Have you ever felt trapped in your own thoughts and feelings, regrets and failings? It can be a lonely place. It can feel like you’re sinking in a black hole with no way out. Listen as Noel Due encourages us that there is a way out. Jesus has taken all of our shame to the cross and dealt with it there.
“I've become his carer and his protector. That role of changing from being a wife to that element of carer, that's massive. Sometimes I'm just terrified.”
Listen as Therese shares her experiences and struggles about adjusting roles from wife to carer. What are the challenges and how did she cope?
Do you sometimes look at the people around you and think “I wish I could be like them”? It can cause us to focus on what we don’t do, and don’t have, which can make us feel lonely, even if we’re surrounded by people who love us. Listen to John Henderson talk about loneliness, and that it’s cure, lies outside ourselves.
“I think that all of us move into and out of loneliness. Some people tragically find themselves all alone. None of us were meant for that.” Loneliness isn’t a feeling restricted to people who are single. It can affect anyone. Listen as James Winderlich talks about how we can feel alone and unconnected, even when we’re surrounded by people. But there is hope to feeling connected again.
One in Five Australians suffer chronic pain. It can be a debilitating condition, leading to personality changes and a heavy strain on relationships. How do you cope with pain that never goes away? Listen as Stephen and Therese share their journey of managing chronic pain and how it’s affected their relationships, lifestyle, and purpose in life.
“I try not to think of my son as schizophrenia, but by his name. And schizophrenia is part of it but he is also my son, child of God, uncle, worker, just like all of us.” Listen as Celia Fielke talks with Sue whose son has schizophrenia. Find out what’s kept Sue going as she has supported her son over the last 20 years.
How would you cope if you suddenly lost both your legs? What changes would it bring to your life and relationships? Listen as Dean talks about his near death encounter with the flesh eating infection Necrotizing Fasciitis and what gave him hope to face the future without his legs?
“When you have Motor Neurone Disease there's really nowhere to go much, they don't know how to cure it. I guess in the end you have to think …well do I lay down and die or do I grasp at life and live?” Listen to the personal story of Pastor Rick Zweck, who battled Motor Neurone Disease and passed away in 2016. In spite of the disease he still found hope for life.
“I generally feel like I am actually a really good person. Why am I not good enough for my parents to love me?” Do you ever feel like you’re not good enough? The messages we receive as children have a huge impact on the way we see ourselves, and that can stay with us throughout our life. Listen as we talk with Sarah about the challenges she’s faced to feel truly loved and accepted.
Have you ever felt guilty? Perhaps you’ve done something that you regret and you can’t get it out of your head. “Once you’re in a cycle of guilt it affects every part of your life. Before you know it you’ve created a monster!” Listen as Richard Mau talks about guilt, and a way to escape it’s negative power over us. It’s not easy to get over guilt, but there is hope.