Sunday, December 21, 2008


The last few weeks have been a time of change for me. I've been packing up and closing down my work as Centre Manager in my role for Christians Against Poverty. This has been a very busy and hard time but I am trusting in God and I know he will look after me as he has done all my life.

I have been so so privileged to be in the position to be able to share in my clients, my beautiful clients lives. Its been such a humbling time for me and I truly Thank God for giving me the opportunity to do this.

On Thursday and Friday evening I went out and visited all my clients and gave them some Christmas gifts. This was such a moving experience as they are all so lovely and all said really lovely things about me which really made me realise how important the help from CAP has been to them.

Just want to tell you about 3 of them that stood out to me.

1- this client was my very 1st client. I remember being so nervous as I went to see this person, they were so so nice to me. This client and their child have been to all the events that we as CAP have put on and have worked so hard to become debt free, Which they nearly are. This client had bought me a lovely bunch of clients and some chocs to say Thankyou for the support they had received. I was so touched.

2 - When I first went to see this client they were living in the bottom flat of a derelict block of flats. They had no carpets and 2 garden chairs in the living room and was trying to keep a job down to keep the creditors at bay but was suffering from severe health problems which was causing great discomfort. This persons life as changed round so much since CAP stepped in. They have been able to move in to a new house with there 2 little girls and have carpet and a sofa and even a kitchen table!!! Wow! when I called at this persons house they said that I had saved their life. In reality God had saved their life and was using me to show his love to this client.

3 - The first time I went to see this client was a very difficult visit. The client's partner had tried to murder them and was now in prison. The client had been the subject of domestic abuse for many years and was carrying so much pain and hurt. This was one of the saddest cases I dealt with. This client never smiled and never had any joy in their life and was unable to work due to severe depression. I remember praying so hard that God would break into this client heart and take away the pain they had and that they would have joy in their life. I haven't seen this client for some time now. When I called on Thursday to see this client I was blown away! This client had started a new job the day before. I saw them smile! And then what topped it off was when I hugged her to say Happy Christmas and her big dog jumped up on us both and we laughed so so much and I just say Joy in this woman, pure happiness just a glimpse. I got out and sat in my car a cried, tears of happiness for the transformation in this client. I Thanked God for answered prayers.

All of my work has been in Jesus name and I pray that he will continue to look after all the families I have seen. They all have a special place in my heart.

Thankyou to all the people who have supported me in this work in prayer, finances and practical support.

Thank you Lord for all the opportunities to share your love.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gem Gym!

I really enjoyed going to the gym yesterday so much so that I went back today. I was really suprised at my fitness level, I was able to do half an hour on the treadmill, and cross trainer. then 15 mins on the bike and then half an hour on weights etc. It gave me a really good buzz and made me feel healthy! Yay!

I met up with Craig last night. He has been at the Youth worker conference this weekend. It was lovely to be able to spend time, just the 2 of us together. We went for a curry and then a nice walk along the front. The only downside is that it is getting harder and harder to say Goodbye and leave each other. Only 22 months to go and belive me I am counting down the days!

Anyway less than 2 weeks till we see each other again.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gym'll Fix it!

Long time no write! This post is especially for my friend Joy! After losing 4 and a half stone I am wanting to tone up my legs!

Tomorrow I am joining the local gym. I am very nervous about it! I have to have an induction so I know how to use all the machines etc

The good thing is that I am going my friend Angela who is the person who leads the aerobics classes that I go to, she is nice but Very fit which worries me! She said that we can do 10 mins on treadmill, 10 mins on the cross trainer, 10 mins bike and then 30 mins on weights etc. Feeling tired just writing this!

Oh well, I'll keep you up dated on my gym experience!

Happy reading Joy!


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

God your good to me!

God is so great! It's amazing to think how God can use us even though we mess up loads. He still values us as prescious treasure even though it feels like we fell out the back of a wheely bin sometimes!

The last few weeks I have really seen God working in my life and all I can say is what a priviledge it is to do the kings work and see him alive and working in a powerful way. He he! Feeling very excited!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Girl Power!!!!!!

