imagesTypes Of Carpet Cleaning Services In London

Are you a London resident wondering about the ways available to clean your carpets cleaning? Sometimes it might sound awkward asking that question but it is vital since many of the residents do not know types of carpet cleaning services offered in London. The following is an outline of the carpet cleaning services available in London.

Shampooing

This is one of the effective methods to clean your service. Special detergents are added to the carpet and agitated with a machine. After the cleaning, the shampoo is then removed from the carpet. The method is effective since the detergents contain brighteners and deodorizers that leave your carpet looking nice with a sweet aroma.

Dry Cleaning

Many people prefer this method because it does not leave the carpets wet. The carpet is covered with a special powder which attracts dirt like a magnet. Once the powder woks on the carpet, it is vacuumed away.

Foam Carpet Cleaning Method

This involves incorporating both shampooing and dry cleaning method. It involves mixing water and a foam detergent and working the mixture into the carpet. After the carpet has been worked on, the detergent, the dirt and the water are extracted away.

Therefore, any resident looking for carpet cleaning London services should ask for one of the above methods to be used in cleaning of the carpets. If you are in need of a carpet cleaner in London visit our website www.carpetcleaningstreatham.com

 

 

 

 

Managing Depression, Part 1

Depression can be an insidious thing; often seeming to come out of nowhere.  For me, when I’m really far along on the path of a depressive episode, it’s a rough road on which turn around and head back.  I need to catch it before it gets that far.

Geologists are given clues and advanced notice that a volcano is due to erupt.  We are given notice when a hurricane is on its way and we have our emergency supplies and evacuation plan in place.  It’s very important to know the advanced warning signs that depression is lingering and to have a plan in place for how to handle it.  It requires being proactive rather than reactive.

Some of my warning signs are: increased irritability, tearing up at the slighest thing, exhaustion, wanting to be alone, and negative thinking.

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It’s often easy for me to blame circumstances, events, or things people say and do for my depression.  Jesus said that “the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  What’s ultimately in my heart is what controls what I say and do.  Many Psychologist’s believe that feelings are not caused by what happens outside us, but by our own thinking.  Simply put, my core beliefs about myself effects my thinking, which in turns effects my reactions, emotions, and behavior.  When I’m faced with a difficult situation, my thoughts are usually something like, “I can’t handle this” or “There’s no way I can get through this.”  Then I begin feeling down and depressed.

When I begin having those depressive feelings, I have to ask myself, “what was I just thinking about?” It’s amazing how thoughts zoom through my head and I don’t realize the impact they have on me.  Sometimes it’s as simple as me spilling something in the kitchen and the first thought I have is “of course, that’s just how my day is going” or “how dumb is that?” And from then on I’m feeling irritable.  When these thoughts continue to happen over and over without me catching them, my emotions worsen.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians that we need to “take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” And that’s one of the main things I do to manage my depression each and every day.  It took me developing a habit of catching those quick, automatic thoughts and challenging those with the truths of scripture so that they didn’t take root and develop into depression.  One of the things that a psychotherapist does in counseling someone with depression is by helping them dig into their thoughts and ultimately back to the very beliefs about themselves.  By changing those deeply rooted core beliefs and replacing them with the truth, a person is then able to change their thinking which effects their responses to situations.  An excellent book on changing beliefs to the truth of how God sees us is Search for Significance by Robert McGee.

Upcoming:  Managing Depression Part 2: Having a Support System

On Monday 23rd St Davids will be commences it charity bag for families in Romania. We have 60,000 bags being delivered to all the households in London. These will go out in the next two weeks, they are being delivered by Leaflet Flyers, who specialize in leaflet dropping in London. They will be dropped at the rate of 12,000 a day. charity-bags-103249543We need volunteers to help the collection of the bags from homes and business. We will need help 4 hours a day. Once they are collected we will need sorters to sort out all the collected clothing, books and shoes. These then need grading for sort the good cloth and then recycle the cloth that are not suitable for reuse. Leaflet Flyers have offered their services on Saturday without any extra cost, we hope to raise £200,000 after all operating expenses. Please call Dave on 07983 654836 to register, as a collector.

 

Spiritual Intimacy

I have had this battle with the storm clouds in my mind since adolescence.  This fight with depression is one I take day by day, one clenched fist punch at a time.  Days go by and I’m living and breathing in joy.  I’m connected to my Lover Christ and the situations that usually trigger despondency and weeping, pass by me unnoticed.

But then other days, the littlest things set me off.  Bickering brothers, lateness from dawdling dreamer son, my own forgetfulness, days when nothing goes right.  The tears fall heavy.

Why can’t I always live in heightened joy?  Why don’t I always feel that intimacy of connection with my Husband, my Maker, my Savior?

The idea of Christ as Lover is distasteful to some.  Yet the image of God’s people as his bride is found throughout scripture.  Imagery of the connection and unity, the oneness that is experienced between husband and wife is used to explain our oneness with God.  The joy of connection a couple experiences as being one flesh gives us a foretaste of the spiritual joy and connection we will experience fully with God in heaven.  The book of the Song of Solomon has traditionally been understood to be about our relationship with Christ (it is understood this way also in the Westminster Standards).  Other uses of the marriage imagery are also found in the Old Testament.  For example, God refers to the Israelites as prostitutes when they bowed down to other gods.  In addition, Hosea’s very own marriage was a living example of the way Israel had become an adulteress.

spiritual-intimacyIn the New Testament, the union between husband and wife is likened to that of the unity between the church and Christ.  Paul refers to this unity as a mystery. (Ephesians 5)  We are promised a great feast when our Husband returns.  “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” (Rev. 19:7)  This wedding will be a consummation of the promises made earlier in scripture: “For your Maker is your husband–the Lord Almighty is his name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.  The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit.” (Is. 54:5,6).

