The Golden Rule and Self Hatred

What is known as “the golden rule” comes in Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. He said: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12) This is an amazing teaching which, if followed by all, would […]

Be Still, Be Silent

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” Henri J.M. Nouwen I suffer from too much brain noise. If I am anxious, if I am depressed, I find that my thoughts run on and on, and the sheer babble of […]

Hospital Chaplains

I noticed search terms about hospital chaplains cropping up in my stats box, so I thought I would write a post about them. I have written elsewhere about my experiences with chaplains, but I thought it would bear repeating! Firstly, What Does A Chaplain Do? A chaplain in any hospital (psychiatric or otherwise) is there […]

Is Anyone Sick?

I have been reading from the letter of James, specifically James 5:14-16 and thinking about its ramifications for me, as a person with an illness. James writes: Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. […]

Hiatus (again)

No posts until at least Monday, as I am moving house and have (the horror, the horror) no internet connection until then. Any requests for subjects to cover via email (believersbrain[at] or via the comments will be read though! I shall return, with interesting material!

Who You Are in Christ

I found this on ChristianForums and I thought it was so wonderful I should repost it. When I am feeling down, and doubting myself, hating myself, then this is a great reminder of who I am in Christ. I hope it helps you as much as it helps me: 1 You are able – Philippians […]

G2SI: Recovering

Let me say this: I feel like a hypocrite writing this. I slipped up, recently, and broke my record of being self injury free. I cannot sit here and write to you that there is an easy way to recover from self harm, that there is a way to banish it forever. I can, though, […]

G2SI: Self Injury and Body Modification

I have a number of piercings and tattoos, although nothing very wild, and I also self harm. I have heard others ask, fairly frequently, whether the piercings and tattoos are other forms of self injury for me, and whether they are for others. Obviously I can only really speak for myself, but I believe that, […]

G2SI: Cutting and Marking in the Bible

This post is all about marking as well as cutting in the Bible. Marking the skin, whether through cutting, branding or tattooing, is mentioned around the ancient world and in the Bible. Whether it is acceptable for the people of God, and if so in what way, is what I aim to discuss. I am […]

Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself

I’m reposting this from Cheryl Rainfield’s blog, I encourage you to check it out! Reasons Not To Hurt Yourself by Cheryl Rainfield, 2011 Because you do not deserve to be hurt, not by anyone, not even yourself; Because you deserve the same compassion, kindness, and love that everyone else does, and that you would give […]