Ascribe unto the Lord the glory due His name. – Psalms 29:2
Yesterday at my weekly coffee date with my dear friend she was describing to me what was revealed to her by meditating on this verse:”In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6 What she had come to realize was that the word “acknowledge” is not a simple agreement, but a verbal testament to truth. She has an amazing story of what the Lord is doing through her simple obedience of acknowledging verbally what He is doing in her life. And I’ll let her tell it – but it’s GREAT!
This got me to thinking about what the Lord has been speaking to me in my own private time. He has been challenging me to write down for anyone to see how He has guided my steps. Even this morning in my daily reading, I came across Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe unto the Lord the glory due His Name.” He is asking me to chronicle my journey, so that He receives glory for my life! I’m so blessed and honored that the God of the universe would step into my life and order my steps and make known to me the path of life. I definitely haven’t done anything special to deserve it. He wants to be my story. And I get to see Him in other’s stories as well. It’s an amazing privilege. It truly is.
So here is some of my story…
August 2012 – I started teaching high school Spanish in Houston. Great school, great co-workers, great students, NOT a job/career for me!
Fall 2013 – I’m in the middle of my second year of teaching, it’s going well and I’m happy. I’m talking to my husband about teaching for many years. Then one night, I am driving home from dinner, by myself and I hear “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United for the first time on the radio. I rarely listened to music on the radio, except for that night. My spirit was captivated by this song. I found it on YouTube and played it over and over all the way home. I remember being scared of the words, but knowing that my spirit had to get them out. “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my savior.” That is a BIG prayer! That’s a BOLD prayer! That’s a SCARY prayer! But I prayed it. With all my might and something was set afire in my spirit.
Christmas 2013 – I had been listening to the audiobook “We Bought a Zoo” on my daily walks. The story goes that Benjamin Mee and his family were living in France, happy, figuring things out, basically not looking to change anything. Then one day in the mail a pamphlet arrives, advertising a zoo that’s for sale. On the pamphlet Benjamin’s sister had written, “Your dream scenario.” And that moment changed the course of their lives. They weren’t looking to purchase a zoo. No one in the family had studied zoology. They weren’t even really prepared financially. They didn’t plan for it, but as a family they decided to commit and buy a zoo together. Of course they had roadblocks and trials to get through, but they did it. And I remember thinking so clearly, and then telling my family at Christmas, that this idea rocked my world. The reason it affected me so much, was because it is a perfect picture of how you can plan as much as you want, for anything you want. But one day you might get a pamphlet in the mail that says “Your dream scenario.” And you might just buy a zoo, or something else! The possibilities are endless! I didn’t know what God was doing through that. I just knew that I was making plans, but that the Lord was going direct my steps in anyway he wanted.
Little did I know that over two years ago, God was already preparing my heart for what was to come!
Spring 2014 – There’s not too much to mention about this time, except that God was taking me on a journey of learning to lead a healthier life. I was working with a natural doctor to get some things under control naturally and we were having organic, locally-grown vegetables delivered each week as I was learning to change our diet to include more plants. I had no idea that where all of this education was going to take me!
August 2014 – Our small church launched. And we found ourselves in true community with Believers once again. Community with Believers led us deeper in our personal walks with the Lord. Also during this time I was beginning to research essential oils. We were already using a few poor quality brands for my DIY household cleaning products, but it was during this time that I discovered the power and existence of therapeutic-grade essential oils, I couldn’t stop reading and learning about them!
October 2014 – Two important things happened this month. One: my husband and I started discussing self-employment. We even had a name for our small business, Otto Transportation. We had a few conversations with some of our friends and family to get their ideas and opinions. We started dreaming. My year at school wasn’t going perfectly, but my husband was the one seriously considering our own business, I was content to continue teaching. We never followed through with that idea. It wasn’t for us, but it’s important because we were considering something new and different. The second event that happened was at school one of the teachers that I was working with quit. Due to circumstances beyond my control, a majority of the workload that was left behind fell on my shoulders. Now, teaching is a stressful, busy job, but adding on that responsibility as well as many other responsibilities I wasn’t necessarily prepared for almost brought me to my breaking point.
