The GEMS Story

When my family and I found a new church home in January of 2007, I was raring to go as usual. I eagerly desired to dive in and serve in various ministries, but I heard the Lord whispering wait. God beckoned me to be still and earnestly seek His face before I became busy doing what He hadn’t asked of me. So for eight months I prayed and I pondered. And in September of 2007, the Lord laid the vision for the GEMS Ministry on my heart.

God birthed the vision for GEMS out of my burden for young married women and moms. I’d met many women who were burnt-out and broken. They loved Jesus but lived a busy rather than bountiful life in Christ. They desired abundance but had no idea how to attain it.

I keenly related to these women. I understood what juggling life’s demands looked like. I knew how difficult it was to live out the relational priorities of God first, husband second, children third, home fourth, and ministry fifth. I desired to help them practice biblical priorities and thereby discover abundant life.

And so with little fanfare, the GEMS Ministry kicked off in March of 2008. It was simply supposed to be a “coffee talk”, a time for women to come together once per month and glean from God’s Word and other Titus 2 resources. But God had other plans.

Within six months, women involved in the ministry began asking me whether I was “writing stuff down.” At that time I captured my thoughts in a journal, but they saw that the material met a need and encouraged me to put it into a format that could be reproduced and used by other churches.

It’s been over two and a half years since the first GEMS session, and God continues to pour forth His blessing on this ministry. I am currently pursuing publication of the GEMS curriculum and covet your prayers during this process. May God raise up a generation of women willing to embrace His plan for their lives.