Diamonds in the Dark

By July 24, 2014 Blog
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I spend a lot of time wishing I was someone different.  Someone who doesn’t get stressed about little things, who doesn’t struggle with anxiety or depression or change.  Someone with a different past and different baggage (smaller) and a brain that’s wired up normal.   Someone who loves Christ and others with passion and boldness.  Someone who lives in the present – and steps out without fear of tomorrow. But wishing doesn’t change me.  And wishing means I miss what …Read More

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Competing with Church

By July 23, 2014 Blog
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Interesting… From The Guardian A letter to My husband, who ‘found God’: You weren’t religious when we met and married 10 years ago. Your Catholic upbringing and strict schooling had understandably put you off. I don’t have a spiritual bone in my body, preferring to believe that people can be kind and help each other, without the church and its many downsides. But then you started secretly reading and thinking, and didn’t talk to me about it. You started going …Read More

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Wisdom Wanted

By July 22, 2014 Blog
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Can I pick your brains? I’ve been approached by a features writer for some UK women’s magazines. (Works like this: you know those ‘true life stories’ you read in magazines in the doctor’s waiting room? – well, often someone from an external news agency sources and writes them, and then they take part of the fee and part of it goes to the person whose story it is). Anyway, they’re interested in covering my eating disorder/recovery stuff and then I …Read More

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Headlines and bylines

By July 21, 2014 Blog
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I was reading recently, that’s there sometimes friction on newspapers between the foreign and domestic correspondents. Foreign reporters cover the news on a global scale: wars, famine, genocide – right on their doorstep. But they have to compete for space on the page with the (slightly duller) home news: duck races, local elections and, (a recent Eastbourne headline): ‘Vicious seagull stole my chips’. There can be parallels with our Christian lives – or at least mine. Too often the headlines …Read More

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Experience, but not answers.

By July 20, 2014 Blog
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This afternoon I’m hoping to chat with a girl who’s in the midst of anorexia and is being treated at an in-patient unit.  Her family got in touch and suggested we talk, but she’s not too sure – and whilst I can understand her family’s concerns, I can understand hers too. It’s a bit like when you’re younger and you’re paired off with someone who’s the same age – everyone expects you will be friends.  Or at church sometimes, when we …Read More

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Better Words

By July 17, 2014 Blog
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Not: I hope you’re not still hurting yourself. Better: How are you feeling? How are you coping with those feelings? Not: Have you been reading your Bible? Better: Here’s some verses that have encouraged me recently. Not (just): I’m praying for you Better: Here’s what I’m praying for you Not (just): We’re here for you Better: Would you like to come over on Saturday/go for a coffee on Wednesday/watch a DVD? You can let me know on the day if …Read More

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Not just girls

By July 17, 2014 Blog
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Ten min video and a great reminder that EDs affect all of us.  Thanks to Lucy for the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nujHcLzqlIo   For more help contact: www. mengetdstoo.co.uk Share…

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If…

By July 16, 2014 Blog
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If you’re struggling with depression and you have made it out of bed, You are doing great. If you have chronic fatigue or anxiety and you hold down a job, You are amazing. If you have chronic fatigue or anxiety and you can’t work, You are still amazing. Maybe this is the time for rest.  Tomorrow won’t look like today. If you are healing from sexual abuse and find relationships difficult You are normal and strong and you are learning …Read More

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Vive La Difference

By July 15, 2014 Blog
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God puts us into community for a reason: we can’t do life alone. As someone who likes space and silence and solitude, sometimes this feels a bit tricky. As a sinner who wants to control her world and is sure she knows best, it’s downright confronting. But I need them.  Relationships, I mean.  And – gulp – not just on my terms. Not just by appointment. Not just when it’s convenient and comfortable. Not just people like me – but …Read More

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Supporting Survivors of Sex Abuse

By July 14, 2014 Blog
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First, be aware of the facts: Sexual abuse takes different forms and does not necessarily involve penetration or physical harm. 30 to 40 percent of victims are abused by family members 50 percent have been abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust. over 30 percent of survivors never disclose the abuse to anyone. Of those who do tell someone, approximately 75 percent do so accidentally. Almost 80 percent initially deny it and don’t want to share. More …Read More

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