura, thanks for following along.

  2. Kris Camealy

    I love this, Shelly. I look forward to this series!! God is working.

    • Shelly Miller

      Thanks Kris, yes He is at work indeed.

  3. Lynn Morrissey

    Upon reading this, Shelly, I immediately had this very strong thought/impression, and I honestly don’t think that the photo influenced me. “Shelly will be writing her bridge to London.” It’s as if every post you make, will lay one more link in the bridge, spanning the expanse from your life in Pawleys Island to your life in London. God will use each post to write your way closer to your destination. Each insight will be needed as wisdom for the journey, and will one day make it into your book; but for now, it’s what you need to know now for your journey to make sense. And I hope that this post makes sense! It’s what came to me.
    I love you, and am continuing to pray for God’s clear wisdom and provision!

    • Sandra Heska King

      As always, Lynn has the awesomest words.

      • Lynn Morrissey

        Honestly, Laura, you are such a sweet lady.

    • Shelly Miller

      You’ve said what I’ve sensed but couldn’t put into words. Thank you Lynn, your prophetic gift and wisdom is appreciated and never taken for granted.

  4. Sandra Heska King

    This will be so fun. Last year I went blog silent during October. I’d planned to do that this year, too, but I have a couple commitments I need to carry out. Mostly I’ll be reading everyone else’s words. 🙂 xoxo

    • Shelly Miller

      I remember you taking a break last year Sandra and how much God used it. Thanks for being here.

  5. Jean Wise

    I agree with Sandra – should be fun to read and we will journey along with you. Looking forward to your posts

    • Shelly Miller

      Thanks for being here Jean, appreciate your encouragement.

  6. Michelle DeRusha

    Yowza……awesome! You go, girl – can’t wait to read this!!!

    • Shelly Miller

      Hope its awesome Michelle, glad to have you with me.

    • Jillie

      Precisely Watson! Same thoughts here! Cannot wait to read the journey-journal of one, Ms. Shelly Miller. 🙂 This is so exciting!

  7. Pat S.

    Sounds great. Can’t wait.

  8. Caryn Jenkins Christensen

    Sounds exciting Shelly! Can’t wait to read about London and the path the Lord has you on 🙂

  9. shughes

    so excited to follow this. I was recently asked to speak at MOPs and a speaker, I am NOT. A couple of years ago i decided to walk through doors that I felt God was opening in an effort to see Him working… so I said yes. Then I find that the theme is BRAVERY… another thing I am NOT. So i asked if I could go the route of being brave by surrendering. I am looking forward to learning from you.

    • Shelly Miller

      I’m honored, thank you. I think we grow into bravery and things like speaking, yes? Most of the best things in life involve risk.

  10. Kailey

    Shelly! I’m your downstairs neighbor in the link up and I’m so thrilled! 😉 I’m so excited to follow this journey, this is going to be so cool to see how God works! Praying for you! 🙂

    • Shelly Miller

      Kailey, always love seeing you here. I look forward to popping over to your series in a bit. I need to catch up on your latest.

  11. Jody Ohlsen Collins

    I loved the picture that came to mind of you and H picking out ‘wedding wishes’. Smile….(hey, it works, eh?)
    I’ll be signing up to get these 31 days of……..London, just so I don’t miss out.
    You are brave, my friend.

    • Shelly Miller

      Thanks for following along Jody, you are good company. Hugs to you.

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