Life On Fast-Forward

By August 17, 2014 Blog

Hypomania and mania are terms used to describe periods of overactive and excited behaviour that have a serious impact on your day-to-day life. Mania is  a common symptom of bipolar disorder and those affected often experience massive ‘highs’, intense moods, hyperactivity and even delusions.  This might sound ok, but the reality is terrifying: especially when followed by periods of depression and despair. Today’s guest post is from the lovely Cat, who talks about her experience with mania – and what gives her …Read More

A New Song

By August 14, 2014 Blog

We’ve got a bit of news. If you follow the blog, you’ll maybe know that Glen and I have been trying for a baby for many years. We’ve been through several modified cycles of IVF (see posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). It’s been a hard time, but we’ve known the Lord and you (our friends and loved ones) carrying us through, with support and prayers.  Thank you. Earlier this year, we went for the last go. …Read More

Warning lights

By August 13, 2014 Blog

Yesterday I wrote about things to do when feeling stressed. Here are the signs I’m in the stress zone: 1. I’m too busy/distracted/tired to pray 2. I talk about the stuff ‘we’ need to do and I’m the only one there 3. I’m eating drinking chocolate 4. I can’t breathe and realise I’ve been holding my breath – for the last hour 5. My eye starts twitching 6. I can’t make decisions 7. My shoulders are up round my ears 8. I make …Read More

Alternatives

By August 12, 2014 Blog

It’s ok to feel overwhelmed. But before you listen to lies or reach for old habits, try some of these: 1. pray 2. stop and breathe 3. read the Bible or listen to it read to you 4. scribble on sheets of paper. 5. pray for someone else 6. write a list of things that worry you. Pray them through, then bin them 7. be with other people. 8. watch your favourite TV show. 9. post on web boards or try answering other people’s posts. 10. phone …Read More

Getting it

By August 11, 2014 Blog

Yesterday I talked about getting to know Jesus. But there are different ways of doing it- and some are better than others. Here’s some of the resolutions I make at the beginning of a new week: ‘I’ve just need to get…God’s love I’ve just need to get…my identity in Jesus I’ve just need to get…that God is big. Like, really big’ If I ‘get’ these things, I’ll unlock my inner princess. I’ll stop struggling so much and I’ll stop making mistakes.  I’ll …Read More

The Door’s Wide Open

By August 10, 2014 Blog

Jesus is a miracle worker.   He raises bodies from the dead. But He brings us new spiritual life as well – and not just as a once-off, like when we’re first saved. Every day, every moment – we can cry out to Him and He will revive our hearts. If like me, your faith is sometimes flickering and faint. If you’re cold or dry or weary or doubting. If you’ve given up on God and given up on faith. …Read More

Lines in the Sand

By August 7, 2014 Blog

One of the hardest things about mental health issues is the sense of guilt and shame that can accompany them.  Unlike say a sprain or headache, these are struggles that can be both hidden – and written all over our bodies. Think for example of self-harm: the scars can be covered up – but they’re permanently etched across your skin. Or binge-eating: perhaps no-one sees you eat; but you wear the evidence, just like you might wear layers to try …Read More

Post Camp Blues

By August 6, 2014 Blog

There are lots of challenges facing young people who make a commitment to Jesus. Camps are no exception – especially for those who go home to unbelieving (and sometimes hostile) families and friends, or churches where they’re the only young people and don’t have much support. I became a Christian at a youth camp. On my return, I burst into the house saying: ‘I’m saved! And you need to be too’.  Then I embarked on a hoovering and preaching campaign …Read More

Sorry – I Don’t Know

By August 5, 2014 Blog

Often, people ask me questions I don’t know the answer to. Some are practical: how do you fix a washing machine? Why do you talk like that? What’s the square root of (basically, anything)? Sometimes ignorance doesn’t matter. But sometimes it feels positively wrong. Like you’re letting others down.  Like you’re letting down God. Questions of faith are a prime example.  As a Christian, I want to give an answer for why I believe.  I want people to see how …Read More

It’s Already Started

By August 4, 2014 Blog

When does your life actually start? When are you LIVING – in the place you’re meant to be and doing the stuff you’re meant to do? Aged three, it was going to nursery and getting my own bed. These were the things that made me a proper person, with a name badge and a hook for her jacket. But even at nursery there were hierarchies. It soon became clear that I was nobody without a bike. So I counted down …Read More