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    Reflections from a 9/11 survivor: 'Just three hours had passed since the first plane hit. Three hours of sheer terror’


    Traumatised by the events of 9/11, Christina Ray Stanton has since developed a deeper relationship with God and a new desire to care for those in need

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    ‘Let’s stop treating suicide as a crime or sin’


    Having lost her son to suicide, Jill Baker marks World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) by placing a lit candle in a window. She invites us to join her, and to reflect on the way we talk about suicide and support those around us who are struggling. She believes we can do better.

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    An anxious return


    As many secondary school students have been returning to school this week, Cherry Dakin from tastelife shares her own story and how she is trying to combat the rise of eating disorders among young people today

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    Physical and mental struggles led to a new ministry


    Diane Regan shares with Clare Blake how the pain her family has walked through birthed the charity Kintsugi Hope

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    Body confidence cards encourage users to reflect on their identity


    When Denise Sanderson-Estcourt gave up her regular, ‘safe’ job to become an image consultant, some people – Denise included – felt it was a risky move. But God has brought some incredible confidence-building material out of this decision, and there is plenty more to come

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    Adopting my girl


    Sharon Bricker, 73, was mum to three boys, but she always dreamed of having a daughter. After a hysterectomy due to ill health, she wondered how it would ever happen

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    Five things I have learned about… being yourself


    Seasoned author Cathy Madavan explains how she has come to accept who she is – and how we can do the same

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    ‘My faith gives everything context and meaning’


    Five-time world record holder Stef Reid says her Christian faith has made life more of an adventure. She is excited about competing in Tokyo, in what will be her fourth Paralympic Games

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    ‘Pray for Haiti; a nation steeped in voodoo, corruption and poverty’


    Ingvild Snow shares her insights after the devastating earthquake in Haiti and suggests ways we can make a lasting difference for the Haitian people

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    The dream that turned a widow’s grief into a heavenly story of hope


    As a young widow with children, Abi Shotade walked a painful journey of grief. She hopes the book she has written will help other families facing loss


    Misogyny, hate crimes and terrorism: terminology matters


    The language we use about violence against women matters, says Bekah Legg, who urges us to use our words carefully to combat a growing culture of misogyny and rape

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    The return of the burqa


    Clare Blake urges us to pray for the women of Afghanistan, whose freedom is about to be eroded and whose very lives may be at stake

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    Are you brave enough to take on the ‘Shack Challenge’?


    Global Care is looking for volunteers to take part in its ‘Shack Supper’ and ‘Shack Shelter’ challenges. Could you take on one…or both?

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    Menopause: “No big deal” or a genuine disability?


    Kay Burley described the menopause as “tricky”, but for many women it is a life-changing and even career-ending process. New research shows that menopause-related tribunals have quadrupled in three years

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    Spiritual journalling


    Maxine Hallett encourages us to record how we are feeling, what we are learning and the prayers that God is answering  

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    ‘The future opened up before me like a chasm of uncertainty’


    A level students have achieved record results this year despite lockdown, but teacher Mel Currer reassures us that God has a plan, whatever that piece of paper says

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    ‘We are not merely animals who should be “put out of our misery”’


    As yet another person plans to travel abroad in order to die, Christian Medical Fellowship’s Jennie Pollock suggests there is hope of a better way

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    Tuesday night at the Royal Surrey


    Kathleen McAnear Smith shares a snapshot of what it is like volunteering as part of a team who visit young people dealing with mental health crises – and provides helpful tips for anyone thinking of volunteering in their community

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    Opening up spaces to talk


    The topic of gendered violence and gendered inequality is complex and emotive but one young woman, Natasha Eeles, has made it her mission to challenge and change it.

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    Meeting Michelle Obama


    If you’ve ever faced challenges in your life then you will know that they either weaken you or make your stronger. For Karen Bryson her difficulties and disappointments have made her determined to give young people the best start in life. This autumn she is setting up a new Christian school, after having spent years running a tutoring service to provide extra support for children from all walks of life and financial situations.

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    The menopause revolution


    We reflect on the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause and ask you to share your own stories about menopause

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    Finding peace in everyday life


    Have you ever returned from a Christian conference, camp or retreat and wished you could hold on to the sense of joy or peace you experienced at it? Dr Gemma Simmonds is a sister with the Congregation of Jesus and she has written a book to help us bring retreat practices into daily life. She shared some of her own story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.

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    Support seafarers


    Ros Downs encourages us all to pray for merchant seafarers and their families this Sea Sunday, 11 July, as well as consider how we can support them

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    Thank You Day!


    As previously mentioned, 4 July is National Thank You Day, and we encourage you all to reach out to those who have made the last 16 months that little bit easier.

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    Faith in their futures


    Emma Borquaye, the founder of Girl Got Faith, encourages us to help the teenagers in our lives have confidence in who God has made them to be

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    Defying stereotypes


    Winner, a young woman from Togo, has fought against the odds to follow her dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer

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    Nine months of wearing the same dress every day


    Rachel David celebrates the experience, which she says has been liberating, has started some great conversations and raised over £9,000 for charity so far

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    ‘My daughter has been in a coma for nearly six months’


    Karen Young shares candidly about the excruciatingly difficult journey her family is currently on, and reflects on what she has learned about those moments when God says: “Not yet.”

