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    Falling down #Depression #Anxiety #Faith #Hope #Relationships #Christianity #PTSD #MentalHealth

    It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to me sometimes through the most random of situations. As we continue our holiday in Scotland we were walking past the main entertainment hall in Edinburgh yesterday and saw that there was a concert that night featuring “Doguee Maclean”, Scotlands most famous folk singer.

    We managed to get tickets and the concert was wonderful. He spoke about how as a child he was told it’s ok and normal to fall down. The key is not to stay there. The lyrics of the song really inspired me.

    Dream on, little one
    There are flowers in your hair
    And see what the time has done
    Scattered diamonds everywhere
    And when you're standing on your highest hill
    And you shout but no one hears

    You can fall but you must not lie down
    You can fall but you must not lie down
    And though you're lost in the deep of the fiddle's sweet sound
    You can fall but you must not lie down.

    Sometimes it’s hard to get up on your own. Reach out. There are people everywhere who will reach down to you. Don’t give up hope.


    My favourite poem

    We’ve been sharing poetry and I wanted to share mine. First a little context though: The way poetry was written in the Middle East 3000 years ago. Poet’s didn’t rhyme sounds. They would rhyme ideas and then end the poem with an opposing idea. So each verse would have a matching idea and the end would be an opposite. As with all poetry to understand it, you have to understand the poet’s underlying idea.

    So my favourite poem is Genesis 1. We recognize the poetry structure (The repeating of God creating, but the ending with him ending the creation). It’s the understanding that makes it my favourite. At each step (based on his unchanging nature as loving father) we are to understand that this is God level Good and we are to study these. What’s more exciting is that when humans are created this is God level Very Good. So Gods love is found in the details of existence so go study them (History, Biology, Subatomic Physics, Chemistry, science etc).

    Now my Lily, always shows me that love is in the details so that’s why I chose this as my heart scripture for her 🥰❤️😇 #MightyPoets #Christianity

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    Let it go #Depression #Anxiety #Faith #Christianity #Hope #Relationships #PTSD #MentalHealth

    Sometimes it’s hard to entrust our pain and burdens to God but the invitation is clear and without conditions.

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    Random thoughts #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Faith #Christianity #Thoughts #Relationships

    I am amazed that at ages 7 and 9 my Granddaughters there are times they are concerned about what others are thinking about their appearance etc.

    I tell them the uncomfortable truth is “Most people are so absorbed with the same thoughts they probably don’t even notice them”.

    It got me thinking about the times people have expressed their opinion about what I must think about as a Pastor. Honestly most people have no idea. So, at the risk of shocking you all here is a random selection of my thoughts from this morning.

    “I must stop telling people that I don’t care about the recently acquired surgical wounds on my arm and leg, because I do care about them. They are quite confronting “.

    “Chicken and oyster sauce rocks”.

    “I hope the cardiologist gives us the go ahead to travel when we see him Monday.

    “How things have changed. Years ago a Pastor who went on holidays was considered as lacking commitment. Now it’s compulsory for us to have breaks”.

    “I have come close to dying so many times, make the next decades count”.

    “A child who sings out loud is delightful”.

    “I hate the noise of shopping centres”.

    Hello coffee, you are one of life’s wonderful joys”.

    What random thoughts do you have?


    Trusting God

    #Christianity 7
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭28‬‬:‭7‬ NIV)

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    Valleys #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Hope #Relationships #PTSD #Christianity #Faith #Hope

    It’s been 8 surgeries in 3 months yet in the darkest of days, of which there have been many, God has taught me, held me and reassured me. I am grateful.

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    Hospital Re-admission Day 7 #Depression #Christianity #Hope #Relationships #Surgery #Anxiety #MentalHealth

    It’s time to keep you updated. It’s been seven days since I was an emergency re-admission to hospital. I have had 2 more surgeries in that time and was scheduled for number 3 yesterday.

    After being nil by mouth since midnight a nurse told me at 5pm that the surgery wouldn’t be happening yesterday. I was majorly disappointed but knew this was a possibility seeing I was an emergency admission. I have been nil by mouth since midnight again so hopefully we can get one done today.

    A nurse came and saw me yesterday and said, “We almost lost you on Saturday. I don’t have much recollection of it other than being vaguely aware the room was full of people calling my name and me drifting to a very peaceful place.

    I am really keen to get back home but I well aware the seriousness of my condition and mustn’t do anything to jeopardise it. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. From the photo it’s pretty obvious how swollen the leg is.

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    Worry #Depression #Anxiety #Stress #PTSD #Relationships #Faith #Christianity #MentalHealth

    I saw this photo in a friends Facebook page. It really resonated with me. I have a rather irrational fear about slithering reptiles.

    Here in Australia we have 21 of the 25 most toxic reptiles in the world. There is a saying here that “you are never more than 500 metres from one of these creatures. We have had three in our yard over the years. I think my fear could be because I almost stepped on one when I was 5. I dropped my bike and didn’t go back for it until the next day.

    Lately my fear has grown. Many people in my town reporting sightings and encounters. I need to remember they are generally more afraid of humans than humans are of them.

    Fear is a liar. I need to learn how to conquer this fear so it doesn’t impact my life.

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    Why this group exists

    Just a gentle reminder as to why I created this group. As a Pastor I am all too aware that churches have not always handled the issue of mental health with the compassion and sensitivity that it should have. Thankfully things are starting to change.

    This group is for encouragement, support, prayer requests and honest discussion. So, lets treat each other with respect and sensitivity. There are pretty of other places for theological debate.

    #Faith #Christianity #Hope #Depresssion #MentalHealth

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    A hug from Jesus #Depression #Anxiety #Hope #FamilyAndFriends #Christianity #MentalHealth

    About a month ago we started advertising on Facebook for people to send in prayer requests. As we receive them we record a one minute prayer and message it back to them.

    Some of the requests have been heartbreaking. So much pain, so much need. The past few days I have overestimated my recovery and overdone things. Today my body crashed and reminded me that open heart surgery is not a small thing and it will heal in its own time frame.

    Tonight the weight of the prayer requests coupled with my pain levels brought me to cry out “Jesus I don’t know what to say”. It was then I heard His voice tell me, “Don’t say anything. Just let me hold you “. Best medicine ever.