Love after Love

By March 14, 2013 Blog

Love after Love   The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.   and say, sit here.  Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine.  Give bread.  Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you   all your life, whom you have ignored for another, who knows you by heart. …Read More

The Fight of Your Life

By February 12, 2013 Blog

This is Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  1.6 million people in Britain are affected.  But they’re so much more than statistics, as Hannah reminds us:     Click here for more information,  including places that help.   Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Resolved… to Give Up Resolving

By January 1, 2013 Blog

Because… – if something’s important, it’s worth doing it all the time – January is tough enough without the added challenge of getting fit/thin/beautiful/organised/pregnant/married – some things we can’t control. Trying makes it worse. – everything in me wants to self-improve and do it alone.  Weight Watchers and Total Fitness and New Woman and the Debenham’s Sale all tell me I can.  Eating disorders say the same thing (and January is Their favourite month). But nothing is ever enough. – Grace …Read More

The Reason

By December 23, 2012 Blog

more beautiful than Harrods gift-wrap more satisfying than the richest Christmas dinner more comforting than Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife more loving than the closest family unit calmer than Gandalf kinder than a billion Santas brighter than Stephen Fry stronger than a team of Olympians more reliable than the Queen’s speech sweeter than a clementine stuffed with dates more joyful than a child’s first Christmas more truthful than an in-law’s tongue more welcoming than the warmest hearth   Jesus.     Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Christmas

By December 9, 2012 Blog

I’m not feeling it. I’ve hung up the decorations, lit the candles, bought the brandy butter and made the necessary arrangements. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… but without the trimmings it’s all a bit..well, turkey-ish. In part it’s about expectations.  Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and News Year’s Eve are the same.  You’re meant to have THEBESTFUNEVER because EVERYONEELSEIS. But after ten minutes of charades (literal or metaphorical) my smile starts to twitch and I long to hide under the coats till it …Read More

He is Worth It

By September 11, 2012 Blog

As you take steps of faith, depending on Me, I will show you how much I can do for you. If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. When I gave you my Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your strength. That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy levels against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength, but Mine, which is …Read More

The Fight

By May 10, 2012 Blog

Despair should be a scary emotion. An intruder: rattling like a cold wind through the mental living room, upsetting the furniture and knocking over the lamps.  But instead of showing it the door, I sometimes invite it in. I create space for it at the table and even seek it out. It’s a shadow – but it’s familiar and reassuring too. What’s really scary is not despair.  It’s actually Hope. With despair, you think you know what you’re getting.   …Read More

Reasons to Keep Going

By April 16, 2012 Blog

1. You are loved.   There are also people who care about you – even if you can’t see it or if you’ve lost someone close.  There are people who would care about you too, if you were to open up to them, even just a little. And more than this, God loves you.  That’s a life-changing, unalterable fact – not a greeting card sentiment. 2. You’re not in control, but that’s okay.  God is and He can be trusted. …Read More

Childnessness + the Gospel (joint post)

By January 8, 2012 Blog, identity

Glen preached on 1 Samuel 1 this morning, which includes the story of Hannah’s longing to conceive.  This is something of a live issue for us, as we’d love to have kids – but it may not be possible. I’ve been recovered from anorexia for a good few years now, but this may be an area where the damage can’t be reversed. If you’re struggling with some of these issues, this is a great incentive to seek help early on. …Read More

Gospel Hope

By August 20, 2011 Blog

A few days ago I was clearing out some cupboards and came across two old photo films.  I’d no idea what was on them, but popped them off to Boots regardless. Glen picked them up on his lunch break and we opened them together at the kitchen table, bathed in the afternoon sun. The first film was taken on our honeymoon.  They show two open-faced, laughing young lovers – tanned, carefree and brimming with hope and expectation. The second film …Read More