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Interview with Philippa Young

Interview with Philippa Young

It’s our final interview with the Mummy Meditations Team – another of our Champions, Philippa.  Philippa stepped up to look after Mummy Meditations whilst I was off on my anniversary trip to Rome and has continued to do an amazing job, running Facebook Live discussions…

Interview with Rachel Ridler

Interview with Rachel Ridler

Second up in our interview series is Rachel, the founder of Mummy Meditations and regular contributor to summary posts and Facebook Live Discussions.  Here is a little more about her…..   Introduce yourself in 10 words or less Community loving, hospitality providing, make-up free, creative…

Interview with Sarah Haynes

Interview with Sarah Haynes

Before we start the new series of Mummy Meditations on the 12th January, we will be introducing the members of the team! We hope you enjoy these informal interviews and feel like you know us more – we are all just mums trying to survive this chaotic life and stay close to God in the mayhem.

First up is our newest Mummy Meditations Champion – Sarah.

Introduce yourself in 10 words or less

Sarah, wife, mother, physio, trustee, blogger, Jesus and cake lover!

Tell us a bit about your family

We have 2 girls aged 8 and 5 and we live in a village just outside of Hull in East Yorkshire.

How does Christianity play a part in your family life?

Through needing His grace and wisdom and lots of it!!! Raising a family in faith is not easy and so I continually need and trust Him daily as we navigate family life together. I love how He is with us all though, even in the middle of the mess and mundane! There is no ‘one size fits all’….our family faith walk is as unique and as individual as we are! When I first I realised this, it brought a whole new level of freedom which was great.

How did you find out about Mummy Meditations?

I thought you would ask me that and I have to confess that I just don’t remember! However I will admit that I have spent far too much of my life on Facebook, but in the Lord’s kindness it must have lead me to here at some point…but quite how I just don’t know sorry!

What do you like about Mummy Meditations?

The simplicity of it with just one verse a week! I also love the community aspect and the encouragement and support that it brings.

What excited you about being on the Mummy Meditations Team?

In all honesty it was the accountability and challenge that this will bring! Because I had actually gotten behind with it all and so I felt the call to not only get back on-board but to actually get involved. And now that both my girls are at school, I feel that I have a bit more time and head space to focus, enjoy my writing and take up this new and exciting challenge!

Do you have any random hobbies or talents?

Hmmm…..nothing comes to mind re. talents (!) but I suppose I have a random hobby in that I have started to collect any 50ps with anything other than the usual design on. I always put a few in my girls stockings at Christmas as they enjoy finding and collecting them too and so I hope that this will be a nice tradition, keepsake and memory for them to enjoy for many years to come.

What is your claim to fame?

I don’t have any claim to fame sadly….as I always dreamed of being in the Guinness Book of Records as a kid but never made it! However only the other month I saw Frank Skinner in a petrol station on the way to my brother’s wedding, so I plucked up the courage to ask him for a surprise wedding video message for them on my phone which he happily obliged to do for me….so does that count?! Lol!

Hello My Name Is….(Week 10) – Widow of Nain

Hello My Name Is….(Week 10) – Widow of Nain

Hello Mummy Meditations Community! It’s Sarah here! Welcome to my first ever summary post and our very last one for 2019! With Christmas only 3 days away (Eek!) and 2020 just round the corner, marking the start of another new decade already, I just don’t…

Hello My Name Is.. (Week 9) – Widow of Nain

Hello My Name Is.. (Week 9) – Widow of Nain

Hello Mummy Meditators!!  I hope you have had a festive week, as we are now only 10 days away from Christmas.  This coming week is no doubt going to be full of Christmas parties, performances and last minute shopping.  So take 10 minutes today to…

Hello My Name Is… (Week 8) – Woman Caught in Adultery

Hello My Name Is… (Week 8) – Woman Caught in Adultery

Good Morning Mummy Meditators!

Well I hope you enjoyed Pippa’s summary of the start of this story last week – if you didn’t have a chance to read it already do hop over to last weeks summary post and catch up.  This week we were meditating on the following verse:

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”  John 8:10-11

From Fear to Freedom

Last week we saw this woman in a desperate situation – dragged out to be judged and accused and humiliated.  When I stepped into her shoes I felt full of fear and shame.  And yet, this week, we see a complete turn of the tables.  That fear for her life is over, she is left free.  Relief must be coursing through her body.  Perhaps she is breathing quickly and can hear the beat of her heart in her ears as she awaits the verdict.  The words she speaks to Jesus would have been through a lump in her throat.  I’m sure unbelief is in her heart when she hears that he doesn’t condemn her either.  How can it be true?  How can I have escaped the inevitable?  Fear to freedom.  Isn’t that the story of all our lives when we put the decision or judgement into Jesus’ hands?

