Tell us a little about yourself
Follower of Jesus Christ, Mother of 5 young children, Senior Minister's wife, English and Drama teacher.
What's your favourite bible passage & why?
This is so hard; there are so many profound passages in the scriptures but Romans 1:16 is one I want to always live by: "I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe, first to the Jew then to the Gentile."
How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus?
Reading His Word, praying continually, singing His praises.
What would you like the next generation of Christian women to know?
That God's Word is not bound by time or historical context but is living and breathing; all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. And that Jesus was radical in His inclusion of women - just read the Scriptures.
What's one thing that you love about your local church?
That Jesus and his gospel is central to everything we do. Jesus' substitutionary death on the cross in our place for our sins and his resurrection from the dead and ascension to God's right hand is never assumed or taken for granted. It is always preached and clearly explained, showing how the whole Bible points towards Jesus, and His saving work on the cross. It is because of God's love for us, and only this, that we can then show love to others. Our church preaches the gospel and attempts to show Jesus' love through action.
What did you learn about God at a time in your life you found hard?
6 years ago I was rushed to hospital with an infection that had consumed my abdomen and infected all my organs. Despite my delirium, firstly from pain and then from the morphine that was pumped through my body, I knew that this was probably my last night on this earth. I prayed like I have never prayed before, humbling myself before my creator and acknowledging my unworthiness, I asked God to save me, not for myself or because of what I could do for Him but for my children, who could never be loved by a person more than I loved them. I prayed that I would always bring them up in the fear and instruction of the Lord and that, ultimately, they were His children, born to bring Him glory. God saved me that night and kept me going long enough to have emergency surgery, that the doctors did not believe would save me. I learned that our life on this earth will not be free of pain or hardship or suffering and that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
What are you passionate about?
Bringing my children up in the fear and instruction of the Lord.
What do you enjoy doing when you rest?
Diving into God's ocean.