When you pray, you speak to God, when you read the Bible, God speaks to you
At 16 years old, my mother died but before she passed on, she told me that it is all true. I knew what she meant. It is all true that God is the Creator and Christ is his son who died for our sins and the Holy Spirit guides us. Even with this gift that my mother gave me, I rejected my religion. God was a only a "concept" I believed in. I was a non-judgmental person who accepted many secular ideas of our modern day culture. I lived my life knowing that if I put my mind to anything I could achieve it. I relied on education, skills, talent, and good relationships but there was something missing. I worried a lot and I did not have peace of mind. I was going along without a purpose.
My uncle, an atheist, said that you could not call yourself a scholar unless you read the most important book, the Bible. I decided why not read the Bible from front to back. I read the stories from the Old to the New Testament over a period of a year. What I didn't expect was the feeling I received when I read it. There was a feeling of calm and I finally knew what receiving grace meant. Then, one day I went to dinner with a couple of friends and on our way home, a huge tree limb smashed the roof of the car. I was seated in the back of the car with shards of glass on me from the blown out back windshield. I had to climb out of the car with my head down since the roof caved in just an inch above my head. The car was totaled. The guy who appraised the damage said that it was a good thing no one was in the back seat or they would have been dead. Meanwhile I walked away from it. I thought that God was trying to tell me something.
I began to act differently in small ways. I stopped cursing. No need to put a coin in the swear box I had on my desk at work anymore. I went back to Church on Sundays. More grace. I could feel a sweet, calming current from the top of my head down to my feet during the Eucharist. I put an app on my phone with a Psalm to read each morning. I knew about tithing but how could I give to charity when we didn't have extra cash because it was the roughest time financially for my husband and me. We kept praying for a miracle to get us out of this dire financial situation. Then, one day my husband and I were in a supermarket at the cashier aisle. He was paying and I was behind him just looking around when a woman approached me. She said that I didn't have to worry anymore, I would have what I want. Then she looked straight into my eyes and asked me if I believed in God and I directly said yes, and then she asked me if I will receive God, and I emphatically answered yes. In that moment I felt born again. I looked at my husband who was moving the cart away from the aisle and I turned to see the woman but she was gone in a flash. I started putting money in an envelope to give to the Church on Sundays. Within weeks, a new opportunity came to my husband, totally out of blue, and we were able to rebuild.
Look for the signs
There are signs from God. God's signs are there for everyone but you need to be open to receive them or to notice them. I am not afraid anymore and I don't worry as much. I know that struggle is part of life and it takes practice and daily prayer to fight off the great deceiver, the master of lies who likes to play mischief with us and makes us doubt ourselves. My work as a career coach has changed since I deepened my relationship with the Lord and I became a Biblical follower of Christ, not a cultural one. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God as they navigate their next steps on their life journey. My clients embrace the work, the exploration of their inner selves, the joy and the humor that surrounds the coaching experience.
Professional Experience Regina Freedman, M.S. Ed, ACC Christian coach individual & group, writer, author, speaker, catechist
I started out as a professional actress working in Manhattan in Films, TV, and Theater. During that time I secured many temporary positions where I was exposed to all types of work across all industries. I noticed that most people did not like their jobs. I thought it would be a good idea to transfer my skills from my former acting profession to a new career where I could assist others in making career choices. I earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology in the Education Department of Fordham University where I gained the honor of Kappa Delta Pi. I moved into coaching after my graduate studies, with a certification from the International Coach Academy. I subsequently became a member of the International Coach Federation where I was awarded an Associate Certified Coach Accreditation and I am in good standing today. Most of my work has been with architects, interior designers, and people in the manufacturing industry who produce products for the Architecture & Design Community. I have held a long-standing affiliation with Interior Design Magazine where I was the Hall of Fame Director. I am dedicating my time to coaching with individuals and groups; writing articles; producing videos and I have completed my first novel. The Essential Coach has moved into a faith-based perspective. I welcome people of all faiths, however, it is predominately a Christian Biblical orientation. I also taught 4th graders the Catholic faith through a parish Catechist program. I am an author and I also write poetry. My other publishing company is DiMonte Publishing. My novel, Receiving Grace is available on Amazon here.