I had it on my heart today that I really needed to share with you all some things that I hope can inspire you, help you and give you a perspective about how God has used Arbonne to work in my life.
See…2014 was the hardest year I have ever had in my life. I don’t say that to be dramatic, I say that to tell you it was full of: change, heartbreak, forgiveness, renewal, hard lessons, hard times, suffering, some mild depression and some pretty severe circumstances. All in one calendar year. There was a lot of things leading up to 2014 but the bulk of it all happened in 2014. And frankly there were more days than not, that I truly felt like I wasn’t going to make it through the day. I felt like giving up, I felt like running away a few times. I was in some really hard dark places.
Throughout all of that though, God was playing a part. In 2013 he taught me about surrender and what it meant to truly have an intimate relationship with him where you are praying, listening and leaning on him at all times. The only reason I made it through 2014 was because of what he taught me in 2013. He had given me a tiny spark of hope that there was so much beauty that he had to offer me. So during all of those bad days and weeks, I continued to surrender my life to him. IT WAS HARD. IT WAS NOT EASY. The surrender was almost as hard as the stuff I was going through. It was a daily struggle. I had to decide each and every day if I was going to lean on him and let him carry me through these hard times.
I also didn’t think that things would get better. I lost my: belief, confidence, and perspective about myself and what God had to offer my life. I forgot that he can take the worst and make the best. I forgot that he can renew and regenerate and that the forgiveness he offers is the best and most ultimate forgiveness. I didn’t know how to forgive myself. And I forgot what it looked like to forgive someone else how God forgives me every single day for the sin in my life.
At this point you are probably wondering how Arbonne ties into all of this. Thanks for hanging with me, here we go. The only reason I learned what I learned in 2013 was because God put Arbonne in my life. The only reason I made in through 2014 was because God put Arbonne in my life. The only reason I am here today typing these words out to you, and opening up my heart and my wounds to you is because God placed Sara Keener in my life in 2009. Sara was there for me throughout all of this, encouraging, praying, talking and holding me up when I couldn’t hold myself up. She was believing me me when I didn’t believe. She was telling me to turn to God when I wanted to turn away from him. See, most of us know that God works in mysterious ways. And most of us believe that he has a specific purpose and a specific path for us–Our Journey. But do we?? Do we really believe it? Or do we forget about that 99.9% of the time? I think we forget. I know I did. I didn’t believe that God could use someone in my life to create so much change. I didn’t believe that he could put a business in my life that could create so much change in who I am today. I can tell you with out a shadow of a doubt (and my husband whole-heartedly backs this up) that I am who I am today because of where God led my life. Because he led Sara and Arbonne into my life. I am ETERNALLY grateful for this.
I think there are probably quite a few of you who have been through some hard times recently. I think a lot of you may have experienced some adversity the last few months or even the last few years. I FEEL YOUR PAIN. I feel your HURT. I feel your SUFFERING. I know what it feels like to want to give up. To never “waste your time on this business any longer”. But you know what I know with my whole heart? INVESTING TIME IN THIS BUSINESS WILL NEVER BE A WASTE. You will never regret it friends. If it takes you 15 years to become an Area Manager, you won’t regret it. Here is why: who you become on the other side will be worth every minute you invested. God put this business in your life for a SPECIFIC REASON. You may not know it yet, you may not feel like that is true. But take it from me, let me pass you my courage and my belief and then hold on to why you started. And decide to never quit. Decide to surrender daily. Decide that God has something beautiful waiting for you on the other side.
Friends, you are beautifully and wonderfully made in his image, and I am so blessed that I get to do this business and this life with you. Take the time today to sit quietly and pray and listen to God about what he wants you to surrender. What he is asking you to do with your life. And ask your self, am I willing to do ANYTHING for God?