November 2014 – On a trip to celebrate our anniversary, I looked at my husband with tears in my eyes and said, “Do I have to do this for the rest of my life?” I was talking about teaching, and I knew that I just couldn’t keep going on the way we were. I secretly kept hoping we would have a surprise pregnancy so that I would have an excuse to quit teaching. (Not my finest moment, y’all.)
Christmas Break 2014/2015 -We reached the conclusion, as a family, that teaching high school was not for me. We had no idea what was next or where God was pointing us, but we knew I would no longer be teaching. I read a blog about how there was business potential with Young Living Essential Oils. I knew that I wanted a kit and wanted these God-given gifts of the earth in and around and on my family, but the business opportunity, something I didn’t even realize was available, sparked an interest in me. Notice, I still didn’t have a kit, membership, plan, vision or anything at this time. I just knew that I wanted to be part of it.
January 2015 – I told my friend and department chairperson that I would not be returning to teach in the fall. She took it well, and the decision was made – but still without a plan. I also started actively seeking a way to purchase my YL Premium Starter Kit with some Christmas money I had been given and saved. The only people I knew that were connected to Young Living were bloggers online. I really wanted to be involved with and learn from someone local, so I started praying that God would bring someone into my life.
February 2015 – My dear friend’s sister, who I knew but not very well, posted online that she was starting her business with Young Living and was looking for business partners. Well, I definitely took that as an answer to the prayer I had been praying for two weeks and immediately reached out to her. We got together, she introduced me to YL Peppermint essential oil – I felt like I could finally think clearly! And I ordered my kit and became a Young Living member that same day! I definitely didn’t realize what an awesome team and support group God was placing me on! (I didn’t even know to research or look into that aspect!)
Spring 2015 – Last spring was a time of evaluating and looking into options. While the idea of a business with Young Living was intriguing to me, I didn’t want to be a saleslady. I thought I would have to change who I am to become a “network marketer” and annoy all of my friends and family. (Which I’m sure I’ve annoyed them at some points, but I sure try not to!) I looked into many other options for telecommuting jobs. Nothing ever really panned out.
Summer 2015 – My husband and I took a trip to Yellowstone. It was a splendid two weeks of togetherness and encouragement. (I finally finished “We Bought a Zoo”!) We took that time to really evaluate and pray about our future. I decided to take a look at network marketing as an industry to see if that was something I could wholeheartedly be part of.
July 2015 – I was headed to my parents’ house listening to a Podcast about network marketing. I remember it so clearly that I am confident it was ordained by God. The freedom, potential, vision and growth that seemed available and a part of every professional network marketer’s life in that podcast resonated within me as something I wanted to be part of.
August 2015 – I knew that building a Young Living business was what God was calling me to do at this point. I told my husband that I was kicking myself for not taking the opportunity to get tickets to Young Living’s International Grand Convention being held 4 hours from my home (normally it’s held across the country). I was convinced that it was too late. My husband told me to do everything possible to get to the convention. I searched and searched for a way, but went to bed disappointed. The next morning, I got a call from one of my team members. She offered me a ticket. She didn’t even know I was looking for one! If that’s not a God moment, I don’t know what is! We went to the convention together the following week and had a great time!
October 2015 – God promised breakthrough in my business during October 2015. Even though people were kind enough to help me out in both August and September, my business wasn’t growing very much. October 15, 2015 my business exploded! Not by my might, I hadn’t changed much, but by the Lord’s might. He continued to place people and events in my life and the seeds I had planted earlier, as a good steward of what He had given me, started springing up! Now, I want to be clear, I still haven’t reached everything I am hoping and praying for. But the Lord continues to do a wonderful work in my life!
January 2015 – In the middle of 21 Days of Prayer for Your Business with Monique McLean from YouInfuse.com I started asking the Lord what my purpose on this earth is. He answered unexpectedly on my way home from Yoga class one Friday. He said that my purpose is to help others find freedom in Him. Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” [emphasis mine]. I’m still seeking the Lord to discover what this means in every aspect of my life, including my Young Living business, but I’m so thankful to have a direction and vision!!!!
That’s definitely not where the story ends. I know that God wants to do amazing things in me and in the world. I’m so excited to be part of His story of redeeming creation back to Himself.
Thanks for sticking it out to the very end to read what the Lord is doing in my life. I can’t wait to see what else He has planned for me and for you! I know that He has wondrous works in store!!!!