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