Hello, and welcome to “Gems From Jesus.”

My name is Darlene Hepler. I began this blog after retiring from 42 years in Women’s Ministries. (I guess you can take the woman out of the Word, but you can’t take the Word out of the woman) Gems From Jesus is the name I have given to my personal journaling. Through years of teaching and speaking to women, as well as some very painful years in my personal life, Christ has taught me great and rich lessons that I have recorded in stacks of journals. I am now excited to expand these thoughts into a blog to share with others. My prayer is that out of reading them your personal journey with Jesus Christ will both deepen and blossom.

In Christ,


Exciting news!!! I am pleased to inform you that we have filled all the rooms for the retreat I will be leading at Sawmill Creek in Huron, November 1st and 2nd. We can now open the retreat to anyone who would like to attend the sessions only. The cost will be $30.00 and will include all the materials for the Friday session from 7:00 to 9:00, as well as Saturday from 9:30 to 12:30. It will also include a Friday snack, Saturday beverages, and materials for an easy craft project on Friday. If you would like to attend, please mail me (Darlene Hepler) a check at 389 Ambleside Way – Amherst, Ohio 44001 by October 1, 2019. Make the check payable to Sue Dotson and earmark it for the retreat. If others will be attending with you, please include a list of names and emails so we may confirm the receipt of your check, as well as any further communication. Hope you can attend and bring some friends with you. Darlene