Published in the Church Times 9th February 2018
Have confidence in who you are, the skills and gifts that you have and know that your dyslexia will not be what defines you. Have courage to walk away from the expectations others have of you, for that is when you will discover who you really are. The decision you are making to follow Jesus will be the best decision you have ever made and soon there will be a time when you cannot imagine life without the knowledge of God’s love. In the decades ahead of you, God will become your refuge, strength and inspiration. Hold onto your courage and your anger against injustice – and celebrate the joy that caring for others is beginning to give you.
Although you worry about those you love dying, believe that they will stay with you – in your memories, in who you are, in the faces and nature of your children. Take some more photos of the children and husband you are going to go on to have – though it may be hard for you to imagine now the joy they will give you, your children will grow up far too quickly.
And lastly, don’t give up playing the French Horn and don’t give away your sister’s signed Paul Weller vinyl – you’ll get decades of grief from it!