Definitions and Hashtags

So I am writing this because I don’t understand but the hash tags that end in #….porn like food-porn; cloud-porn bike-porn etc. Why would we associate something that is obviously not helpful to our world with things that give us such joy? I mean food and clouds and bikes and homes. Just saying – I really don’t understand where the Hash tag came from but even less so the association of these wonderful events and the horrible world.
If someone wants to explain it to me, please do? I am not saying this for controversy but because I genuinely don’t understand. Maybe you also have some thoughts on this.

So with this definition from Dictionary.com I understand a little more,

television shows, articles, photographs, etc., thought to cater to an excessive, irresistible desire for or interest in something:a magazine filled with enticing food porn; an addiction to real-estate porn

but it still makes me skip a photo on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter….. Have i got it completely wrong or is it because I have worked with those involved in the Commercial Sexual exploitation for years that this has now affected me?

I am aware that for the last 12 years of my life having worked with those who are paid to act out the horrible scenes of porn and having read so many articles and books and spoken to many victims that this is a real horrible thing.

recently 50 shades of Gray has made again “porn” a mainstream issue and whether you agree or not that it is or not “mummy porn” doesn’t mean that it’s always a good thing.

I love my language and I particularly love words that are used properly but I am also aware of the way that language has developed. I remember returning from Italy and “bad” meaning something was good. Has that happened with the word “porn”? maybe I am getting old (well I am) but I still don’t understand how this can be okay in the long run. I am not a prude in any way at all, but I do believe in watching what I am saying.

Please tell me what you think. Tell if I have got it all wrong. tell me if I am talking “twaddle” ( fabulous word not used enough in my opinion) . Tell me what you think I should hear or know.

You see I think this can only go the wrong way (as far as I can see, it hasn’t happened yet) but one day the hash tag will be used and life will get even messier in the Social Media world. I can see it know, a photo of your local church with the hash tag #ChurchPorn . Maybe I am pushing it a bit far.

anyway happy #Hashtag day

Dreaming and Believing

so in the last few weeks I have been called to pray and intercede for a few people in particular and we regularly exchange text messages about the prayers. One is in Brisbane and the other in California. I am well aware that each of these friends have some incredible dreams and have had some difficult times. I have to say we have shared our prayer requests recently and it hasn’t been one sided. they pray for me too.

Today, I prayed and read through two bible chapters and suddenly again these verses hit me. Verses of power and joy. Verses about dreaming & believing. Now at first glance maybe not, but that’s what I saw and so I am going with it.

here’s what I read:

A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. (‭Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭2-3‬ NIV)

I wonder if in our prayers we ask God if He is willing and maybe need to hear the command, ” I am willing”.

you see it seems to me God is willing and waiting to hear and answer our prayers.
And then I read these other verses:

 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them,“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:28,29)

You see, I have work/ministry dreams but I also have personal dreams. My life is given totally over to God and it has nothing to do with riches and wealth; but I think God loves me and wants me to dream. It’s a lot easier to dream for others and their freedom and emancipation, but mine….do I deserve the dreams I have or should I put them to back of my mind?

So I wonder what are your dreams? A holiday all paid for, a car that works……. I don’t know. Write it down.

God asked the question – do you believe I am able to do this and yet you strive to do His dreams and will for your life. If you don’t believe He can fulfill your dreams – you will never believe that you can be used by God. He is able but He needs you to start believing that. Renew your mind – get a new thought process.
You see I believe that God can do immeasurably more than we can dream or ask for! 

Now these are just my thoughts, and may be they are theologically confused but then I really believe God loves me enough to desire my dreams.

My dreams include a holiday to the West Coast of the USA (friends in California!) and a purple VW Beetle convertible. these have nothing to do with ministry but I am praying about them.