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    Let’s say thank you!


    4 July has been set aside as national Thank You Day – is there someone you would like to thank?

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    ​Caring for young refugees


    Rachel Poulton MBE and her family invite newly arrived, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into their home. She explains why here

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    Supporting vulnerable mums


    Founder of the Princess Project, Emma Tanner, looks back over the past ten years of the charity, and celebrates how God has used it to transform women’s lives.

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    Showcasing talent in lockdown


    Award-winning singer Rachel Walker Mason reflects on the huge success of the online talent show she created during lockdown in order to raise funds for a mental health charity.

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    Facing Father’s Day as a single man


    We hear from Tom Morgan about what life is like as a single and childless church leader, especially on days like Father’s Day.

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    'I was sexually assaulted on a mission trip'


    Director of charity One by One, Becky Murray describes how a terrifying incident almost stopped her realising her dream to help the poor and broken

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    Struggling with my faith


    Maxine Hallett shares honestly about her recent dark moods, which she has discovered are due to the menopause, and how they have made her feel far from God.

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    Praising through the pain


    Songwriter and worship leader Sarah Téibo shares candidly how hard it can be to worship in the most excruciating moments of life – and yet encourages us all to do so.

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    From free school meals to CEO


    The new chief executive of Jubilee+, Natalie Williams, talks to us about imposter syndrome, and why taking up the role feels like a prophetic statement.

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    'I was rejected from church as a single mum'


    Shovorne Adams was judged for being a single mum at 17. But God never left her alone, providing love, protection and hope for her future

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    ‘Chemistry meets creativity’


    Tumi Siwoku, Creative Director at Beauty Science Labs UK, talks to Clare Blake about starting a business in the pandemic, her passion for indie beauty products and why natural may not always be best

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    Look after yourself!


    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all the demands and responsibilities in your life? Ruth Rice was a very capable, busy woman, but then one day her life started to unravel. She shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues what happened.

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    Caring for the vulnerable


    During Foster Care Fortnight, we hear from Hannah Hylton about her family’s journey into fostering

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    ‘I thought my wife would be better off without me’


    Premier’s Maria Rodrigues spoke to Patrick and Diane Regan about the physical and mental health challenges he faced, and how they affected Diane too.

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    ‘If I perish, I perish’


    On International Nurses Day (12 May), intensive care nurse Georgie Coster honours the incredible sacrifice our nurses have made for us in this most challenging of years.

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    ‘I knew Caleb was safe in heaven’


    During Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (3–9 May) we hear from Chloe Smith, who was heavily pregnant when her four-year-old son died.

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    When life falls apart


    Have you experienced disappointment and loss? Sarah Stockinger has journeyed through miscarriage and, more recently, experienced a ministry job falling through…after her and her husband sold everything to move to America to take up the post. She shared what she has learned through these experiences with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.

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    Moving from fear to compassion


    Christine Soule had a series of traumatic experiences in her childhood, including her stepfather phoning her when she was nine years old and home alone, threatening to rape her. As a result she carried chronic fear into adulthood, until one day God set her free. She shared her story with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues:

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    ‘Angels appear to me’


    Minister Charlynne Boddie has had numerous angelic encounters. Here is a snippet of the story she shared with Premier’s Maria Rodrigues.

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    Losing the man who was always by her side


    Claire Musters was struck at how the Queen’s loss ultimately reflects her humanity, as she begins to navigate the grief that we all face when we lose someone we love

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    Life after a Christian divorce


    Steph Gutmann grew up as a pastor's kid and prayed for her marriage to be blessed by God, but when it turned abusive she was challenged about how to make things work. She shared her story with Premier's Maria Rodrigues.

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    'I was pregnant with my 5th child when my marriage and ministry fell apart'


    Karen Allen reached a tipping point in her life when she told God she couldn't do ministry anymore. Her marriage of 14 years had suddenly ended and she found herself pregnant with her 5th child. A close friend spoke into her life and changed things. Here is some of what Karen shared with Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues

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    'Jesus appeared to me in a dream'


    Like Joseph in the Bible, Naomi Chamroo grew up having dreams that confused both her and her family. She tells Premier radio presenter Maria Rodrigues how an encounter with God gave her the answers she was searching for

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    ‘I’m not a mum but I’ll be celebrating mother’s day this year’


    A traumatic baby loss meant Woman Alive editor Tola-Doll Fisher avoided Mother’s Day for years. Here’s why she wants this year to be different

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    My mum ran a brothel


    EMMA WEAVER grew up in a situation where she would alternate between living with her mum or dad. At one point she moved to Spain with her mother, but when financial difficulties hit she returned to the UK to be with her father. In that time her mum set up a business. Premier's Maria Rodrigues heard something of the story, as written in Emma's book 'Unvanquished Spirit'.

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    ‘You never know what God has planned for your life’


    Santia Deck is the highest-paid female American footballer in history. Here she tells Jeanette McCarthy about the highs and lows of her career, her battles with self-image and how her faith in God and the support of the women in her life have inspired her to help the next generation