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How To Stop Hating Yourself

By February 11, 2019 Blog

1. Know that God doesn’t hate you. Self-hatred is not God’s plan for your life.  He is not calling you to focus on all the reasons why you’re odd or rubbish or stupid or shameful. He’s not waiting in the bushes with a long lens to capture your mistakes. He’s not scowling at the front of class or sniggering behind your back. He is not condoning the critical voiceover that punctuates your waking moments. Think of how you feel when …Read More

Warning signs (and what to do)

By January 28, 2019 Blog

  The warnings: crying at almost everything. Choosing what to wear. Spilling sugar. Opening the blinds. Talking to another human being. Putting the duvet cover on.  Finding the right change. not being able to cry.  Or feel much of anything. Everyone and everything is behind a thick pane of glass and their words are muffled and you’re too tired to keep shouting ‘WHAAT?’… and anyway, your words are slow and not joined up and folks squint at you when you …Read More

Green trainers and the gospel

By January 14, 2019 Blog

My daughter loves wearing trainers, so I took her to buy some new ones. The sales assistant offered her three options in her size. Purple ones (with glitter), green ones (with a robot trim), and finally, navy ones.  They all fitted – (and they were all fabulous),  but she wasn’t keen. ‘No, no, no.’ It was late and the shop was closing, so I asked, ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yes.  None of these.’ ‘Ok,’ I said.  ‘If you’re not going to wear …Read More

Guest Post: Helping Mental Health Inpatients

By November 26, 2018 Blog

Here’s another brilliant guest post from Sharon, who’ll be releasing an AMAZING book on mental health next year.   (Details to follow). Thank you my friend! Unforsaken: Bringing God’s love to a friend in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”                    Hebrews 13:5 When someone is admitted to a Mental Health Inpatient Unit (sometimes still known as the psychiatric ward), it can feel as if they have really hit …Read More

BPD – My Experience (Guest Post)

By November 12, 2018 Blog, BPD

Huge thanks to T for sharing her story, in this brave and honest guest post.    I first got a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) about 10 years ago. It was in many ways a relief, as there was finally a single condition that covered the different, seemingly disparate, symptoms that I had battled with over the years. It also validated the reality that the feelings and thoughts that often threatened to overwhelm me, and led to destructive behaviours, …Read More

When you fail

By November 5, 2018 Blog

Remember that Jesus comes for failures. He’s not shocked by this and neither does He condemn you.   If you come to Him He will forgive you and restore you and redeem even your mistakes, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32). Look to Jesus.  The greater your sin, the greater the cross that carries it.  Yes, you’ve messed up – (and worse …Read More

Borderline Personality Disorder

By October 30, 2018 Blog, BPD

What it is Also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, (EUPD).  Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that makes it hard for sufferers to know themselves, control their feelings and impulses and relate to others. It’s called ‘borderline’ because in the past, mental illnesses were categorised as ‘psychoses’ or ‘neuroses’ and it didn’t fit into either category. What it’s not a myth chosen by sufferers untreatable How it feels: a disturbed sense of identity (not knowing who you are …Read More

Audience of One

By October 25, 2018 Blog

Have you ever had your picture painted?  It takes a gifted artist to capture a true likeness; but most of us will never have this experience. But what if you could? And what if, instead of having your portrait painted in oils, you could have it painted in music instead? That’s one of the ways that Epiphany, a group of Christian musicians, serve others.  With their instruments and voices, they use improvised music as a means of creating a ‘sound …Read More

Switched on to hope

By July 17, 2018 Blog

Cynicism is the new rock n roll. It tells the world: ‘I’ve been around the block a few times, I won’t be taken in, I’m savvy, street smart and most of all, experienced.’ It seems wise – but it’s completely anti-gospel. In Jesus, I’m called to the very opposite: faith, hope and love. Faith means embracing what cannot be humanly learned. It means receiving what cannot be humanly earned. I’m called to trust when the world, the flesh and the …Read More

Seeing is believing

By July 8, 2018 Blog

How do you feel when times are tough? Like a tiny cork, bobbing on the waves? Alone and overwhelmed?  Outnumbered and defeated? Don’t judge by what you see. In 2 Kings 6, the people of God seem to be outflanked and outnumbered by their enemies. Elisha’s servant runs in terror to his master and says, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answers, “those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Notice what …Read More