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God just wanted to let me know

It might be a small thing but what are the odds of this showing up in my Google Reader?

Let me set the scene.

I recently launched my book “Worth More Than Rubies” at Amazon.com. I set up a promotion for a 24 hour period and watched the ranking of my book go from 900,000+ up to 1,127 which was quite exciting. Sales were coming in. I discovered that Amazon has an RSS feed for the top 100 Hot New Releases for my genre, so I subscribed to it, but it only shows 1 book a day from that list of 100.

You know what’s coming don’t you? Overnight, whilst I was asleep, my book reached number 23 but when I saw it 12 hours later on the feed reader it had moved back down again so I would never have been able to witness this or even know it had happened. Why was my book showing instead of someone else’s on the feed reader? Random books are shown every day, in different positions and yet mine was the focus for that particular time the information was posted.

Only God could have orchestrated that for me otherwise I would never have known.

Another God-incidence

Amazing to be able to look back and see that God has been working on something – even when you haven’t!

I returned home from a business workshop/seminar this morning to find a 10 min old Skype message asking if I was around for a chat about something? I Skyped back to say I’d just got in and shall we chat? And so we did a short time later.

The guy who contacted me outlined a new project he’s working on and that he saw me as someone who could possibly get involved – that he was aware of the things I’d been doing online and where my interests lay.

Now I can’t yet divulge what the project is but as we spoke two things came up that can only be God-incidences.

1. He asked me about doing copy writing for a website he’s working on – I’d just returned from a copywriting workshop! Amazing. I know I can write but learning how to refine it for clients is important and so here I was, not even home a half hour after the course and already my first job lined up!

2. He mentioned the field of possible clients he was looking at for his project (unrelated to number 1 above) and immediately a name of a very well known personality popped into mind. I mentioned who I was thinking of and the caller got real excited as this was exactly the same person he’d been talking with over the past few months. He wanted to know if I knew this person personally and I told him that the PA and I are very good friends and have been on committees together for over 10 years.

So I promised to contact the PA and put in a good word for him. Enter the third thing that happened as a result of this conversation. Turns out the PA (my friend) had been telling her boss (the well known personality) about things I’d been doing online. And then I go and contact her about the very same thing!

Talk about timing. I love when these divine connections happen and you can see God written all over it! I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Who Are You Walking Past?

I was running later than normal this morning when I went down to the post office to check for mail. As I walked along the pavement a young lady was walking towards me, her head down, reading the book in her hands. She must have just come off the train – there was a fair bit of foot traffic around. I don’t know why I was watching this lady but as she got closer, I noticed the book was moving up and down in her hands with the movement of her walking. And in a flash, as the book moved up momentarily, I saw the cover of her book and my heart jumped! The book was mine – “Worth More Than Rubies“.

I stopped and watched her as she moved further down the road away from me, wondering if she even realised she had just walked past the author. Probably not. How cool was that? Definitely a God-incident in my books!

God is always speaking to you

I recently read how God is always there, always seeking to get our attention, always talking to us, but in the busy-ness of life we tend to over look this. I’m definitely guilty of that, even when I do respond to promptings by the Holy Spirit to pray for people.

We are currently going through a 40 Day Prayer & Fast time at our church.  A couple of weeks ago during my prayer and bible reading time I was prompted to pray for a couple I’d not seen for at least a couple of years but probably much longer. They used to go to our old church and then shifted to another state to minister at a church there. I knew they’d been having challenges and we’d heard on the grapevine occasionally about things happening in their lives. But we weren’t close friends and we hadn’t maintained contact.

So, to be prompted to pray for them wasn’t because they were always on my mind and I knew it was not of my own thoughts. I prayed for them and that God is with them in whatever is happening currently and after my prayers for that day got on with my life. They didn’t enter my mind again… till this morning. Who should walk into my (new) church this morning but this couple and their children? I had an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement about seeing them and fired heaps of questions at them – how long have they been back, how are they, where are they living, and so on. I didn’t know who to hug first and excitedly chatted to them and then moved off to sit in my usual spot but keeping aware of where they had sat in the auditorium.

The prompting came back within minutes for me to go sit with them and I walked around to see if there was a spare seat near them but there wasn’t, so I moved back to my seat and waited till the time for the children moved came, then I grabbed my things and moved over to that side of the building and sat with them. During the service I was reminded of the prayer and concern for them a couple of weeks ago and I shared it with the husband (because he was sitting next to me and because we had also worked together a few years ago and had some common ground and I felt we connected more) after the service, with tears filling my eyes.

I still don’t understand why I was so overwhelmed with emotion for this couple – we’d not been close friends but did know each other. We didn’t mix in the same circles and their children are very young – our’s are full grown – and yet I know I was prompted to pray for them and then totally excited to see them this morning. They’re trying to buy a home and once settled will decide on their new church home.

One more amazing thing in all this, the husband told me he was surfing the web during the week and came across my blog – I asked him which one? I own 12 🙂 He told me the one about my book and was thrilled to come across it. He doesn’t even know how he found it – so there you have it. God had me thinking about them and vice versa – amazing.

