Hey there, I’m Gemma! Welcome to Glory Gifts and Designs.
I am passionate about helping women, particularly busy or overwhelmed women, encounter God in their everyday lives.
I live in Queensland, Australia with my husband and four daughters. My parents live in a granny flat out the back of our property – my Dad suffered a severe stroke 16 years ago.
When my fourth daughter was only 4 months old, she had a serious case of cellulitis – a bacterial infection that almost put her in septic shock. It was a terrifying and traumatic time for me as a mum. For the next 3-4 years she suffered other ongoing health issues which left me totally exhausted and high on stress and anxiety. I had this beautiful little girl who needed everything from me – and 3 older daughters who also needed me.
I was so tired I felt like I was dying. It was at my lowest point that I experienced the power of God’s Word like a burst of air exploding life into my lungs.
“I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall,
when God grabbed and held me.” Psalm 118:13 MSG
I have always known God. But this time it was different. It was like His Word was keeping me alive. Keeping me from break down. I finally understood what it meant that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow.” (Hebrews 4:12)
A hunger spread through my life. My knowledge of Scripture grew and grew as each passage changed my experience of daily life as I applied His wisdom to different situations. It equipped me. It gave me wisdom. It gave me unending strength to endure. It brought me joy regardless of what my circumstances were. It brought me peace from anxiety.
For it to have power in your life, it needs to be accessible. It is not enough to own a Bible. It is not enough to know some Bible stories. You need this life-changing tool in your hand, in your heart, displayed in your home. It is your weapon and your joy.
So here I am – determined to equip you with the Scripture you need in a modern woman’s life. I am determined to make Scripture accessible and usable for every woman, no matter how busy or overwhelmed you are.
I totally get that when you are drowning,
you don’t have capacity to begin a bible study.
My items are designed to be effective and powerful even if you don’t have time to sit down (even on the loo!) all day. My fifth baby is the Print + Prayer Collections. A journey of Spiritual growth – full of power even if all you can do is display the Prints and pray over your life as you rush past on your way to school drop off. On days you have more time, you can add in the devotional and the journaling.
I humbly ask for your prayers over this ministry. May He build from our willingness, an army of women equipped with His Word – ready to fight, encourage and breathe life into the world around us.