What now?

So now she is free, the question that came to my mind was “what now?”.  Jesus makes it really clear what she SHOULD do, but I wonder how easy that would have been for her?  Even if no-one stoned her, they would still all know what she had done.  They would still be silently judging her in the streets and the public places.  To leave her life of sin would be a real struggle.  Perhaps the man that she had been caught in adultery would be trying to keep that going?  Is the joy and relief of the freedom that Jesus gave her enough motivation for her to leave her life of sin?  How easy have you found it to leave your own life of sin?

Next Week

We look at our last unnamed woman from the bible next week, so do join me for our final two weeks of Mummy Meditations for 2019.  We’ll be looking at this verse together:

“As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out-the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the LORD saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:12-13

I will be live again at 9pm tomorrow night to share my initial thoughts, so please do put it in your phone to remind you to join in!  I’d love to hear from you all.

 

 

Hello My Name Is…(Week 7) – Woman caught in Adultery

Hello My Name Is…(Week 7) – Woman caught in Adultery

Hello Mummy Meditators! Welcome to this week’s summary post on the first day of advent. Did you open your calendar today? We are doing an advent mash-up of chocolate countdowns & a nativity scene felt calendar. Anyway back to the summary post! This week we…

Hello My Name Is… (Week 6) – Widow of Zarephath

Hello My Name Is… (Week 6) – Widow of Zarephath

Hello Mummy Meditators!!  Yet another emotional week for us with this story, and I guess it reminds me that life on this planet is always emotional in some way – highs and lows are around every corner and yet God journeys with us through it…

Hello My Name Is (Week 5) – Widow of Zarephath

Hello My Name Is (Week 5) – Widow of Zarephath

How are we half way through this series already!!!  It will be Christmas before we know it….

So this week we carried on looking at the Widow of Zarephath, after we learnt about her sad circumstances last week and her opinion towards God in regards to them.  This week we were meditating and thinking over the following verse:

“She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:15-16

God Can Reach You When You Will Try Anything

When talking about this woman this week, I realised that although she was at the end of herself, resigning herself to death and the death of her son, that hope hadn’t gone.  It was buried very deep and appeared that she was hopeless when speaking to Elijah, but even in that moment she still had a small amount of hope.  Because she was willing to try what Elijah said.  When you are willing to try and give something one last chance before giving up, then God can reach you.   When you are willing to trust something that seems completely impossible then God will step up and deliver.  It’s hard to understand really, but sometimes you have to reach rock bottom before you are willing to let God in.  That is where this woman was, and God certainly delivered for her – oil and flour refills for as long as she needed it.

When did the miracle become real for her?

I wonder at what point she started to believe that God was providing for her and cared about her?  As I stepped into her shoes I felt a disbelief and confusion.  I imagined that she had tried everything she possibly could to take care of herself and her son.  That she had begged everyone she knew for food, shelter, protection, and had been turned away from all human solutions to this problem.  My big question this week was, was this enough?  Would this miracle have proven to her that God was real?  How many people do we know that have asked for a sign from God and yet still doubted when He answered?  Are we willing to trust without a miracle like this?  That is what Jesus asks of us – that we believe without seeing.  That we trust what is written in the scriptures happened and that God cares about us in the same way, without needing proof or evidence before our very eyes.

What about when miracles happen everyday?

Like with the manna in the desert, this miracle was one that kept going until she was out of the woods.  What happens when God provides in a small way everyday?  Do you think she kept being thankful, or did she forget where that provision was coming from?  I know I easily forget.  God provides everything I need day in and day out and yet it becomes the norm, part of the furniture, and it ceases to amaze me.  Yet I should give thanks everyday.  Let us not become complacent with the everyday miracles in our own lives.  This is one of the reasons I think this woman was included – she reminds us of what we have everyday.

Next Week

Well, this verse seems to have tied everything up in a nice happy package – in a way it would be great to leave the story of this widow and move on to someone else.  But there is another part to the story that we need to think on.  So next week we will be meditating on this verse:

“Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 1 Kings 17:17-18

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow night at 9pm for a first look at this verse together at the Facebook Live discussion.  I am praying for all of us to be really open and vulnerable about times when we have felt like this woman, so we can deal with them and move forward in our faith.

 

(P.S If you want to join our team of writers here at Mummy Meditations do get in touch!  rachel@mummymeditations.co.uk )

Hello My Name Is (Week 4) – Widow of Zarephath

Hello My Name Is (Week 4) – Widow of Zarephath

A new week here at Mummy Meditations, and we started looking at a new “unnamed” woman.  The widow of Zarephath is not a very well known story, so do take the time to read the whole story in 1 Kings 17 if you get the…