Kaz had times in her life where she felt close to God, but her faith really developed when she discovered practical Christianity through the Salvos.
I encountered God as a small child through our local Sunday school but once I was too old for that I stopped going. I met God once again through the Catholic Church, a decision which was highly influenced by my son and my interest in being part of a church community. But, despite my involvement there and with other church communities along the way, I feel as though my greatest journey with God has been with The Salvation Army.
I had no real connection with The Salvation Army growing up, but as an adult I saw what they gave to the community, and I wanted to be a part of it. At the time, I was studying for my Diploma of Community Service Work and I was expected to do 100 hours of placement. I selected the Salvos as my first placement choice and, to my delight, I got it. During my placement I had the chance to work with people from all walks of life. To say I loved it would be an understatement.
While on this placement my eyes were opened even more to what God had set out before me, and he was using me and working within my life before I even knew it. As I look back now, I thank him every day for the opportunities I have been given and the influence I am able to be to others—all in his name.
I feel that God is with me as I embrace each day, with all the opportunities that may arise, as well as some of the more difficult tasks. A big part of my job—and my life—is being there for others and helping them to see the light at the end of the tunnel. At times, this is a very difficult task but I go into it with the strength of knowing that God is with me and guiding me every step of the way.
Through all this, it is my biggest hope that my clients will not only get the physical help they desire but also the spiritual help they may not even know they need yet. My prayer is that, through me, my clients will see the love of Jesus.
On a daily basis I continue to ensure that I am also taking care of myself as well as my own spiritual walk. I’m helped in this by having a great team around me, family and friends that I can lean on, and spending time in daily devotions where I seek to know God more and more each day. This is one of the most important things to do because, as in any relationship, if you want it to grow and improve and show any fruit then you need to be committed to it. It is a two-way street—not a one-way process.
I often struggled to believe that God loves me just the way I am, thinking that I had to change before he would accept me. But, now, I take comfort in knowing that I was never alone. I came to him broken but every day he helps me in my journey to restore within myself the knowledge that he has always loved me, and will help me become exactly who he has created me to be.
I love the reminder in the following verse: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.“ (Psalm 139 verse 14)
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