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April May, author and founder of April May Gems and mother of five, is passionate about sharing her stories to encourage and inspire others and to restore hearts that are in need of hope.

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April May, author and founder of April May Gems and mother of five, is passionate about sharing her stories to encourage and inspire others and to restore hearts that are in need of hope.

    April May Gems - Jun 18 2024 ep26 - The not so UNSUNG HERO

    April May Gems - Jun 18 2024 ep26 - The not so UNSUNG HERO

    Recorded on location in Christchurch for “4K&C’s The Homecoming Tour” on my birthday, asking the questions – Do you enjoy your birthday? Do you feel worthy of the honour, deserving of the special attention and the presents? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Have you felt like you’re just smiling your way through but inside you’re, just, sad? I know how that feels. It’s the weirdest thing because you ought to be feeling happy but you’re not and it feels so awkward to keep up the pretending. You feel like a big faker and you don’t even know why you’re feeling the opposite of how you ought to be feeling. And then you feel bad, about that! Well, there’s someone to turn to. Someone who knows you on the inside – the real you. Someone who knows why you’re feeling, the way you are. Someone who sees you like a rose in bloom, dressed in white and all your wrongs, made right. That someone is the ultimate, not-so-UNSUNG HERO.

    • 29 min
    April May Gems - Jun 04 2024 ep25 - World Ocean Day - Feel like you're drowning?

    April May Gems - Jun 04 2024 ep25 - World Ocean Day - Feel like you're drowning?

    Did you know ... that there is such a thing as World Ocean Day?
    I think some days are worth commemorating and, on that note, what on earth is an Ebeneezer? I admit, I had to look it up! And well, I think I could build a whole heap of them, because although I have been through some scary, crashing, ocean-wave like circumstances that have made me feel like I’m drowning, with burdens so heavy upon me I have said, “Yep, here goes, I’m about to go under,” and I’ve also had more than my fair share of ‘fiery trials’ in life, those ‘Ebeneezer’s’ have been what’s pulled me up - and out - and made me victorious, through every one of those situations, every single time.
    Join me today as I seek to encourage you to take the hand that’s on offer, seek the face that speaks instruction and take steps to overcome your fears.
    May every Ebeneezer speak of where our help comes from.

    • 30 min
    April May Gems - May 21 2024 ep24 - Supernatural - A lesson via an Extra Terrestrial

    April May Gems - May 21 2024 ep24 - Supernatural - A lesson via an Extra Terrestrial

    It dawned on me some time ago that we humans have this weird kind of obsession with aliens. Do you agree? One of my most favourite movies - that still stands today as an all-time favourite, is the iconic Stephen Spielberg classic. ET. Well, one day, that supernatural extra terrestrial was used to impact my life forever. My hope is, as I share this story, it might impact your life too.
    Speaking of supernatural, to paraphrase some lyrics from a song I play on this episode, by DC TALK – “This world can be a tortured place to be. There are so many things to torment us while we stumble down this road, that takes its toll. Seems no human hand or cosmic force or magic brew can pull us through BUT, beyond this physical terrain there’s an invisible domain, where angels battle over souls and there is a someOne who is watching and telling us, all-is-well. There is no denying that He’s super natural, His power can be felt. He’s coming. He’s not so far away."

    • 30 min
    April May Gems - May 07 2024 ep23 - Calls for Psalm 23

    April May Gems - May 07 2024 ep23 - Calls for Psalm 23

    Just imagine if a King, the richest and wisest one ever, wrote a song, especially for you - because in it, He wanted to remind you that if you want, you can have all of this...
    A close, personal relationship, offering contentment and continual supply. Rest, refreshment and restoration, for your soul. Wisdom, from a guide who will never leave your side. Purpose, protection and faithfulness. Correction when you slide and comfort when you cry. Hope, blessing, abundance and favour. As well as safety and security, for all eternity...

    Well, one did!
    Lets take a peek at this very popular song, recorded in a ‘little book’ inside the ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.’ It is of course, King David's "The 23rd Psalm," and this, is April May Gems' "23rd episode!" -Enjoy.

    • 31 min
    April May Gems - Apr 23 2024 ep22 - Care for Your Puzzled Heart

    April May Gems - Apr 23 2024 ep22 - Care for Your Puzzled Heart

    There once was a baby, named Anna Grace. She had beautiful eyes and a pretty face. Surely she’d grow up to dance and sing...But instead, she did a different thing. She died...

    Contrary to popular belief, time, in my opinion, really does not heal. No way! I believe it takes a much greater force to be truly, completely, healed - especially from the soul crushing kind of pain, like grief, caused by the death of a loved one, or even by something that just didn’t work out as we’d hoped - maybe even a disappointment that happened a long time ago but the grief still feels as raw today as the day it happened – (or didn’t happen!) Sometimes the whys and why nots truly leave our hearts puzzled.
    Perhaps you think it’s too late, like the one who sits ‘over there’ with their head in their hands - because of the mess life made of their best laid out plans. They want to shake their fists and blame “the man upstairs” but it wont change anything because what’s done is done!

    Be encouraged, don't blame... run! (to Him, not away.) He has a plan so much bigger than ours. Give it up and give it all over so He can take that broken thing and turn it into something different.

    April May, author and founder of April May Gems and mother of five, is passionate about sharing her stories to encourage and inspire others and to restore hearts that are in need of hope.

    • 30 min
    April May Gems - Apr 10 2024 ep21 - Love it? Dream it? Do it!

    April May Gems - Apr 10 2024 ep21 - Love it? Dream it? Do it!

    I love seeing people who are depleted of hope, poor, or feel like their past is determining their future, be encouraged and then do great things - things they intrinsically love to do - once they have ... HOPE!
    Receive hope today and begin to dream about doing what you love to do. What even is that thing you love to do? Can you even remember? I believe there is something you were born to do, created to do, called by God, perhaps even personally chosen, to do, and so often it’s quite simply that same thing that you did, and loved to do, naturally, when you were very young. I think it’s important for us to remember – what that was, so we can do it again. Then, we can love, what we do, right now! Why? Because, it’s fulfilling. And... its impacting!
    My hope in this episode, is to remind you just what it is, that you love to do, (if, somewhere along the line of life, you forgot what it was) and then, encourage you...to do it. And if you think your past, your age, or your inadequacies disqualify you... I hope I encourage you to think again and realise, you’re actually in really good company!

    • 29 min

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