Tag: divine provision

Printing with God’s Abundance

Printing with God’s Abundance? What are you talking about Miss D? Let me share a funny story.

This past year has been our test – with relation to money. This is just one example of God’s provision in my life. We own our own small business, INNOVATIVETEKS,  an IT Consulting and Computer Repair Business. As in all small businesses there are times of feast and times of famine. This past year or so has been the famine. Yet our God, has provided. In amazing ways.

Two years ago I broke both bones in my lower leg at a job. We did not have workmans comp – we are independent contractors. We didn’t want to sue the hotel and lose our business. So my husband Bob has kept things going, despite my years of therapy. I have done what I could, yet my capacity to stand, bend, and climb on ladders is not good at the moment. God will heal me – in his time, not mine. (see GOD HEALS)

Yet this past year God has provided in a way we never could have ourselves. We bought a house. We bought a car after the old one got totaled by a deer. (See DIVINE PROTECTION IN EVERYDAY LIFE) We were blessed with a new computer (thanks Dad!) after Bob had to borrow the Pastor’s laptop (thanks Jeff!) to do some work. Our old laptop battery would not last long enough to do a site survey. Bob had to disassemble my recording computer and use that hard drive in the Pastor’s laptop so this new software wouldn’t crash. Use what you got right?

We have had numerous jobs where we have installed a new printer and were asked by the buyer to dispose of the old printer. We have been using these old printers faithfully for the last few years.

This past month things were so tight we could not even buy a new printer cartridge. So what did Bob do? He took his soldering iron, burned a hole in the old printer cartridge and refilled it himself with all the old toners we had. Yes, it was messy. Yes, he was covered in toner. And he used metal tape to close the hole. And it worked, thank you Jesus!

Anyway, Bob has been working for the last 10 days straight. And today he was supposed to take off. But God had other plans – plans for provision. We get work day by day from different National Buyers, so we never know for sure where, when, or how much.

The phone went off. It was a printer job. And they wanted you to dispose of the old printer. Some fancy furniture store. They just bought a new one. God bless him, he went. And guess what he brought home?

A COLOR LASER JET PRINTER WITH SCANNER with extra toners – let me be more specific to share with you how Good God is…this printer retails for $2000. And the ink cartridges they gave him to throw out retail at over $1400. Yep. we had $3.00 in the checking account this morning. And God blessed us with the tools that we need for our business worth over $3400!!!!

Don’t give up.

Your miracle is on it’s way.

God has more than enough – He owns it all and He wants to bless his kids.

I think I’ll just say, “Thank you Jesus!”, and let Him!

Thanks Daddy God!

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:13-14 NIV)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”(Matthew 7:9-12 NIV)

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14 NIV)

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your Divine Provision. Thank you for your grace and abundant mercy. Thank you for this abundant life. Forgive us for doubting You. You are faithful, You are awesome, and thanks for the new attitude, the new stuff, and the new life, in Jesus Name.

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The $50,000 Cup of Coffee

Have you ever been hurt in church? I know I am not the only one.  This morning God spoke to me that I need to share some things that have hurt me that have happened in church.  Now I am not doing this to bad mouth people. There are good and well meaning people that go to church every week.  There are good Shepherds.  And then, there are others who are not helpful at all.  I know, we are all people, and hurting people – hurt people.

I have a new category on my page, “Hurt in Church”.  This is a place where I share what happened and how I am seeking healing and forgiveness.  I know I have hurt people, and people have hurt me.  We are all human.  But I pray that I can use these hurts as ministry opportunities – and healing opportunities.  Not only to bring attention to what we are doing to each other, but to release God’s healing in all of our hearts.

In many of my stories I may use the 3rd person. And I will not reveal names or places – just situations.  Names will be changed as well. God knows who they really are – and God will take care of it.  But I know for my own healing I need to let these things out – and release them, instead of hanging onto old hurts.

I know I have been deceived – by Abusers in many arenas in my life.  Maybe that is why I always gravitated towards the Charismatic leaders.  Many are good.  But others like to abuse their power.

 

THE $50,000 CUP OF COFFEE

She was living in the shelter with her two kids.  Lynn had recently left the 1969 broken down trailer she had called home after years of abuse.  She was trying to protect her children and start a new life.  She went to the church every Sunday morning looking for hope – and healing.  She walked away from all of her things – left with the clothes on her back and no money.  Seemed wrong – he was the abuser and he got the house – but she was grateful she was alive and her kids were safe.

