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What is it about our #mental health that makes us want to laugh, cry, pee, quit, hide, shudder and everything in between?


Becoming a #mum, 16 years ago, absolutely did things to my mind, body, heart and health that I never imagined possible. Not all bad stuff, I felt love, joy, safety, courage, but I also felt


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I felt #resentful, #alone, a little #abandoned- I wondered how would I show this treasure (my gorgeous #baby) that life could be lived out differently to what I had shown her?


Let's be frank, "Hi Frank, I've missed you."

Everybody has to deal with their #mentalhealth in the same way that we all have to deal with our spiritual, emotional and physical #health. The difference is some people, mums, #dads, anyone, can suffer a great deal, it is the way that we deal with it that makes all of the difference. I am no stranger to challenges, hardships, #loneliness or failure but what I have learnt is that I am NOT nor will I ever be the sum total of the things I do, have done or will do.


I accept that as the final truth.


I came to this conclusion after a very difficult encounter with #cancer, #treatment and #healing, I decided that if I was going to stay alive, that I would actually need to live.


This only meant one thing.


I had to go back to God, daily to ask Him 9this is prayer) who He made me to be and why that information had not made a home in my mind (the home of my mental health)?


Here are 10 things, no 11things the Bible says I am:


1)#Loved-John 3:16-17

2)#Precious-Isaiah 43:4

3)#Blessed-Revelation 1:3

4)#Happily married- Isaiah 62:4

5)#God's handiwork-Ephesians 2:10

6)#Saved-Acts 16:31

7)Made in God's #image-Genesis 1:27

8)Prepared for good works- Ephesians 2:10

9)#Sane-2 Corinthians 5:17

10)#Healthy and #wealthy -3 John 1:2

11) #Fruitful and #fertile-Deuteronomy 7:13 Genesis 1:28


Exciting stuff!


I didn't believe any of these things whilst I was in #hospital or signed off for six-eight weeks at a time, but I do believe it (all) now, whether I can see it or not.

If it is true for me, it is true for you.


What do you believe, hun?



#Christianity is the life of #God (the Creator) in human beings (that's us). What this means, practically, is that each day, you take steps to get to know this God, through His Word, the Bible (https://classic.biblegateway.com) ,by building a relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ. In the same way, as soon as your baby is born, in fact from the moment you "know" that you are pregnant, you spend time getting to know the baby, letting them know that each day YOU CHOOSE TO LOVE THEM

I ask you, then, would you like to be in a relationship with #God, the God of the Bible, the God that made this beautiful earth, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:

This the WHAT

John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."** And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse. This is the WHY

Hebrews 2:3-4

"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**


In exchange for following Jesus you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again. Read this prayer along with me: This is your YES "Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right. Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**

Lulu I'm a #Mum for #Christ's Sake.


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