June 16, 2022

What I learned from Covid 19

A few weeks ago, Adrienne and I attended the C3 Church conference in Tasmania and then stayed for a week’s holiday. We spent a great day in Port Arthur with some friends, visiting a world heritage site that was once a British penal colony.…
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building a sustainable life.

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Recently, I was feeling worn down. Covid negated many things I had planned and hoped for; family members I looked forward to seeing were unable to attend a barbeque for Australia Day because their five and three-year-olds tested positive, an already booked trip to New Zealand was cancelled, key appointments were postponed. On top of that, more people have been

The restorative benefit of mentoring

February 17, 2022
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This blog is by Max Rankin. Max is one called to come alongside and help. He is part of the leadership of Verve Lead. His practical insights will help many. Flick a link to this to someone who would benefit. Leave a helpful comment below. “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do

Beyond the Pitfalls of Self-Diagnosis

February 10, 2022
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Previously – Covid’s Toll In our last blog, we began looking at the toll that Covid has taken on us over the last few years. For many of us the uncertainty and anxiety that struck us on day one are still very much there, but now we are also burnt out from months and months of this stress, especially with

Restoration During Covid 

February 3, 2022
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In the last few months, it seems clear that there has been a resurgence in anxiety surrounding Covid. It’s no wonder—a forth surge with new variants to worry about and cases on the rise almost everywhere; it feels a bit like a repeat of the initial fear we all experienced when Covid first came into our lives. However, this round

Reflection on Covid’s Toll

January 27, 2022
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Emotional Abuse Blog 3 Recovering Here at Verve Lead, we are in the middle of a series examining how to handle emotional abuse from people around us, specifically situations with acquaintances and strangers, rather than intimate relationships. We’ve looked at how to respond in the moment of an angry blow-up, and how to reflect and process that situation. Today, we

Recovering from Emotional Abuse

December 23, 2021
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Reflecting In our last blog, we began diving into how to handle that moment when you find yourself on the receiving end of an angry blow-up. There are very few moments where it is appropriate to scream at someone, especially at someone you do not know well. Still, almost everyone has experienced some unjustified or irrational rage directed at them. 

Dealing with Emotional Abuse – Blog 2

December 16, 2021
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Responding  We have all found ourselves in a situation where someone who feels entirely justified goes off at us. They might have yelled, accused us of things we didn’t do, perhaps even called us names or threatened us, making us feel uncomfortable, angry, frightened, or all of these at once. The circumstances may differ; it might be a stranger screaming

Five Steps for Responding to Emotional Abuse

December 2, 2021
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Choosing Restorative Niche Activities 4 Here are my last two tips to help in choosing activities that really do replenish your soul. Choose to balance the tensions There’s tension between desiring to attain certain goals and the need to feel in control of an activity. On one hand attaining set goals can bring satisfaction that builds our health. But on

Restorative Niche – Final Chapter

September 23, 2021
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Choosing Restorative Niche Activities 3 In the two previous blogs I’ve given three tips of six to choose restorative activities that suit you: come to Jesus and allow Him to replenish your soul, choose something that you love doing, and something that absorbs your attention. Here is my fourth tip: Choose because you will be in control. We often feel

Restorative Niche – Chapter 3

September 16, 2021