WHEN THE DWP DECIDE YOU ARE JUST NOT SICK ENOUGH-EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE!

England has become the hater of everybody who are not in the machine. Never ever be a pre-born child; a disabled person; an old person; a young person, still alive; in hospital, either needing, or recovering from treatment/surgery, and so many other types. If you’re not in the work machine, whatever you are paid, and whether it’s enough to live on, or not, you will likely be dubbed unworthy of support.

Three words I’ve come to despise: ‘Help’; ‘love’; ‘support’. These three things, if actually given, would be beneficial to society as a whole. What each one of them has become is an absolute deprivation of morals. An empty promise, at best.

Change, England. CHANGE.

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Joanne Lee Stephens was utterly disgusted and posted on social media disability forum the plight of her brother Edward Lee failing his assessment.

This is my brother Edward Lee who was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and Lymph Nodes.
On the 04/01/2017 my brother was admitted to hospital for an operation to save his life.
On the 5/01/2017 my brother had his operation and very ill when he left theatre.

On the 6/1/2017 ATOS did an telephone assessment to decide his fitness for work.

On the 23/02/2017 DWP wrote back stating that he had scored ZERO points even though he is on very high doses of Morphine as well as other Morphine tablets to kill the pain.

My brother is confined to bed unable to eat still and the cancer has made its way through his neck into the chest
His benefits were immediately stopped…

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The faithful servant, and the evil servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

From Matthew 24

This is very interesting. How is it that we often think we are wise? Most of us put Scriptures up somewhere. Much of what I see is people condemning others, and constantly making them question their salvation. Guys, we are supposed to lift each other up, as well as tell each other off!

Think about it. How shall we condemn another for whom Christ died? Leave him to the Lord, and pray for him, or her. Pray for the sick, and let the elders anoint them with oil. The prayer of faith will SAVE the sick, and if sin has been committed, the sins will be forgiven. By the Lord, that is.

Preach, teach and encourage. And love each other as He has loved us.

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And now, the end is near…

Matthew 24:3“Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But *he who endures to the end shall be saved*. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Ah, do I remember these first words: Take heed, or, take care that no one deceives you. The first thing to do there is to pray, Father, deliver us from evil. For my own encouragement, that means to please prevent ME from doing evil, or, forgive me when I sin, and keep me from the evil of others, that I don’t repay them in the same way.

That’s the hardest lesson to learn, every single time.

Then come verses 5 and 6. We are not to be troubled, or, we are not to worry. Let things happen as they will. That takes an awful weight off my own shoulders. Christ often told us not to worry! He didn’t say, “Don’t care,”, He said, “Don’t worry.” Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding comes to mind with those words.

Just do it, then! Trust Him.

Nations and kingdom’s rising up. First things I see  all over the Internet is, ‘Look, look, look, look, look!’ Everyone goes into hyper-mode. He’s coming, he’s coming! And when He doesn’t, unbelievers mock. Don’t get all hyper, learn to read the Scriptures properly and learn the things which MUST happen BEFORE we look up. When Jesus ascended, two men in white appeared and asked the men why they were gazing up into heaven? They said, “He’ll come back in the same way He went up.” Jesus went up in a cloud; He’ll come back in the clouds. Elijah went up in a chariot of fire. Christ’s return won’t be in the news, folks, because if anyone is not in Him when He returns, they’ll be trying to HIDE from Him; not taking pictures to put on the news. So get a grip, and learn your Scriptures.

Famines; pestilences, (sickness, some of which are not mentioned in God’s Book); earthquakes; signs in the heavens. All these things are happening, but the end is…NOT YET!

Get a grip, and learn your Scriptures. Pray. Seek the Lord for understanding.

Some of us WILL be delivered up to our enemies, who will persecute us. Some will even kill us. Read Revelation 2:10.

