It’s time for a bit of an announcement!
A few months ago, I decided that I’d like to share a bit more of my faith on the blog. The response I’ve had to that has been really supportive. I’ve been really encouraged, and it’s started off some great discussions.
At the same time, I’ve been following Rachel’s blog, Rachel Ridler: Mum on a Mission. Each week or so, she posts a couple of Bible verses and writes about how God has spoken to her through these verses. It’s a brilliant way of developing your relationship with God, and it’s not too overwhelming and certainly doesn’t feel like a huge time commitment.
So, starting next week, Rachel and I will be co-hosting the Mummy Meditations. We’re going to be working our way through the Fruits of the Spirit, covering one a month.
If you’d like to read more about Mummy Meditations and how they got started, take a look at Rachel’s post here: What is Mummy Meditation?
I’ve also done an interview with Rachel herself. Read on to find out more about this amazing woman of God.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! My name is Rachel and I am mum to two boys, wife to an introvert husband and friend to many (hopefully they think the same!). I work part time for the Teenage Cancer Trust in their fundraising team in Yorkshire. I love that by doing my job well means that more young people with cancer get age appropriate treatment and support. I also enjoy having the rest of my time to spend with my two boys, Sam who is three and Reuben who is one. They are hard work and full of energy but I love their view on life and how being a mother has completely changed my understanding of God and his love for me. I am part of a vibrant church in Doncaster called Legacy Church where I have the privilege of coordinating our 20 lifegroups that meet mid-week across the town. I love being a part of my local community too, so you will often find me at the local children’s centre talking to other mums or wandering around our estate meeting neighbours.
2. How did you get into blogging?
Strangely, I got into blogging after a failed job interview! I got the opportunity to interview for a position in a Christian Charity called “Activate Your Life”. One of their questions to me in the interview was something about what are the most different/interesting things about you. I told them that I had a life goal to feed 5000 people in my home, because if Jesus fed 5000 in one single day then surely I can do that over my whole life (link to my post on this if you want to include it: http://rachelridlermumonamission.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/feeding-5000-modern-day-challenge.html) . The woman interviewing me flippantly said “oh you could write that as a blog post on our website” and the seed was planted. I started writing my first ever blog post on the train journey home, and the rest is history. Mum on a Mission was born and I have been enjoying blogging about my life and faith ever since. For the full story visit The Story of How it All Began.
3. What is “Mummy Meditations” all about?
Mummy Meditation very simply came about because I was struggling with the guilt of not having a “daily devotional” time with God. Basically, with the hustle and bustle of family life I found it increasingly hard to commit having some time free in the morning or regularly in the evening (lets face it – when you have kids you are pretty much exhausted all the time, so earlier mornings or concentrating after a long day with the kids is near impossible). It was making me feel very guilty and getting me down, and I realised that was silly. Yes we should be spending time with our Father God, but this is a God who just wants to know us personally, so of course he is going to understand the seasons of life that we go through. I decided that to set aside time every day was not achievable, but to set aside an hour each week was manageable. During that time I would choose a verse and study it more, and then commit to trying to meditate and ponder on it all through the week. This meant that I would be thinking about it when walking to nursery, or during dinner time, or in the quiet after bedtime. Thinking and repeating the verse during these times meant I actually remember more scripture now than ever before, but also that different aspects of the verse came out that I had never noticed before. I had done this for a few months and really noticed the difference in my bible reading and understand and relationship with God, so decided to share it with my blog readers and encourage them to join me in doing it. By doing it together we can share each week what we have noticed from the verse, and get an even greater understanding of the verse. How great is that! I am really excited to be joining with Naomi and all you readers of her blog to bring this to even more mums who might be struggling with the guilt of daily devotions – hopefully this will release you to enjoy your time with God again.
4. What brings you greatest joy in life?
I love to be creative. I am happiest when I am either making things out of paper or attempting to do some bible journalling, or playing my guitar and worshipping. In the past I ran my own wedding stationery and craft company and although it never took off massively, I really enjoyed making beautiful things, often out of recycled products (I won an award for my recycled paper swirl bowls). I don’t find as much time to do that now, but when I do get an hour to be creative I can feel the freedom in my heart. Here is a link to my bible journaling post for inspiration!
5. What are your biggest challenges?
At the moment my biggest challenge is close to home – the government recently announced a big change to the planned route for the HS2 railway that just happens to go right through my home. This is bringing many challenges my way, including having to support my neighbours, lead the local community in a campaign against this decision, and sometimes questioning what God’s purpose is in all of this (all whilst dealing with my own emotional ups and down). It could very well mean I lose my home and have to move my family, something that I don’t want to do, but worst of all it could mean I have to leave a community I love. On the positive side, I am trying to focus on the amazing opportunities is has given me to meet new people in the community and bless them.
6. What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about joining in with mummy meditations?
Give it a try! What have you got to lose? You might just end up loving scripture a bit more, feeling a bit closer to your Father God and actually remembering what you have read in the bible! I can still remember verses I looked at 6 months ago, when normally I would just skim through passage after passage with it not really sinking in. I would also advise you to try to set aside a full hour each week to properly study the verse. Then write the verse out in places where you will see it and be reminded. I have put some more guidance on great ways to remember your meditation verse here: Mummy Meditation.
7. What’s your best life hack?
Always have a “second brain” that you trust. I recently learned about this on a course by a company called “Productivity Ninja’s” and it has revolutionised my work and home organisation!!! I never realised how rubbish my brain was until then, and that I was losing time by trying to remember things that I clearly couldn’t. Whether it is an app or a paper planner, having something to keep everything you need to remember and do in can save you soooo much time (which is time you could use doing the things you love).
8. What’s one thing you wish you could do (but you can’t)?
I wish I could speak other languages. My head really doesn’t work in that way (I was rubbish at French in school) but I know it would be nice to be able to go on holiday other places than Scarborough and feel comfortable that I could communicate.
I really love Rachel’s blog. She’ll be hosting this coming week’s Mummy Meditation, so pop over to her blog to check it out.
Next week, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the following verses: “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3