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How to pray with the long-term sick

How to pray with the long-term sick

When you’re ill for a long time, you get a lot of people offering to pray with you and for you. It can be both a privilege and a burden, a blessing and a strain. I don’t want to seem ungrateful. I’m so thankful for people’s desire to help, and I remain fully convinced that God heals today – I’ve experienced it and I’ve seen it in others. And yet it can become so exhausting when I am prayed with…

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This Stuff Works.

This Stuff Works.

The idea of religious belief can seem a strange old thing, can’t it. We live in a time when we are equipped with so much knowledge about the way the world works and how we’ve evolved to get where we are. Some would say that there’s no room for the God stuff anymore, that it’s been pushed out by science and reason, that anyone who holds on to that kind of thing is doing it out of tradition, or the…

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Finding contentment in chronic illness

Finding contentment in chronic illness

“The other day I was speaking about my new book on a radio show. As part of the session, listeners were invited to call in and ask questions or comment on what they’d heard. I found great resonance in what people were sharing about their own suffering. And then someone called in with the suggestion that I should ‘look into healing ministries’. My heart skipped a beat, because here I was, on the spot, being challenged about my failure to…

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Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

It’s almost a week since I came out of hospital, and I’m gaining a little strength every day, though it’s taking much longer than I’d like. There were two things I wanted to do on publication day and couldn’t, so I’m doing them now. Only 3 weeks late 🙂 Both of these things feel quite bittersweet, with the taste of disappointment still so stark, but they are just two small things to celebrate something I was unable to celebrate in…

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Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

‘It’s hard to describe how depression feels. It’s unending grief and terror, blackness and a sense that you are experiencing the world through a dirty lens – everything is dimmer and murkier. The overwhelming experience of depression for me is one of exhaustion. Sleep is never enough to lift the tiredness that seeps into every cell in my body, making every step feel as though I’m trudging through lead.’ –Learning to Breathe, Rachael Newham, p24 In a time when we…

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Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Until I was 16, I was ‘normal’.  I enjoyed sport, music, school, and was a fairly high achiever.  That all came crashing down when, aged 16, a doctor said to me, ‘you have two (non-malignant) brain tumours, which are so big they’re about to kill you.’ I’m so delighted to host Emily Owen here on the blog today. It’s Publication Day for Emily’s new book The Power of Seven – which, as she tells us below, is nothing to do…

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I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

This was first posted on the SPCK blog. See the post here.   Being the daughter of a clergyman is a challenging task at the best of times. You feel like you must always be on your best behaviour; that your life should be an exemplary model of goodness, holiness and being generally perfect. I know that – I am one and I have one 🙂 And then – well, you fail. I can only imagine that being the daughter…

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If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

My summer is not, and probably never will be, Instagram ready. You know what I mean. You scroll through your feed on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and see all those beautifully filtered pictures of people having the most perfect of times. Families are smiling together and going on an impossible number of days out, all impeccably and stylishly dressed with not a hair out of place, even in this melting heat. They go on holiday together and they don’t argue….

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So who am I?

So who am I?

Last night in our Faith Explored group we were mudging on identity. What does identity mean? How do we form identity, and who on earth are we anyway? It’s a huge question. It’s a question about the very core of us, about what makes us who we are. It’s a scary question, because we don’t always like to look too deep. It’s a liberating question, because we can discover something about who we are that we might not have grasped…

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Seen from a Scene

Seen from a Scene

I sleep fitfully, aware of you close by, so new, so needy, so I wake quickly to the sound. A kind of humming, gaining in volume, a resounding harmony of resonance. It tugs at my soul, something deep within, a knowledge I didn’t know of. And then the light. First a chink of light, snaking down the mud-packed wall, a crack in the fabric which makes no sense in the dead of night. I glance around; you are sleeping quietly,…

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