Whatever is happening I know that God was in it, and for them to turn up in the church I attend out of all the churches they could attend, I feel was a God-incident in itself – that coupled with the prompting to pray for them.

We’re on duty for God 24/7

Throughout this year I’ve been working on a new book based on The Proverbs 31 Woman. The book is called Worth More Than Rubies: The Value of a Work At Home Mum.  The journey I’ve been experiencing during this time has been amazing and the evidence that God continues to work through things I do will never cease to surprise me. The following is just one such incident.

The most awesome thing happened and I wanted to share it with you.

A few days ago I was annoyed to receive yet another email newsletter from some group I’d never heard of. Because they were obviously Australian, and bearing in mind the spam legislation here, I emailed them and asked how I got on the list – to give them the benefit of the doubt.

The guy answered today and advised I’d signed up for their regular newsletter last December and this was a special one-off. I emailed back and suggested that they actually advise who the ‘parent group’ is so that recipients know who the sender actually is. He responded and agreed and then he emailed me again:

Kathie, you’re a Believer! So am I!!

I just clicked on your link for http://worth-more-than-rubies.com/

Where do you fellowship?

He’d seen the link for my new book in my signature block and followed it and knew instantly where my heart lay.

We ended up emailing back and forth and it turns out that 3 years ago he and his wife was touched by a special ministry that operates from my church. More than that, his wife works at home but is struggling and none of their friends can relate as they are not in a similar position. He asked if I would consider chatting with her on the phone to encourage her and of course I said ‘yes’.

It is important that we always respond and ‘react’ to things in a way that is not seen as rude or bad character at any time. We never know who we’re connecting with and the internet allows us to connect with anyone and everyone at any given time. We are on duty, God’s duty 24/7.  If I had not responded ‘nicely’ it’s possible we would not have discovered what I now believe to be a ‘God-connection’ and it thrills me that once again, my Lord is using me to help others.

I thought it was spam but it was a message from God

My book “Worth More Than Rubies” is playing a role in God-connections, even when I don’t expect it. And when you read the following you will understand what I mean.

The most awesome thing happened today and I want to share it with you.

A few days ago I was annoyed to receive yet another email newsletter from some group I’d never heard of. Because they were obviously Australian, and bearing in mind the spam legislation here, I emailed them and asked how I got on the list – to give them the benefit of the doubt.

The guy answered today and advised I’d signed up for their regular newsletter last December and this was a special one-off. I emailed back and suggested that they actually advise who the ‘parent group’ is so that recipients know who the sender actually is. He responded and agreed and then he sent me another email:

Kathie, you’re a Believer! So am I!!

I just clicked on your link for http://worth-more-than-rubies.com/

Where do you fellowship?

He’d seen the link for my new book in my signature block and followed it and knew instantly where my heart lay.

We ended up emailing back and forth and he was thrilled to find out my church is Bayside Church in Victoria, Australia. 3 years ago he and his wife were touched by a special ministry that operates from my church. More than that, his wife works at home but is feeling very overwhelmed with that and managing the family and none of their friends can relate as they are not in a similar position. He asked if I would consider chatting with her on the phone to encourage her and of course I said ‘yes’. I don’t know if he knows it yet, but of course my book touches on this very subject. And yes, I’m still on his company’s mailing list.

It is important that we always respond and ‘react’ to things in a way that is not seen as rude or in bad character at any time. We never know who we’re connecting with and the internet allows us to connect with anyone and everyone at any given time. We are on duty, God’s duty, 24/7. If I had not responded ‘nicely’ it’s possible we would not have discovered what I now believe to be a ‘God-connection’ and it thrills me that once again, my Lord is using me to help others. Even when they haven’t yet read my book :-)

Addendum: This man and his wife came to my book launch – it was lovely to meet them. Additional to that his wife has a business making and selling bridal veils all over the world. My eldest daughter makes bridal gowns and gowns for the bridesmaids – this would be a great ‘partnership’ and I will be introducing the two to each other.

A New Year God-Incidence

I almost forgot to share this here but have mentioned it at the Workplace-Ministry blog and emailed some close friends and family members about it.

For several years now I have prepared my goals for the year in full colour using Powerpoint and then print them out, laminate them and stick them on the wall just above and behind my monitor so that whenever I’m looking at my monitor, the goals are also in view. It’s important to have our plans and goals constantly in our vision – if they’re out of sight, they are often out of mind, and the end of the year can come and we wonder what happened to our plans? It’s been important to me that I adopt a bible verse as well for my goals and I include that. The goals usually include business goals and personal goals with something that also relates to my ministry and/or my connection with my Christian faith.

Late in December 2006 the pastor from my church told us about the message he received from God for our church and the Year of the Green Lights. I added this information to my PPT poster and the verse he quoted, plus pictures of green traffic lights for emphasis and the word ‘Go’ in a big green circle.

Mid January 2007 I had set aside a day for planning the rest of my year and my focus for what I want to do. It’s not a co-incidence, but a God-incidence that at the very time I was writing and praying about my goals a Google Alert arrived in my email, with my name in it, promoting a speaking event in the US. It blew me away – almost like a confirmation that this year I will be doing a lot more speaking. I have already had several engagements booked this year – but haven’t yet done a lot to promote, other than change my website (kathiethomas.com) and my email signature block.

