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An Interview with Tim Challies

It was an immense privilege and joy to have the opportunity to speak with blogger, author, pastor and speaker Tim Challies. I have been reading Tim's work for many years, and have been encouraged personally in my own writing journey because of him. I am very thankful for his words and pastoral heart. In 2020,… Continue reading An Interview with Tim Challies

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Happy New… Day?! 5 Reflections for 2023

At the time of writing, we are six days into a brand new year. How is it going so far? Although I am late to the party, Happy New Year to you, dear reader. As this is embarrassingly late to qualify as a New Year post, I would still like to remind you that today… Continue reading Happy New… Day?! 5 Reflections for 2023

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An interview with Abby Ball – author of Contemplating Christmas

Super excited to welcome author Abby Ball onto the blog today as we celebrate the release of her new book 'Contemplating Christmas'. It's a beautiful Advent devotional for those who may find Christmas and the build up to it a difficult time. But don't take my word for it... come and meet the author! Can… Continue reading An interview with Abby Ball – author of Contemplating Christmas

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The Blog is Back

Welcome back to The Mustard Seed - the blog that I have been crafting since 2011. I had a break over the summer to think and pray about the next steps of my writing. Of course, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away during this time, so I popped back to write a reflective piece… Continue reading The Blog is Back

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Be Right Back – on a blog break

I've only just started writing again, and now I'm disappearing? Well, not quite. You see, I have very limited time to write at the moment (being at home with young children does that), so I am trying to be a bit more organised! My blog will continue and I aim to post content here regularly.… Continue reading Be Right Back – on a blog break

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Waiting for words because they matter

Do you know someone who always knows the right thing to say at the right time? Maybe you know someone who always manages to say the wrong thing. Words matter. Whether we speak them out or write them down. Even when we say nothing, that speaks volumes too. Many people will use words to motivate… Continue reading Waiting for words because they matter

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An interview with Sue Russell

I'm very excited to have author Sue Russell on the blog today! I was absolutely captivated by her book 'A Vision of Locusts' and am really pleased that she could share some of her faith journey and writing life with us today. Tell us a little about you and how you became a Christian. I… Continue reading An interview with Sue Russell

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On Writing – a September update

There was a heatwave this time last week, but as I type, it is cooler, cloudier and greyer. September has arrived. As the academic year is about to begin, it has a similar feel to the New Year. Parents are ordering school uniforms, new stationery lines the shelves of stores and the countdown to the… Continue reading On Writing – a September update

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A Short Tribute to the Craft of Writing

Sitting here at my nice new desk at home I feel like more of a professional writer somehow. I have a desk and everything. That's pretty big stuff. However, actually getting down to writing something has become a struggle recently. I feel like there is a big chunk of nothingness in my mind and absolutely… Continue reading A Short Tribute to the Craft of Writing

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Writing When It Hurts

Sat at the keyboard, all I want to do is curl up in bed, pull the duvet up over my head and sleep. Before I fall asleep I would probably shed some tears. I cry - a lot. It's part of me expressing that inward ache of deep sadness. Rather than yelling, I cry. Rather… Continue reading Writing When It Hurts