3 Reasons We Should Prioritise Solitary Prayer

 

Sure, we’re all busy. But there are some things integral to our spiritual health and closeness with the Lord which we ought to prioritise; prayer is one of them.

In my quiet time for today I read through Mark 1:35-39, a passage detailing Jesus’ early morning venture off to a solitary place to pray. And since my ‘resolution’ for this year is to pray more, I thought I’d share some cool insights God gave me as to why we should make time for solitary prayer:

1. It Was A Priority For Jesus

Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2), and our example of how the Christian life should be lived. Prayer was obviously a priority for Jesus, and so it should be for us. Prayer was His way of being in constant communion with the Father, discerning His will in where He ought to go and what He ought to do. Which leads to the next point:

2. Being Solitary Allows Us To Hear Undistracted

This is certainly not something I can feasibly do every day (I have a toddler, after all), but now and again, when I feel the distraction and busyness of life, relationships and all my thoughts clouding out what God’s Word is saying, I know I need to make solitary prayer a priority. Having a quiet time of the day, free from technology, other people or any distractions, is a setting in which I can fix my eyes on Jesus, and pray. I often like to prepare in my quiet times by asking the Holy Spirit to clear my mind, and teach me something new which I can apply to my life right now, or something I can use to encourage someone else. And He never lets me down!

3. We Become What We Worship

As we spend regular times in solitary prayer, increasing our friendship and love for God through reading His Word and communicating with Him, our faith is strengthened, we’re untangled from sins, and we get a clearer picture of God’s will for our lives. And as we do this, the more time we spend adoring, praising, and petitioning our Father, the more like Him we become.

 

If you feel as though prayer is not a strong suit of yours, you’re a beginner, or you often just don’t know how or what to pray – then can I encourage you to look at the Psalms as a guide? They’re a great starting point (or any point, really!), and fantastic for those dry seasons when we’ve gotten so lost in our lives and ourselves that we don’t even know what we need to pray for. There are Psalms for everything, but starting with Psalms of praise is a great way to connect with God ever closer, and refresh the soul.

Happy Praying! 🙂

Cosmetic Animal Testing

COSMETIC COMPANIES AND THEIR ANIMAL TESTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES – as of December 2014

Collated on 03/12/2014 from http://nottested.co.uk/Cosmetics.html (A U.K. source) and http://www.hotashi.com/jetaime/?page_id=5690 (A Canadian/American source)

A word about the sources: the author of the first website from which this information is taken is an animal behaviour and welfare graduate from Greenwich University in the U.K. As part of a University Project, she contacted the relevant departments of several cosmetic companies, enquiring about their policies and procedures regarding animal testing.

She updates the list regularly as companies alter/change their policies and procedures. Please also be aware: a “bunny symbol”, or an affirmation that “we are against animal testing”/”we oppose animal testing” on a cosmetic product or brand DOES NOT INDICATE that they necessarily do not test on animals (e.g., L’Oreal is known to be against animal testing, however they commission animal testing for their products by third parties on their behalf).

The reason some companies choose to test on animals is because some countries (such as China) require by law that any cosmetic that is sold must have been tested on animals before having human use. Some companies may also say that their “finished/bulk” products are not tested on animals – this may indicate that the ingredients, rather than the finished product, is tested on animals.

Brands that DO TEST ON ANIMALS (whether intentionally or only when required by law).

* indicates a brand who does not test on animals, but the parent company of that brand does. Name of parent company in brackets.

  • Anna Sui
  • Almay
  • Aveda* (The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.)
  • Avon
  • Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals* (Shiseido)
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Bobbi Brown
  • The Body Shop* (L’Oreal)
  • Burts Bees* (Clorox)
  • Cacharel
  • Clinique
  • Covergirl
  • Diesel
  • Dior
  • Em by Michelle Phan* (L’Oreal)
  • Essie
  • Estee Lauder
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Hugo Boss Fragrance
  • Jean Paul Gaultier* (Shiseido)
  • KORRES
  • Lacoste
  • Lancome
  • Laura Mercier
  • Liz Earle
  • L’Occitane
  • L’Oreal
  • Mac
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline* (L’Oreal)
  • Nars* (Shiseido)
  • NeoStrata
  • Nivea
  • NYX* (L’Oreal)
  • Pureology
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Revlon
  • Rimmel London
  • Sephora
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • SK-II
  • Smashbox* (The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.)
  • Tarte Cosmetics* (KOSE Corp)
  • Tom Ford
  • Urban Decay
  • Victoria’s Secret

Brands that DO NOT CARRY OUT animal testing; includes:

Does not conduct animal testing. Does not commission other third parties to test animals on their behalf. Parent company also does not test on animals.

* indicates that the brand includes a product/products in which some ingredients may have been tested on animals SEPARATE TO and without the knowledge, involvement or commission of the company. All of these companies meet the global standard for animal-free testing and are endorsed as cruelty-free.

  • Barry M*
  • Becca*
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Ben Nye*
  • Boo Bamboo
  • Boots (No.7)*
  • By Terry
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Brandt*
  • Dr Hauschka
  • L.F Cosmetics*
  • Essence
  • Essential Care
  • Everyday Minerals
  • FACEatelier
  • Flower Beauty*
  • GOSH
  • Graftobian
  • Green People
  • Illamasqua*
  • Innoxa*
  • Jemma Kidd
  • Joe Fresh Cosmetics*
  • Jordana*
  • Lippy Girl*
  • Lise Watier*
  • Live Clean
  • Lush
  • Makeup Geek
  • Milani Cosmetics
  • Nails inc.
  • Napoleon Perdis*
  • Natio*
  • Neals Yard
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Oscar Blandi*
  • Pacifica*
  • Paula’s Choice
  • Poni Cosmetics
  • Physician’s Formula*
  • Priti NYC*
  • Saucebox*
  • Stila Cosmetics*
  • Superdrug
  • Too Faced*
  • Vasanti Cosmetics
  • Viseart Paris*
  • Weleda*
  • Wen
  • Yabi Cosmetics
  • Yes To

Miscellaneous: companies that have not provided enough information/detail, are suspicious, or are private/small/new brands.

* indicates that they have stated that they DO NOT TEST on animals.

  • Bourjois*
  • Chanel* (claim they do not test on animals, however they do not deny that some of their ingredients are sourced from suppliers who do)
  • La Coupe*
  • Marks & Spencer*
  • New CID Cosmetics*
  • Quo Cosmetics