#Reblog Who Is the Fairest in the Land? Lessons for Young Men on Attraction

Some single men miss wonderful women because they’re fixated on all the wrong things. Whether suffering from worldly ideals or an inflated sense of …

Who Is the Fairest in the Land? Lessons for Young Men on Attraction

Although this is aimed at ‘young men’ many of the points raised can apply to women too. Particularly around physical attraction and lust… regardless it’s a very well written post.

#ReBlog 4 Ways To Avoid Being Too Judgmental – Faith in the News

4 Ways To Avoid Being Too Judgmental – Faith in the News
— Read on faithinthenews.com/4-ways-to-avoid-being-too-judgmental/

This is a very short read but is backed up by scripture.

We all judge each other and jump to conclusions before we know the whole story.

We are all also judging each other about our interpretations of COVID-19 rules in a really unhealthy way.

Worse still people are being murdered because of the colour of there skin – the worst judgment of all that black lives are worth less. Due to racial stereotypes and judgements on others based purely on appearance and skin tone.

Prayer

Lord God, help us to not judge others purely based on appearance. Help us to see people as You see people and to meet those around us in love, compassion and kindness.

Lord God I pray for all those being persecuted, harmed and killed by racism. I pray you would set people free and I pray for all those seeking justice. I pray lord that you would help us see how we are the same instead of how we are different.

Amen

So, what is Church then? — YouBelong

Just 1 week ago, people were still gathering inside church buildings on Sundays for group worship, week day mornings for prayer and toddler groups and evenings throughout the week for youth groups. Today, church buildings across the UK are closed in an attempt to contain the current strain of coronavirus, Covid-19, and keep as many […]

So, what is Church then? — YouBelong

Really loving this from YouBelong I think we will learn a lot as a nation about our faith in the coming weeks.

Be Still #BeStill #God

This song has been on very heavy rotation on my Spotify playlist this week and i’ve grabbed a YouTube video so everyone can see it (it has CC too).

Lets not forget in these times of difficulty to be still before God in our quiet time. Here are some verses:

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalms 37:7

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10

In the NIV the command to be ‘be still’ is written 8 times – its two words but its not insignificant God tells us 8 times!

In the Gospel of Mark Jesus calms a storm and tells it to ‘be still’ – God has the power to calm the storms we face daily too.

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:39-41

I’m aware that its much easier for me to ‘be still’ for a couple of minutes than it is for those of you with children at home or those working supporting others at this time. Maybe you can just take a minute or two on for you and God just before you go to sleep?

I would really encourage you to try and fit in some time to ‘be still’.

Finally I have found this post very helpful in my quiet times on the theme of being still before God.

Knowing God – Interview with Jemma Brown — YouBelong

What is your name and what does it mean? My name is Jemma Brown and it means precious gem which is very fitting as I was a long awaited baby! It took my parents 10 years to conceive me hence I’m my parents precious gem. Do you think your name suits who you are and/ […]

Knowing God – Interview with Jemma Brown — YouBelong

I had the privilege a few weeks ago of compleating this short interview for YouBelong so I thought I would share it.

Since discovering YouBelong on Twitter I have been following there work and I am so encouraged by what they are doing. I have also enjoyed reading the other interviews in the series so would reccomend checking them out.

The Mission of YouBelong is:

“Community Support Empower

We aim to give chronically ill and disabled christians:

an online support network of people who can also have a chronic illness or disability and share the struggles that come from living as a christian whilst facing the questions and problems that arise from chronic illness/disability.

platforms to discuss disability and chronic illness theology via our blog posts and social media pages

a church who love, support and empower them”

youbelong.org.uk

I would really encourage those leading Churches or working in minestry or theology to take a look at the website. Put simply there are lots of small steps Churches can take to make things easier and more accessible for those with chronic illness, mental health conditions and disability. In most cases such small changes often turn out to benefit everyone.

Holding Out Hope — Rachael Newham

Whether or not you’ve ever watched anything that the late Caroline Flack presented, it’s unlikely that you won’t have heard that over the weekend, Caroline died by suicide. News of her death has filled column inches, clickbait articles and provoked debate around everything from the existence of shows such as “Love Island”, to press intrusion, […]

Holding Out Hope — Rachael Newham

This is well worth a read, the topic of suicide is one as a society we shy away from and perhaps even more so in the church. Rachel goes on to write:

And all I can do is to look to scripture, and to lean on the character of the God I have known and trusted for almost twenty-five years. The only unforgivable sin recorded in the Bible is that of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit – which is nothing to do with suicide, and the idea that those who take their own lives being unable to enter glory because of their inability to repent renders the gospel of grace obsolete. Not one of us dies having confessed and repented every sin!

Rachel Newham

Christian Accessibility #Twitter

I’ve been reading a lot about the theology of disability and mental health of late and discussing some of what I have learned in some really interesting discussions on Twitter.

Yes – social media gets a lot of criticism particularly Twitter but it definitely has its positives, I have found community and I love it.

Following a discussion today it made me realise thee is no one place to find out about disability theology, inclusion, trainers or organisations working in the field.

