Health + Wellbeing / 09.11.2017

Your attitude can change your perspective note that I didn’t say it will necessarily change your circumstances but it can help you cope when life throws a curve ball. For about three years I have lived with constant nausea (not vomiting) without knowing why. No I am not pregnant despite a few doctors asking me even after I had told them how long I had been feeling sick for (it would be the longest pregnancy ever!). I tried many remedies to stop feeling sick from heartburn medication to nausea...

Health + Wellbeing / 12.10.2017

My Pa in Orange recently celebrated a birthday. So this week’s blog post is a tribute to him. One of the biggest things I am trying to learn, which my Pa seems to do effortlessly, is to never give up. His life has been coloured with hardship, heartache, loss and health issues a plenty. Each time he gets knocked down he manages to pick himself up, adapt and soldier on. For me I tend to break first; floods of tears, feeling like I just can’t get back up again....

Encouragement / 20.07.2017

Sometimes life really hurts. In moments like these it reopens wounds that had started to heal. Emotions are on edge as anger and sadness take turns in being the most dominant emotion. Once hopeful and optimistic to losing hope fast and feeling trapped. Knowing deep down that I am lovable but wondering how that can be. When my belief and trust in Jesus is down to all but a flickering flame that I consider walking away from my source of peace, hope and joy. Darker still, wondering for...

Self Love / 06.07.2017

Luke 8:24 - 25 “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.” As I write this week my foot is hurting due to straining it for the umpteenth time (thanks Dad for strapping it). It was already hurting but making chocolate brownies pushed it over the edge. On one hand I should have taken better care of my...

Health + Wellbeing / 29.06.2017

Numbers 6:24 – 26” The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.” When plans don’t work out like we thought or hoped it can hurt but there will be something better for us, a sweeter dream for us to dream or maybe we need to wait longer making it more precious once it is achieved. In 2011, when I started year 12, I had no intention to...

Self Love / 01.06.2017

Psalm 139:15 -16 “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” On Tuesday I had my first National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) planning meeting. It was basically an information gathering session for them to ensure the supports put in place suit me, my lifestyle and my goals....

Encouragement / 25.05.2017

Isaiah 45:9 – 10 “Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands?’ Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to his mother ‘What have you brought to birth?’ This week I just feel exhausted. The kind of exhaustion that makes me want to stay in bed but knowing if I do...

Encouragement / 27.04.2017

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” I have been a university student for seven weeks now, and it’s hard work. Surprised? I sure am. Somehow I thought studying for the second time would be easier. Not a chance! I have submitted two assignments so far, both were late by a few days. In hindsight there are three things I didn’t factor in which probably contributed to the lateness. I underestimate how long it is going to take. I find studying tiring: you can...

Encouragement / 05.01.2017

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” New Year’s Eve was not how I planned. I wanted to celebrate. I had organised to catch up with friends but that didn’t work out so I thought I would go join in local festivities. What I wasn’t counting on was being overwhelmingly exhausted. Chronic Fatigue is ever present, it has been A Mountainous Journey. Sometimes I have a good day of energy (or few) where I feel full...

Health + Wellbeing / 20.10.2016

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” I struggle with Chronic Fatigue. I was diagnosed about seven years ago after constantly getting sick with whatever illness was going around the neighbourhood at any given time whilst also having it the longest as my weakened immune system fought illness every couple of weeks. It was later discovered that I had experienced Glandular Fever that went undiagnosed because I was so sick and stressed at that point in my life...