(Brittany, France, Summer 2016)

You have chosen to walk on the shingle,

When I have prepared

Beautiful soft sand for your feet.

You let yourself be set about

By clinging tendrils of seaweeds,

Which are so easy to brush off

When you turn to Me.

Look at this beautiful double shell,

I purified you at your baptism,

And again by my Spirit.

The dull grey of these pebbles

Becomes rich and gleaming

With the washing of My gentle waves.

So many burdens, too much flotsam,

Let me make you light, useful,


With the touch of My hand.

Simplify, purify,

Listen to the sounds of the sea.

Rest in Me,

Open your hands,

And walk freely, joyously,

Carried along by the breeze

Of My will for your life.

Seven is my favourite number which holds many Scriptural resonances. So here are seven numerical snippets from my life: 1. I was born in 1967, in a village in Warwickshire, England, and grew up singing in the choir and bellringing in our village Anglican church. 2. I made a first true Christian commitment at age 14 through my school Christian Fellowship. 3. I studied Modern and Medieval Languages for 4 years at the University of Cambridge. 4. In 1993 I married Nick and we have 4 children. 5. I am English and have lived in France since 1999. I hold both British and French nationality and am bilingual. 6. 7 things close to my heart, in no particular order: Fair Trade commerce, cats, green tea, the ocean, Highland cattle, languages, and The Chosen series. 7. In July 2021 I created and began to lead a monthly online Christian poetry group, TRELLIS*, under the umbrella of the UK Association of Christian Writers. (*standing for Trust, Risk, Encouragement, Listening, Love, Inspiration, and Support) What a blessing now to join this inspirational Red Thread Poets group. Praying for the manifold blessings of the Spirit on us all, as we write our beautiful poems and songs full of heavenly inspiration and power.