Sunday, April 22, 2007

Old friends

It was our north western youth chorus reunion on Saturday and i have to say that i had a great time! It was so lovely to catch up with people that i haven't seen for ages. I was really nervous about going just because i always remember getting really nervous before going to practice every month but really enjoying it when i got there. Kevin and Gaynor used to take me home when it was in Preston, and i remember so vividly this one time when Kevin was telling me and Libby ( who was also having a lift) about how he had a really hot kebab one time and it was so bad that it stung both ways! this has been a lasting memory of Kev! He He!

I think the highlight of Sat was sitting next to Rachel and Becky, i had forgotten how to read music!! So the 3 of us were coming in with the men, missing coda's, singing notes that weren't there! Rachel had to remind me that we sing the top line! Very funny!

You can see by the picture that it was well attended. i think its quite a nice picture, don't you?

Friday, April 20, 2007

Real life



Did anyone see Holby city this week? I did and i want to write down a few of my feelings around two of the story lines covered in this episode. First of all i know that its not real but it does cover real issues. The first storyline was about a girl who was 14 and was involved in prostitution (some of you will know that this is something that is very close to me heart) she had been beaten up by a customer and found herself in hospital. After having some routine blood tests guess what? yes you guessed it she was pregnant. The doctor who was treating her ( who i think had a link to from a past experience? I'm not sure) kinda made her mind up and managed to get her booked in for an emergency termination. This whole story broke my heart, i was crying while i was watching it because even though i knew that its a fictional story on the TV i also know that this is a real situation and is happening in our country, and in our City of Liverpool. It made me think of a time while i was volunteering with Heavens Kitchen ( A soup kitchen that used to run for sex trade workers on Crown Street in Liverpool) and the chats that i used to have with the girls. I remember one girl who was so so drunk that all she was doing was crying ( It was her first night and she had drank so much so that she wouldn't remember exactly what she was doing) this girl was only 17. There were a number of girls in similar situations both younger and older. the youngest girl i spoke to was just 16 years old.

This is such a huge issue all over the world, but what as Christians are we doing about it? As Christians we want the lost to be found. Jesus wants us to be practical Christians. i desperately want to be a practical Christian , I'm desperate to show Gods love to the people who need it most. God is challenging me to do something beautiful for these people in his name, but what can i do? Two songs come to mind

people need the lord
Everyday they pass me by
I can see it in their eyes
Empty people filled with careHeaded who knows where
On they go through private pairLiving fear to fear
Laughter hides their silent criesOnly Jesus hears


People need the Lord
People need the Lord
At the end of broken dreamsHe's the open door
People need the LordPeople need the Lord
When will they realize
People need the Lord

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right
What could be too great a cost forSharing life with one who's lost
Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear
They must hear the words of life
Only we can share

People need the Lord
People need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams
He's the open door
People need the Lord
When will they realize
That we must give our lives
For people need the Lord
People need the Lord
People need the Lord




and my response

I want to be the hands of Jesus, my hands his deep compassion show
I want to be the feet of Jesus, As to a needy world i go.
I gladly give my all to Jesus Through me redeeming Love must flow.


I'll tell you about the other storyline some other time.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Shloer its your sparkle or is it?!





Yeah! Army wine! Yum Yum! I am a red grape kinda girl really.

Anyway more to the point......

Shloer claims that it give you your sparkle but i beg to differ. The last month I have been getting to know Craig Gaudion and i would like to tell you how he makes me feel. For the last 4 weeks i have been speaking to Craig on the phone every night for at least 3 hours! I know i can talk but 84 hours (at least!) is a little excessive! Its been so great to get to know Craig's heart. Craig is one of the most caring, genuine, trustworthy and crazy men i have ever met. I feel like i have known him for years its really strange! Craig's passion and zeal for God is an inspiration to me and encourages me to develop my faith. I have to say that this is all pretty scary for me as i am so so frightened of getting my heart broken and getting in to something that isn't right, Craig knows all about this and so accepting of my feelings.

Craig is so complimentary to me and also is really nice to my family which is really important to me. I feel like i can totally be myself with him, no masks, just Gemma and guess what?! he's still interested!

I have been reading through my prayer journals from the last year and i can't believe how God has answered my prayers even when I haven't trusted in him he has still kept by me and sorted me out. I wrote a list of all the qualities that i wanted my future man to have and offered it as a prayer to God and guess what?! Craig meets it to the letter! I shouldn't be surprised really, i always seem to forget that God is a pretty clever guy and he knows whats best for me.

I have drinking shloer on and off for the last year and still felt the same, no added sparklyness! But since i have met Craig i feel like I've got butterflies living in my heart! I feel so happy and i have definitely got my sparkle back! So i am changing the catch phrase to Craig......He's my sparkle!

ps- Sorry is this makes you feel sick Kev and Will!
West Kirkby

After going to see my very good freinds Lynsey And Neil we went to west kirkby to have a picnic at the beach! We couln't find a legal parking space so had to stay near the car but still it was lovley! The weather was really nice too!

THen we went over to see my other good friends Debbie, Will , and Kaite!

Fun Fun Fun!



THE GEMSBOK!

Hee its me! a new crazy specie originating form St Helens and grazing mainly on cadburys. One of a kind!











CHESTER ZOO!






Wesley and Helen bought me and craig tickets to go to Chester zoo for my birthday! How exciting! We had a great day and got to see lots of animals, birds, and snakes etc




We had loads of fun! We even tried out what we would look like as some of the animals! What do you think?













Hee hee! Then i got stuck up an tree! Criag pretended to be a jaguar thingy! We also went in a bat cave which was really scary as the bats fly right over your head! Craigs hand was rather sqashed at this point!




Then we saw the lovley elephants, there was a baby one too! Sweet!












Boy Meets girl .............



Miss Gemma Louise Mackay, St helens



Mr Craig Simon Gaudion, Thorton Heath



Hello! Sorry for the delay in blogging! I have been some what busy this week but i have got loads to tell you guys and loads of pictures to show you. For some of you this may even be answered prayer , it is for me! Hee hee! Thankyou God!



I would like to introduce my sparkly new fella to you!


Craig has been to stay with me for the last week, its been so so lovely. Ive got loads to tell you about it, we did lots of exciting things like going to Chester Zoo and playing with the animals! Trips to North Wales, and introducing Craig to some special friends of mine. All will be revealed in my next posts. Hee Hee but for now i am so excited! Criag went home yesterday and yes i was a little sad, infact i'm not feeling very well today could this be love sickness!! Cheesy!

more to follow........