At night Lynn worked as a part-time waitress at a local diner.  Mostly senior citizens and families were her customers.  She would make on average $30-$40 a night in tips.  Well, except for the Friday Fish Fry.  Then she might make more. A great Friday was worth $75 or so. That’s where she met him.  His name was Tom .

Tom was a widower.  He would come to the restaurant 3-4 nights a week.  He had his favorite chair at the counter.  Being that Lynn was the newest waitress, she usually worked the counter.  She liked it there.  She could talk and get to know whosoever sat down.  Most nights Tom would come in for the special. He really liked the Swiss Steak on Thursdays.

Tom was a Christian too.  Even though he went to a different church, he and Lynn would talk about what last Sunday’s sermon was on.  His eyes lit up every time Lynn asked him what God was doing in his life.  She knew he was sad and lonely and the restaurant was his only place to have a regular conversation. Tom would sit at that counter for a good 2 hours every time he came in.

And Lynn would pull out her little index cards.  One of the ways she kept her wits about her was to write a verse from the Bible on an index card.  She would keep them in her apron and pull them out every time she started to worry about how she would make it – being on her own with the kids, and living in the shelter. “What’s the verse of the day?” Tom would ask when he sat down at the counter. And Lynn would pull out the index card she had written on that morning. She was desperately looking for hope in a hopeless situation.

Then one night Tom asked her, “Hey, what church do you go to?”  Lynn told him, and asked, “Why do you want to know?”  Tom said, “You have such a freedom when you talk about God. I want to come visit.”  Lynn poured him another cup of coffee.

It was a few weeks later that Tom finally showed up.  He looked ragged and beat down.  But he came.  The next Thursday he came back to the restaurant.  Lynn poured him his usual coffee and ordered his Swiss Steak.  Then he told her.  “Hey Lynn, did your Pastor tell you what I did last week?”  Lynn looked at him sort of puzzled.  “No, He didn’t say anything.”

Tom hesitated, and then took a breath. “Well you see, I recently lost my business and I had to sell a building I owned.  I don’t want to pay the capital gains tax so I chose four churches to split the money with.  I just gave your Pastor a check for $50,000.”

Lynn was speechless. She stood there a moment with the coffeepot frozen in her hand.  Her mind was spinning.  Finally she spoke, “Really Tom, that is absolutely amazing!  What a generous gift.  I can’t believe you did that.  You see our church has been renting space for the last um-teen years, maybe now they can build.  Thank you so much Tom. Here, have some more coffee – on me!”  Lynn bought his dinner that night – just to say thank you.  It was a small gesture, but Tom appreciated it.  Who knows the last time someone bought him dinner?

That Sunday Lynn went back to church.  She expected the Pastor to make an announcement and thank her for bringing Tom to church.  She thought the $50,000 check would finally bring her some acceptance into the ‘inner circle’.  Being that it was an independent church only the Pastor and his chosen men knew the finances.  There were no open books there. Yet the Pastor didn’t say a word.  So she waited, and waited.  And Lynn kept working, making $30-$40 a night.  And bringing Tom coffee when he came to the restaurant.

After about a month Tom came back to Lynn’s church.  It was then the Pastor took him up front and thanked him for his generous contribution.  The applause rang out and we were all grateful.  Such a generous gift. There were promises of getting a new building, promises of supporting missionaries, promises of how they could now help so many people.

Lynn sat in the congregation fuming.  She couldn’t believe it.  She was the one who had poured the coffee – for months.  She was the one who fed this man night after night. And the Pastor was acting like she didn’t even exist.  He never even told her thank you.  He never acknowledged her. He never told her that her pouring coffee and listening to Tom had helped him and his church. The Pastor took all the credit for bringing Tom to church. He said he knew him, and there was no mention of Lynn. The Pastor and the men had their private meetings and Lynn has no idea what they did with all that cash.

Lynn was disappointed.  I mean really. A$50,000 cup of coffee. The Pastor wouldn’t even acknowledge her or say good job. Lynn wasn’t looking for a hand out.  She was working hard to make her own way – without help from anyone.  She didn’t ask for help her with rent, or gas, or food.  Oh occasionally one or two people would give her a $20 bill on Sunday.  Maybe they thought that would do it.

