Merry Christmas! Today is Jesus birthday so I thought it would be nice to share a little bit about what Jesus means to me and why I am so grateful that He came to the earth in human form on this special Christmas day. In a nutshell there are two words to describe why I love Jesus. Life and grace. Knowing Jesus has given me a new life, in fact He has kept me alive. You can hear my story in the video below about how I nearly took my own life - several times. I also wrote about this in great detail in my book Hope's Journey . I am alive because He chose to die. His death = my life! Grace, the other reason why I cannot thank Jesus enough for loving me. I am so utterly flawed in so many ways but His grace is sufficient for me. So no matter how many things I do wrong, it is what He did right that defines me. Almost every day I say sorry and move on. I no longer live in guilt and shame but I am free to be me. I know I am completely loved, even on my worse day. I know t
As you probably guessed, yesterday was my birthday and I am now a good ripe 40 years old! This birthday has been no secret as I have used it as an excuse to make it as memorable as possible, and it has been. I have celebrated in style with my 1920's party that has attracted both newspaper and radio attention. It's wonderful to reach such a nice age and I know life only gets better from here :) I am thrilled to have won a meal for two at Pizza Express - what a lovely birthday surprise. I entered a competition at The Best of Cheltenham and won! The lovely Lorah Kelly was there to capture it all! Angela De Souza with Andy Jones of Pizza Express and Will Lewis of The Best of Cheltenham My lovely husband, Eric, eating a delicious pizza with me at Pizza Express, Cheltenham I didn't actually eat carbs because I was all carbed out from the lovely lunch Lorah prepared for me, so I had a Leggera Superfood Salad My carb overload thanks to Lorah My ch
I am grateful to my God for loving me in a way that I never thought was possible. He saved my life, cleaned up my mess and gave me a second chance, and a third chance, and a fourth chance....... I have given up on starting over now and just live each day by His grace . There is no more condemnation, I live freely as a beautiful butterfly. I am grateful for my husband who patiently and lovingly stands by me and loves me for these past 10 years! Without him I would not be as happy as I am today. He is the cherry on my cake and the warm fuzzy feeling in my heart :) I am grateful for Lorah-Kelly, my first born child who has been with me on this journey called life for 22 years. She has been with me through my best and also through my worst but has only ever seen the good in me. I am hugely who I am today because of her constant encouragement and support. I am grateful for Samuel who has loved and cared for Lorah since she was 14! He is definitely the one for Lorah and I cannot
Last week we were invited to BBC Radio Gloucestershire to chat to Claire Carter about our King's Daughters Village. Have a listen below. The Women's Business Club and D7 Church paid for the 1920's party so that we could put all the profit towards the project and the lovely ladies from Destiny Temple cooked a delicious Kenyan meal for us. The Gloucestershire Echo committed to giving us full media support which has been fantastic and JSR Digital Marketing took on the social media campaign. Lorah Kelly Creative Photography also captured everything for us on her camera so we can treasure the memories forever. Thank you to everyone that has been involved thus far, there is lots more to come in 2014 and there is plenty room for more involvement, so if you would like to get involved in some way or host a fundraiser please get in touch . Keep up to date with news and updates here .
We had a super fun 1920's birthday party last night, 14th Dec! The sad news is that we are nowhere near achieving our £40,000 target, we raised just under £3,000, but the great news is that we have gained a lot of support for next year. We will build and support this village, no matter what it takes. If you have not been following the news, here is a piece that our local newspaper published. We had a great time together and have learned a lot about fundraising events, they are totally different to all the other events we have run. Next time we will do much better!
Reverend Susan Woodley is a wife, a mother, a pastor and the host the King's Daughters Charlton King's Girl's Night . Sue is also an extraordinary woman with a big heart and a big vision. She will stop at nothing to see the potential of women unleashed so that the kingdom of God can advance. Not only does she carry this passion for women but she also has a heart for children, young people, older people, the church and the lost. It is this incredible passion for all people that led her to her current role as pastor of Charlton Kings Baptist Church . Roger, her husband, and her four children are a huge part of this incredible journey and together they do what seems impossible - but with God we know that all things are possible . King's Daughters Charlton Kings will meet every Tuesday, 7:30pm at the King's Coffee House from 14th January 2014. Our launch night on 14 Jan 2014 Past Events: 14 Jan - Watch Angela's talk on how you are
Exciting update - we now have photos to show you. Below is the land that King's Daughters Village will be built upon. We will keep you posted every step of the way. In the meantime please continue to make your donations through the 1920's party fundraiser . Keep up to date with the progress of this exciting project here . For more information please contact either Thoko or Angela .
