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One Step At A Time / Re: Studying has really helped
« Last post by Amanda_George on April 21, 2018, 08:08:28 PM »
I've almost come to the end of my intermediate/Level 2 courses now.  Two left to study tomorrow then mess around with some html so that the intermediate statements get their own page on my site then it's up to advanced/Level 3 courses next week!!   :happy0064:

If you'd told me 6 weeks ago that I would be getting ready to study at Level 3 there's no way I'd have believed you!  Truth is though, as long as I avoid courses with exams because of my brain damage I'll be fine!  There's a Level 1 child psychology course that I want to try that doesn't have an exam or residential school and I loved doing the OpenLearn child psychology course, so as long as I'm re-awarded ESA in November, I'll be saving up to take that course in September 2019!

This really is happening!  I've always thought I was too thick to study at University, but secretly dreamed of getting a degree from the Open University... never thought it would happen though.  I'm seriously starting to think that as long as I avoid maths and science courses I can at least give it a try!

I can so do this!!   :happy0158:
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Benefits and Work / Re: Just heard back about the PIP tribunal
« Last post by Amanda_George on April 21, 2018, 09:47:46 AM »
I applied but didn't get any points so I went through the mandatory reconsideration, still didn't get any points so went to appeal where I got standard personal care and nothing for mobility.  I'm glad I got *something* at the appeal, just not the level I think I *should* be getting    :(
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Christian / Re: Devotional
« Last post by Pip on April 20, 2018, 10:07:53 PM »
When You Feel as Though You Just Don’t Matter
Apr 05, 2018 | Sharon Jaynes

Today's Truth

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love”  Romans 8:38

Friend to Friend

For years we were joined at the hip. Not a day went by when we didn’t talk on the phone at least once.  But sometimes friendships come unhinged. People. Perspectives change. Purposes change. Passions  change. While nothing went terribly wrong, and no hurtful words were exchanged, the void was vast beyond bridging. I felt tossed away. Discarded. Of little regard. Erased as if I had never been. Worthless.  Perhaps you’ve felt that way at some point in your life. It’s a hard “dis-ease” to define. To put your finger on and say, “Yes, that’s where it hurts.”

For me, it was a niggling ache. A haunting hurt that shot straight through at unexpected times.  Why was I having trouble letting go?

Why were my feet stuck in the sucking mire of memories?

Me the woman who taught others how to leave the past behind. “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13 nasb).

Yep. I memorized it. I taught it. I flashed it on the screen in PowerPoint Technicolor.  But there was this.  I was reading a book by Canadian Mark Buchanan, Your God Is Too Safe, and he diagnosed my heart-sickness with one fell swoop of his pen. That “thing” I had been struggling with but couldn’t define. My own deepest heart wounds have been inflicted by people who never set out to hurt me. It was worse. At some point they stopped even caring that what they did would hurt me. I became beside the point. My existence ceased to matter. The importance I believed I occupied in the heart of the other, the place of cherishing I thought was reserved for me turned out to be a myth.  Just as clearly as a physician who delivers a diagnosis would, Mark laid bare the crux of my problem: I became beside the point. My existence ceased to matter. For me, it was the worst kind of pain. A malignancy that spread and gnawed on other areas of my life.  Now that I had a diagnosis, now that the dis-ease had a name, I was faced with a choice. That’s what God does, you know. He doesn’t reveal a soul-sickness just for the sake of revelation, but always to bring healing…repentance…to help make you well. When He reveals an infectious soul-sickness, one you’ve never noticed or could define before, it’s as if He’s saying, “Now is the time.” When He shows you a lie that has become your truth, it’s time to reject that lie and replace it with His truth.  Jesus understands what it feels like to be of “no consequence” to someone (or many someones). Your arrow of pain shoots straight through the heart, comes out the other side, and finds its mark in the pierced hands and feet of Jesus, the pierced side of Jesus, the broken heart of Jesus. “By his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

He gets it. He wants you to let Him take it. Let it go not just into oblivion, but onto Him. Into Him. Here’s what Jesus wants you to know. Here is the truth:  You are of great consequence. You are significant. Your existence will never cease to matter. You have great worth.  Stop and do something for me. Draw a circle. Now draw a dot in the middle of the circle. What do you see?

Did you say “a dot?”

I did when someone asked me the same question.  But look at all that space around the dot! Inside. Outside.  Now think of the all-encompassing love of God. Above you. Beside you. Under you. You couldn’t get away from it if you tried. That’s the space inside the circle and outside the circle. That little tiny dot represents that person or the persons who have hurt you intentionally or unintentionally, the person or persons you’ve allowed to make you feel worthless. Why in the world do we look at the circle and see only the dot?

Why don’t we see the space?

Why in the world do we focus on the one person who has hurt us, or doesn’t care about us, and not on all the people in our lives who do love us?

On the God who loves us?

Here’s what I’m challenging you to do: Stop focusing on the dot. Focus on the space around the dot. The dot is just that a dot! She’s a dot. He’s a dot. God’s love for you, and all the other people in your world who love you including me are the space.
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Christian / Re: Devotional
« Last post by Pip on April 20, 2018, 09:45:49 PM »
Which One Are You?
Apr 04, 2018 | Gwen Smith

Today's Truth
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24

Friend to Friend
The words of Jesus pack a punch. His is a powerful and vibrant dialog that brings both tradition and the Law into a new and living light.
On a hillside, long ago, Jesus engaged individuals toward choosing God’s best on a heart level, not just a do-this-to-make-God-happy, knowledge and rules level. Recorded in the book of Matthew, Jesus gave the crowd, and us, some incredible insights to the way His followers should live. We call this the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5-7)  Remember that collection of Jesus teachings?

