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It Dawned On Me Last Night….

… that another God-incident had taken place in my life recently. I’m a bit slow to wake up sometimes.

I was reading the book Faith & Work: Do They Mix? by Os Hillman. This is a great book for those who feel that God is leading them to a ministry in the workplace. I know that is where I am supposed to be and have known it for a number of years now. The book is truly emphasising what I’ve been feeling and there is an increasing excitement building within me as I progress through this book.

Readers of this blog will know that I’ve recently become involved in new ministry that is birthing at our church – a business ministry. The other members and I all have the same knowledge – a calling by God to serve Him in our workplaces. This book emphasises that.

And yet, I would not have known about this book if it hadn’t been for a lady who placed a comment on this blog to one of my other posts. She told me about the MarketPlaceLeaders website and to look in the TGIF archives – there I found a daily devotional called Today God Is First which I now receive. And there I saw more of Os Hillman’s book and there were three on special, I bought all three and am reading this one first. I had no idea this movement was sweeping the world and has been for awhile – I just knew what I was supposed to be doing and that God had shifted Graham and me to Bayside Church for that reason.

Amazing – I started to learn about blogs for a client of mine, got hooked and started doing my own, started this one because of something our Pastor said in a sermon some months ago, and then via a comment get propelled further along my path towards my goal. God is so amazing! KMT

Going Full Circle

Have you ever had that experience when you’ve known someone for a time, lost touch and then years later you meet up with that person again? It makes you feel like you’ve come back to where you were all that time ago.

That happened to me today. Twelve years ago in the first year of my business I did work for a man whose office wasn’t far from mine. For a while we kept in touch but then I lost track of him – he’d shifted offices but I didn’t know where to and he dropped off my mailing list.

Three weeks ago I got an email from the Pastor of my church introducing the name of the man who would head the business ministry in our church – the name was the same as the man I did work for 12 years ago. I knew instantly it had to be the same guy as his name is quite unusual. But I had no idea he was a Christian and he wouldn’t have known it of me either – guess it was just something we didn’t talk about then.

Today we had our first business ministry meeting at my home and Richard and I were able to be re-acquainted and explain to the others there that we had met many years ago. It felt in some ways that I’d gone full circle and I feel confident that I’ll be working with this man again – not for him as in the past, but for God, with him and the others. The others also shared stories that showed all 5 of us had travelled paths that taught us similar lessons and had now brought us all together.

After this morning’s meeting I couldn’t help feeling excited – a new chapter is birthing in my life and along with it, will be many of the business people I’ve dealt with on and off over the years – all of whom have migrated to the same church. I was amazed as I went through the church directory today because I thought I only knew up a handful of people but there were 23 and all were business connections! And there may be others I haven’t yet discovered. God’s got something cooking….. KMT

It happened today

I got a phone call from the printer of my BNI chapter who is only a few mintues’ drive from me. She had a Pastor in there who wanted some typing done so she sends him to me. Turns out he’s one of the Sudanese from Heatherton CRC where my husand and I used to attend for 10 years and which we left only a year ago*. He needs a Rules of Association typed for the new Sudanese church being established at Heatherton. He, and the senior pastors there had been trying to find a copy of this document on the church head office website but it’s not there so he had to find someone to type a copy from the example he had – what are the odds of him going to Highett only to be directed to me? Totally awesome! KMT

*As an addendum, I should explain that Graham and I shifted to another church because of a direction from God and a change in our Ministry. We loved the years we spent at Heatherton and have many friends there – with a daughter marrying a son of one of the Pastors from there later this year.

Just last year….

I was sharing with a friend on the weekend about how Graham and I came to be at our current church. We’d been talking about this blog before that and when she heard the story she told me there was another God-incident I should be sharing. I hadn’t thought of that in this way but it is true.

We’d been at our previous church for around 10 years, and our girls had grown up during that time. Graham and I had been housechurch leaders for 8 years, I’d been secretary at the church for a couple of years (until a word was spoken over me some months previously by a visiting Pastor saying that God wanted me in the business world and not working in the church office), Graham had been on the business council and we’d also been the Singles Ministry Leaders. So, we were comfortable there and had fit in well. However, I’d tried to get some business breakfasts and meetings happening – an outreach to business people. These hadn’t been successful but I couldn’t help feeling that was what I was supposed to be doing.

Over the last couple of years we’d become restless and different things that happened or were said to either of us prompted us to feel it was time to move on. We discussed this feeling of restlessness and what we should do and where would we go? A couple of business associates of mine were attending Bayside Church and I knew there was a large group of business people there – I couldn’t help wondering if that was the place? The feeling was growing that we needed to mix with other Christian business people – there were few in our church we had been attending. We decided to pray about it and perhaps go attend a service the following Sunday.

All that week every business person I met with was a Christian and attended Bayside. Some of them I’d known for a few years but I had no idea – it had not come up in our discussions until that particular week! I met a couple of business people I’d not known before – they also went to Bayside. I rang my husband and told him ‘all roads lead to Bayside’. So we attended that Sunday and on entry were handed the newsletter, sermon notes and a bookmark with a list of goals for 2005. I scanned the list and my eyes quickly picked up an item near the bottom – a goal to establish a business ministry in the church. I knew immediately we had come to our new ‘home’ church and that is where we are today. A co-incidence? I don’t think so!

Even Today….

… things keep happening that show God’s involvement as He weaves our paths in and around others. Graham and I changed churches last year. We’d been receiving words and prophecies for about a 2 year period that God wants us to connect with business people because that is where our ministry is. We visited Bayside Church April 2005 and printed on their new bookmark was a list of goals for the year – one of them being plans to develop a business ministry. I knew we’d come to the right place!

