I once heard Joyce Meyer say if you are overwhelmed and feel you have not a second for you or anything, then you need to find the cause for it. After all, you make your own schedule! I think I can handle all that is on my plate, but it is the interaction with others at times that burdens me. I love my family and friends so much. When there is any type of discord, it weighs on me heavily.
Satan has been on overtime today. He has used every tool imaginable to attack me ... family, church, etc. I have had to stay on my toes and rebuke him at every onset. I could not hardly tell you one thing my Pastor said this morning. My eyes were red and swollen from crying over a situation that is totally out of my control. I was late for church, and then it was just a tired day! On the good side, when I got home, my son and husband brightened my day. We cooked lunch together, watched television together, and then I awoke to find my son gone and the television off. Yep, I fell asleep on them!
My son and I got on the computer this afternoon and tackled his Piedmont admissions process. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. This week he will study his placement tests and we will go take them next Thursday. Please lift him in prayer over the course of the next two weeks.
Good news ... really good news ... my son got his first notification in the mail about being the recipient of an $1000 scholarship. It was a nice ending to a bad beginning. I am very proud of him.
Please keep my brother in your continued prayers as he struggles with his Parkinson's. It is taking him down rapidly physically, but mentally he is doing well. We just have to schedule care for him, and this is quite a process at times with families. It can be overwhelming to say the least, so we need your prayers as well.
As you will see when you read my 3/28 blog, I did not accomplish anything I set out to do, but I did accomplish a lot!!!!
Ok, I am heading off to chill and get ready for my big return to work tomorrow! I am sure I have a lot to tend with on my first day back. I have 2 skin care classes scheduled thus far for my Mary Kay business, but I still have 4 more to go. My goal is 6 classes per week. Being a consultant is very tiring right now, but rewarding. I made my weekly income this past week in only 6-7 hours. Yep, pretty good, huh?
3.28.2016 - Has it really been over two weeks since I last shared a blog with you? I am ashamed of myself, but as you all know, I am in the process of trying to build my Mary Kay business. It does not allow much time for more than God, family, work, and Mary Kay. I so miss my writing, but I have to focus on the fact that working so hard right now on getting my business off the ground will open up the door in the future for me to be able to write full time ... my true passion in life! The long term dividends are well worth the daily sacrifices I am making now.
I had my biggest week this past 7 days with my new business. I still cannot believe the awesomeness of God and His favor. He has opened doors for me to share laughter with many ladies over the past week, and it is exactly the main reason I felt He led me to Mary Kay in the first place. It is always such a joy to give to others. Of course, the financial gain has not been bad either ... LOL! It has been pretty awe-inspiring to say the least.
On last Friday I woke full of such heaviness on the inside. My hormones were all over the place, and it proved to be a very difficult morning. No matter what my husband said to me I cried. I was literally bouncing off the walls, and I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on. Once I calmed down and sought His input it all made sense. I called my job to let them know what was going on and how it would cause me to run a bit late, and then I got it together and pressed on. When I looked back over the course of the last week, it was obvious what was happening. I had worked 12-15 hours per day for the last 3 days and it had finally caught up with me. However, it was a different type of worn out. Yes, I was physically, mentally, and emotionally worn out, but it was a peaceful and productive type of feeling. It is difficult for me to put into words. I felt like I had truly accomplished something in life through hard work, determination, and faith. Though I was coming unraveled, it was good. Does this make sense ... probably not? Needless to say, I got it together and pressed on. Throughout the day at work, I would tease others when they said something to me with a response of, "Don't make me cry!". I used my difficult morning to bring laughter. It is what we need to do with all of life's struggles at time. Even when they are not laughing situations, sometimes we simply need to lighten up a bit and learn to laugh at ourselves.
I am off this week so I can focus on my book and tie up some loose ends. My son is going to help me hit the computer again next week and solicit publishers again. On one hand, I am excited to be back on this path but also weary knowing how frustrating it can become. Yet, I have not lost faith that God has a plan with all of this, and His timing has to be what I desire first and foremost. I cannot lose my vision of the end result, and moreso I cannot lose my vision of what God shared with me long ago. It is His vision which has kept me pressing forward ... pausing when He has put me on pause ... and continuing when He nudges me to do so. It is all so confusing but what is not confusing when you are truly seeking His will for your life?
I had an amazing time at Career Conference in Virginia Beach a few weeks back. I am fired up and waiting on the next conference which will be in Dallas, Texas. I am also reading all I can to assist me in becoming the leader God desires me to be. John Maxwell is one of the most leading motivational speakers in the United States and a mighty warrior for God. His books are both uplifting and encouraging. I have several of them. If read in the context and with an open heart, between his testimonies and lessons in life and God's working through you, I know you can become the greatest leader of all time. Do you know what makes the most powerful leaders? Focusing more on others and less on self. It is a concept you have to conquer to be able to move forward at all in being a great leader. I desire to lead through my faith, His Word, my book, and my Mary Kay business. It is what I can bring to others that will prosper me and not the amount of sales I can have. Of course, the latter is not bad either, but I look at this as more of His favor than of my ability to sell. I am not a salesperson by any means!
I hope to get some articles wrote this week also while I am out of work. I have so many subject matters I desire to share His input with you about, but one day at a time. I realize I will never get everything done this coming week which I desire to do, but I am making the most of every minute. Time is precious and must be used wisely or you never accomplish anything.
Have to run. I will be chatting more in the days ahead. Continue to hold me up in prayer. He is hearing and answering your prayers for me, and I am so appreciative to you all! Have a blessed day!