Hear A New Song…

So First things first merry Christmas and a happy new year To all!

It got to that magical time when your phone contract comes to an end and I spent a lot of time researching which phone to get and the costs not only upfront but over the length of the contract – there was much pondering!

One of my main problems with my old phone was storage it had a software glitch that meant when it got nearly full things would stop working. I was constantly deleting content (which often did not free storage… it was a big glitch) and was very limited when it came to applications it was getting very frustrating!

Next thing to consider was the camera – that may sound strange for a blind person but I take photos all the time and I love taking pictures of nature… And I don’t have a camera so I want the camera on my phone to be my camera. Aside from the regular uses as a visually impaired person I also take pictures of stuff I can’t read then zoom in to the photo I snapped to read the information. This works great and I use it every day on everything from the cooking instructions on my dinner to reading a sign. 

I love music – pretty much all music! On my old phone I could store no music I could only stream. 

So I got a new phone better camera and vitally more storage I set it all up and immediately set it up to play music at the very best quality and save it in that format great! 

I listened through the phones speakers and I was impressed by the new quality and volume.  

Then I hit the sales and for complicated reasons I won’t go into brought some new Bluetooth headphones of reasonable quality. 

I set them up and started listening and I was blown away! 

Songs I’ve listened to probably hundreads of times had a brand new clarity, deeper base notes and genuinely sounded absolutely amazing even at relatively low volume. 

It was like I was hearing my music for the first time I kept switching genres I was eager to hear everything a fresh. 

I was hearing a new song… but it wasn’t a new song!

And it’s got me thinking this can be a bit like our relationship with God. 

We can get to a place of comfort, of status quo we have been plodding along with God and everything seems a bit bland and we don’t even realise we are approaching our relationship with God in a lack lustre way. 

I am not one for New Years resolutions – in fact for me personally I really dislike them but given a new year is about to start and it’s all about new beginnings here’s some thoughts. 

I want to tell you now to pick up some new headphones and hear a new song!

(Of course it’s not a new song, God is steadfast)

The way to do this is simple first you need to recognise that the song your listening to is starting to feel a bit tired. It’s all about how you think if you reconsider a pattern of behaviour in your mind it’s the first step to changing it – my apologies for sounding like a psychotherapist but take it from one that knows just changing the way you think is a big start and can have huge impacts on your daily life. 

Dig into your bible – simple! Don’t do this in a legalistic way out of duty do it because you want to know more of God and his word. I really recommend the YouVersion Bible app because you can switch between loads of different translations (which I think can often add even more to get stuck into) and there are reading plans on different topics. One of the things I love most about the reading plans is that if you miss a day (or 12) you click a button and it catches the plan up to the Callander. 

Seek out encouragement and fellowship these two can be separate but are often linked. Ask a friend to share there testimony over a coffee or ask someone about a time God has done a miracle in there life. You can also look for encouragement on Christian news websites and social media BE EXCITED AND EXPECTANT!


And on that note…

Lord God I pray you will ready our hearts and minds for the new songs you have for us to hear in 2017 and the old ones that we hear a new. Help us to live in a relationship with you that does not grow worn or tarnished over time help us to be alive in you and to live for you. 


Your Voice Matters – Make Chronic Pain Visible

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Your Voice Matters – Make Chronic Pain Visible


The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and pain patient organizations were recently asked to reach out to people with pain and their families directly to ask about their experiences.

People making decisions that significantly affect your quality of life (federal officials, legislators and policy makers) need to know if you are receiving adequate pain management and relief.

Telling your story can affect their policy decisions and new areas of research.  

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UK Disability History Month 2016: Disability And Language

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I was offline for most of yesterday, attending the launch of UK Disability History Month. Now in its 7th year, the Month runs from 22nd November to 22nd December. It continues to grow and continues to cover important disability issues through interesting events and useful resources, around themes decided each year by its founder and coordinator, disability rights campaigner Richard Rieser.

This year, as has become usual, disability activists, disabled people and our allies gathered in central London to launch the Month with an evening of interesting speeches and enjoyable entertainment based around this year’s theme, Disability and Language.

