God’s Goodness Overwhelms Me – June 2017
Two weeks ago we were asked to give testimonies from family camp. I hesitated because I felt right in the middle of everything – in the middle of processing, in the middle of walking it out, in the middle of it all. But I felt prompted to publicly declare that I came away from our time with Greg & Michelle both encouraged and challenged. I was also trusting God to fulfill His Word, to provide a permanent job. Well, since then, postings for permanent positions with the DDSB came out and there were many jobs that fit my qualifications. After consulting with mentors or school admin, I applied to 30 positions. The day the postings closed, interview offers started rolling in and before I knew it, I had 15 interview offers. I did 5 interviews within 25 hours and was offered all 5 jobs. Two of those jobs were from my top two choices. I ended up in the very unique position as a teacher of choosing between several jobs. I selected the position that suited me best. I am now the PERMANENT French and Music teacher at Forest View Public School. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by God’s goodness and favour. Praise God!
God Knows – May 2017
As is often the case, when companies get acquired by larger ones, I found myself looking for a new job last year. It turned out to be far more difficult to find a new job than I had imagined. Many opportunities but nothing that was right in my wheel house and companies appear to be looking for that perfect tactical fit. Last month God showed me an opportunity which seemed much more in-line with my skills and business goals. This was the first opportunity that I truly got excited about. An offer was extended to me and I start the day after Family Camp.
God Is Amazing & Faithful! – May 2017
On Thursday, May 11th, I got a call to tell me that my 12yr old cousin Luc was in surgery. He collapsed at school and they suspected that he had had a brain aneurysm. I immediately called Bridget and asked her to pray. I wanted as many people praying for him as possible, as soon as possible. I have since found out that Luc has a malformation of the vessels in his brain, so it was more a bleed than a burst. This Thursday, May 18th, he was woken up from his induced coma. He is responding coherently and moving both sides of his boy. He is making exceptional progress! One of the first things he told his parents is that he saw an angel!!! One of the very next things was that he wanted his phone, so he could listen to music, kids today …
God is amazing and faithful and I wanted to lift up His name with this amazing testimony of his goodness. From Luc’s family to the leadership at The Bridge, thank you so much for your prayers.
Healing in the Workplace – February 2017
It was about a month ago, a co-op student from work was in back pain. He was on my heart as I was aware of this, seeing him leaning on different store fixtures, for relief from the pain. So I asked “Can I pray for you that God would heal your back? Do you believe that God can heal you?” He said yes, believing God can heal, and yes for me to pray for him. Before he left his shift, he said his back pain went from a 8, being painful, to a 5, being not as painful. The next day he came in and eventually on the shift I asked him how do he was feeling today? He said fine. I said what number – he said 0. No pain – I was excited!! I asked if he had any pain relief aside from prayer. He said no. So I said “See that must be the power of God” He was very relaxed and nonchalant about the healing. Not me, I was excited! He is still walking around fine to this day with no pain. Jesus is the Healer. I am believing God will not let this situation go and use this as one of many things to remind him of needing to be saved.
God is in Control – March 26th
Back in January 2017 I was reviewing my financial situation. I realized that my consumer proposal debt would end soon. Then I could start to save for a new car. Mine was 10 years old and had 200,000km on it. I was hoping it would last 2 years as I save for another. Feb 27th, debt paid in full and for the first time in 52 years, I am out of debt! On March 11th I had an accident, which was the other drivers fault, and my insurance company wrote off my car. I struggled, with no money and bad credit, to understand how I could get a new car. My insurance company gave me an incredible settlement. This allowed me to put down a large sum for a deposit. This time my debt is different – with Jesus guiding me, my debt is not controlling me. God knew the end result. Do It Again, Lord!
Healing Through Love – January 29th
I want to take this moment to say thank you to all for your prayers. How touched I was to know the moment my husband reached out to the elders how quickly family came together to pray all week.
As many may know already 9 years ago I had a heart attack where 5 stents were implanted in my right artery, then again on Jan 2015 I had another heart attack and a 6th stent was implanted again.
