It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox! Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified. People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church. When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people. These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God. I hope they will do the same for you.
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Check out Erin’s story….
When my husband and I joined Elevation it was after a period of time when we were watching it online and hearing the sermons through the app on our phones. We knew this was the church we were to be a part of. After I graduated from WCU my husband and I felt the peace to move back to Clover, SC. Something kept us from deciding to stay in the mountains as our first choice. I see now a glimpse of why we were to be down here.
When we moved down in May of 2012 neither of us had jobs. I immediately got a job at a children’s fitness center and my husband got a job at a local restaurant. Both jobs were more out of necessity rather than trusting that God would provide. Though I liked my job something was telling me this wasn’t it. I happened to run into a few guys that were members at Planet Fitness. We talked about their new location in Gastonia, NC. We went by, toured, and signed up for a membership. During the tour I saw resume signs up looking for personal trainers. I majored in Health and Physical Education at WCU. We went back on another day to work out and the manager was there; something prompted me to ask her about the job. It was only part-time and I figured if that was the case I would keep my other job. I went home and contemplated it a little more and felt like I had nothing to lose in putting in a resume. So I did that week. I heard back a few days later that I had an interview. I interviewed with all the managers. I had such a peace about it all and had such confidence in my answers. Within 30 minutes of leaving the interview I heard that I got the job!! I have felt so truly blessed with this job that it could only have been God that opened the doors.
The job I had prior to this had me working on Sundays and we couldn’t go to church. Elevation Gaston launched in September and I got the job at Planet Fitness October 8. Our first Sunday at Elevation Gaston was October 21. We knew the second we walked in we were supposed to be there and not just be there taking up a seat but be there involved and volunteering!! We both have had calls to ministry in different capacities. Mine came in 2005 and I was unsure of for a long time but I know whatever it is it’s starting with Next Level and preparing me for the next place He is taking me individually and us as a couple. We signed up to volunteer for the November 4th boot-camp. When we first shadowed neither my husband nor I had a peace about the place of serving. We prayed about it, talked and prayed with Pastor Ken. The next week we had the answer of where we were suppose to serve.
Since joining the team God had opened so many doors for us!!! I can’t even start to describe the power and joy I feel. I volunteer with Next Level and so many things have changed for me since coming to this church and serving. I have a sense of community and love. God is developing and building my prayer life. He is changing my love relationship for Him to a deeper more powerful one! He is teaching me the power of faith and trust! He has opened the doors for us to be part of an eGroup. So many things have begun to stir.
In November God told us that we needed to take a step of faith and have my husband quit his job at the restaurant for something bigger and better. We had no idea what but we took the step of faith. In that step of faith He has provided for us above and beyond. We have continued to tithe each pay period as well as stepping out in putting 10% into a saving account. I am seeing God in the small stuff and He is beginning to teach me contentment. For the first time I was able to see God’s true blessing in providing for us on something as simple as the grocery bill. I was able to get all we needed plus some and come under budget. Our fridge is full and we are covered till next pay day. I have calculated tithe and savings plus bills for the next couple of weeks and God’s math is awesome. I somehow have just the right amount after everything to cover gas and groceries. Just today I got the official word that I will be going to full time at Planet Fitness.
For the first time in my 28 years of life I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am smack-dab in the middle of God’s will!!! I know God is with me, guiding me, blessing me, showing me, strengthening me, preparing me for His plan and I am answering the invitation to His calling and meeting Him where He is working. Through Banner Year celebration at the end of 2012 I looked at my husband with tears of joy and said this 2013 will be our Banner Year and if it ended today it has been if we are blessed throughout this year with health, provision, and love it will continue to be a Banner Year. Thank you Elevation for answering the calling and being a part of bringing my husband and I back to our callings!!! And the story isn’t over!!! Tomorrow is yet to be seen!