The answer to prayer didn’t come in the form I expected.
Since my high school days, I’ve continually prayed for health in mind, body and spirit. For me, that meant:
- Restoring a body worn by childhood respiratory challenges, diminished in capacity from poor endocrine health, and crying out for restorative diet and exercise.
- Restoring a mind limited by perfectionism, stuck in a scarcity mentality, and prone to discouragement.
- Restoring a spirit broken by childhood trauma, crushed by legalism, and thirsting for confidence, community, and purpose.
Since being renewed in the blogging and God-sized Dreaming community, I’ve prayed for God’s direction in my life.
Since transitioning my children from homeschooling to the public school system, I’ve been praying about how I can help to financially support my family.
That’s a lot of prayer, over a long period of time. I’ve been banging on that proverbial door forever, with seemingly only baby steps toward answers.
Until those answers took the form a dream that sneaked up on me. (<====Click to tweet.)
A God-sized Dream Team member invited me to a class to learn about both wellness and a business opportunity. She was positive, encouraging, and patient. She extended herself generously to me, gently suggesting an option to address my needs: essential oils.
I’d wanted to get into essential oils for my family’s health, but I could never make it work. At her invitation, I began to see a way to both get healthy and bring in an income.
God literally brought start up money to my doorstep. I ordered, began using oils, and was both awed and excited immediately.
And the peace…the one that surpasses understanding? Present–despite the vow I made never to own a business or go into sales.
I began a journey that is transforming me in mind, body, and spirit:
Physically, my oils flush toxins and repair damage in my body at the cellular level. They also work in my limbic system to naturally maintain balanced moods, giving me the edge necessary to take concrete steps to make any lifestyle changes necessary for further health. (Source)
Mentally, building an oils business challenges me to abandon a scarcity mindset and adopt a mindset of generosity to model for my team instead. It has ignited a thirst in me to grow in knowledge of health and business.
Spiritually, building the business challenges me to identify, embrace, and soar with my God-given strengths. It dares me to leave my business in His hands, trusting Him to provide the grace, opportunities, and finances I need to thrive. Moreover, I’m reminded that God is a God of abundance, and He wants us all to live in freedom.
I’m able to earn an income teaching others how to find wholeness and freedom and by building a team that desires to do the same.
Looking back, I can see God laying the groundwork for this.
He set me on a freedom journey, breaking me out of old mindsets.
He prompted me to start blogging–plunging me into community, learning to build relationships, and developing awareness of the power of social media.
He showered me with beautiful examples of encouraging and generous living through relationships that continue to impact me. I can model this in the relationships I build on my team.
He surrounded me with people who support me and cheer me on in my dreams.
I could go on describing all the little moments I realized how clever God’s been, preparing me for this. The waiting and the circumstances I didn’t understand at the time make more sense now.
I’m energized, thirsting for more of where He’s taking me on this path.
I never set out to build an essential oils business. It wasn’t on my God-sized dreams list.
But God knew better, and He showed me otherwise. (<====Click to tweet.)
He urged me to get healthy, be free, and show others how to do the same.
So dreamers, if you’re stuck in transition, wondering when your break will come…
If you’re weary from praying the same prayer over and over…
God truly is working. preparing you for the right time.
Keep an open heart to how He might answer you, and when He does…
Be ready to GO!
Are you waiting on God for an answer to prayer?
How has God surprised you with an answer?