Jan 2017 I found myself being rushed back to the hospital wondering what had gone wrong now, this time the left artery dissected however Doctors did not want to take the chance and add more stents as it was more evasive and within the branches of the artery. They decided to treat the situation with 4 days of Heprin and will be on continuous blood thinner for now as they say in time they found in some the artery heals.
Two years ago I was angry to what had happened, I realized I will not live how I did back then. As I laid in bed and tried to make sense of all this, Jeanine came to visit and had me listen to a song “resurrecting” and I began to see all the moments Jesus was there each time I was in the hospital. He showed me through the support and prayers of family, to the doctor rushing in not to help the other doctor first but to come to me and tell me everything is going to be ok, to where he stood during my angiogram. As I saw that, He said I will never leave you nor forsake you. During that week, I felt God kept saying love, and I began to understand that healing comes with Love. The greatest commandment in the bible is based on LOVE. HE showed me the blood flowing in arteries and I believe the blood is Jesus flowing in us providing that love to bring healing to our hearts and to our bodies. The less angry, regretful and unforgivable we live the more God will pour out love so that we can heal and share that love to others. Its not an easy task but every time I start to feel something I turn around and I start focusing on Jesus.
I have a long road ahead but I believe this time I am going to endure it side by side with my King never losing my focus and seeing what he has for me at the end of it all. Again my husband and family thank you and will be keeping the elders posted on the next few months of progress.
God’s Miracle in the Workplace – January 3rd
I want to give thanks to the Lord for giving me a job in my profession. I would also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who prayed for me.
I came to Canada with a Master’s Degree in Economics from the US hoping to find employment in my field but all I could get were contracts from time to time. In the meanwhile I always had a fulltime job in an automotive parts factory. After a while I felt professionally rusty and returned to school to do a Master’s Degree in Policy Studies. Even with 2 Master’s Degrees and having done all the right things as advised by employment counsellors, the professional job remained elusive. Eventually I began to despair and often wondered why the Lord would give me such a good education and yet let me labour in a factory. However, the Lord had a better plan.
A miracle happened last week. Our company was bought by a big international automative company which is rolling out a Lean Production System to improve efficiency in all the acquired factories. They advertised for positions to lead the effort in various factories. The Human Resources coordinator encouraged me to apply for one of the positions but having faced rejection too many times, I hesitated. Then I came to church the following Sunday and the Lord spoke a word in the worship service saying “is there anything too hard for me”. I strongly felt this word was targeting my employment situation. So I went to work and applied for the position. Then something amazing happened. The International Director of the Lean Production Program came to interview me in person. He was very impressed and I had another interview with the General Manager of the location I will be working. To my amazement, the General Managed used to be my manager in the same company at the Scarborough factory which was closed due to the 2009 recession. He could not hide his excitement at seeing me. The Lord was leading me to the right people.
Last week I was offered the position of Production Systems Expert reporting directly to the General Manager. The position combines my skills as an economist with practical experience working in the factory. Looking at this in retrospect, I now know that the Lord was keeping me in the factory to prepare me for this positon and I did not understand it. I learned that I should always trust God even if I don’t understand what is happening in my life
God’s Favour – November 6th
After working for the bank on contract for 3 years, I am finally hired as full-time employee. In spite of the fact that the bank is going through re-organisation and lay-offs, I definitely feel that it is God’s gracious hand in my life to make this possible. Praise The Lord!
He’s Our Provider – September 4th
God is faithful! This Tuesday I start a full time job working at Farm Boy! Thank you God!!
He Hears Our Cry – August 21st
I have a problem with my knees in which they dislocate every now and then. When this happens I will quickly attempt to shift whichever knee cap has moved back into place (which can be uncomfortable and painful). One evening this past week while resting (laying on my stomach) my knee dislocated and it was pretty brutal. I attempted to reach for my knee to push it back into place but couldn’t. Because my knee was locked and I could tell it was more serious than what I normally experience, I anticipated pushing it back into place would be intensely painful. Nonetheless, unable to reach it, feeling panicked, and without even thinking really, I said the words “God help me” and ny knee suddenly shifted back into place. Though I was anticipating it would be quite painful, it was painless!
