Messages of hope

  • Finding Hope in Your Grief

    “My best friend was diagnosed with cancer at the end of last year. We heard finally on a Wednesday there's nothing we can do. He was dead by Friday. That was a a bit of a smack in the head!”

    Experiencing the grief of losing someone close to you can really shake you up and make you question where God is through all of this. Click here to listen as Steve shares what sustains him in the midst of grief and tough times.

  • It’s Ok to Feel Anxious

    "We're in a period as a society, as a community, as a world, where all of us are feeling this worry or anxiety at some point. And acknowledging that it's actually okay to feel how we're feeling is, is really important." Click here to listen as Richard and Celia talk about worry and anxiety with Anna, a counsellor from Journeez. What's the difference between worry and anxiety, and how do we stop being overwhelmed by things we can't control?

  • Surviving School at Home

    “I was at home with four children, homeschooling, a job I have never desired before. Suddenly I was faced with mum I need help, mum I'm hungry, mum I need this, mum I need that, and I'd be standing at the door going enough already this is too hard.”

    Finding ourselves in situations that are not of our choosing can be very stressful and overwhelming. Click here to listen as Jo shares her struggles of home schooling during lockdown. How do you survive the extra challenges thrown at you without feeling like a failure?

  • Surviving Lockdown

    “With all the mental health issues that are coming up for people at this time and that sort of low level depression that everyone I think is experiencing. There's such a sense of helplessness and frustration. You know, well We tried this last time, it doesn't seem to have worked. Is this going to work this time”

    Are you feeling a bit anxious or frustrated at the ongoing situation we find ourselves in? You’re not alone. Click here to listen as we talk with Sue, who manages the spiritual care team for a hospital in Melbourne. Where do we find hope when there is so much uncertainty and separation from our loved ones?

  • Dementia – This is our Story

    “We were lying in bed one day and I’m just leaning on my elbows like this and she’s there looking up at me and
    talking and she just said - Who are you? It ripped me apart.”

    It’s hard to imagine what it would feel like when the person you’ve loved for over 50 years doesn’t know who you are. Click here to listen to John’s inspiring story of loyalty and love, in the face of Dementia.

  • Fathers and Daughters

    “Sometimes you just open your mouth and shove your foot in there before you've thought to yourself that might not be a good idea. It helps you to realize how much you have to listen to be able to learn.”

    Parenting a teenager isn’t easy and we often get it wrong. Click here to listen as we talk with Matthew about father daughter relationships, and how dads try to find the balance between wanting to protect their daughters and empowering them towards independence. What happens when we, inevitably, mess up?

  • Trust

    There is still a lot of uncertainty with Coronavirus still very much front and centre in our world. The lack of knowledge about the future and how long the restrictions will all be in place can really cause worry and anxiety. It can leave you wondering “where should I place my trust? Click here to listen to reflections on whether God is someone you can trust to get you through uncertain times.

  • Just As I Am

    What gives your life value? Is it the job you have? The lifestyle you lead? Or perhaps it’s the relationships that you nurture. Click here to listen to Mark Doecke talk about what gives life value and how you can feel valuable despite your circumstances.

  • Injustice

    “In the last weeks, we've heard of Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Maybe you get this feeling of being overwhelmed by it all. There's just too much. Where can you find hope?”

    Recent events have really highlighted some of the injustice that still goes on in our world. Click here to listen to Reid, an American now living in Australia, as he shares his unique perspective on the riots and injustice in the US and what it means for us.

  • Gone Home

    “We were in this little plane, caught in a thunderstorm and the pilot said – I’m sorry guys, we’re not going make it, we’re gonna go down - and man, that makes you think about living and dying!”

    Death is not a topic that we tend to talk about over a BBQ. Most of us don’t talk about death until it’s on our doorstep. Click here to listen as Celia and Richard talk with Jonathan Krause about why we don’t need to be afraid to have those conversations.

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