Hello! I’m Ruth – a Christian, wife, mum, writer and 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… 🙂
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. My desire is to go back to the USA at some point – perhaps for more than just a holiday… 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.
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?
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.”
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!