God only uses real people,

Weak people,

Frightened people,

People dragged down by monotony and despair.

God only uses today,

Where we are, as we are.

The only train to Heaven

Departs from – here.

Satan wants to keep us

Weak, frightened, dragged down,

In chains to the past,

Hiding our faces from tomorrow.

He shouts out loudly:

“You are worth nothing, you will be stuck here forever.

Why would God want anything to do with you?

Better just to make the best of a bad job,

Buckle down, look out for yourself,

Don’t step out of your comfort zone.”

Such words make me weep,

And they make God weep, too,

And He replies, “I will break the chains,

I will bind up the wounds,

I am the Healer, the Strengthener,

I am the One who loves you,

More than life itself.”

Shut up, Satan, and get lost,

Once and for all!

The mystery is so deep, Lord,

But I am your child.

Transform my today,

Lift my longing eyes,

Guide my uncertain feet,

Free me from my fears.

Teach me, Father,

To dance lightly and joyfully

In the constant melody of Your love.

Make something beautiful,

Recycle my junk,

Take me beyond my wildest imaginings.

Let nobody’s expectations hold me back,

Especially not my own.

So shall I be truly free, and wholly alive in You.



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.