All posts tagged: mentalhealth

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 […]

Un-growing

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“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis I think there’s this quest as we grow, to also un-grow. Life’s disappointments and discouragements, if we are not careful, shape and colour what we are able to see now. As we grow, the discouragement list grows to a silly amount and I think for some of us (🙋🏼‍♀️) it can become easy to lose sight of the wonder […]

Tired.

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  I don’t know about you, but I’ve often felt pressure to step out of what is comfortable, ‘to do the right thing – even when it’s hard.’ Keep pushing through comfort To achieve the dream, to get the reward, and all of that. I still think those ideas are neat. I still hold them as values. Because, It’s ideas like these that give us ambition, drive, progress. But. I’ve also got a hang up […]

Raising the new; from the inside out.

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“They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.” Isaiah 61:1-7 (MSG) The verses leading up to this talk about how exactly those who mourn in Zion are able to ‘rebuild new cities.’ About what conditions are needed to move from mourning, to rebuilding. What is within their power to rebuild will be dependent upon […]

Nesting: Certainty or Faith

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“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” Eph 3:12 NLT The message I find myself carrying through from last nights message, is one of being willing to act upon what are often challenging personal calls from God. Of actually responding to his calls;  about who I am, and who other people are. For me, maybe that’s to love. Period. Maybe that’s to be brave. […]

People who influence one another: Individualism and Shame.

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Sometimes I read quotes about being empowered as an individual to be confident, to, you know, ‘not need anyone else because I’m gonna be whole on my own damn self’ type thing; who needs anyone else, when I have myself – type of attitude. You know the one? In one part I feel a little inspired by it, but admittedly on the other (larger) part I feel a sting. I think it’s because often I […]

To be seen: The place love finds you.

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“But now that we truly know him and understand how deeply we’re loved by him, why would we, even for a moment, consider turning back to those weak and feeble principles of religion, as though we were still subject to them?” Galatians 4:9 (TPT) There’s this kind of lovely unsaid interaction that happens when you let a kid know you’ve seen them. Their eyes light up when they see you’ve heard their hot off the […]

True Colours: Brokenness

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“You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-3 (MSG) When I read this verse, I see a picture of something being cracked open and broken – exposing all the colours and life once hidden beneath its shell – revealing […]

Christmas and New Year: Finding the embrace of love.

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“God embraced our frame When He graced the world He made All hail the divine in a manger Love embraced our fate When the playwright took the stage All hail the arrival of our maker All hail the arrival of our Saviour All hail the arrival of our maker” Arrival – Hillsong. (From the album ‘The Peace Project’). (Artist – Jesse Treece) I find these lyrics encouraging in amongst my own ‘shoulds.’ I guess in […]