Many will be offended and will hate and betray each other. Jesus is NOT talking about those who do not believe in Him. Get that into your head. He IS NOT talking about the world. We came from the world, guys, so we KNOW how they act, for that is how we were BEFORE WE BELIEVED. But, you know what? The wheat and the tares will grow together until the end. They cannot be uprooted until the Lord returns, or we may pull some of the wheat up with them. Do not try to do what we are not yet capable of doing. When He comes, only then will we know as we are known. Only then will we sit and judge the twelve tribes and the angels. I believe it is the apostles who will judge the twelve tribes. The rest of us? Look, when He returns, ONLY THEN will we know as we are known. In other words, only then will we have full understanding. All right?

False prophets, and the love of many growing cold. I’m living in those days. You are as well. If you have friends; family and a church, you are very, very blessed. There are many of us who have no such thing. We are alone. Many of us are isolated, and there ain’t no change coming any time soon. These are dangerous times. I write this stuff on here just in case it helps someone else, but I don’t get fellowship from it. It’s extremely rare for me to get a comment on this blog, but hey, I don’t look for that. I just write, and it’s up to the Lord as to whether He chooses to use it, or not. I am all over the Internet, reading, chatting, and all of that. But it ain’t fellowship, so the next year or two is going to be spent on sorting it out. It will take me that long. Being disabled takes an awful lot out of me, and getting anything sorted, well, if people continue to put every kind of block in my way, there is a time coming when trying becomes useless. That’s not depression talking, it’s common sense. But I will try to sort it. Meanwhile…

Because the love of many grows cold, there won’t be many places for the rest of us to go, anyway. We just might have to get used to being isolated, which is why I want to move into town so that at least I can take my Bible, and go to the park. Sit there for a day, just reading and praying. And do that often enough for others to notice. Maybe I can pull someone into the presence of God when I do that. This is where I really could use some prayer. For the Lord to open a path for me to get into town, and to bless His word to me and to others. No, I’m not starting a church. Women are NOT to lord it over men in the gathering. I still stick by that belief. We can share, as Priscilla and Agrippa did, but us ladies must not be in a place of leadership in the gathered church. That is simply not on.

Preach the gospel; endure to the end. The end may be coming, but it is not yet. Keep preaching; sharing and gathering where you can. Don’t give up, for the harvest is still white. I guess, even with the troubles we have in dear old England, and the rest of the United Kingdom, at least, if we are His people, we can still do heaven’s work amongst us. If you are alone, seek the Lord as to what you ought to be doing. And God be with you and bless you in all your work for His kingdom.

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Variables

There are those who live as if they expect everything to be given to them. There are those who live as if they have a conscience, and try to do their best. There are those who do the right thing, but complain that what they pay out is wrong, because the people who make the charges and set what should be paid in rents and taxes are felons, (I’m serious); and there are those who believe whatever happens, they ain’t worth the effort of saving, however they use that word.

The last one usually spurs from depression.

I was reading a load of comments yesterday, again, about someone caught up in the web of DWP claims for disability. It hurts to know there are genuine people who are only trying to live in a world many of us can no longer afford to live in. So many people fall through the cracks these days, that I suppose, there are no longer ‘cracks’ to fall through, but rather, filthy big holes, because too many of us are losing the fight for survival.

And, it IS survival, folks. I don’t even want to go back to my original hellish life, where all I saw was an endless void of sickness, and a virtually dead health service. The only thing we eventually got was crisis management. It took two strokes and a broken hip for me to finally get the care I required for my husband. This year, I’m just waiting for the ball to drop, telling me the new cost of care, as social care is the latest big news that everyone is complaining about. We all know the NHS is being sold off piece by piece. If anyone doesn’t, they haven’t used it for a very long time, or they gave up like I did after too many foul-ups The latest catchphrase consists of planned mismanagement and, the people are calling the government out for deliberately ruining the bit of NHS we’ve got left before it all goes the way of America’s health system, where, if you can’t afford it, you ain’t gettin’ it, matey. Actually, I don’t have any trouble believing this will happen, if we give it long enough.

That’s enough of a crisis, but there’s another crisis people are complaining about in droves.

