I was born in Ripon and have an older brother and sister. My parents took us to church and Sunday School. My parents were Christians and they became involved in a Christian camp which was held each year for children. As children, we went to these camps and when I was 7, I decided to become a Christian. I realised that God had to be in charge of my life. I had to be honest and admit my sins and wrongdoings to God, so he could forgive me and I could make a fresh start. I had learned in Sunday School that there is a constant battle between God, who is perfect and holy, and Satan, the prince of darkness and all evil.

During camp I learned from Ephesians (a book in the New Testament of the Bible) about how we can put on the spiritual armour of God and be able to stand against the attacks of the devil. I understood that the Christian life would not be easy even though the beginning bit is so simple:

  • Christ died for our sins

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Jesus actually said, ‘I am the way the truth the life, no-one comes to the father (God) except through me’

I wanted to live forever with this Jesus who had done so much for me.

As a Mum of three girls, school governor, sister, daughter, auntie, wife, annual camp cook and Mums & Toddlers Team leader, I need to read the Bible regularly to find strength, comfort and direction. I also pray often, to ‘tap into’ God’s power in my life.