I’d like to take today to talk about something amazing God has brought into my life. I want to just take the time to praise him and acknowledge his incredible ability to work all things together for good. This may sound silly to some, but God has opened a door of opportunity in my life, and I’m so excited and grateful, I just want to share it with everyone.
Some of you know the struggles I have gone through this year. The conviction of hidden sin in my life. The feelings of helplessness when it came to being a good parent and a financial provider at the same time. The progressing isolation and living a life of fear and insecurity.
A few months ago I lost my job and found myself at a crossroads. I could go out there, look for another job in retail management, continue struggling to make time for God and my children, barely make a living, and maintain some vague illusion of control over my life. Or, I could relinquish that control to God, and trust him to lead and provide for me as I obeyed his calling on my life.
I have known for years that God wanted me to write, but never had the ability to. I have cried myself to sleep for years praying for the opportunity to be the mother my kids need me to be, not the workaholic that survival forced me to be. I have feared standing before God one day and knowing that I wasted my time here and all he has given me, simply because I couldn’t trust him enough to be obedient.
So, I risked everything I value to obey his calling. I shifted my priorities. I put my relationship with God first. I put building his Kingdom second, with my children placed as my most important mission field. I went through the fire. I lost a lot. I gained a lot more. And I have been trusting God to provide as I let go of the strive to survive mindset.
Has he provided? Yes. But I would be lying if I said the past few months have been easy or filled with financial abundance. I thought for sure that as I obeyed God with my priorities and my writing that he would open a door of opportunity for me.
And, he did. Just not the way I imagined.
All this time I’ve been convinced I should be pursuing a way to make money from blogging or some other form of writing. And maybe someday I will. But I think right now, this is a form of worship and communication between God and me, an offering of trust, a way to impact others, and honestly, therapy for the insanity that is my mind.
But our God is so great, and always full of surprises!
I was at a drama performance for my son a couple of weeks ago, and there were several different vendors there. One was Mary Kay Cosmetics. I’ve used (and loved) Mary Kay products for years, even tried to sell it back when I had just separated from my (then) husband. But I ignored the table. The last thing I needed was the temptation to buy makeup! My daughter did not. Halle, always full of life and love for everyone and everything, chatted her way into several free samples and a new skin care regimen. The consultant running the table found me and began discussing with me Halle and her skin care needs.
I found out this woman, and her team, are strong, Christ-centered women who happen to go to my church. I found out that she is passionate about using her business as a ministry in our community, and that she is making far more than I ever thought possible through independent sales, while homeschooling her children. She invited me to come to a meeting with her. I was skeptical.
I told Justin about it, and he said, “You should go.” Something about this whole thing was pricking at my spirit, so I went to God. It occurred to me that I have been asking for a way to contribute financially, be home with my kids, and be obedient to the Spirit leading me to build godly friendships….and that this had the potential to be an answer to each one of those prayers.
So I went to the meeting.
All I can say is, wow!
I never expected to see women who are so empowered through Christ in Mary Kay. I have always seen it as a good cosmetics company, but also just another crappy way to spend more than you earn on your own products while aggravating friends and family with constant sales pitches.
So not the case here. This is a group of women passionate about enriching women’s lives, not just by making them feel beautiful, but by allowing them to be successful leaders, mentors and influencers in their community by putting God first, family second, career third. It’s literally their motto. God first, family second, career third. These are not your typical, catty, backstabbing women trying to show one another up. They encourage and support each other, and genuinely want each other to be successful.
Justin and I prayed about it, and decided that this could be a really great opportunity, not just for me, but for my family.
I am now officially a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant!
No, I am not going to constantly self-promote and try to sell my readers products. At least not all the time (wink). But writing helps me remember all that God has done and is doing in my life, and I have always used writing as a way to communicate to God and others, as well as to hold myself accountable. So I would like to designate one day a week to blog about what God is doing through my new business, how he is using me and this opportunity to change lives, and how he is personally developing me into a stronger, more confident, more gracious woman.
I am so excited to embark on this new journey! I will gladly accept prayers and support from my fellow bloggers! I will post the link to my Mary Kay website at the bottom of this post, as well as add it to the menu on my site. If you need any advice on skin care or color, please feel free to contact me 🙂
And what I feel is most important….if you are like me, struggling to juggle everything the world says we have to do and be as women, and failing, if you feel like you are living in survival mode, if you desperately wish you had more time with your family, if you feel like you have so much more to offer in this life, or if you are missing key friendships with godly and encouraging women, please, contact me. I would love to talk to you about your life goals and whether Mary Kay could help you reach them.
Thanks for listening to my long spiel, and thanks in advance for your support!
Also, here is the link to my Mary Kay Facebook page. Please like to get entered to win free products and have access to contests and free samples.