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Part two: Behind the door.

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encouragement / light / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

What makes you different? (Your faith? Your current sense of mental or physical health? Skin colour? Body Image? Insert your *thing* here) When you enter into a room full of people and become aware of your difference, before words, if any, have been exchanged, What do you feel about that difference? Why is that for some of us, our first inclination is to hide whatever of our own differences are most apparent for us? Why […]

Part 1: Hollow

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christian / inspiration / mentalhealth / Uncategorized

“God grabbed me. God’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Master God, only you know that.” Ezekiel 37:1-3 (MSG) It was as if something had momentarily suspended whatever it was that […]

Pace

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christian / encouragement / inspiration / Uncategorized

In a gym class you might have a number of people who are stronger than you;  they can push themselves harder and further.  It might offer some helpful motivation to grow, But if you use them as your gauge for where you should be here and now, you might be able maintain it for a few minutes.. But then you’ll likely find yourself dropping off. Tired to an extent that doesn’t match what’s healthy for […]

Lessons: A brief season of writer’s block.

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mentalhealth / Uncategorized / wellbeing / wholeness

“I am willing to sound dumb. I am willing to be wrong. I am willing to be passionate about something that isn’t perceived as cool. I am willing to express a theory. I am willing to admit I’m afraid. I’m willing to contradict something I’ve said before. I’m willing to have a knee-jerk reaction, even a wrong one. I’m willing to apologize. I’m perfectly willing to be perfectly human.” – Donald Miller (Scary Close). As […]

P.S It mightn’t always be about walking on water.

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A few years ago, I spoke to a wise person about fear, but shortly after explaining it, I rushed to say, as any good Christian would, that, like Peter, I was well aware that despite this fear, I had to get out of the boat, always. That’s how one walks on water, after all. For me, to stay in the boat, felt very, very wrong. Because, it meant that I wasn’t responding to Jesus’ call, […]

The table I had waiting.

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inspiration / peace / Poetry / Uncategorized

I couldn’t care less if what you say doesn’t come out as precisely as you wished Or if you don’t hold as much knowledge about that thing that you thought you should. I couldn’t care less if the way you do what you do Fails to meet some standard of him or her or that. I am well aware you are more than the words I haven’t yet heard. More than the knowledge or skills […]

Waking up to something good.

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Sometimes we look to people around us to reflect back to us something of who we are.  We are relational creatures by nature. To do so, I don’t think, is wrong, but actually a God-ordained way of being.  I think the people around us, are the ones who hold some degree of power to reflect back some of the truth of who we are. But I think one of the effects of this is that […]

Human

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I think it was their ability to create new life again after they lost some pieces of it. There were tragic stories of loss in just about every story; family members, friends, money, health, dignity, voice, language, heritage. And yet, In the face of each, perhaps even more deeply embedded, was a stubborn heartbeat that, without even trying drove these people towards creating new life. It’s not that the messages endorsed denying the pain of […]

Direction.

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Standing in the middle Where east meets west, And north meets south The sun shines down warm in this spot And the breeze is quiet and cool, Patiently waiting, circling the soul that has, for whatever reason, Found itself paused in the middle. Whether for weariness or fear Or for grief or disappointment, Or some other such thing. The calm of the middle will always be here, encircling, warming, holding, until the breath has found […]

How do we respond?

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  The more I explore mental health in my counselling training, the more I see an issue not with the people who are struggling with stuff (which is most of us at some point) but rather, how the ones who these people are surrounded by (which I think also is most of us), respond to the ones who are struggling. What is the nature of the discussions being had of people struggling some way in […]