Meet Ruth

Hello! I’m Ruth – a Christian, wife, mum-to-be, writer and self-confessed book lover.

Much of my time is spent scribbling down thoughts, ideas and words. When I’m not writing the blog, I enjoy reading books and writing articles for magazines and websites. Much of what I write about stems from my faith in God, but not everything I write about is faith-based.

My bookshelf is filled with books written by Christian authors. This is what I read most. I have a lot of books by Tim Keller, Alister McGrath, Philip Yancey, Tom Wright and C.S. Lewis. I don’t have a favourite writer. They all expound upon the bible in such wonderful ways and I am thankful for each author’s voice.

In my spare time I volunteer on the committee for the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) as Events Organiser. I also do some work for Bridge Books, a Christian bookshop in Exeter and have recently started volunteering with The Lily-Jo Project.

In November 2016, I won the Young Blogger of the Year Award at the Premier Digital Awards. It was a very special moment.

I met my husband, Joel, at the Christian Union at university. He is my best friend. He loves music, plays the electric and acoustic guitar and has a passion for worship and heart for God. He’s also a tech-guy and gets creative through computer programming.

We became parents on the 11th October to a beautiful boy called Jonathan. I will be blogging about all the joys and challenges of motherhood I am sure… 🙂

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A Little Bit of Background…

Born in England in the county of Norfolk where the land is flat, I now live in the county of Devon where the hills roll on. The countryside is just beautiful in both places – very thankful to be able to go between them!

I love our world. When I was 18 I was blessed to get the opportunity to explore some of the USA thanks to a scholarship from the Royal Geographical Society. I saw the most amazing places including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Monument Valley to give just a snippet. After this great adventure, I went to Plymouth University and achieved a first class honours degree in Geography with International Relations.

It was not as straightforward as that though.

After four months of study, I was diagnosed with cancer – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a type of blood cancer. I left the rolling hills of Devon and new friendships for six months of chemotherapy back home. I prayed that God would guide the chemotherapy and protect me, whilst dealing with all the ‘bad stuff’ – both physically and spiritually.

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I started this blog a few months into treatment – in May 2011 – and I have written it ever since. My aim has always been to share God’s goodness even in the most challenging of circumstances. After my treatment, I went back to university and started again. 

Like most of you, I have witnessed and experienced other struggles, either for myself or of those I love, which has been a part of my messy, yet grace-filled life. This has included: unemployment, rejection, friendships that have broken down, physical and learning disability, death, emotional over-eating and unhealthy relationships. Even in the darkest times of my life, God has been there, he has been faithful and he has been strong in my weakness. I trust in him alone.


Why is the website called The Mustard Seed?

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‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ Jesus (Matthew 17:20)

The Mustard Seed is a quiet place where the everyday, temporary things of my life meet with the eternal God through words, music and images. A space for reflection, sharing and creativity with the Father, Son and Spirit. The Mustard Seed reminds me that I could have a small faith (like the mustard seed mentioned in the bible), but I have a BIG God. Nothing is impossible for Him.

It also reminds me of how I am like the small mustard seed in Matthew 13: 31-32 (NIV), but how I yearn to grow into Christ-likeness and see the kingdom of God expand:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

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I am looking forward to sharing these precious moments of mustard seed faith with you. Let’s watch the seed flourish into a tree of steadfast faith; like branches, let’s take up the living water that God provides us through Jesus.

I hope we can meet up for a coffee and chat at some point, but feel free to chat with me here!

Ruth

 

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