Jennifer Valentine-Miller (Accredited Independent Sports Chaplain)
Hi, my name is Jennifer.
As an independent sports chaplain I provide spiritual and pastoral care to professional and amateur sports men and women. I am accountable to Sports Chaplaincy UK whose aim is to achieve excellence among all forms of sports chaplaincy that exist. When I was not married my name was Jennifer Valentine one of the few Black British sports people emerging from the late 1970’s. I can also delve into my experiences (from 1980’s – to the new millennium) as I graduated from county level to represent Team GB (and the Caribbean Islands & France for resourcing purposes) even as an Independent athlete at World, Commonwealth, Olympic, and Grand Slam level.
If you are passing by and you are a sports man/woman (athlete) I would like to pray for you for:
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Proverbs 13:11 “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Gambling issues: Heavenly Father, I intercede for this athlete who has become addicted to gambling. This activity is now illegal because it is now taking over sport. Please help this athlete to admit to their problem and find the support they need to stop gambling, repay their debt and deal with underlying problems in their lives. Amen.
Father, God please strengthen the resolve this athlete/sports person struggling to control a gambling habit and experiencing serious problems with their finances, relationships and mental health. May they find the support and strategies they need to recover all that was lost. Amen.
During Social injustice due to Racism:
Our Father who art in heaven, I pray in the name Jesus Christ who reached out to the woman at the well from the outcast village of Samaria. You, Jesus, saw no barriers and gave light to the blind and freedom to those in prison. Help us to break down the barriers in our community. Help us to see the reality of racism and ignorance, and free us to challenge and uproot it from ourselves, our society, and our world.
During COVID-19: Heavenly Father I pray for your health and well-being as opposed to concerns about wealth. All of our lives have been impacted and are adjusting beyond our imagination due to the onset of Covid-19. What a comfort to depend on and look the Father in heaven who is sovereign over all and “is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 42:1)
Before a sporting event: Dear Lord, Please take this moment in this sport persons life to give you the glory and praise. Take their passion for their sport and let it light up with your love. Take their hours of training and commitment to more excellence. Please use their talent to bring joy and inspiration to others. Take their desire and make them be the best in their sport. Speak your truth and hope through me. In Jesus name, Amen
For healing: Dear heavenly Father, what a wonderful name is the name of Jesus and it is in His name that I pray for healing for this athlete today. You designed their body from the top of the head down to the tips of their toes. I pray for encouragement to help them get through – however long it takes to deal with this injury. Please send encouragement from your messengers and send, through this prayer, a miracle of your healing touch either by the medical care offered or supernaturally. Thank you for your wonderful working power and loving compassion you give to this athlete today. Amen.
Heavenly Father, You have watched this sporting person grow within the care of their club, and also have helped them to flourish and to find their own way. Bless them today as they go into this sporting event. May they seek to be the best they can be, encourage themselves to new excellence. Come guard their hearts, their mind and their soul with the gentleness of your grace, so that they will be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. In the name of Jesus I pray.
After a defeat or poor result:
Holy Spirit, I thank you for this athlete who was protected from physical harm. I pray for your hedge of protection because this result has hurt their morale. I pray that they continue to play to the best of their ability, and be that vessel of hope to others. I pray for wisdom, and an attitude of acceptance as they remain in your Grace despite the result. Amen.
Through troubling times:
Our Father who art in heaven, I pray that this athlete rests underneath your mighty wings of love. Allow this person I am praying for to dwell within your gentle heart. I know there is healing in your touch. Through the sufferings of Christ I can ask for restoration in this athlete thoughts. I trust in the goodness of Christ, Jesus. You are our Lord, and the Saviour of the world. Because you are our healer and our friend I pray that this athlete is allowed to dwell within your gentle embrace. Amen.
