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This blog is largely about me muddling my way through life and faith. Being a relatively new Christian, I’m trying to work out what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world as a 32 year old woman in the North East of England who loves playing rugby, throwing great big parties and gardening. All of which I think Jesus would totally approve.

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Just like anyone else, life throws up challenges, and I’ll be writing about how I face these and where I think God is in the picture. Mostly, I don’t quite know. I struggle to pray. I don’t always discern what the Holy Spirit is doing in my life and sometimes I wonder just what God’s playing at. Especially when times get tough, which, of late, they have been. Really tough, actually.

I write about stuff that people don’t often talk about, for example PTSD and infertility, to name two biggies.

In part, this is because I think it might help people who are facing the same problems. They may recognise their own situations in my writing, and so get some help, or better understand those around them. That would be great. I also write because it helps me put into words what I can’t often say out loud. I usually cry way before I’ve said what I wanted to say. And I also write because I want to share how my faith has changed my life for the better. Hopefully I do this in a way that isn’t ramming it down people’s throats.

I want to leave space for people with their own views and beliefs, and as I’ve already stated, I don’t have all the answers. I’m a proper novice. The reason I mention my faith throughout most of my blogs is because it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I suppose it’s like how other bloggers may find Cross Fit and want to mention that in their blogs here and there, because they love how it’s changed their lives and want to share that with others. Hey, a reader may even give it a go…?

So join me in these blogs as I work out what this life stuff is all about. You’ll find accounts from my experiences as an Army Officer serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, my experiences of different cultures, my attempt to discern what God wants me to be and do, and my observations as a newcomer in the quirky and marvelous world of the local parish church.

“With God, all things are possible.” Matt 19.26

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