Friday, March 25, 2016

My Younique Testimony!

It has been such a long time since I've posted in my beloved blog.  I've missed it, but have been so busy that I didn't want to post just for the sake of posting.  I wanted to have authentic things to share. Today was the first day in almost two years that I've felt a stirring to share my heart here.

Seven months ago the Lord led me to begin a new journey as an independent contractor with Younique skincare and cosmetics.  It's a home based business that I was just going to do to earn free product. (grinning as I type)   It has turned into something so much more.  

As I was reading through Genesis the other day the Lord spoke to my heart and I wanted to share my testimony:

"What's more, I am with you and I will protect you wherever you go, ONE DAY I WILL BRING YOU BACK to this land, I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised." --- Genesis 28:15

I love how God's timing is not our own.  My heart is so incredibly thankful that I can trust Him with my future.  I see today, but He sees tomorrow.  Please know that I realize that my little application I'm about to share is nothing compared to what God did for Jacob, but it's MY God story.

In 1998 I was going hog wild with my Mary Kay business.  I LOVED it.  I BREATHED it!  I WORKED it!  I had two small children and it was a place for me to play with adults.  The problem was that it was not the season. (I didn't know that at the time...I was young and had convinced myself that it was okay)   I had worked my way up to my second month of qualifying for my free car and was winning all kinds of awards.  To a 29 year old's heart that was so affirming and exciting.  And then...God sent me to this homeschooling orientation and it rocked my world. As Kim Coley poured out the vision of home education I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that I had been born to homeschool my children.  (I was as surprised as everyone else in my life)  

I thought I could do both, but suddenly Mary Kay lost it's excitement and glitter.  I was literally at an event in Tampa receiving a big award and when the gal handed me the microphone to say something, I heard the Lord whisper to my heart that it was time to lay down and pull in.  What?!  I looked out at an audience of over 1000 women and I could hear Him telling me that apart from Him the things of this world are temporal and fleeting.  I knew in that moment He was asking me to put it down.  After long conversations with my husband and many tears it was obvious that it was indeed His voice and I had to let my Mary Kay director know.  She was a believer and graciously accepted this even though it was going to greatly impact her life.  

Fast forward 17 years later.  I am getting to the end of this wonderful season of homeschooling and what does God do? He brings me to Younique.  I wasn't looking for it, but I had begun to think about what I would do next.  There was a stirring in my soul.  I was not prepared that God was going to give me something even better! (for me)   The JOY of doing something I LOVE in a season that fits has been unspeakable.  Laying down my Mary Kay business all those years ago felt hard and painful, but right.  However, God knew my future and that 17 years later He would give me the desire of my heart.  As Genesis 28:15 says, "ONE DAY I WILL BRING YOU BACK"   YES!  Yes, He will.  

With this new season comes a 47 year old woman who has had ample opportunity (through many many mistakes) to learn how to keep the main thing the main thing.  I've learned/am learning how to have fun, but how to catch myself when I begin to become distracted by the shiny things of this world.  His timing is unfathomable and PERFECT!   I have certainly not arrived, but God is giving me a chance to practice keeping my eyes on Him while doing what I LOVE to do!  I hold 1 John close to my heart...

"Mary, do not love this world or the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.  These are not from the Father, but from the world.  And this world is quickly fading away, along with everything that people crave.  But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."

1 John 2:15-17