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Back to the Beginning: A Ministry of Hope

Do you ever cringe when you think about some of the things you used to do or say? As a writer, I look back at some of my earlier work and quietly chuckle to myself hoping no one will ever read it. I know I am my worst critic and perhaps deserve to cut myself… Continue reading Back to the Beginning: A Ministry of Hope

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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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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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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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BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Brightness by Philippa Ruth Wilson

Published by Christian Focus (May 2021) This book has to be one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. Perhaps it is because it speaks so tenderly and compassionately to the weary, fragile soul. Maybe it is because it's beautifully written and is accompanied with sketched illustrations by Rebekah Lesan… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: A Certain Brightness by Philippa Ruth Wilson

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Ruth’s Roundup – October 2021

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth's Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – October 2021

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BOOK REVIEW: Suffering by Paul David Tripp

Published by Crossway (September 2018) I use affiliate links in some of my blog posts. If you click through and make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to yourself. Thank you for your support! The title is one we are all too familiar with if we've been on this earth… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Suffering by Paul David Tripp

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Is there hope in suffering?

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I saw an Instagram post from a Christian I follow who has entered remission from a cancer that she had. Like me, she has a young child and has not had an easy time. However, she recently returned to work as a nurse and was very understandably happy to be back to it. In… Continue reading Is there hope in suffering?

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Do you have someone that you look up to? Someone that you want to emulate in some way? For me, it's my Mum. She has modelled for me what following Jesus looks like as a wife and mother, even in the hardest and most hopeless of circumstances. She was the one who led me… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

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Two Books That Helped Me Through A Cancer Relapse

Just a short post today on two books that I was very thankful for as I went through a Hodgkin's Lymphoma relapse earlier this year. God on Mute by Pete Grieg Going through cancer for the second time has brought new thoughts to my mind in comparison to being a twenty-something student who had lymphoma… Continue reading Two Books That Helped Me Through A Cancer Relapse