I accidentally sliced my thumb with a stanley knife today. It bled a lot but thankfully it wasn't as bad as it looked. When I saw the blood, I was reminded of the wounds that were inflicted on Christ when he was crucified. He was whipped and beaten, was pierced by a sword, had a crown of thorns placed on his head and nails driven into his hands and feet. There would have been a lot of blood and it would have been unimaginably painful. Isaiah 53:5 says, But he was being punished for what we did. He was crushed because of our guilt. He took the punishment we deserved, and this brought us peace. We were healed because of his pain. I'm blown away when I think about all the suffering for me (and for you too).
The Bible says, Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow (Isaiah 1:17). One way you can do this is by shopping ethically. The 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide is out. You can download a copy here. The guide lists brands available in Australia and rates them according to whether the products they sell have been made by labourers who are children, forced or exploited (not paid enough money to live on). Here are some of the companies that scored a B or above:
Beautiful - beauty tips for the soul is by Perth author, Elaine Fraser. In a world obsessed with physical beauty, it's refreshing to read about inner beauty which the Bible says is way more important. Each section of the book has stories from real women plus a SOAP section - Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. The book is really well presented with lots of photos and colourful pages. Elaine has also written Beautiful Too.
Fevr.net has a new article entitled, 20 ways to avoid sexual temptation. This can be pretty difficult given that we live in such a sex-sturated society. The author, Mike Everett, suggests:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.