I decided to do something about this in a small way using Twitter. I have created a public Twitter list containing people who work in the field and also organisations ministering to those with disability.

Its worth noting I am choosing to use the word disability for purely practical reasons, Twitter has a character limit on both list names and there accompanying descriptions. Although I am using the term disability I am including chronic illness and mental health in the list.

The aim of this list is to pool information to enable people looking to find resources be that an organisation for support or a expert to consult on accessibility or talk at your event.

The name of the list is Christian accessibility and you can find it here.

Obviously this is a work in progress and there are not many resources on the list currently if you have a suggestion for the list please drop me a tweet @JemmaBrown obviously your recommendation has to be on Twitter.

New year new you – NO!

Now there’s a phrase that’s branded about a lot at this time of year I have no idea who first coined the phrase but I hate it… I shall explain why and start by being a little pedantic!

First off lets get this straight it is impossible to create a new you at new year or any other time. Until science evolves to the point where we can clone humans this is fundamentally impossible. Yea bits of us can replaced – I have the cornea of a very kind hearted individual who agreed to be an organ and tissue donor upon their passing.

Here’s my next issue God created you PERFECT! Whatever quirks or traits you have where planned by God. You are a beautiful creation the idea of ditching all that beauty and perfection from God to create a new you just does not compute in my brain. God loves you infinitely the way you are and created you to be you and no one else. 

Then there is the issue of chronic illness for people like me there is no cure (or hope of a cure) my body is the body I was born with and no amount of diet changes or exercise will make that body function normally. 

That’s just a tiny taste of why The phrase grates on me so much!

So new year new you can do one!

Always a bridesmaid never a bride?

For all those single ladies pining for Mr Right!

God in my living...

Now I know some people will say I cannot possibly comment on singleness as I am one of the married’s BUT I was once single, and happy! Yes you too can be single and happy!

I know that marriage is good and I’m not anti marriage preaching but I am “pro love being single!”

We do not find fulfilment in marriage but in Christ. He is the only man that we should idolise (in a Holy, non crazy, awesomeness way). All worldly blokes will let you down – sorry Jon – but he would never willingly want to let me down but we’re humans. I will let him down, he’ll let me down, but it’s ok coz God is refining us and we’re both saved!

So, are you single? Do you pine for Mr Right Holy Man? Are you bored of waiting? Maybe Mr Wrong is better than no Mr…

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Day 2 – The Simple Things in Life *

*Or NOT!

Today I am inspired by chatting to someone who has  only in the last 2 years become visually impaired. Meeting a relative newbie at the start of learning to live life independently with a sever visual impairment has made me think of all the little adaptations and things i do in a strange way without even thinking about it.

Take for example making a cup of coffee and carrying it over to your faviourte spot on the sofa to curl up and watch TOWIE (or whatever the latest TV craze is).  How do you get that boiling water from the kettle into the cup? Let alone carry the cup of hot coffee from the kitchen to the sofa around relatives, friends and animals without ending up wearing it?

The bottom line is you don’t I regularly spill boiling water on my hand when I make a hot drink, it does not scold me because by the time i have said a naughty word and waved my hand in the air the water is at a much cooler temperature. On Teaspoon going from jar to cup I always spill coffee and sugar. Not to mention just the other day I tripped over a shoe at a friend’s house and promptly redecorated her hallway with my cup of tea.

My mum rang me earlier today to tell me she had polished her shoes with fly killer instead of shoe polish, you find a can in the cupboard how do you know which one is which? The reality is if it’s not where YOU ALWAYS leave it then mishaps happen. In the past I have been washing my hair and accidentally used sun cream instead of shampoo which is a horrible experience because of the greasy nature of sun cream but it happens.

Yesterday I realised how lucky I am that I don’t have any food allergies, I was buying cake for a friend who does and it suddenly occurred to me that if I had been on my own I would have had no clue which cake would make her ill and which cake would be safe.

Best before dates… Need I really explain?

Think about walking down to your local corner shop, now imagine that with your eyes closed, does the thought of walking to the shop with your yes shut scare you? Then add into the mix all the things you could encounter on your journey; Pedestrians, cyclists, traffic, road works, pot holes, chewing gum, overhead branches, children, birds, wheel bins, lampposts, postboxes… There where some shocking statistics released a few years ago that 8 out of 10 blind people never leave the house alone due to fear and lack of confidence if you couldn’t see where you were going would you make it to work on time?

This is a topic I have written about before I realise both here (You know your a blind person when…) and on the BBC Ouch Website (How to **** in the woods) but the point still remains, things I do every day are different to that of a sighted person, for example right now writing this very post I am not poking at the keyboard or my computer screen, I like to write with my eyes shut and without and screen reader software so its just me and my fingers dancing across the keyboard. I type at my fastest when I  and not looking or listening to anything else and its something I really enjoy having the time to do on occasion. Of course when it comes to proof reading and editing my writing I do look at the screen but then still miss half my typos anyway! Sorry blogosphere your just going to have to put up with me writing utter rubbish that is not grammatically correct!