‘No Need To Worry’

By August 27, 2014 Blog

Letter from a friend: Hi Emma.   Sorry I haven’t replied for a while.  In answer to your question; My eating disorder makes me feel strong. I know this isn’t true but I feel like it is.  I know you’re right. I know this takes everything away from me. I know I have to eat and not lose more weight, but it’s much more easy to listen to the lies. I want to trust God but I’m frightened. And when …Read More

A Friend In Need

By August 26, 2014 Blog

One of the blessings of friendship is that we can carry one another; and this is a gift, rather than a burden.  But there’s a difference between being a friend and being a carer. At times we will need to receive more than we give.  That’s a part of life and we’ve all been there. But what if neediness is a position we never leave? Or if we find our identity in helping, but refuse to receive help? In these cases we may need to think …Read More

Silence Versus Solutions

By August 25, 2014 Blog

When bad things happen to those you care for, it’s hard to know what to say. You desperately want to show them you love them and you desperately want to fix it. But you can’t – and you don’t know how. In your head, you run through the options: ‘I know how you feel’. Except, wait. You don’t. You haven’t lost your mother. You’ve not received a terrifying diagnosis. You don’t know what it’s like to fight to addiction. You …Read More

Lifted not Laden

By August 24, 2014 Blog

I remember chatting to an old neighbour about her bible reading. Every day; rain, hail or shine, she’d read a portion of scripture. Inspired, I asked what kept her going – and what she’d been learning. She sighed deeply. ‘Well’ she said, ‘It’s just what we do, isn’t it? Christians read the Bible. We stick to the reading plans. We stay the course – even when it’s dull’. Having recently staggered through 2 Chronicles, this was not enough. Why not …Read More

In Defense of Dawkins

By August 21, 2014 Blog
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Last night we felt our baby kick. Except that, of course, it’s not a baby. It’s a fetus. A potential  life – which is apparently very different.  For one thing, he (or she) must earn the right to exist.  If that child is flawed  or substandard; if the foot that nudged my husband’s hand is say, deformed  or misshapen, well obviously we have the right to withdraw all protection and care. In fact, it’s our moral duty to do so. Yesterday, a woman tweeted Richard Dawkins with these words, …Read More

Beyond Full

By August 20, 2014 Blog

Compulsive overeating is where someone feels compelled to eat when they are not hungry and cannot stop when they have had enough. It affects more people than both anorexia and bulimia and usually begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. According to the sources below… Most, but not all, begin to eat compulsively after a period of dieting Most put others first and attend to the needs of other people and not themselves Most, but not all, have some difficulty knowing or expressing their …Read More

One True Voice?

By August 19, 2014 Blog

Yesterday I talked a little about the importance of sexuality and the difference between the gospel’s understanding of life and the world’s. I’ve had a few questions and emails asking if this has been prompted by the debate surrounding Vicky Beeching: a Christian who has recently come out as gay and has been speaking about her experiences. I’ve followed the media coverage with interest and I think it’s great that she and others are talking about these issues. But I haven’t …Read More

Sex. Life.

By August 18, 2014 Blog

A single friend, who’s attracted to girls, came to me recently. She’s a Christian and believes that Christ loves and accepts her as she is. She also believes that the Bible prohibits a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender. I prayed with her and we talked together about what the Bible says and about the struggles she is facing. Another single friend, who’s attracted to boys, also asked my advice. She’s a Christian and believes that Christ loves and …Read More

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