Hi! I’m Ruth!
It’s so great that you’ve stopped by – welcome!
In a nutshell…
I am a follower of Jesus, a writer, blogger, wife and mother living in South West England. I write because I long to know Jesus more and to make Him known to others. My hope is to see others turn their eyes towards Jesus in every season of life, come what may. I believe that we are all planted for a purpose, but we grow into the abundant life we were made for when we are rooted in Jesus. I hope that my words will inspire and encourage you as you seek to live your best life – in Christ.
What do I do…?
I’ve always squirmed a little when people want to know what I do for work. It’s just a loaded question where people could make certain assumptions on who I am based upon what I do. *squirm* Life is sooooo much more than a paycheck or a bio on a social media profile, am I right? But since you’re here…
My most important role, other than being an ambassador for Jesus Christ, is being married to Joel, a stay-at-home mother to Jonathan and soon-to-be baby #2, and a homemaker-in-progress (it often feels I am not making progress!). I do not want to compromise these high and wonderful callings in whatever else I do.
When I find time, I’m a writer and blogger. I’ve written for a variety of print and online publications including: BibleStudyTools.com, Christian Today, Devon Life, Exeter Life and many others (see Writing). I primarily see writing as a calling and a ministry now which is reflected in my work.
At Plymouth University, I studied BA (Hons) Geography with International Relations achieving a first class honours degree. I wanted to travel the world, meet people, help people and I still want to do this, albeit in a different way than how I envisioned it as an 18-year-old. I’ve also worked in two Co-op food stores, a Blockbuster video (remember those?), an oncology department as a nurse auxiliary and a youth work trainee. I absolutely love being around people, but equally I enjoy time to myself to recharge and dream a bit.
FYI, in case you’re still interested…
I really enjoy reading, walking in the countryside, having quiet time to myself, capturing memories, interviewing others (formally or just because I am curious, not nosy), writing articles, blogging, having good conversations, travelling to new and familiar places, sharing Jesus with others, discipleship, theology, having a good belly laugh, a cup of tea or coffee with a friend, and spending time with others.
‘I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.’ Elisabeth Elliot
About my blog – The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed blog started in 2011 as a way to share my thoughts of undergoing treatment for cancer as a 19 year old and still trusting God through it. It continues to reflect my faith in everyday life and I hope others will be encouraged through my words. In 2016, I won Premier Digital’s Young Blogger of the Year award which is a testimony to where this journey started to now and God’s faithfulness each step of the way.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32