Messages of hope

  • One Foot in Heaven, One Foot on Earth

    “It is every parent's worst nightmare to receive that phone call. I miss her presence every minute of every day. I seriously wanted to go and knock on his door and say do you realise what you've done to our family? I wanted him to know how much pain, you know, the serrated sharp, jagged edges of a mother's pain.”

    It's a phone call every parent dreads and a situation that no parent should have to go through. How do you navigate your way through the unthinkable? Click here to listen as Annette takes us on her journey through the darkest of times.

  • When God Seems Far Away

    “I remember waking up, having irrational thoughts, like, complete terror. I felt like it was too late for me, that there wasn't any hope for me at all. . It's the most terrifying experience I've had in my life.”

    Depression challenges us, not only physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. Click here to listen to Mark’s story, a pastor who has struggled with depression for about 20 years. How does someone with faith reconcile a God who often seems far away, especially when you feel so totally alone?

  • 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.

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