Welcome – I’m so glad you have found your way here! I’m Sukie, and I hope you will join me on this journey of walking, praying, and capturing the beauty of God’s creation, whether in everyday life or during those spectacular “mountaintop” moments that take your breath away.
Walking is something I have always done, even though, with my parents as a rather chubby child growing up in a beautiful area of England, I tended to grumble a lot about being hot, cold, wet or tired. But there was obviously something about mountains, as my first “proper” job a year after graduating just happened to be in the French Alps. New friends invited me on walks, my eyes were opened, my fitness improved, and hiking quickly became a passion.
Soon after I arrived, one of these new friends invited me to his church. I went to church as a child, but at that point in my life God merely existed in some undefined, abstract form. But this invitation intrigued me, so I plucked up the courage to go on what happened to be Harvest Sunday, and was instantly embraced by a community of Christians who have become my adoptive family and accompanied me on a spiritual walk that has led me from that abstract belief that God existed to a real, living faith that grows day by day and never ceases to amaze me. My relationship with him has been strengthened and refined during some of the most difficult trials of my life. But more about that in future posts!
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8
I inherited the photography gene from my dad, and it often feels as if I view life through the lens of a camera. The smartphone in my bag makes it easy to capture things that grab my attention while I’m walking down the street, though there are also times when only a “proper” reflex camera will do.
I am able to walk to work, which is a real blessing since I spend all day sitting in front of a computer. Those 20 minutes there and back each day get the circulation going, clear my head, and give me space to think and pray about the day ahead – or “let off steam” on the way home.
It was the Covid lockdowns that put a whole new perspective on walking down the street. With our movements strictly limited and the hustle and bustle temporarily silenced, I realised that even in our very ordinary suburb, nature grows amidst the concrete. And those splashes of colour became metaphors for God’s promise and hope for better days to come.
But you can read more about that in my next post!
“I have come in order that you might have life — life in all its fullness.”John 10:10