In Preparation

I posted a few days ago about where my life is headed, and where I feel God is leading me. There is so much I feel He wants me to do eventually. That doesn’t mean I can just sit and relax right now though. This is a season of preparation. So what do I need to do during this season? I am sure God will add some things to my list, but here is what I hear Him say loud and clear:

1. Read My Bible Daily
Hey! I already made a post about that! I need to do this and stick to it daily. Even if it is only a few pages, I trust that God will bless my time spent in His word, even if it is sometimes less than it should be.

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2. Read
I have been reading, and will continue to read books on marriage, family, womanhood, and home life. Sure, I have business books in there as I am building a Young Living business, but the bulk of my time needs to be devoted to my home and learning to run it better at the moment.

3. Work
There seems to be a common theme in so many of the verses that have stuck out at me in my reading in the last week or so. It is an area that I feel the Holy Spirit is especially trying to work on in my life. The theme? Laziness. I am so very prone to laziness. I hate admitting that, but the fact is that it is true.

“A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things” Proverbs 18:9 NLT

“A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.” Proverbs 6:10-11 NLT

“She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.” Proverbs 31:27 NLT

That second verse has stuck in my head since reading it. Thankfully, it has helped me to get a better start on the day. I have never been a morning person, and I will admit that even now I get the most work done in the evenings, but I have started getting my Bible reading in at a time I would normally rush to bed until my youngest two kids wake up. This has been such a blessing.

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Now when I say work, I do not mean that I plan to go back to full, or even part-time employment. I need to be a diligent worker in my home. I need to make my home a place my husband wants to come home to. I need to make my home an environment conducive to learning and growing for my kids. Those two things alone require daily chores to be done.

These are the areas that are most important to me in this season of life, so they require a great deal of time and effort right now.

I intend to build a successful and profitable Young Living business as well. I have a plan in place on being more consistent with my work in this area. I trust the Lord to make my seeds profitable in His time.

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Thanks so much for reading.

~ Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

Into the Word

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma