My faith is an important part of my life.
Until my eldest son was born, I had a reassuringly predictable Christian upbringing. I started dating my husband when we were teenagers and we used our medical and nursing skills to work abroad. When our defining moment came, all our previously held hopes and dreams appeared to shatter. The contents of our lives were tipped out on the floor and we were left with the question – what now?
More than ever, I’m convinced that being broken isn’t a problem, it’s what we do with the pieces that count. Parenting and loving our son has shaped the way I view God and how I live my life.
Tim, my husband, and I are currently working on a devotional with CWR which focuses on living through challenging circumstances (due for release in Spring 2019).
As well as speaking at mainstream events, I have lead workshops (link to page below) for parents of children with additional needs. I’m also privileged to have shared with smaller groups and church congregations about what we how our faith has grown through our complicated version of parenting.
Unsurprisingly, I’m really passionate about how the church cares for families like mine. How we care for the vulnerable, include the marginalised and value each other shows the kind of community we are. For the wider community, I believe wholeheartedly that brokenness is part of the image of God; the birth, life and death of Jesus reflects this truth.
“A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”