Ken Loach, Author of Kes and Cathy, Come Home wrote a story called I, Daniel Blake, delivering his version of what it’s like to be caught up in the benefits system when health fails you, and you suddenly need support. Quite honestly, it’s a very different game to the NHS one. Still very hard to play it, but you do deal with people who either care, and act as human beings should, or, you get a right jobsworth who only sees the rules in front of them. I’ve seen both sides. Three people I could point out immediately, and two others who played by the rules, only. One person, during one of my assessments kept calling me ‘darling’, I don’t remember her ever using my actual name once during that hour-long interview. The man who met and greeted all of us who trudged through the job centre who was especially cheerful, always had a smile on his face and was always approachable. The guy made my day, quite honestly.

One woman, who, upon seeing me and seeing I was way too early for my appointment, told me in no way was I waiting outside in “That weather!” before my actual interview time, set for two hours later. (I was early due to another planned interview to open a new bank account on the same day). Anyway, I was able to get the job centre interview done nice and early. Once you’re in the system folks, you have to follow the rules. Expect nothing but ‘What you see/hear..is what you get’. Just plan to be patient. Oh yes. You’ll need bucketful’s of that. Patience!

So many people try to prime the rest of us to ‘get help’ with form-filling. I didn’t have anyone to go to, so that immediately failed, as in all cases where I ever ask for help. It’s so bad now, I’ve given the game up completely. Like for instance, you’re trying to grab a conversation, so you open with a question. Every single time, I get “I dunno.” After you’ve heard that ad-infinitum – it gets a bit nauseating, quite honestly. Like as if nobody ever went to school and have forgotten how to think – never mind, discuss a simple idea.

Maybe I’m just too ugly to talk to. How do I know? But I get fed right up with “I dunno.” It really does get boring after a while! As does the rip-off rejoinder: “Good luck”, when you’re asking where you can buy certain disability products. But again, we’ll let that pass. It’s the only option I’ve ever got.

So I do know how people come to the conclusion that when they ask for help with their disability claim and get kicked off the system, for some stupid excuse, they feel cheated. This also happens enough for it to have prompted a UN investigation. Apparently, that investigation, along with all the recommendations have been ignored by the current government.

There are various things that this country is fighting for: Our health system; and better help for the disabled. Along with the train service; miners, (yes, that’s still an ongoing fight), and so much else. There’s a planned march over the NHS, being taken to London on 4th March this year. Watch out for it in the news. People are also shouting about pensions and the rights of women to get their pensions at the proper time. ‘Ang on a minute. Men are also worthy of their hire. Just you ask the Lord.

My country is simmering. There are hot, angry crowds of people complaining, but there’s another undercurrent too, which causes two sides of any argument ending up in name-calling and cussing the other person out. This is done by strangers on the Internet who don’t know each other, and will probably never meet each other in real life. They make up assumptions; make a judgement and then, the rage begins. I ain’t joking. It’s so distressing that I have to pull myself away. I’m waiting, as many are, to see what will happen next. My own thoughts were horribly echoed in someone else’s comment and that sent shivers up and down my spine. Meanwhile, there are planned marches to outside Parliament, in London. On the 4th March, the People vs the Government over our NHS. After enough marches; we could end up seeing riots, like we did in the last Tory government. People went mad, then, and it was a nightly news item to see what went up in flames. The 80s were a volatile era that many of us have never forgotten. I’ve lived long enough to see my country come to boiling point many times. We never get anywhere with our complaints and anger. The only way to defuse a situation is to sort out who will rule us at the next General Election.

Some of us are praying about that right now, while we watch the anger rising. How are Christians reacting?

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A serious business

Many people were all over the comment boxes everywhere when I, Daniel Blake first came to our attention, last year.

That link I’ve just made will take you to a news item about the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) and the trouble people have in declaring their needs if they are disabled. There are some real horror stories out there, and I have no cause to disbelieve what people are saying.

Many people have lost their mobility transport; other people have died waiting for their claims and assessments to be processed. I’ve been through this latest system and I can tell you, it’s rather daunting to someone who just got through living with a dementia sufferer with absolutely no support, medically or otherwise, for the first six and a half years the person was ill.