Lynn got a second job, and then a third.  All while she went through the divorce.  And lost everything.  She got help from the Salvation Army and they helped her get into Section 8 housing.  She moved into an apartment with her kids and a blanket and a pillow.  Her and the kids didn’t even have beds.  After a while she had to quit the restaurant. Her second job started at 6 am and she had to have the kids at daycare at 5 am.  Working until 11 pm just wasn’t feasible anymore.

She told Tom on her last night, “Thanks again Tom. You have sure been a blessing to XYZ Church.  I pray that God restores to you everything you have given 30, 60, 100 times over. God bless you my friend.”  She turned in her apron and walked out of the restaurant – and out of XYZ church.

 

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Prayer Request and Music Opportunity for You by Peter Olach

Yep.  I am calling all Singers. Do you need a music track? Are you looking for a Composer? Someone who will treat your music with the love and respect it deserves? Today I am promoting one of my friends from Broadjam, Peter Olach.  He is an accomplished musician and composer with many more gifts.  And he is a friend in need.  I was bragging on all of you this weekend.  Yep, I told him I have met the most wonderful community of compassionate and caring people here at WordPress.  I would not be where I am today without all of your encouraging words, blogs, comments, and conversations.

Peter has begun his own media company called PGO Media Services. He also makes videos with music if you are looking for a special gift or remembrance video.  Here is one he did for Diane McAdam called “Hold On”

PGO Media Services is offering fully produced and mastered song beds for lyricists, singers and songwriters. The first offering includes a baker’s dozen collection of fully mastered contemporary Country song beds. Our Competitive Pricing begins @ $200. And, if you’re looking for a vocalist to complete your song, we can help you locate the perfect male or female vocalist.

And here is why Peter needs our help today.  I asked him to share a few words about his struggle.  We all have struggles.  We all need each other.

There are angels amongst us. You can find them washing dishes and folding laundry while tending to a family meal. They might be volunteers at the local soup kitchen or a teacher’s aide at your local school. Perhaps they sing in the choir or teach a Bible class before Sunday Service. Most important, and no matter the distance or time, they are your neighbor, your friend, family member, possibly mentor and quite often a caregiver. And, they do all this to the best of their ability and life’s station, with little fail.

 

WHY? Because it is their God Given Nature. A living gift from Him to us. They are the earth-bound angels who are given the desire to reach out and remind us: Help is there when we truly need; but only if we ask and are willing to seek that Blessing.

 

My challenge is not unlike yours and thousands of others. Yet my dear friend and earthly neighbor (perhaps angel), Diana, responded with honest concern, kindness and a suggestion for healing, “share a story or what you feel comfortable sharing about your struggle.”

 

Diana I am not comfortable with reaching out like this yet I do struggle. I, like too many, struggle with just the basic needs for health and shelter. My calamity is so small in comparison to so many others. I am seeking to raise $2000 in the next few weeks to normalize my life, to pay what I owe for services provided by others. And, to post a small surplus of $500 savings against “future surprises” whether health or finance.

 

To that end I am selling my work assets. Studio microphones and one mastering headset have already been sold and applied. I will post my guitar on Ebay and Craigslist this coming morning to further the cause. I have some memorabilia that a friend will photograph so I can add that to the generation of dollars.

 

I do this because I have a hiatal hernia combined with acid reflux and gastritis. On the upside; no, I am not dying, (at least not anytime soon.) The endoscopy procedure and biopsy sample showed that in due time I will continue to heal. No cancer, no ulcers, nor infections. God made me a tough old bird.

 

Downside – the meds, (while they work their prescribed miracles) make proximity to the bathroom an absolute must. So far, no employer wants to grant me bathroom breaks every 15 to 30 minutes. And, music continues to be my trusty companion. With 40 years of love and experience as my guide, I recently produced a series of music beds for singer/songwriters to make their own. The project is called PGO Media Services. So, far I have sold three song beds including mixing and “final” mastering services. Diana has offered to embed a link that might afford you a listen to the remaining twelve music beds in this series.

 

I welcome your comments and participation. In closing, I am reminded of a secular appraisal of where musicians fit in the “Plan”. From the work of Kahil Gibran, this one explanation has always warmed my heart.

 

“God respects me when I work. And, He loves me when I sing.”

 

 

God Bless and thank you, Diana, for allowing me to express myself.

~ Peter G. Olach of  PGO Media Services

 

Here are the Music Tracks Peter has for sale. Get yours today!

Feel free to contact Peter directly at:

peterolach@gmail.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/pgo-media-productions