Today I get an email welcoming me to the Business Ministry team as it starts to take shape this year and the man leading it has a really unusual name – not one that you’d forget easily. A man with the same name was a client of mine in my first year of business nearly 12 years ago. I feel sure it’s the same man, and if so, can’t help thinking another God-incidence is about to happen. I’ll keep you posted. KMT

Choosing Your Life Partner

When I was 32 years of age, a single mum with 3 small daughters, having escaped a difficult marriage that was threatening to become violent, I was working in a govt position and attending church regularly. One day a woman at the church came up to me and told me I should be ashamed of myself – throwing my marriage away. Turned out she’d been praying for a husband and desperately wanted to be married. I spoke with the Pastor who, in turn told me I was a woman who should be married and needed to pray about it – me, I’d had enough and wanted to stay single and bring my girls up on my own. I’d made a mess of things in that area and didn’t feel like trying again. About a week later a girlfriend at work told me of the criteria she had for meeting guys – 5 points. I told her I thought that was a rather cold way of approaching things and she said it was her life and she wanted to make sure when she met ‘him’ he was the right guy. Why waste time on anything less? I began to wonder if God had a message for me and taking Sue’s 5 points I increased them to 12 and prayed over them, at first somewhat cynically, but over time, more in earnest.

During this period of time one of my associates at our work prayer group told me about a man whose marriage had recently broken up and there were two little girls involved. He asked if we could pray for this man and his family and that God would enter into the situation. At that time I’d been learning about how, if we concentrate on other people and their needs, that God would also look after our needs. So, for a couple of months I was praying over my situation and praying for this man and his situation.

I won’t make this a long story but suffice for you to know the man I was praying for ended up asking me out and within one month of getting to know him, he met 11 out of the 12 criteria I’d set – think God had plans for me! Graham soon met that 12th point as well and in 1991 we married and combined our family of 5 girls. A co-incidence? I don’t think so!

When I was around 28 years of age:

Some years later, I was working in a wonderful position, with a Christian boss. I’d had more children and they were growing up and I’d returned to work to help pay the bills. I was going through great growth at that time, learning much from my discussions with my boss, and I’d even joined his church. The children and I went to his family’s place for meals, I enjoyed being with him and his wife as much as possible. I still attended my church too (one in the morning, one at night) and during that time I’d become friendly with a lady named Betty, who was my ‘elder’. One Sunday morning, Betty took ill during the church service and was rushed to hospital. She appeared to have had a stroke. She returned home around ten days later. At my work for several days, the words ‘Be Still and Know that I am God’ kept running around in my head, plus ‘ring Betty’. I dismissed it as fanciful thinking for a few days, until it started to drive me crazy. I couldn’t shake the words from my head. Finally, shaking, I gave in to it and decided to give Betty a ring and see how she was. I wasn’t sure how I was going to approach the subject but knew I had to tell her. I plucked up the courage after about five minutes of conversation and told her that I had to say something to her, but didn’t know if it were relevant to her. I quoted the verse and stopped. She was silent at the other end and I wasn’t sure if she was still there. I waited. Then she spoke. ‘It’s funny’, she said, ‘but that’s what they were telling us about on the Friday night at the elder’s meeting before the Sunday I took ill. I dismissed it as not being for me. Whilst I was in hospital they did lots of tests but they could find nothing wrong. They let me come back home but I was still very tired and needing rest. I started to spend time with the Lord and reading His Word. You are right, it’s what I needed to hear.’ I said my goodbyes to her, my heart gladdened because I’d listened and obeyed. But boy, was I shaking!

When I was 21….

I had a beautiful son who stayed with us for six months. One night, I went to see why he hadn’t woken for his meal. My son had died. I was later to find out it was cot death. I couldn’t understand why it happened – he was my first child, what had I done wrong? Those questions were answered some years later, but the point to my story at this time is that we were broke, we had little money and we didn’t know how we were going to pay for his funeral. We didn’t tell anyone, not even our family, but we did wonder how. I prayed about it, as I do anytime I’m in need. Some family members gave us money to help us (remember though, we hadn’t told them). Unknown to us, our neighbours took up a collection throughout the whole street. The sums of money given us equalled exactly the quotation we’d been given for the cost of the funeral. When we arrived at the parlour to pay the bill, it seemed that the quotation was slightly out – by $5.00. That was the exact amount I had in my purse! God had provided for us to the exact dollar!

This is an incident that happened when I was 19 years old.

There was the time when I was working in a bank in South Australia, young, only around 19 years of age. I loved to wander the main street of the city at lunchtimes and it was during this time that a group called ‘Eckenkar Travellers’ had set up a tent, to invite in prospective new members. I had begun to visit them, discussing with them my beliefs and the reason why I couldn’t possibly become a part of their group. But their answers confused me and I was unsure.

I went to see a friend who worked nearby and who was a solid Christian. He suggested I pray to God about what He wanted. I prayed that Friday night, that God would show me one way or the other, what He wanted me to do. On Monday, I was back at my desk and there was an envelope addressed to me. It seemed a lady from another branch desperately wanted to transfer to town and as I lived near where she was currently working, it had been suggested that I should transfer out to there. I had my answer. I could have argued and said no, I wouldn’t go, after all I loved my position, but I didn’t argue. Because I knew that this was the answer that God had for me and I had to accept it. No more contact with those people!

Co-incidence? No, it was a God-incident!