I’m disabled myself, but that won’t get you support. If there’s anything for me to complain about, that’s it. The complete and utter supportless health system we have in this country. People think it started with the Tories? Nonsense. It all began much, much longer ago than that. If there’s anything for me to complain about, that’s where I’d begin.

But hey, that’s another story, ain’t it! Before too long, we won’t have an NHS, and those of us who suddenly need health support can probably go and do one, as people keep saying! (Never did find out what that actually means, but there ya go). It’s life, Jim/But not as we know it…

So. What’s UP with the welfare system? Well, from the looks of it, it’s just as broken as so many other things are in this country. Yes. I’ve been through it. No, I had no real support, but I managed to get through it because most of the people I had to deal with were intelligent, compassionate people. Some were not, but that’s the nature of the job. You have to keep up appearances in Job Centres and other governmental institutions. If you show too much leniency, I suppose you could be for the high jump.

I’m gong to make a list of some of the things us disabled lot have to do to prove our disability. I will also give one or two examples of the work an adviser does. Since this will probably be long enough for it to turn into a mini-series, I’ll do the next one tomorrow!

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Don’t believe the hype

Yesterday, I put this up in my FB newsfeed:

Somebody came in and said: “The storm’s a brewin'”

Look, I’m about sick to death now of strange beliefs and people looking for the “end times” as if it had been predicted that we should. I’m sorry, but I haven’t the time or the patience. I’m too busy living.

Did everyone forget that we’re supposed to have life in abundance? (John 10:10)

It’s like someone else who keeps banging on about this “lift off” theory. The more I hear about it, the angrier I get and want to crawl off somewhere to ANYWHERE I don’t have to listen to it any more. Especially when I’m hit with: “The end times are for the Jews”.

Thanks a bunch. I’m half Jewish myself. So while the Christians are rootin’ tootin’ havin’ a ball in heaven; I’m down here doing whatever’s left of the dirty work because I’ve got Jewish ancestry? The person who said this to me is FULLY Jewish. (You couldn’t MAKE it up). My God said: Those who bless you, I will bless, (this is God talking with Abraham)…Those who curse you, I will curse. (Genesis 12:3)

Did everyone forget that as well?

Anyone can mock up a crisis. That news link does not sport a crisis, folks. It’s the result of people wanting ALL fruit and veg throughout the whole of the year. That’s why, when a lot of it gets to us, it’s rotting off very quickly indeed. You ain’t supposed to force things on. Any gardener worth his green fingers will tell you that.

We always used to grow things in season. That’s why we have seasons; so the lush abundance of what God has provided is available in its season, or, in due time.

The Bible talks about the early and latter rains that the farmer needs to grow his crops. It really is about time people got back into their Bibles, and give my poor head a rest.

If you don’t mind.

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And because of the abundance of evil, many hearts will grow cold

True to itself; the Bible spells out what will happen as people see the world degenerate into worse and worse evil. I’m already affected, and know that I’m slowly proving the above Scripture (in the title of this post) to be true.

Quite honestly – in this world, there is nothing left to warm me. The Scriptures tell us not to abandon fellowship as we see our redemption drawing near, (or, as we see the Day approaching). The times I read that; I never saw the warning that quite honestly, everyone else would be turning cold and insular as well. Therefore, there’s nowhere to go for fellowship.

You can’t ‘do’ Christianity on the Internet. If the only ‘contacts’ you have live thousands of miles from you, you, as another believer remain isolated. There’s no one to watch over you and warn you not to sin. There’s no one to encourage you or chuck an arm around your shoulder to buck you up. You are empty of feeling in the end, and the warmth you thought you had, drains away. The thing that brings you to this realisation is your absolute isolation which has been there for years on end. Your cries are not heard and you know all too well by now that they never will be.

It’s like a plant being left in the desert. Plants need water to survive. If they don’t get it, they die.

Be careful, anyone who is in this position. If you can; find somewhere to go. You cannot do Christianity on your own; no matter how strong you think you are. If you’ve prayed for fellowship and none has come, many years later, it’s probably because you haven’t got off your bum to go and look for it.

Get up and go.

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