Why Your Story Matters

By October 19, 2017 Blog

Your story is unique. God is up to something in your life that He’s not up to in any other life. You don’t need to feel this for it to be true. Perhaps you’ve lost someone you love; and friends have too.  It looks like the same experience; but it’s not. Their mum is not your mum and their feelings will not be the same.  No-one else can speak your life; and it’s a story that’s written to be told. …Read More

A sword for the scared

By October 10, 2017 Blog

My default setting is ‘fear,’ not ‘faith.’ How’s my friend’s baby doing? Will she recover; and what can I do? Why did God let this happen?  Will I be able to meet up with Y; and if so, what will I say? Why is the car making that noise? Is that a dodgy mole on my leg? What will happen to my family if I get sick? On and on it goes; and the list gets longer the more I …Read More

Lessons from the hard times

By October 3, 2017 Blog

I can’t change or control the world around me.  But through Christ, I have a choice about how I respond when things are hard. I can choose to remind myself who I am in Him; or I can choose to try to manage life myself. I live in a broken world and I am broken.  Doing the ‘right thing’ doesn’t make the bad things stop. Ordering things on the outside – my body, my house, my diary, my finances – …Read More

Surviving Uni – Mental Health Kit

By September 25, 2017 Blog

Heading off to uni or 6th form college and have struggles with mental health?  Here are some things to consider: 1.     Do it because you want to.  You don’t have to go at all and if you don’t fancy it,  there are hundreds of other options. 2.     Go at your own pace. This may mean that you take a few years out beforehand to deal with medical or personal issues.  Think about how close you want to be to home. …Read More

Signs it’s time to ask for help

By September 19, 2017 Blog

–       You say that you’re fine; but you know that you’re not –       You’ve said ‘I’ll get better’ but you’re just getting worse. –       Everything is terrible and it’s all your fault –       Acting recklessly or putting yourself in danger –       Forgetting to do big things that matter; like washing or eating –       Not being able to make sense of anything –       Finding basic tasks impossible –       Using drugs, alcohol or damaging …Read More

20 text messages for struggling friends

By September 12, 2017 Blog

Would it help to talk? I can’t pretend I can fix it, but I’d love to listen. Here’s what I love about you… You are not a burden. Can I pray for you; now or later, or read to you from the Bible or get some music that might be encouraging? Here’s a Bible verse that has helped me when I was feeling X..and this is why it helped me. Whatever you’re facing, God’s first and last words to you …Read More

Parenting a child with special needs: Guest post

By September 4, 2017 Blog

In today’s powerful guest post, my friend Kenny reflects on parenting a child with Down’s Syndrome.  Thanks Kenny.   He writes: It’s been reported again recently that ‘Iceland are close to becoming the first country where no-one will give birth to a child with Down’s Syndrome.’ This was explored last year in Sally Phillip’s documentary, ‘A World Without Down’s Syndrome?’ that brilliantly highlighted the various complex issues relating to pre-natal testing. I’ll not re-trace those steps here (see Glen Scrivener’s …Read More

More than words

By August 29, 2017 Blog

Last week I was asked this question (for a website on self-development), “(In 50 words) What’s the best book you’ve read on self development and how is it different from the rest?” I thought of the self development books I’d read. Books with helpful insights on mental health issues.  Books offering practical advice about relationships.  Books with tips on managing emotions or improving my health. Books by lay people and books by medics.  Books for groups and books for individuals. …Read More

Thankfulness Myths

By August 21, 2017 Blog

1. It’s a chore. No! Thankfulness isn’t  an exercise like flossing, to make you a more rounded person. It’s a whole new way of looking at the world. It’s a command and a habit and an opportunity.  It is more than writing a list before you go to bed – though this might be a help.  It’s risky and thrilling and it changes you and the people around you. 2. It’s based on the good stuff you’ve got. Thankfulness is much …Read More

10 Reasons to Hope

By August 16, 2017 Blog

When God made you, He knew exactly what He was doing. You’re here because the Lord wants you here.  You have a purpose and you matter. You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else because He has marked out your path, and it is full of meaning. You’re going through hard times because you follow a crucified Lord. It doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. It doesn’t mean He’s forgotten you.  Your name is written on the palm of …Read More