Risking for Him – August 7th
God has spoken to the church this year about risk, about what we are willing to risk for him. For someone under the age of 40, changing jobs is probably no big deal. In many cases, it would be perceived as riskier to stay in the same job. For someone like me,, over the age of 60, changing jobs is a different proposition, especially if you have been with the same company for 12 years, all your previous jobs averaged just 2 years, and you anticipated retiring from your current company. The choice I faced was to stay put where I have been for 12 years, doing what I am good at or to leave the comfortable behind and go to work for someone different doing something I haven’t done before; to go from being a senior staff member to being the new kid; to go from being proven and trusted to being untried. Looking back over the past year and a half, I see God’s fingerprints. He has worked in various ways to loosen my grip on my current job, and to open my mind to the possibility of being somewhere else. I didn’t go looking for something else or even somewhere else I was for the most part content. The something else can looking for me. I believe God has opened the door. I think I have it in me (with God’s help) to prove myself at least once more. On Monday I start a new job as a Practice Advisor at the Ontario Association of Architects. I will no longer be practicing architecture, rather I will be working for the governing body, helping other architects to practice well, and helping to support the profession. I don’t know what God intends to accomplish through this, I just know that my sphere of influence, my oikos is changing. I am looking forward to the change and to the challenge.
God Our Healer – July 3rd
Growing up I battled with severe eczema and stomach pains. Through the Lords leading, 6 years ago I removed gluten from my diet. This was an answer to prayer as it drastically cleared my skin reactions and eliminated the stomach pain. A few years ago God started to renew a hope in me to be healed of my gluten intolerance. After 3 years of prayer, in faith, I started to reintroduce gluten into my diet. PRAISE BE TO JESUS because I no longer negatively react and am HEALED of this intolerance.
Sharing God’s Love – May 15th
Okay Lord, We have 2 hours and a pocket full of change. Who can we love on? After some moments in worship, He showed us an elderly lady at the mall in the food court, sitting by herself, the colour blue and some words of encouragement. Thank you Lord. To the mall. And that is where we met Ruth: a lady in her late eighty’s that was sitting by herself in the food court, dressed in blue. Utilizing the gospel according to Tim Hortons, we sat next to her and shared the love of Christ. Praise the Lord!
Sharing the Good News – May 8th
In the last week of April, our family had heard the news of my uncle Frank falling sick to a rare form of Cancer at the age of 87. A man who was full of life but void of God. In the following weeks we had opportunities to visit him and share the Good News of Jesus to him. As days went by, on a follow up visit, he gave his life to God as He called out to Jesus, and from that moment on He had received God’s peace. As of Thursday, May 5th, he is now with the Lord.
Debt Free – May 8th
About 3 years ago, at an Equip in Denver, someone was speaking into the area of personal finances/financial freedom. At the time, I was finishing up university and my almost $15000 student loans were heading into repayment. They were supposed to take 10 years to pay back and the idea of that weighed heavily on me. While standing with those declaring victory in the area of finances, I felt God say to me that my loans would be paid off in less than 5 years. I’ve held onto that word knowing it would only be possible if God took care of it. Even until recently, it seemed so far off. And yet!!! Yesterday, I made the final payent on my loan. God has been faithful to provide and in less than 3 years since God spoke that word to me, I am now debt free!!!
Holy Spirit Adventures – May 1st
Jeison and Ken went out to the mall – only had 30 minutes. God had shown us to look for someone wearing pink and a person with a leg problem. We met a lady, whose granddaughter was wearing pink, who had recently had knee surgery. Her son was with her. We got to tell them how much God loved them and prayed for complete healing for her new knee.
God’s Blessings – April 24th
Back in January I was given a permanent position. At that time my boss said that she was pushing through a raise, as I did not qualify yet for the merit bonuses since I am just coming on as a permanent employee. Last Thursday I was given a letter that said I was getting a raise for merit in my position and that the raise would be retroactive to the start of my permanent position.