The above photo is of me and Helen just before we went to see the spice girls a few weeks ago courtsey of wesley christmas!

I thought that I would blog tonight because i have had some very good news today and one of my friends told me off for not blogging!! Today I finally reached the 3 stone mark on my diet!!! Yeppie! so now i am 3 stones and 1 and a half pounds lighter and i feel great! ( even though i am still in the at risk BMI thingy!) I just wanted to share this with my friends who read my blog! i am still going to boxercise and am loving it, i go twice a week. I can even feel my muscles in my arms now!

So yes me and helen went to see the spice girls and it was so much fun! we had a great dance and a great sing, our ear drums will never be the same again it was so loud!

Me and Craig are still getting on great, we had a great weekend together last weekend while he was at my house. I took him over to delemere forest and it was great fun, we even saw snow! we also went to see cloverfield which we thought was really good!

Hope you are all well and I will blog again soon!


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hello! I've just sat down after making some red pepper soup for me and mum to take to work tomorrow and decided that I should blog! i thought I would tell you about my crazy experience last night! First I should fill you in on some other stuff so it makes sense!

Just before Christmas ( after a long year of slimming) I reached an almost significant goal in my slimming success! I was just 2 pounds of losing 3 stone :-) but then over Christmas ( 3 weeks of not going to class) I managed to put 7 pounds on :-( But I'm not feeling to bad about this as it was Christmas and I had to eat Chocolate, and lots of it!!!

I have therefore started a fresh with my diet new year, new me! If i could lose the same amount this year then I would be the right weight for me height which I would be more than happy with. This week has been my first real week back and I have been so good! I've been cooking meals from scratch out of my slimming recipe books and have been drinking loads of water! i have also been trying to exercise more.

Last night I decided to try out an aerobics class at our local leisure centre. the class was entitled 'Boxercise' so I thought it would be fun and would burn lots of fat. I got there and was introduced to the instructor who was really nice and just said go at your own pace. the class was aimed at beginners. Oh my gosh the first 10 Min's went and then I realised that this was not a beginners class or if it was then i must be at nursery stage! The class consisted of lots of jumping around, squatting, running, bouncing, punching, twisting oh and lots of panting for breath from me!

I went on my own as I have got no one to go with who lives up by me and all the other women in the group were all in little groups chatting etc so that made me feel like a lemon! But the other thing was that I just put a pair of black shorts on and black baggyT shirt on as I thought that everyone would be wearing the same sort of thing but it turned out to be designer fashion show! I will have to get something tighter for next week!

The worst thing about it was the floor work!! I cannot do sit ups or press ups!!!!!!!

But I'm still gonna go next week! anyone who wants to join me please do!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Smiley Gem is back!

Hello! I am back now and i am feeling pretty happy, Well i have decided to not to let things that i can't control get me down and to start living my life in all its fullness! Yeppie!! So what has been happening lately?! Well since July ( my last post) I've been pretty busy what with going to Summer camp with the young people from church and then going away for a few days with the lovely Craig :-) working hard with my jobs - Christians Against Poverty and My salvation Army job. I've popped down to London a few times to see Craig and my lovely Friends the Pearson's. Craig has been here a few times also which has been really nice too. I'm sure that i have forgot ton to tell you about lots of important stuff but I'm kinda starting a fresh with this blog so its ok!

I was having a chat with my gorgeous and godly man last night on the phone and we were talking about some pretty important things like the Future etc and then we got on to talking about our relationships with God and things and I was saying to Craig that i would really like to feel God presence really close to me right now and just have one of those moments when you just feel the love of God in a real tangible way. Do you know what I mean? But I want it to be just me and God in my quiet time not in a big Sunday meeting or with lots of other people around just me and God so i can feel his intimacy. I guess I'm thirsty for God. What I'm getting at the moment isn't satisfying me. I just wanna be closer to God, I wanna learn more about him, I wanna be more like him. I guess that I need to make more time for this, more time for God to be able to speak to me and for me to be able to speak to him.