Podcast: Fighting Fear (Covid-19 and Mental Health)

By April 4, 2020 Blog

Everyone is working from home — the Scriveners included. Glen and I have recorded a podcast, thinking personally about mental health and Covid-19. We chat about my history, how this feeds into present fears; and how Jesus makes a difference. DOWNLOAD HERE SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST HERE Image source Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

Holding on to what is Good

By March 31, 2020 Blog

At the moment it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But even now, there are moments of grace. Here’s a few; Fresh eyes to see what we depend upon – and what really matters. Three weeks ago I was reading articles about skin creams and fretting about the school run. Now, not so much! My heart’s been exposed and I’m being forced to look to the Lord afresh. The realities of life and death were always there – but now I’m really …Read More

Out Of Touch

By March 26, 2020 Blog

Today’s guest post is a blinder – and it’s from a very dear friend, Jeanette Howard. It struck a chord with me; and I think it will with you too. Jeanette writes; I am single and I live alone.  I am now into my 12th day of no physical contact with another human being. Not that I’m counting. Much. I don’t even have a pet to connect with; something that breathes and moves and takes notice of your presence. Feeding and …Read More

Brave Small Steps: Guest post

By March 23, 2020 Blog

Thank you to Sharon for this wise and timely post. In it she talks about the little steps we can take, even when struggling with mental health issues. Sharon writes: “But I’m too ill… My thoughts are disordered… I can’t concentrate… God would understand…” I was struggling with depression and at times my thoughts were bordering on psychotic…again.  Living back in the community after four and a half months in hospital, I was coping, but only just.  At the same …Read More

Fighting Corona-Brain

By March 17, 2020 Blog

Slice me open and I bleed anxiety. I always have. I grew up in 80s/90s Northern Ireland; a place riven by chaos and conflict. If fear was a contagion, back then, we were all infected. At the same time, the headlines (those I remember) were full of the AIDS epidemic — a terrifying and fatal disease with no cure. My child-sized skull echoed with warnings: you can’t be too careful. You can’t be too safe. Aged 13, I developed anorexia. …Read More

Redeem or Replace?

By March 13, 2020 Blog

This question rattles around my head like loose coins in the washer: “What are the bits of me that God wants to change, and what if it feels like those bits are the very core of who I am?” Take my desire for order and routine. It’s been a part of me since I can remember. From the toddler policing the sand-pit; to the adult who can’t sleep till she’s unpacked her case… I cannot imagine a me that does …Read More

Guest post: Gospel for broken hearts

By March 6, 2020 Blog

A huge thanks to Miriam S for this week’s guest post. It’s powerful and wise; and deals with an area we don’t read about very often. She writes… A broken hope: How breakups point us to the Ultimate Romantic  It’s easy to think that God and the Bible don’t have much to say about relationship breakups. It’s not something that is spoken about much in sermons. You don’t hear topical talks about them. Serious breakups don’t even seem to have …Read More

A softer heart

By February 24, 2020 Blog

What are the challenges that are facing you this week? Perhaps you’re dreading a difficult boss or conversation. Caring for elderly parents, small children – or both. Maybe you’re studying for exams or recovering from illness; swamped by emails or demands or an addiction that seems bigger than you. Perhaps you are grieving – for a person or relationship or situation that you hoped would last forever. Whatever you’re facing, it’s not a surprise. We’re broken people living in a …Read More

This week….

By February 11, 2020 Blog

Whatever lies ahead, here’s what we know for sure… We have a loving Father who is working all things together for our good. Sometimes we’ll feel angry or sad or overwhelmed or unsafe or crazy.  These feelings are not the truth and they will pass. Our circumstances will change. Suffering has a “used by” date and there is hope. Only Jesus’ future is forever.  Whatever mistakes we make, there is always more grace in Jesus than there is sin in us …Read More

The Beauty in Brokenness

By February 5, 2020 Blog

Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, Anthem The world is broken. Systems are broken. The government is broken. The environment is broken. We are broken. And with it, we are brokenhearted. Amazingly—given how universal brokenness is—we never seem to make our peace with brokenness. It continues to outrage us, even though we’ve never known anything different. But our hearts break for …Read More