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Easy Read Blog: God loves me just as I am

Dinner table with lots of food, and people eating and talking around it as they eatWhen Jesus lived on earth he told lots of stories. The stories helped people to understand what God was like.
 

One day Jesus told a story about a man who planned a big party. He invited lots of people. But when it was time for the party to start, no one came. They all said they had something more important to do. The man was angry. He had worked so hard to plan a great party!
 

If you were that man, what would you do? Would you give up on the party? Or would you do something else?
 

The man in the story had an idea. Here is what happened next:
 

‘“Go out quickly to every street in the town,” he said to his servant. “Bring the poor people here. Bring those that have lost an arm or a leg. And bring those that cannot walk well, and those that cannot see.”’

(Luke chapter 14 verse 21, EasyEnglish Bible)

 

The man did not give up on his party. He decided to invite poor people, disabled people and blind people! After that, he told everyone else to come too!
 

It must have been a very big party. I expect the man had to move things around so that everyone could get in easily. Maybe he needed to make more space for wheelchairs. Maybe he set up a quiet room in case anyone needed a break.
 

Jesus said that the man was like God. And the party was like God’s kingdom, where everything is good.
 

In the story, the man invited poor people and disabled people before he invited everyone else! This helps us understand what God is like.
 

If you are poor or disabled, God wants you to be part of his kingdom. If you have learning difficulties or autism, God wants you to be part of his kingdom too.
 

God loves you just as you are. He wants to be your friend! And he wants to give you good things.
 

Let's thank God for loving us so much.
 

Dear Father God,

Thank you that you love me just as I am. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your kingdom, where everything is good.

Amen.

 

I learned about this from Amy Kenny. She is a disabled writer who wrote a book called ‘My Body is Not a Prayer Request’.
 

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Easy Read Blog: God says it is good to rest

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Do you have a job? Maybe you go to college, or volunteer. Maybe you clean your home and cook your dinner. The Bible says it is very good to work. But no one can work all the time. If we work too much we will make ourselves tired and ill.
 

The Bible says that we all need to rest. When we rest we don't do any work. We relax and have a break. Resting helps to keep our bodies and minds healthy. And it helps us remember that God is bigger and stronger than we are.
 

Psalms chapter 121 verses 1-4 (ERV) says:
 

I look up to the hills,

but where will my help really come from?

My help will come from the Lord,

the Creator of heaven and earth.

He will not let you fall.

Your Protector will not fall asleep.

Israel’s Protector does not get tired..

He never sleeps.


That's right! God does not get tired like we do. Sometimes I feel worried about things and that keeps me awake. But I know that I can rest and go to sleep because God is looking after me.
 

What is your favourite way to rest?


 

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Easy Read Blog: God lives in me!

Picture of a brick house with a path leading to it, illustrating how the Holy Spirit lives within us and makes us his home.

When we decide to follow Jesus, God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us. Here are some of the things the Holy Spirit does for us.
 

He helps us to follow Jesus and to do the right things. Sometimes it is hard to make good choices. But the Holy Spirit gives us the strength to do what God wants.
 

He helps us to remember the good things God says about us. Sometimes our minds tell us things that aren't true and make us feel sad. Then the Holy Spirit reminds us of things we have learned in the Bible. He reminds us that God loves us and forgives us when we make mistakes.
 

He gives us special gifts that we can use to do what God wants us to do. The Bible talks about lots of gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to people. He gives them to us to help us and help others. Click here to find out more about the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us.
 

He prays for us. Sometimes we want to pray, but we do not know which words to say to God. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit prays for us without using any words at all!
 

Sometimes it feels like God is far away. But if you believe in Jesus, you are God's home. He lives within you. That means he is always really close.
 

Let's thank God for all the things the Holy Spirit does for us.
 

Dear Father God,

Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live within me. Thank you for all the ways he helps me. Thank you that you are always really close to me.

Amen.

 

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