God’s Goodness Never Ends – January 17th
My testimony begins in July of 2015, when I was told by my new boss that my role at my company doesn’t exist and it looked like I was going to be out of a job in September. I went home that evening and immediately started looking for a new job. I found one that looked exciting so I applied. I got called in to do several interviews for the company and made it to the final two, where I had to meet the Executive Vice President of Sales who would be making the final decision. Due to an internal restructure, that company decided to go for the other candidate and I was beyond disappointed. I then felt the Holy Spirit tell me to send the EVP a thank you note and request feedback so I could improve my interviewing skills. I did! He responded almost immediately. Rather than giving feedback, he said that a friend of his was looking for a Marketing Manager and wanted to know if it was ok for him to refer me. I agreed! He set up the introduction with his friend, who turned out to be the CEO of the company and it turned out that the EVP was on the company’s Board of Directors. After a long interview process, I got the job and started in January of this year. God’s goodness doesn’t end there! After three days I was given a promotion to Director of Marketing and a $10,000 pay raise without having to ask for one. The title also comes with a seat at the table where business strategy and direction is discussed by the CEO and the two other co-founders. Thank you Lord for blowing my socks off with your Goodness.
He Takes Care of Every Detail – January 17th
We received a quote for our flights back to South Africa in June for a 3 week holiday. We were short by $625. We agreed that the shortfall will be taken from my January paycheck and that we would have a tight month but, in faith, went ahead and confirmed with the travel agent to reserve the tickets provided that full payment could be made on Friday. I received my pay advice on Thursday and noted that my company had given me a small incentive bonus which resulted in me clearing just sufficient enough to pay the shortfall on the air tickets. The reason for this incentive was because my temporary transfer position to Canada has been converted to a permanent position and resulted in the payment of the incentive which was not expected at this time of year. I reconfirmed our travel plans with the travel agent and when I went to pay for the tickets, the requote was $1000 less than what we were originally quoted. Praise be to God for the continuous favour that he has placed on our family and for answering our prayers.
The Greatness of God – January 17th
Tom’s car would not start this morning. We wanted to come to church and Savannah was out with our car. My husband kept trying to start the car by pushing it to jump start it all by himself. Finally I went in the car and was trying to jumpstart it while he was pushing it. So many cars were passing by and I started to feel so concerned for my husband just then a young man driving a black pick-up truck stopped and offered to help – he said he just couldn’t pass without stopping to help us as we were in need. When the car started, he was about to walk away and I called him to come over to me. I asked him his name, he said Randy, and as I hugged him, I realized he had alcohol on him. I hugged him and thanked and blessed him and as he left, I prayed for his soul. God is still using the Samaritan’s to help his people. Let us pray for Randy – put him on your prayer list.
God Is Always Doing Great Things – January 10th
This past December marked 5 years with my current employer. To God be the glory because with each passing year, without any instigation on my part, my boss has fought the corporate standards to ensure I get compensated for my work. This year was no different. Looking past at the last 5 years, God’s favour is undisputable as I can say from starting as a junior at entry level pay – by God’s grace – in 5 years I have been given at total of 40% raise. While monetary growth is not the focus of His Kingdom, I wanted to take this moment to praise God for His goodness. Whatever form it takes, God is always doing a great thing in some area of our lives, and I am so thankful for His provision – material and spiritual!
His Blessings Continue to Overtake Me! – January 3rd
2015 was a great year for me at work. I lead my team in 3 straight quarters and ended my year at 187% year to target and for the second straight year, I will be eligible for our top honour of Presidents Club. I thank God for His favour and expect His blessings to continue to overtake me!
God Is For Us! – January 10th
Back in September of 2014, I had said to God that I wanted this job position, which I had interviewed for 3 times. The company was looking for a contract worker for a 6 month term. Before I even started with the company, I knew in my heart that the position would be mine and that it would be longer than the original 6 month contract. In April 2015 they extended me for another 6 months. Just after they extended us, we lost our biggest client and the executive directors wanted to terminate me. However, come September my boss was talking that they were going to extend my contract at least. They did and I got another 3 month contract extension in October 2015. On January 4, 2016 I was given a permanent full time position. My boss had fought for me for a raise and to have the waiting period for my benefits waived. February 2016 I become a permanent full time employee, with a raise and full benefits. The company agreed with her and I got both. Thank you to all who have prayed with and for me in this.