Seeing the boys play live!

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I had an amazing time last night watching One Direction perform live in Manchester. I felt so proud. I’ve supported them since the beginning and just seeing them on stage, doing what they love meant the world to me. Not every Directioner gets to see them perform live and I’ll be forever grateful that I had the opportunity.

I kept my eyes peeled in case I could see any of Harry’s family and friends but sadly I couldn’t see anyone. I went with my friend┬áC and although our seats weren’t the best we still had an amazing time.

My ears are ringing, everyone screamed so loud, especially when Niall walked onto the stage. He definitely got the loudest screams, followed by Harry. Liam looked so cute, he wore a hoodie for the whole show, he must have been so hot.

I really wish that Zayn had been there too but I understand that he felt he had to leave the group. I hope the boys perform as a 5 piece again one day.

 

 

C is for… Christian

I became a Christian when I was eighteen and I can honestly say my life has been transformed. Before I became a Christian I was quite nervous and didn’t have much confidence. There’s no way I’d have been able to stand in front of two hundred children and give a talk, but this is something I can do easily now.

If you’re interested in how I became a Christian please keep reading…

My mum took me and my sister to church when we were young and she was a Sunday School teacher. I was confirmed when I was twelve but then a bad thing happened and I decided to ‘make a deal’ with God. I prayed that he had two weeks to fix it or I would stop believing in him. I know now that you can’t force God to do what you want but at the time I thought you could. When it didn’t happen I stopped praying and quickly fell away. I didn’t believe in him and as the years went by I thought anyone who went to church or believed in God was crazy.

I didn’t have rebellious teenage years, in fact they were very tame. I used to come home and walk my dog after school and watch my local rugby team play at the weekend. Something was missing but I didn’t know what.

I didn’t think about God at all till I was at college and I made friends with a girl called Katie in my English class.┬áKatie was a Christian and went to the Christian Union at college. She invited me to help at a volunteer week in the summer at her church. I said I would but didn’t think any more about it until she rang me a few weeks/months later. I never like letting people down so I went along, reluctantly.

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The week was called ‘Youthserve’ and it was held in two churches in Huyton. I helped run a club for kids, picked up litter and did some gardening. Every evening there was an event to go to – the ice cream party was my favourite and I can still remember it clearly. I made some amazing friends and by the end of the week I couldn’t imagine having to say goodbye to them. They all went to St Barts for the 6.30pm service every week so I decided to go along too. After the service there was a club called CYFA for teenagers, run by a fantastic couple called Val and Eddie.

I can’t remember the exact moment when I prayed to Jesus and invited him into my life, it took many months of attending the church for this to happen. I prayed a lot and God started transforming my life. Becoming a Christian has made me so happy, I constantly have a smile on my face and people often comment on the fact that I’m ‘Smiler.’ Lots of things that worried me in the past didn’t worry me any more. I have been given so many opportunities and gifts that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t given my life to Jesus.

I have a big heart for people, especially children in the care system. I want to help people who have low self-esteem, we are all made in God’s image and he has a wonderful plan for our lives. I might write about celebrities but I want children to realise that there is more to life than fame and money. I love giving author talks and teaching my Sunday School class.

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Got any questions?

I could have written much more about my journey to becoming a Christian in this blog post but I didn’t want it to be too long. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Why not check out The Alpha website? I did the Alpha course in 2006 when I was studying for my Masters in Cornwall. My home church during my time in Cornwall was Light and Life church in Penzance. When I moved back home to Widnes and got married, my home church became Widnes Baptist Church. We’re only a small church but we’re very welcoming :-)