Welcome to the living room

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‘Moving the furniture’ is my revised and edited version of my old blog, Light-bites For Your Heart’, so those of you familiar with it may recognise the topics of some posts.

How many times have we stood in our lounge and thought, “I’m fed up with the sofa being here, let’s move it to there. That pot pourri is old fashioned now, let’s have some candles. I need some new cushions and that vase is for the bin.”

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It’s refreshing making big changes and I wanted a new layout and more concise content.

Also I would like to help you to shift the furniture of your mind: the static negativity and fearful thoughts of hopelessness. Seeing things in a different way can aid us in overcoming stress, depression and anxiety. But like the squirrel trying to move the sofa on his own, it’s overwhelming trying to change mind patterns by ourselves.

“Jesus is the purpose of this blog. The unseen guest on every page – the silent listener to every conversation.”

He is desperately wanting to show us how he can help us through the dark times and be out best friend as we travel through this journey of life.

For those whose depression is clinical and therefore not brought about by circumstances, he wants to show you how he can be your comfort and healer. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I hope that I can stand in the tunnel with you and point the torch towards him who is standing at the exit with arms open wide.

For those of you who don’t believe in God or have struggled with faith to believe he wants to help you, this may seem as unusual as trying to relax on a sofa in the middle of a field. But as he gently speaks to your heart, being in his presence will soon feel as normal as enjoying an afternoon on a settee in the sun.


Feel free to hop into the comment box to say ‘Hello’ and I promise to wander over to your site to see what you’re up to.


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Psychology info: Depression


According to the World Health Organisation, Media Centre Depression Fact Sheet – February 2017:

300 million people worldwide suffer from a form of depression.

  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Post-natal /partum Depression
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Recurrent Depressive Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder – mood disorders
  • Suicidal tendancies

are some of the types of depression suffered by people daily.

Depression represents 99% of all mind-brain illnesses with the remaining 1% being made up of major psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia.

In most cases sufferers have difficulty with sleeping, anxiety symptoms and appetite. They also suffer a loss of interest in enjoyable activities, depleted energy levels, difficulty with completing simple every-day tasks, feelings of low-self esteem, feelings of guilt, feelings of apathy, poor concentration and other medical symptoms caused by their feelings. Severe cases will render the person unable to work and can lead to repetitive suicidal thoughts.

Depression can affect anyone of any age, class, ethnicity, or gender. It can also be a silent illness that others around do not initially recognise. How many times have we heard stories about loved-ones discovering a person close to them has been admitted to hospital with a nervous breakdown, are taking anti-depressant medication or have taken their own life?

Psychology Info: Suicide


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health Findings:

Suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death among persons aged 15-34 years.

Suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 years.

According to the Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017:

There were 6639 reported suicides in the UK & Irish Republic in 2015

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

There are approximately 121 suicides in the USA per day.

According to Global Statistics, there is one suicide in the world every 40 seconds.

I’m sure you’ll agree that these statistics are shocking. No-one should have to suffer in silence, especially children.

Psychology Info: Anxiety


Anxiety is a type of fear that is focussed on either present surroundings or something that is expected to happen in the future which is frightening or overwhelming. It can be irrational or related to a past traumatic event, but in all cases it affects the mind and body in alarming ways. Many sufferers will do their utmost to avoid the situations that are making them panic but with future events, they often cannot stop thinking about them. This can cause insomnia, nervous habits, unnecessary drug taking, eating disorders, inability to concentrate and other physical ailments in the body.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

In the USA alone, there are over 40 million adults between the ages of 18-54 who suffer from an anxiety disorder.

According to the Journal of Psychopharmacology, pp 761-770:

In the UK there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in 2013

Psychology Info: Loneliness


It is very difficult to obtain statistical facts about loneliness because it is not classed as a disease. Patients often will not reveal to their doctors that the cause of their illness is because they are suffering from loneliness. But it can cause all the other afflictions that are mentioned above: depression, anxiety suicide. Loneliness can create physical and mental illnesses and cause the sufferer to have a low self-esteem. Many bloggers on WordPress write about how lonely they feel and they receive a little comfort from the stranger at the other side of the computer screen. However, many do not record their feelings at all and the evidence is seen in the growing number of suicide rates across the world.