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How to quit being a successful Christian.

By On 9th May 2018

I prefix this post by saying: The church is made up of humans who are flawed and messed up, and get lots of things wrong. And despite everything, on Sundays you will find me in church. Because even though this family is dysfunctional, it is home. Like everyone else, we Christians love success. We love the sheen of it and…

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Advent: what the children taught me.

By On 15th December 2017

The simplest truths are the hardest to hold onto. It was the school nativity this morning. My children are too old to take part and I wasn’t sure if I could spare the time. But the excitement in the yard was infectious and I found myself walking round to the front of the building, entering through the main doors and taking…

faith / Mental health

On accepting my un-healing.

By On 4th July 2017

I was raised on testimonies of healing. I was taught about the miraculous, Jesus healing the blind man, that meeting in South America when someone was raised from the dead, the missions in Africa where people had seen limbs re-grow and hearing restored. I thought healing was the only answer to the question of illness, because illness was always a sign…

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On transitions and finding the courage to move forward.

By On 6th June 2017

What follows are some thoughts on moving from one place to another. We are living in Anglesey at the moment (for a three month sabbatical) but these words are not about a literal move, but a metaphorical one. The past few years I have been on the border, crossing from one way of life to another. My blog is subtitled ‘Learning How To…

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On realising I am good.

By On 30th May 2017

I recently wrote a post about freedom. This post was a starting point for re-articulating my faith. If you haven’t read it you might want to check it out before reading this. The ideas contained in these posts are fresh, and like wet paint have the potential to make a mess. I am stumbling towards truth, inarticulately. I am starting to write about some…

Mental health

A short interview with me.

By On 24th March 2017

Today I was interviewed by my friend Ryan Cook. He filmed our conversation for his blog. In our chat we talk depression, anxiety and faith. I say too much, too quickly. As someone who often talks faster than she thinks this was slightly dangerous… Thought I would share it with you too. Love to know your thoughts (I think –…

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Ash Wednesday or, What repentance is not.

By On 1st March 2017

Today is Ash Wednesday. In churches all over the country people are gathering to repent of their sins. They are kneeling while the vicar or celebrant draws a cross of ashes on their forehead as they prepare for Lent, and after that, Easter. I like this. A stopping point, a place to be reminded. It is only recently I have understood what…