There are moments in a person's life when we become aware of how God is actively working and moving. At Mt. Calvary we have come to call these "God Moments" and have encouraged people to share them in worship. Other people may not be as comfortable in sharing them in worship but are willing to write briefly about how God the Holy Spirit is working in their lives. Below are some of the God moments that have been shared with us.
Paul Pawlowski - “I am a school bus driver, so I have many “God Moments” in a course of a day. Usually I find myself calling on God throughout the day saying things like “Oh My God,” or “Good Lord”. But the God Moment I want to share today is one that involves “Divine Guidance”.
Over the past several months we have been involved in a small group discussion at church which deals with Four Acts of Love within a congregation. When we got to the part about Divine Anticipation I knew I had to share my God Moment.
I believe that we all have Divine Guidance throughout our day as we walk with the Lord. We just have to be aware of the times the Holy Spirit guides us. More importantly, share those experiences with our sisters and brothers in Christ.
My Chocolate Lab and I walk in the woods daily. It is a great experience for both of us. During our walks it is not uncommon to come into contact with other hikers and their dogs. On this particular day my dog and I came upon a pretty young woman and her dog.
Conversation was familiar as we discussed characteristics of our pets and the beauty of Gaska Park. During our
conversation I started to pick up on the fact that the young woman was sad. She told me that she was from a neighboring town. Soon we were talking about her family, namely her husband. She, in essence, she was ready to leave the relationship.
That is when I felt the Holy Spirit take over. My mouth went on “auto-pilot” . I could hear myself telling her about the beauty and struggles of marriage. I encouraged her to stay in her relationship with her husband and work to be more accepting.
I cannot remember everything I said, but that is not important. The important thing is that I was showing love and compassion to a fellow human whom I had never met. At the end of our conversation we embraced and wished each other well.
I cannot help but think that this young woman was destined to encounter me on that particular walk. I feel that the Holy Spirit used me as an instrument of love and guidance. That truly was my ‘God Moment’.”—Sincerely, Paul Pawlowski
Brian Miller - Brian is so excited to see God working in his son Stewart. Stewart had an opportunity to talk with a judge about an early release. Stewart’s release date was scheduled for January 18, but the early release would have meant he would be leaving before Christmas. Stewart had mixed feelings about that. Stewart has been in a Christian band since he has been in the corrections facility and Stewart was looking forward to playing for the other inmates for the Christmas program. Stewart found out he will not get out early, but this didn’t bother Stewart, in fact he was happy to stay and to have an opportunity to minister to inmates. Stewart recognized that God wanted him to be where he was at this time. He is excited to play / sing to his fellow inmates and to bring the Christmas message to those who need it most.
***Some people do not like to speak before others, but would be willing to write their God Moments down so that they may be read in worship or placed on our website. If you are one of those individuals, here is your opportunity! There are “God Moments” forms on the table under the balcony. Fill out a form and return it to Pastor Rich, include it in the offering plate or place it in his mailbox by the church office.***
I am thankful for...
-The taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
-The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
-My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
-A lawn that has to be mowed, windows that have to be washed and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
-The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
-All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
-The lady behind me in church who sings off-key because it means that I can hear.
-The huge piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
-The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I’m alive.