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Dealing with Difficult Decembers

The countdown to Christmas Day is well underway. Shopping, services and sugar are a very typical expectation for this time of year. I saw a church advertise that it's having five different variations of Christmas Carol services with different kind of music. I honestly don't know what to say to that. On the one hand,… Continue reading Dealing with Difficult Decembers

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One Thing Is Necessary

Isn't that just one of the best lines ever? If my life was simplified to just one thing rather than the countless other things that demand my attention, what a blissful life that would be. I don't know about you, but I crave a simple, quiet life with plenty of moments to 'just be'. I… Continue reading One Thing Is Necessary

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Perspective in suffering

As I'm writing this, I'm recovering from Covid and have spent the day looking after my daughter who has also been unwell. Apart from having bone ache, a sore throat, a mild cough and a fever, it has not been too bad. For that, I am thankful. Yet, these illnesses that come upon our bodies… Continue reading Perspective in suffering

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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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A Royal Remembered: Queen Elizabeth II Promoted to Glory

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay Like many of you, I found out the deeply sad news of the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th September 2022. As a writer, my immediate reaction is to process this enormous void and difficult change with words. In my heart, I feel a deep… Continue reading A Royal Remembered: Queen Elizabeth II Promoted to Glory

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Stop. Look. Listen. Live.

Can you imagine for a moment that you are unable to see or hear anything? In order to navigate through life, you would have to trust those around you to be your eyes and ears. If you tried to do everything without any help, you would be stumbling in the dark and in danger from… Continue reading Stop. Look. Listen. Live.

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The Queen’s Hope

As many celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign this weekend, I thought it fitting to write about her hope and faith in Jesus Christ. During the pandemic, many looked to the Queen to deliver a message of hope for what seemed a very hopeless time for the nation when the country was in lockdown… Continue reading The Queen’s Hope

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The Mustard Seed Mum: A Letter to Special Needs Mothers

Dearly loved Mama, I may not be able to see you, but I so wish I could come over, make you a cup of tea, coffee or a beverage of your choosing, and just share life with you. The world is a scary place at times, but for us, we are championing our children in… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: A Letter to Special Needs Mothers

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The Mental Health Coal Mine

It's Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022) and the theme is 'loneliness'. Even though feeling lonely can make us more at risk of mental health problems, I would also say mental health problems can make us feel lonely. As I write this, I am almost five days clear of one of the worst depressive… Continue reading The Mental Health Coal Mine

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I can’t get this song out of my head…

What songs do you have on repeat? Sometimes a song is just that good. Do you get a song stuck in your head? Sometimes it can be really irritating and you can't get it out of your head. Other songs just seem to transport you to another place entirely. Maybe it's nostalgic. Or perhaps it's… Continue reading I can’t get this song out of my head…