The evening started with writer and activist Maresa Mackeith reading out some of her original poetry. Maresa uses a method of communication which requires assistance from another person. This is usually known as Facilitated Communication.  She is a founding member of Quiet Riot, a group of people without speech who all…

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Dementia Friendly Church?

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A press release:

The role of using creative approaches in developing dementia friendly churches was the subject of an event yesterday, by national disability and community engagement charity – Livability.


The event drew together church leaders, community workers and carers to discuss the vital role that churches can play in supporting people living with dementia.


‘We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia,’ says Charlotte Overton-Hart – a Livability Associate involved in organising the day.

‘With dementia ever present in the news, and with the devastating impact it can have on so many people’s lives and families, it’s easy to adopt a very disabling view of the condition. But we want to challenge that mind-set and say that there is much that can be done to bring hope, community and full participation for people living with dementia. Churches –…

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One Gene Many Disorders: POTS, EDS, IBS, FM, ME/CFS, and more

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One Gene Many Disorders: Genetic Finding Could Help Explain POTS, EDS, IBS, FM, ME/CFS and Others | Health RisingOct 20, 2016.

First, at least for me [Cort Johnson], there was chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Then I learned about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then POTS and in the last five years Ehler’s-Danlos (EDS) and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).

The more researchers looked the more they seemed to uncover a large group of syndromes which tended to flock together.

Anyone who has ME/CFS or FM now has to consider whether they also might have 

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Meet The Real Daniel Blakes

I’ve already posted about this on Facebook it’s a topic that is really close to home I would encourage all with a heart for social justice to watch.

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Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning film I, Daniel Blake, depicts the cruelty of the benefit system through the eyes of an older man who’s been found fit for work. In Ashton, Greater Manchester, we look into the lives of the real Daniel Blakes and those who, as in Loach’s film, have began to fight back.

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Today I couldn’t go to church because of PoTS and I had to lay on my kitchen floor for 20 minutes while attempting to get a drink… and that drink did contain salt!

Tragic Death of SEN Child

I’m reposting it because I am shocked that it hasn’t made headlines that a child that is incredibly vulnerable has had a terrible accident and died as a result at school where a child is  supposed to be safe.

Parents at a Birmingham special school have threatened a student boycott unless ‘they get answers’ into how a pupil tragically died after an accident. The 15-year-old seriously disabled youngster, named as Muhammed, suffered fatal injuries after falling down a flight of stairs at Mayfield School in Lozells. Paramedics were called to the Wheeler Street site […]

via Parents Threaten To Boycott Birmingham’s Mayfield Special School After Student Dies — Same Difference

A letter to Fable …..

Really proud of how far this chick has come in just a year and Honered to call her my friend! Ollie sends a lick across the chops to Fabel!


Dear Fable,

Happy qualification anniversary my gorgeous girl! I can’t quite believe its a year since we qualified as Team Mable can you? So much has happened, we have done so many things together, there have been high and lows, good days and bad days, tears and laughter. But the one thing that has always been there and continues to grow every day is how much I love you.

Before you came into my life I thought I was quite happy, or at least content, with my life. I made the best of it but I had no idea just how exciting, rewarding and amazing life could be. I had always had the nagging feeling that my life wasn’t as good as it could be, something was holding me back and in hindsight I think I always felt slightly anxious and a bit resentful that I wasn’t able to be…

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Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk

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Arthritis Raises Suicide Risk | July 07, 2016 | by Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW

Arthritis doubles the risk of suicide attempts, according to a new study conducted at the University of Toronto and published in the June 14, 2016 issue of Rheumatology International.

Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD, MSW and colleagues analyzed data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health, consisting of 4,885 individuals with arthritis and 16,589 without arthritis. They found that 1 in 26 men with arthritis has attempted suicide, compared to 1 in 50 men without arthritis.

The prevalence of suicide attempts in women with arthritis was likewise higher than in those without the illness (5.3% vs 3.2%, respectively).

The study had two objectives:

(1) to determine the odds of suicide attempts among those with arthritis and see what factors attenuate this association; and

(2) to identify factors associated with suicide attempts in these patients

Even after…

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