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Yes & Amen…


Pink acrylic paint, washi tape, alphabet stamps and embossed metallic lettering

I got this verse from a website called ‘Yes & Amen’. It’s from 2 Corinthians 1:20, and the whole verse is “All the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.”

I wanted to make art about this, so took the lines:

“All the promises of GOD find their YES in HIM.  That is why we utter our AMEN”

I’ve been smoking all sorts of things since I was 17, but the year before last I started using e-cigarettes and then totally stopped.  It wasn’t quite that I decided, it was that I just didn’t feel I needed to smoke anymore. Smoking has always been part of my life – I remember being sent to the shops by my Dad to get cigarettes for him.  But when he caught me smoking myself, I was in Uber-trouble. My sisters found out, everyone could smell it on my clothes…but I never admitted to it.

Even now, after we’ve been out for the day, I sometimes think ‘ooh, time for a fag.’ But then I remember I don’t smoke anymore – wahey!  It’s not a craving, but it’s a habit to think about it.  I don’t think I had to work hard to give up.  My friend Mary-Ann disagrees though – she says I showed a great deal of courage when quitting smoking. To make the decision, stick with it and never go back on my promise to myself.

The truth is, God promised me life and Jesus gave up his life for me, so giving up smoking is nothing in the grand scale of things.  But there are other things in my life that are difficult, and there are things that I am truly thankful for.

It’s not always easy to navigate life.

This journal page is about me hoping that I can say ‘yes’ to God.  After I’ve told him I’m sorry for all the awful things I’ve done. Then I say ‘Amen’- thank you.

It feels to me like all of God’s promises find their yes in Him.

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For those of you who may not know I have had MS (Multiple Sclerosis) since 1991 and although since then I have worked and eventually went to university to get a degree, now I no longer walk and use a wheelchair full time and so am unable to work. So in so many ways the DLA enables me to continue having the type of lifestyle that I or you might be used to.

For those who would like to know more about MS, here is a link to the MS society:

The MS Society

I realised there are those out there who wish to abolish the DLA also known as the Disability Living Allowance.

The Disability Living Allowance is made up of a care component and a mobility component which on the one hand can allow you to get or rent a vehicle which is often adapted for your needs. The care component is split into 3 categories depending on the level of help that is needed which thereby determines how much allowance is given. This is the same with the mobility component except there are only 2 categories.

The DLA means that I’m eligible for so much care from carers which I guess depends on the council you live under. You can either employ people yourself or they can employ people from an agency to look after you and by all accounts it can be a bit hit and miss with either. For instance I have, based on my DLA mobility component, purchased an adapted vehicle which my husband drives and my carers can also drive for me which can enable me to go on holiday or my carers can drive me to the rehab gym where I can practice building some muscles up that have been wasting away, etc etc.

There is a campaign to abolish the DLA as there are those who say that some people who apply for and receive the DLA, say they can’t walk or work but who can actually work and walk.

However there is an online petition to stop the abolishment of the DLA and I have posted a link below to the petition and would appreciate it if anyone could take the time to sign it.

The e-petition

Here is also the link to the Facebook page dedicated to the stopping of the abolishment of the DLA:

Say No to the Abolishment of the DLA – Facebook Page

I know some people con the system and claim as much benefits as they can but the DLA has really helped to improve my quality of life and made things just that little bit easier for me and therefore I am not sure what I would do without it. So it is in everyone’s best interest, particularly my own that we keep the DLA alive and kicking.

I leave you with these thoughts and encourage you to sign the petition to not abolish the DLA.

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