Here’s a rapid review:  He taught the “beatitudes” (Matthew 5:2-12), and told His followers to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16).  He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them,” and warned the people that unless their righteousness exceeded that of the scribes and Pharisees, they/we would never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)

He taught on anger, lust, divorce, and oaths very prickly subjects! And on retaliation, loving our enemies, and giving to the needy.  (Check please!) (Matthew 5:27-6:4)  Jesus taught us how to pray (Matthew 6:5-15), gave instructions on fasting, and told us that we are to love and serve God above all earthly treasures. (Matthew 6:16-24)  He told us not to worry, (wait, what!?) and directed us to seek God and His righteousness first in everything because He KNOWS OUR NEEDS and takes care of His own. (Matthew 6:25-34)  He talked about judging others. About logs, and specks, and hypocrisy. (Easy stuff, right?) (Matthew 7:1-6)  Jesus said that we should ask, seek, and knock. That we should go to God when we have a need because He’s a good, good, loving Father. (It’s who He is!) (Matthew 7:7-11) Also that we should treat others as we want to be treated, beware of false prophets that can be recognized by their fruits, and that we must KNOW Jesus personally not OF Him to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 7:15-23)  And after He finished unpacking all of these behaviors and perspectives that counter-culturally represent the kingdom of God, He pressed in with a wise-person/foolish-person analogy by concluding with this:  Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27)

Bam. Do the thing.  I read this and am freshly reminded: all this stuff Jesus told you and me about how to behave and how to believe? If we do it, if we will put these things into practice, then we build our lives on a wise foundation. If, however, we don’t do these things, then we are foolish.  Where are you in this?

Rock or sand?

Wise or foolish?

Do you or don’t you?

It’s not hard to understand what Jesus meant here. It is hard to put it all into practice.  And can’t be done without His help.  If I don’t choose to live responsively to His teachings, then I am, by default, choosing to live as a fool.  So when I know that Jesus says I shouldn’t point out the speck in someone else’s eye before taking the log out of mine and I do it anyway I live as a fool.  And when I choose to let worry and anxiety take up huge lots of real estate in my heart instead of trusting God and allowing His peace to comfort me I live as a fool.  Jesus talked straight about this. When His followers hear His words (this means we need to read the Bible and know what His words are!) and put them into practice we will not only live as wise people, but that wisdom becomes our firm foundation. A foundation that protects and provides for us when the winds of life blow hard and when the rains of life fall.
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Benefits and Work / Re: Just heard back about the PIP tribunal
« Last post by Pip on April 20, 2018, 09:26:33 PM »
Sorry to be dense but when you appealed was it by letter only or did you appeal against the appeal decision to take it to tribunal where you go to court?

I'm waiting for a date for the tribunal as I'm not happy that my health is worse yet someone has decided that I am fitter despite the fact that osteoarthritis doesn't get better, it gets worse.  It is worth getting advice from the CAB.
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I have a depressive disorder for many years now. It started when my mom and dad got a divorce. And i am the only child so it's really hard for me to accept it. Everyday i wake up i don't know what will i do or should i continue my life. Luckily i have this friend who introduce me the CBD at first i don't know what will be the effect of this. But i tried taking it and it really helps me a lot. I'm taking 100mg of CBD as well same as yours. So now i believe that CBD is the best solution. And here's more info that i read about it https://www.worldwide-marijuana-seeds.com/blogs/marijuana-news/marijuana-the-best-solution
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The Lounge / Re: Members birthdays
« Last post by Amanda_George on April 18, 2018, 09:31:18 AM »
4th time lucky?

 anim_65  Happy birthday, MoshyMonster!  Hope you have the best day possible today!
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One Step At A Time / Re: fighting depression and getting back in shape
« Last post by Amanda_George on April 14, 2018, 11:10:34 AM »
Bearing in mind that I know nothing about illustrating, how about putting your name out there on the interwebs to see if you can get your name out there too?  If you search for job sites advertising for illustrators then it might lead to something more permanent that you can do at home?
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One Step At A Time / Re: fighting depression and getting back in shape
« Last post by jali on April 13, 2018, 10:13:36 AM »
Do you know how to create webpage animations?  Do you do graphic design or video's?  Whichever one it is, get yourself over to Fiverr (not a typo, there really are two r's) 'cos they are a worldwide freelance dooberry that offers all kinds of things that people need.  Steve's on there as a web developer and I've used them to plan out novels for me when I'm stuck for ideas and you charge whatever you want then wait for people to find you! 

Every time someone pays for you and you've done it, you need to put the ad up again 'cos it's taken down when you've got someone who has paid for your work which is slightly frustrating but it's all free... you only pay when you sell and you can look around the site for people who are looking for your type of things for free too.  It's the advertiser that pays when it's been done!

I do everything 2d/3d animation illustrations ect ect, will check it out thanks
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One Step At A Time / Re: fighting depression and getting back in shape
« Last post by Amanda_George on April 13, 2018, 09:36:08 AM »
Do you know how to create webpage animations?  Do you do graphic design or video's?  Whichever one it is, get yourself over to Fiverr (not a typo, there really are two r's) 'cos they are a worldwide freelance dooberry that offers all kinds of things that people need.  Steve's on there as a web developer and I've used them to plan out novels for me when I'm stuck for ideas and you charge whatever you want then wait for people to find you! 

Every time someone pays for you and you've done it, you need to put the ad up again 'cos it's taken down when you've got someone who has paid for your work which is slightly frustrating but it's all free... you only pay when you sell and you can look around the site for people who are looking for your type of things for free too.  It's the advertiser that pays when it's been done!
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