Suffering due to bereavement:
Our God of love and mercy, embrace this athlete whose heart overflows with grief. Comfort their minds as they battle with unanswered questions and such a sense of loss. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days and give them the reassurance that their position within the team is safe because everyone is looking forward to their return. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Because you are going through a relationship break-up:
Dear heavenly Father, your words represents your love for us as your children. The scripture says, “The Lord is near to those who are discouraged. He rescues those who have lost all hope.” Dear athlete, the Lord is listening to your hurts and striving for you so that you are comforted. You may be asking yourself, “Why is God allowing me to hurt?” We all need to understand that this is when Christ Jesus wants a relationship with us. I pray that the spirit of Hope and Peace which will allow you to move on following on from the break up in your relationship. Amen.
ADVERTISEMENT: Success, Love and All written by Jennifer Valentine-Miller is listed under the short play category. The play has a sports theme with an inspirational message. The voice actors performing are Alexandria Stevens, Shane Stevens, Norma-Jean Strickland and Eric Bond.
Prevalence of menstrual pain in young women: is preventing sports from being their first choice. 12 Foods which provides support leading up to and during menstrual cycle.
Evidence Suggests that bananas help reduce cramps associated with menstruation. In addition to being a rich food source of anti-cramping nutrients such as vitamin B6, bananas are loaded with potassium which helps reduce water retention.
Wheat germ may be one of the best foods you can include in your diet if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Try adding wheat germ to breads, cereals, muesli, milk shakes, or pancakes — it makes a highly nutritious addition.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent addition to your diet if you suffer from menstrual cramps. These mild nutty tasting seeds are loaded with vitamin E as well as the key anti-cramping minerals zinc and magnesium. Sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), with one cup providing nearly a third of the recommended daily intake for this important pain relieving vitamin. When incorporating sunflower seeds into your diet, moderation should be exercised because these seeds, like most other seeds, are high in calories and fat.
This often under-appreciated vegetable is much more than just a decorative garnish that accompanies meals in restaurants. It is loaded with important nutrients, and it can be used to treat various health problems, including menstrual cramps.
Turbo-charge your an:ti-cramp diet by regularly eating pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that is thought to help relax muscles and thus help with menstrual cramps.
This is an Asian product. These little seeds with a pungent-sweet flavour popular remedy for menstrual pain. They are available whole or in powder form in most grocery stores. It is advisable to buy whole seeds which can be grind down into a powder form so that it can be sprinkled into your food.
Ginger has been enjoyed throughout the ages for its aromatic, pungent flavour and its health promoting properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger has been widely used as a remedy for menstrual cramps. A large body of anecdotal evidence from around the world validates the use of ginger as an anti-cramping remedy.
Consuming walnuts in moderation can confer great benefits to women who suffer from cramps during menstruation. Walnuts are rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties
When it comes to foods that help ward off menstrual cramps, it’s hard to beat the sesame seed. Sesame seeds are loaded with nutrients that have been shown to reduce cramps associated with menstruation.
The nutritional profile of spinach makes it an excellent health food and an important vegetable. It provides an ample supply of many nutrients that have been shown to fight menstrual cramps, including vitamin E, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start a day off right. Oats are loaded with the anti-cramping mineral magnesium They are also one of the best sources of dietary zinc for women who suffer from painful periods.
Most of the nutritional and benefits of kale are well known today, but what many people don’t know is that this green leafy vegetable is one of the best plant-based sources of calcium Anecdotal evidence, as well as an increasing number of scientific studies, suggest that calcium can alleviate menstrual cramps. However, the exact mechanisms by which calcium reduces cramping are not fully understood. Some experts believe that calcium’s ability to alleviate pain associated with menstruation could be related to the role of this important mineral in maintaining normal muscle tone. When buying kale for a bowl of salad, it is advisable to choose organically grown produce whenever possible. According to research, conventionally grown kale is among the most contaminated vegetables in terms of pesticide and chemical content.
DO NOT FORGET TO DRINK WATER (alongside gentle exercise)
Stay hydrated! Drinking glasses of water daily will help reduce bloating. While you’re at it, stay away from sugary and salty foods/drinks during your period menstruation.