The Google Alert just lets me know whenever my name is published on a website so I can track what’s happening out there – only this time the kathie thomas wasn’t me. But just to see my name there with Lisa Bevere’s is an exiciting thought! And feels like an encouragement and confirmation.There is a speaker in the US with the same name as me and she will be sharing the stage with Lisa Bevere. That email so excited me and I copied and pasted it into the PPT poster before I printed it off.

You see, one of my goals for this year is to increase how much writing I do, publish a book and do more speaking engagements. This email which could have come anytime, arrived during the time of my planning session and prayer and I believe it to be a confirmation from God that he is directing my path. And already I’ve had several articles published, am writing a book based on one of my most successful blogs and have already had several speaking engagements.

Daily Matters

There are probably things that happen on an almost daily basis that are God-incidences but we aren’t always aware of them.

Last Thursday I was down at my church, helping with a mailout and when it was time to go, went to say goodbye to Pastor Georgina but saw she was in the Senior Pastor’s office so decided not to interrupt her. I turned to go and both of them called out to me to come back. Both had been reading my articles online and wanted to encourage me as they felt the articles were good. We began chatting and I shared about some recent publishing successes I’d had – writing is one of my passions.

Recently Ps Georgina and I have been discussing which connect group my husband and I might lead this year and we still haven’t settled on anything yet but then Ps Rob said ‘why not a writer’s group?’ and Ps Georgina agreed. The three of us talked excitedly about it for a few minutes before I had to move on but my heart had quickened and the idea is indeed exciting. But the amazing thing is just that morning I was reading about setting up a Christian Writer’s Group at the FaithWriters.com website – I’d never looked at that before and I was wondering about it. So to have Ps Rob suggest it and Ps Georgina agree on the very same day I’d been considering it seemed to be another one of those God-incidents for me and I expect it is something that will now happen.

The Timing Was Right

It might not seem a lot to you, but it is to me. You see, I’ve had a bit of a stressful day and have had to deal with some authorities about an ‘issue’ that has been troubling this household. It seemed like no-one wanted to help us at all, we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. Then I was given one tiny little bit of advice today that I’ve acted upon and hopefully, over time it will bear fruit. But it left me feeling exhausted, teary, stressed and not able to focus as well as I normally do during my work day.

And then I got word late this afternoon that I have been nominated Member of the Month with the Christian Business Women’s Network online. Of course, the tears started again, but this time it was because God knew I needed lifting up and what a wonderful way for that to happen. So, I just thought I’d share it with you here.

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Kathie Thomas

Kathie is our CBWN Featured Member for the Month of September 2006. Kathie loves to encourage and provide sound advice. Her presence on the network is a testimony of dedication and a selfless attitude for helping others! Kathie, thank you for being a blessing to the network and to the body of Christ.
Kathie, is the Owner of A Clayton’s Secretary, “the first Virtual Assistant Network in the Asia-Pacific region, second in the world so that makes us one of the longest running Virtual Assistant & Home Based Secretary Networks globally.”

If you are eligible (female) I encourage you to visit the Christian Business Women’s Network and see what is on offer there for you personally. Bless you, KMT

Just this month…

Sometimes it’s not always evident a God-incident has happened, until you have all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Recently Graham and I had another experience, that until last night, I wasn’t aware was another God-incident.

I listen to our local Christian radio station, LightFM, every single day. It’s on in the background with music playing, voices talking and has a positive input into my life as I work in my office, read, do housework, or whatever. I like having that background sound – it’s not intrusive but comforting. Whilst I very much enjoy being on my own whilst working I don’t like total silence and the radio station fills that void.

Anyway, LightFM is a listener supported station, very dependent upon donations and sponsors to keep it running – their paid advertising pretty much pay the staff, but that’s all. And so LightFM was advertising its inaugural Fundraising Dinner and I first saw it mentioned in their newsletter Light Reading. I was going to ring and book straight away for us to go but it mentioned going in groups if possible, they were wanting to fill tables of 10. So I contacted my church instead to find out if anyone else was going so we could be on a table with others from our church.

I was pleasantly surprised with an email from our Pastor’s secretary a short time later saying that he would like us to be his guests. This we felt to be an honour, we haven’t been there very long (just over a year) and are still getting to know people within this very large congregation. We also knew that Ps Rob Buckingham would have lots of other people he knows very well in the church so to ask us to join his table seemed very special indeed. Naturally we accepted and looked forward to going.

Well, the event was last night and it was great fun – with entertainment, well-known speaker Tim Costello who is head of World Vision here in Australia, some other quite well known faces in the audience, lots of humour, silent auctions and other things. Very good night.

At the end of the evening Ps Rob was saying goodbye to us when he shared that it was very timely to receive my email about going to the dinner (it had been forwarded to him by someone in the church office). Apparently he had just 2 seats left to fill on his table and was thinking about whom he would offer them to when my email arrived. Co-incidence? No way, God is building relationships and I’m very aware of that! KMT

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