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. - 2 Corinthians 9:10 It’s not rocket science. Money as a specific purpose in business and not knowing or understand how to use our money will cause our business to fail. A farmer understands this principle very well. Some money is essential to buy seed. Without seed he will have to crop and without a crop he will have no money and without money he will have no food. He understands that it would be foolishness to use the money that is intended to buy seed, to buy food. You do not eat your seed. It’s plain and obvious. Some money is supposed to be spend on seed and other money is intended to buy food. If you eat your seed then your business will fail within this very first season. This is where most business owners go wrong. They don’t understand the difference between seed and food. They try eating the s
As you may have noticed, I have been spending a lot of time in the business world this year. God has called me and anointed me for business, as a minister in the business world, and it has been an incredible journey. Since preaching on this very subject one year ago in our church, my whole life has changed. I resisted God for about six months as I did not want to go back into the business world, the failure of my first company was a deep disappointment and I was convinced that I was not a business woman. God saw things differently. My resistance crumbled and He had His way - thank goodness! I have seen the most incredible things happen as a result and I know that God uses the foolish things to confound the wise . I always say to God that I am willing to be the foolish thing in his hand. I am good at that - being nothing and allowing Him to be everything. So as a result of all the wonderful and scary things that have happened this year, Women's Business Club was born.
2013 FEEDBACK King's Daughters ALIVE Conference I don't know about you but when I watched the opening dance at the King's Daughters ALIVE Conference I got goosebumps! It was AMAZING! So we have gone to great lengths to produce a fantastic video clip for you so you can enjoy it over and over and over again. See more feedback and photos here . ENJOY And while we are on the dance theme - let's remember how much fun we had doing ZUMBA with Leap of Faith's Rachel Ainslie. 2014 COMING UP King's Daughters PURE Conference WITH We are very proud to have Lorah Kelly Creative Photography as our event sponsor - please pop over to her website and find out all about what she is doing to raise fund for King's Daughters Village - it is very exciting! It's not too soon to book your place - we anticipate being sold out early this time so don't wait until the last minute a
Meet Thoko Owino Obare - the lady with the vision who will be managing the Kenyan operations of King's Daughters Village. This is her story: After I got married to my husband he took me to the village where his father was born. As we walked for miles and miles because I wouldn't get on a boda boda (sitting at the back of someone's bicycle), I couldn't help but notice that even though we were on the main road there were no schools in sight. We then came across a half built very crowded school which was housing just under 600 students - half of them being orphans. Even though the government is working on improving this school it is over subscribed and some children have been turned away because there just isn't room for them. We have tried to help by buying food and books but we still feel that this community can be helped with having another school there as there are many children still not in education. Meet Angela De Souza - the lady committed to rais
Apology Firstly, I want to apologise to all my faithful email followers for the lack of blogging these past few weeks. Since starting this blog in 2009 I have never been too busy to blog but this past month or so has been the busiest I have been in my life! However, the good news is that you will soon be getting much more and better quality blogging from me. News I also want to apologise for using my blog as a business website, it was out of necessity but now that will stop as we have created a brand new site for the business side of things called the Women's Business Club - check out all the new sites here: www Website: www.womensbusinessclub.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/wombizclub Twitter: www.twitter.com/wombizclub YouTube: www.youtube.com/wombizclub LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/ GooglePlus: www.plus.google.com/110671150713694453023 Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/wombizclub Giveaway The great news is that over the past few
Last week Lorah and I had the most amazing morning together at All Your Life in Cheltenham. Let me start at the very beginning! We arrived at the beautiful reception and were whisked away into the lounge where we were given a glass of bubbly. This is the before photo! Before... Then we were invited to use the Fat Burning Room to experience the Vibrating Power Plates! Well, there is no photo of this as I really don't want you to see all my fat wobbling about. It's was fun but at the same time I could really feel the plates working my muscles. You are shown a chart with various exercises that you can do on the plates to target particular muscle groups or you can just stand on the plates and giggle! Mostly, Lorah and I just giggled. We were then take to the fishy room our fish pedicure. I honestly didn't know that I would have such a problem with putting my feet in the tank. Usually I am up for trying just about anything, but when it came to the crunch, I fou