Ann Voskamp says that “God makes love with grace upon grace, every moment a making of His love for us.”  And “I give Him thanks and I bless God and we meet and couldn’t I make love to God, making every moment love for Him?  To know Him the way Adam knew Eve.  Spirit skin to spirit skin.”

My soul resonates with that longing for spiritual union.  I was made to be in communion with God and when I’m not, I feel lost, incomplete.  When I do feel that connection, I experience true joy.  I want to swim in that joy, soak it up in my skin, have it ooze from my pores.

But most days, it seems like there is a wall blocking my way, keeping me from that connection.

In psychotherapist mode, I evaluate my thoughts, searching for the trigger to feelings of depression and hopelessness.  I scrutinize for signs of negative thinking.  I pray, I search the word for an indication to reveal to me how to get past the wall, to the connection I am seeking.   Then the Spirit whispers to me, reminding me, “when was the last time you ate of my grace? When you hunger for intimacy with me, it’s because you have not eaten.”

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.” Psalm 42: 1-4

I have forgotten to eat at the table of grace.  To fill my mind with thoughts of God’s unending love and mercy for me.  My gratitude list.

Dwelling on God’s grace needs to be daily food for me, not something I gorge on once or twice a week and expect my soul to find nourishment for each day.  I need to stay connected to the vine, giving thanks in all things, covering His feet with tears of gratitude no matter the expense.  It’s the praise and thanksgiving that I pour on my Love that opens the door to spiritual intimacy.

“O God, you are my God; I shall seek you earnestly; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh yearns for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary, to see your power and glory.  Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise you.”  Psalm 63:1-3

We live in a land that is dry, spiritually dead.  We need to drink from the Living Water to fill that soul thirst.  As we seek Him in thanksgiving for the countless graces we have been given, our tongues will lap up the Water our souls long for.

Practical Hospitality

Other posts I’ve written on hospitality, while containing some practical suggestions, they were mostly focused on the biblical framework behind hospitality.  This post is entirely practical.

One of the biggest things we’ve learned over the years is to prepare in advance and always be prepared.  I say this because if you are always prepared, you can be hospitable on the spur of the moment whether it’s making a meal for someone the same day you’re asked or spontaneously inviting a new family over after church.  So here goes:

1.  We keep stocked on hand food and drinks we know most of our guests like.  I never know when I might have company so I always have cans of soda on hand.  (I never drink Coke but always keep it some in the fridge.)  I also try to keep non-caffeinated drinks on hand as well like Sprite or Gatorade.  Juice boxes for little kids are always nice to have handy if you have children visiting.

2.  Having kid friendly snacks in the pantry for the same reason above is good too.  Even just a bag of pretzels will do.

3.  I always have paper plates, cups, napkins and plasticware in my pantry.

4.  If we are having a large group gathering (like more than 8 people–a small group bible study for example) we bring out extra trash cans and place them near where people are seated.  I also put extra trash bags at the bottom for easy replacement when trash is taken out.  I actually have 2 or 3 extra trash cans that I store in the garage.

5.  We are usually short on seating so we keep folding chairs in the garage that we bring out for company.  We keep extra folding tables on our back porch.  If storage space is a concern, square folding tables fitting perfectly under a bed.

6.  I have the boys put important toys up high or away completely before other kids come over.  These are either favorite toys or one’s they are concerned might get broken (like a Lego masterpiece).  I remind them about sharing and we practice dealing with conflict over toys.

7.  I also like to keep some craft supplies at the ready for when we have kids over and they are bored.

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Recipes:
I have a few stand by recipes that I use all the time.  One is a main dish I use for bringing a meal to a new mom or someone sick.

Cranberry Chicken
4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 cup Catalina or French dressing

Sprinkle soup mix on top of chicken, mix cranberry sauce and spoon over chicken, lastly pour dressing on top.  Cook covered at 400 for 30min.  Remove cover and cook another 15 min at 350.  Serve with wild rice.

I always like to have a few things in my pantry that can be turned into a quick snack, appetizer or dessert for last-minute guests.  Sometimes you can find chex mix, chips or some other snack buy one get one free at the store.  Chips and salsa are also an easy item to keep on hand.  Here’s a favorite:

Minty Brownies

2 boxes of your favorite brownie mix
1 bag Andes mints chocolates

Mix 1 brownie mix according to directions.  Pour into prepared baking (9 x 13 or similar size) dish.  Unwrap chocolates and lay them on top of brownies.  Mix the second box of brownie mix and pour on top.  Bake according to directions.

Happy Hosting!  And lastly, always be mentally prepared for a mess!

“If you are afraid of hospitality – that you don’t have much personal strength or personal wealth – good. Then you won’t intimidate anybody. You will depend all the more on God’s grace. You will look all the more to the work of Christ and not your own work. And what a blessing people will get in your simple home or little apartment.”  John Piper