The Secret of Dealing with Grief and Loneliness at Christmas Time

2017-12-08T10:55:16+02:00 December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Depression, Grief, Loneliness|Tags: , , , , |

Christmas is a joyous season for most of us. It's a season of joy; a time to enjoy family and friends; a time to be happy. But what if it’s also a season to grieve? What if you're in a season of grief this Christmas? Grief comes to all of us. Grief is an intense [...]

When you are undone by depression

2017-09-22T00:56:26+02:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , |

I was 21, and contemplating and standing in the dog food aisle, when I realised that I did not want to kill myself anymore. I remember the moment clearly; I can even picture the bag of dog food I was examining when I realised that I did not want to die, that I wanted to [...]

How is it possible to overcome depression?

2017-12-08T10:44:30+02:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Overcoming, Relationships, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

Depression falls into one of two categories: you either struggle with depression or you live with someone who is depressed and struggles with depression We have that in our household. According to the World Health Organisation, 350 million people, of all ages, suffer from depression. One in five women are diagnosed with depression and are [...]

Do you recognize how the 6 stages of grief work?

2016-08-12T20:57:40+02:00 January 13th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Grief|Tags: , , |

What do I need when I'm grieving? To know that there is life on the other side of grief To know that people will care no matter how I respond To know that God is going through the pain with me, that he knows and cares about how I am doing To know that God [...]

When there’s not much peace on earth or good will to all men

2016-08-13T22:30:45+02:00 December 19th, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Depression, Heart Issues, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

Millions of people across the world will be depressed this Christmas. Death and destruction has plagued the world this year. With all the terrorism, political strife and rampant misery, as far as peace on earth and good will to all men goes, it may seem that there's not too much to be joyful, or certain [...]

Goodbye (for now)

2016-07-14T18:10:08+02:00 May 8th, 2012|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Depression, Devotionals, Grief, Suffering|Tags: , , , , , , |

It ended as most women’s retreats do.  Hugs. Clasped arms and hands. Tears of joy, of hope, of surrender. Renewed faith. Proclamations. Newly made promises to self, family, and God. Resolutions. Determination to keep them. A deeper sense of the Lord’s love and mercy. The altar was deep and wide with women bowing, kneeling, sitting—praying, [...]


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