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Christmas without the Trappings

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July 16, 2019

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Jesus I surrender
I surrender all
(Israel Houghton)

From my seat at the back of the church, sandwiched between friends, I was aware of people dabbing their eyes and sniffling as the music swelled around us. I did...

February 21, 2018

‏Seven years ago I was afraid of being alone,
‏in my own house, with my children there.
‏When my husband was away -
‏I would listen to the creaking of the roof as it cooled,
‏and the rustling of the bushes outside my room,
‏and imagine harm coming fo...

November 12, 2017

The opening scene of television series, ‘Jane the Virgin’ shows a ten year old Jane holding a perfect white camellia. Her Abuella (Grandmother) asks her to crumple the flower within her fist. When she reopens it, the flower is bruised brown. “Now try...

October 25, 2017

If you read Part One of this series, then you already know I am quite conflicted regarding the sex education I received as a youth-group attending Christian girl in the late 1980s/ early 1990s. Sadly, my sexuality was debilitated due to my fear of se...

October 11, 2017

There’s some things I really loved about growing up in the church; the sense of community, the security and the feeling of being specially chosen by God. Heading up the list of things I don't feel so positive about, was the teaching I was given about...

February 28, 2017

Over the last few years I've pared my beliefs right back to basics as I've personally struggled with religion and experienced certain crises of faith. Because I write to provide clarity for the old version of myself, I also tend to write for others w...

November 12, 2016