Deborah’s Everyday Faith


 

Sometimes we don’t have the answers. Sometimes our journey isn’t deemed ‘conventional’. Sometimes we feel lost. And sometimes we question our faith.

Deborah has an enquiring mind. She doesn’t follow the crowd – but she does try to follow the Lord, and believes and trusts in Him.  

 

Deborah grew up in the Church of England, was christened and confirmed at 11, but when she became a teenager, she started to question everything.

“There were questions I wanted answering, and the people around me didn’t have the answers,” she remembers.

So Deborah took her Gideon’s Bible and all the booklets left in her home by ‘evangelical visitors’ and spent hours in her room, reading and saying prayers.

“I felt something,” she says. “It was like something filled me up, from my feet upwards. I remember telling my mum that I’d felt God and she just said, ‘oh right, okay’.”

When she was in her late teens, Deborah started to go to a free Methodist church – ‘the happy clappy type’ – and joined the youth group, while she was doing an apprenticeship in British Aerospace.

“For the first time I felt I was with like-minded people and it was safe. I was born again,” she says.

“My dad had an alcohol problem, and here there were decent male role models to be around. Being a Christian and going to church was my way of rebelling.”

There, she met her first husband. “He was a poster boy for conversion, having done drugs and found the church,” explains Deborah. “He went off to Bible College to be a minister and I supported him as he took up work in the church.”

With encouragement from the church, Deborah trained to become a teacher.

Life from there became complicated but Deborah’s relationship with God remained strong.

The couple later separated and eventually divorced, but after a long period apart, and repenting, they remarried and joined a new church together.

Sadly, things didn’t stay well for long and Deborah spent six years on her own.

Deborah felt God telling her to leave the town where she then lived and she has since moved to Leicestershire, and attends a rural church, where she leads a seasonal, outdoor spiritual worship and prayer group, celebrating God’s creation. She is a primary teacher, writer and amateur photographer, and has found happiness in a new relationship.

Deborah was inspired to become a teacher by the American teacher, Christa McAuliffe, who died during a shuttle mission. “She said, ‘I teach the future’, and that always stuck with me,” says Deborah.

“God helps me to see things in children and they will always show you something about who they are – the things that make their souls sing. I get to see it, I get to work with the future. I get to see that moment where something is revealed or developed and my job is to cultivate that.”

Deborah says her life is defined by serendipitous moments of God at work. “That is my everyday faith,” she explains.

“When we were involved in a bad car accident, we prayed to God and within moments our call for help was answered.

“There was a time I sat with a young woman from Eastern Europe in a market in Vienna, just holding her hand and letting her know she’d been noticed.

“Symbolism is significant to my faith – like the first lone robin that comes to my birdtable; the rich gold sunlight after the little jewels of rain from heaven, or the tiny little flowers strewn on the floor, just for me, that no-one else will ever see in that way. Those moments are pure pleasure. That is God talking to me, it’s our communication and it soothes my spirit. It’s like breathing.”

“I’m growing and changing. I read and I question. I love God, I get excited by things and I enjoy chatting to new people and sharing food. After all, that’s what Jesus did in the Bible, a lot!”




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