We Do Our Best and God Does the Rest

As a young, ambitious college music student, I made the decision to audition and apply for the Brevard music festival in North Carolina—a prestigious and intensive seven-week orchestral program. I knew that this festival would help me grow immensely, taking me to a higher level of musicianship and artistry. I was doing everything I knew to be accepted into the program, such as practicing my instrument a lot, asking my instructors for letters of recommendation, and listening to my viola teacher’s musical suggestions. Additionally, I was aware that the festival was going to be a big financial commitment, and I found it challenging to figure out how I was going to raise enough money for not only the festival, but also for room and board, travel, and so forth.

One night, my mom and I were discussing the situation, and she had the wonderful idea for me to write letters to my college professors, teachers from my past, businesses in the area, and anyone who had greatly influenced my musical studies over the years. So I wrote letters from the heart, explaining my passion for music and my desire to bless others with it, as well as how God had helped me achieve many victories over the years and how much I was believing to attend the Brevard music festival. After I addressed all of my letters and sent them out, I was peaceful because I knew that I had put forth my best efforts to raise the funds, and now the situation was out of my hands. I trusted that God would take care of everything.

A few days later, letters started arriving, and more and more came flooding in each day. People were sending very generous donations and cards, telling me how blessed they were to receive my letters and how they were praying and believing with me to reach my goal. Many who had heard me play music in the past were even telling me how much my music had inspired them and how they wanted to give back for all of the ways I inspired others. This was so touching to me because not only were my prayers to God answered, but also He was showing me a labor of love. I never truly knew how much my music meant to people. By everyone’s kind words and gestures, it was evident how much this impacted them and how much they cared about me. I not only reached my goal, but also I was accepted into the music festival with additional scholarships.

God gave me the desire of my heart this summer, and in the process, He reminded me of the true meaning of Luke 6:38: “Give, and it shall be given unto you….” I had given of my time and talents for years, and God was simply returning the favor. The great love of the household and support of those who believe in me never ceases to amaze me, and I am so thankful to be a part of their lives.

God Will Always Help Me

There is not room enough on this page to tell of what God has done for me. I am so happy I learned the Word of God in The Way Ministry.

In short, I have become confident in who I am. Who am I? I am a son of God with holy spirit inside. Before I learned the Word of God, I couldn’t be sure of anything. Today, I can boldly talk to and teach a group of peers in the ministry and on the job. When I learn a truth from God’s Word, I can be sure it is true. That builds the confidence inside of me.

Not too long ago I desired to change jobs and pursue a line of work I hadn’t done before. Some people said, “You can’t get a job like that—you don’t have any experience.” Before I learned about the power of positive believing on the promises of God, I may have believed them.

Psalms 37:5:
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

I applied for the desired job and got hired. I am meek and confident in what I do. The Word of God I have learned in The Way Ministry has given me a foundation to base my beliefs on that doesn’t fail. At any time I can go to God and find help.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

I thank my God and The Way International for the Word of God I have been taught.

Trust in God and His Word

I worked in the automotive industry before going Way Disciple. The company I worked for supplied automotive seats to automobile companies. I worked in the main test lab, testing automotive seats to federal standards.

After deciding to go out as a Way Disciple and being accepted, I informed my immediate supervisor of what I was planning to do. He suggested that I ask for a six-month leave of absence because I really wanted to come back and work for the same company. I met with the human resources director and explained what I would be doing during the six-month leave of absence. I filled out the necessary paperwork and waited about a week for an answer. I was denied a leave of absence.

I was a little disappointed, but I knew that if God wanted me to work for this company again then He would open some doors for me. I was not going to let this stop me from going out Way Disciple because I had made a commitment to God and His Word. At that time, I kept a couple of verses in front of me:

Ecclesiastes 5:4:
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Proverbs 3:5,6:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Two weeks before I was leaving my job, the test lab supervisor called me into his office and offered me a promotion if I would stay. I thanked him for the offer and politely declined.

One week before I was leaving my job, the head of another department that did specialized testing heard what I was doing. I had done some work for this person when she was over a seat program, and she liked the work that I had done for her. She came and talked to me. She said that her department had an opening, but she could not hire anybody until the end of April or beginning of May the following year. I accepted her offer.

After a successful Way Disciple tenure, I went back to work for the same company and enjoyed every minute that I worked there. Overcoming this challenge in my life strengthened my trust in God and His Word.

Trusting in God for Sweet Victories

I have been a part of this ministry for over four decades and have learned the greatness of the Word through many classes, advances, Sunday Teaching Services, Way Magazines, leadership training programs, and household fellowships. There have been numerous individuals in this ministry who have impacted my growth and development as a Christian believer over the years, all of whom have helped me to be able to read and understand the Bible for myself and live it in my own life. Therefore, I have been able to help others to do the same.

God has done innumerable things for me over the years. But if I had to pick one specific key, it would be trust. I have learned to trust God in my marriage, in raising our children, in keeping our home a haven, in coordinating a fellowship, in our workplace, in our community, etc. One example of trusting God in my marriage occurred when two of our adult children had come to visit us for the holidays. We had taken them to the airport, and it began to snow as we headed home. My husband and I were sharing about how we enjoyed being with our children. We went to get in the passing lane, and our car began to spin out of control and headed off the road. I took my husband’s hand, and he began to pray out loud. As his prayer ended, our car stopped right next to the guardrail that overlooked a significant drop-off. We smiled at each other and got back on the road without a scratch to the car or us.

A workplace example of trusting God began during a time period when my husband and I taught in the same school. One teacher’s husband had a bad heart and needed a heart transplant. Many names were ahead of his on the list to receive a transplant, but a clinic was treating him in the meantime. He and his wife had been to our home for meals and fellowship activities. My husband would pray with his wife daily because they taught in the same classroom. We shared several ministry publications with them. After my husband and I retired and moved, we kept in touch with this couple. One day we got an excited call from the wife saying that her husband had the heart surgery and was recovering well. She knew it was because of how we trusted God and knew He would provide. Of course, these are only two of so many blessing and benefit stories.

My life has been changed for the BEST since I took my first Foundational Class over four decades ago. I have encountered many challenges and opprtunities to trust God and the greatness of His rightly divided Word. Every time I have trusted God and applied the Word, I have been victorious. With every year in this ministry, my trust has grown and my victories are sweeter.