Isn’t it funny how persistent God can be when He is trying to tell you something. Especially when you keep ignoring what He says, putting it off saying that you don’t have time for that.
You see lately I have been praying a great deal over my Young Living business. Our financial state is a mess, and I know that Young Living can be a great means of financial abundance. As of right now, I am praying that the Lord will lead me to the rank of Royal Crown Diamond. I am certain that I can’t do it without His divine intercession, but Royal Crown Diamond rank will allow me to get my family out of this financial mess, to provide well, to pursue other long-term goals, and to be in a better position to help others when I see a need.
The Holy Spirit has convicted me heavily lately about my lack of time in my Bible. I have tried to read the Bible cover to cover three or four times now. I managed to make it well into the New Testament the most recent time before I became “too busy” to read the word daily.
The things I was busy with were important. There were beneficial. I was reading management and business related books. I was reading about Young Living and Essential Oils. I was listening to conference calls and podcasts. I listened to podcasts from my favorite preachers, to business leaders, to social media gurus, and to MLM (multi-livel marketing) superstars. I was excited, and I was learning. I also wasn’t making any money. I was also neglecting God and my family.
So day after day after day the Holy Spirit would turn my glance toward my Bible and tell me, “That is what you need, Sara.” Over and over I let other things fill my days, saying that I didn’t have time. Things started to become much more persistent as I heard the Spirit tell me “You won’t make it if you don’t spend time in the word.” It still took a few minutes for me to finally obey and pick up my Bible and start over in Genesis.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not only in the Bible for what I can get me, or to make money in my Young Living business. I finally listened to Him because I remember the way I felt when I was reading daily. I felt a sense of peace, a sense of joy even, in my time in the word. The time spend reading the word, and learning new things, seeing things for the first time, made my faith stronger, and made me stronger in a time that was really quite painful.
Let me tell you one thing that has really stuck with me within my first couple days on the path I should have always been on. There is the story of Joseph. He is sold into slavery by his own family, but the Lord slowly promotes him to a position of great power, and in the end, he is able to save all of his family, God’s chosen people from death in a famine.
What strikes me in his story though is his humility through everything. His constant insistence that his gifts are not from him, they are from God. When he is asked to interpret dreams, he says that he can’t: God can. So God reveals the meanings and Joseph is able to give people the answers they seek. Throughout the whole story of Joseph, you see him attributing his skills, his abilities, and even his power to God. It is not him, it is God.
I pray that as I grow in my Young Living business, that I always remember that it is my God who has blessed me, that I cannot do anything without His hand. I also pray that I will be a good steward with my blessings. With more money comes more responsibility to spend wisely. I most certainly will need His wisdom as those days come.
Rockin’ Oily Momma