Look in Testimonies for part 1 God “Wants You in His Hands” and part 2 “I Want You To Do It” of Christine’s story.
The weight of working full-time as a surgery nurse and running a ministry growing by leaps and bounds grew heavy. Christine broke under the weight at 4:30 a.m. on her way to the hospital to setup for a heart surgery. She loved the new life God had given her, but she was tired and longed for a break. She wept, “God, I’m exhausted. If you don’t stop this train, I don’t know how I will get off of it. I can’t tell my employer I am taking three months off because I’m tired.” That evening, after teaching a group at Jacob’s Well Women’s rehab, Christine fell and broke her foot. The following morning she was in a cast and given three months off work to heal.
The leave was welcome but painful. She filled her free hours writing and promised that God she would not return to her exhausting schedule. At the end of three months, the hospital wanted her to return. Instead of making real change, she reduced her schedule to a four day week instead of five. Two months later, she ran out of surgery to get something and slipped in a puddle of water. She sprained the same ankle, injured both her shoulders and hurt her neck. This time the injuries were serious. She was out of work for more than two years.
A year after her first books released in Spring 2012, she was ready to go back to work. Things had not happened as she imagined, so she consulted her pastor. He advised her to leave the book in God’s hands and continue in the work of the ministry. “God will make things happen in his time,” said her Pastor. This time Christine found a less demanding nursing job working two days a week.
The first day on her new job she was walking down the hall and received a strong impression, “You are done here.” The thought left her distraught. She loved working and being around people. “God, what am I going to do?” she prayed. An appealing idea entered her heart. Go to cosmetology school. Her daughter was a cosmetologist and owned a salon. Christine had been looking for a way to be closer to her daughter. The idea seemed perfect, but she wanted to be sure God had planted the idea. She prayed, “God don’t let me go through a door I am not supposed to go through. Please confirm this to me.”
Christine could not get the thought of cosmetology school out of her mind. She called the school to discuss her possible career change. The teacher invited her to visit the facility. On her drive to the school Christine asked God to “please confirm this decision for me, I don’t want to do anything out of your will.” As soon as she walked in she spotted Michelle, the beautician who cut her hair for years.
“Michelle! What are you doing here?”
“I am the lead instructor at the school. What are you doing here?”
Christine choked out, “Having a mid-life crisis.”
“Let’s go to my office and we will talk.”
Christine sat down in Michelle’s office and started the conversation. “I think I am losing my mind. I am a nurse, but I keep thinking about cosmetology school.”
“Honey, this is what you don’t know. A lot of nurses go into the beauty business when they retire.” That revelation put Christine at ease about making a career change.
The following weekend, she held her first My New Life NOW Leader training day. Five churches sent representatives. During the question and answer time, a man said, “Christine, I understand RN, how that could be really helpful in ministry to the addicted, but what is this Certified Beauty Technician thing all about?”
Her mouth fell wide open, “What did you say?” exclaimed Christine.
“Well, your credentials say Christine Collier RN, CBT. Certified Beauty Technician.”
Christine grinned. “CBT means Certified Belief Therapist. But you will never know what you just did for me.”
Convinced God had confirmed his direction for her life Christine enrolled in Cosmetology School. But God wasn’t finished. One day she was telling a friend about her upcoming school when the friend stopped her and said, “You need to learn how to do permanent makeup. It’s been twenty years since I had mine done, and I need a retouch.”
Once again, Christine could not get the thought out of her mind. Two weeks later she flew to Dallas and took a class at Bella Institute in Permanent Makeup.
Christine leaned back in her chair and smiled. “Now I am Christine Collier Registered Nurse, Certified Belief Therapist, Author, Cosmetologist, Permanent Makeup Artist and anything else God may want to add. In fact, I am seriously thinking about going to Bible School.”
I don’t doubt Christine will go to Bible College. I have been acquainted with her for years, but never knew what a treasure she is until I wrote her story. And I love my new eyebrows. If you are in the market for permanent makeup, contact Christine at 601-347-6512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Collier is a native of New Orleans, married to Dennis Collier since 1981 and has two children and seven grandchildren. She and her family reside in Picayune, Ms. where they are active members of Resurrection Life Church. Both she and her husband teach recovery groups in the church and in correctional settings. She enjoys writing, working, gardening and spending time with her family and church family. Christine has won awards for her writing at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is available for speaking engagements on a multitude of topics: Her Testimony; Impacting Your World; Dream Again; Beginning a Fruitful Recovery Ministry; Personality Workshops.