Our Father

By June 4, 2020 Blog

Recently, we celebrated the first anniversary of our son coming to join our family. It was a special day, punctuated with cake, bubbles and thankfulness. It also encouraged me to think a little more about what it means for God to have adopted us into His Family. Here’s a few reasons for us all to celebrate! Adoption is grace.Our adoption into God’s family isn’t about anything we do – it’s based on His incredible love and grace. God chose us, …Read More

Small Beginnings

By May 17, 2020 Blog

That’s the topic of a reflection I’m doing for the Daily Service (Radio 4) on Monday (18 May). I’d love your prayers that I would point to Jesus and that many would have ears to hear. And if you’d like to tune in, it’s at 9.45 on DAB. Here’s a link Thank you. Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

Biblical Validation: Guest Post

By May 7, 2020 Blog

In another thought-provoking guest post, Sharon Hastings asks, ‘what is ‘validation’ and why is it biblical?’ Thank you so much, Sharon… Mourning With Those Who Mourn A Near-Crisis I suffer from schizoaffective disorder, a severe mental illness with symptoms of both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and between 2015 and early 2019 was hospitalised fifteen times with psychotic depression.  In the year since, I have been relatively functional – writing, keeping up to date with housework, attending my appointments, and maintaining …Read More

Helping those with anxiety and depression..

By April 30, 2020 Blog

The Gospel Coalition have just published an article of mine: How to care for friends with anxiety and depression. See the whole article here. For the practical section, these are my headings… Get them talking (Prov. 20:5). Check on their self-care (1 Tim. 6:8). Break down their worries (Luke 12:32). Break down their tasks (Matt. 6:34). Help them build new routines (Prov. 15:22). Make a “coping bank” with them (Rev. 2:4–5). Don’t offer false reassurance (Jer. 6:14). Ask about their …Read More

Wrestling with God

By April 24, 2020 Blog

I’m learning more about myself during lockdown; but it’s not been a pleasant process. I have not discovered a fresh inner resilience or positivity; compassion; creativity or peace. I haven’t learned a new language. I haven’t gotten fit and I haven’t been wrestling with the weeds. I have however, been wrestling with God. I started bargaining with him a few weeks ago. ‘Dear God,’ I said, ‘I can deal with the scary headlines. As long as I can still hug …Read More

Facing the Day: Guest Post

By April 15, 2020 Blog

Here’s a wonderful guest post from Rachel Lane. In it she talks about keeping on, even when your mental health is wobbling. (Rachel is the author of a great wee book on depression, aimed at teenagers – and to be published soon. Rachel, please keep us posted!) She writes; I don’t know about you, but some mornings I don’t feel much like getting out of bed at the moment. Sometimes just the prospect of facing another day in lockdown seems …Read More

Easter hope: Guest video

By April 9, 2020 Blog

I’ve been really encouraged by Chloe’s words today – and am thrilled she’s sharing them with you too. She writes; Hi, my name is Chloe Ellis. In January 2017 I had a grade 3 brain tumour removed. This has altered my life. By the grace of God I am still here and delighted that God works both despite and through my weakness. Here’s my message of hope for you this Easter season… Image source Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail

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