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YOU'RE INVITEDSomeone asked me, on our team page, what I had done to end up with a $1,200 plus party and this was my response. After I finished it and read it over again, I felt it was something I needed to share with everyone to show how faithful and true God is. All praise, honor and glory to Him, my Father! Here is my response to her question:

That is the real BEAUTY of this order – I did not do ANYTHING – GOD did it ALL!!! I am TOTALLY serious when I say that, too. I had tried everything I knew to get a “home” party booked in March (2013). I had a catalog party going but that was it. I was getting parties booked for April and May but couldn’t seem to get anything for March and I, basically, just said, “That’s it. I’ve tried everything I know to do and I don’t have any ‘tricks’ left. I guess I just won’t have a home party in March, Lord, and if that is what You want, I’m okay with it because YOU put me in this business in the first place.” And I truly was okay with it. But God….I was sitting at my desk Sunday afternoon, March 10, working away and my phone rang. I almost didn’t answer it because I didn’t recognize the number – then remembered that I better answer it because my number is “out there” on a lot of things now and no telling who it might be. So, I answered it and it was a lady that I had never met before. She was saying something about Thirty~One and I thought she was wanting to place an order (as I had just finished up an ‘online’ party) so I was reaching for an order form. THEN I realized she was saying she wanted to HAVE A PARTY!!!! This lady ordered from someone back in November that had done a catalog party for me and now she wanted to have a party – a HOME PARTY – and the kicker? She wanted to have it SATURDAY!!! As in SIX days later Saturday. (Not much time for preparation or hostess coaching or anything!) I first said, “Well, I can do an evening party because I have a wedding to attend that afternoon.” She couldn’t do an evening party because they were having a singing at her church that she had to help with. I was looking for other dates we might could do it but she was saying Saturday would be the ONLY day in March she could do it as she would be going out of town for work. So, I thought very quickly and realized GOD had this woman to call me and I was NOT about to say no to a party that He, so obviously, was sending to me! LOL So, I told her okay and we set it up for 2:00 Saturday afternoon. She and her husband stopped by that evening on their way to church to pick up her packet and I didn’t see her again until the day of the party. It was the most CHAOTIC party I’ve ever done – people in and out, constantly coming and going – I was EXHAUSTED when I left there, but not because of anything I’d done – I was tired just from watching THEM – LOL – I did the “Mary Poppins” type of party and that was it. She had a little over $900 in sales when I left on Saturday and she told me, “I will have it up to $1200 by tomorrow afternoon because I want three of the Hostess Exclusives and I want them for FREE!” When she called me the next afternoon, she had a little over $1400 in sales.

So, I know that was a VERY long answer, but I HAVE to give ALL the credit to God and I felt I had to share the whole story for anyone reading this to understand WHY I say that and so they know, as I do, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that it most certainly was ALL GOD. Yes, I had to do my part – but HE is the One that gave me the party and HE is the One that blessed me for being obedient (taking the party He sent me instead of attending the wedding).

As I said before, HE is the One that put me in this business and He has blessed it beyond anything I could ever think or imagine. I know I am doing my part, but, honestly, I feel like I am just sitting back watching Him work – it is a WONDERFUL feeling 🙂

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Also, since it took me so long to get around to sharing this testimony on my blog, there has been an update to this story. The Hostess that had this party for me sent me a text about a week or so later wanting to know about becoming a consultant! We set a date to get together so I could share everything with her and then we set a date to get together and get her enrolled. She was the second lady to join my team. Since that time, which was only two weeks ago today, God has sent four other ladies to me. Two have joined my team, one I am meeting with this afternoon to get her enrolled and the fourth one I have to call today to set up a time to share everything with her. All this just days after I had prayed and asked God to help me remember this is HIS business and He will help me go wherever He wants me to go. I had started to get a little anxious about some things and had to remind myself to give it to Him and let Him do what He wants with it. I simply said, “Lord, if You want me to grow my team and go farther with this, then it will happen in Your time – not mine”. Then I forgot about it. I think He gave me the answer to that prayer when He sent every one of those ladies to me. You better believe that now I am DEFINITELY going to be ‘actively’ recruiting every time I can. Nobody can say YES, if I never ask. So, if you want to know more about what I’m referring to, just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share 🙂

So thankful to Him for allowing me to do this and be a part of His continuing plan. He is SO good to me!

Love y’all!

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Have you ever had a day where you are made unmistakably aware that your plans are not God’s plans? I’ve had plenty and yesterday was certainly one of them.

My daughter had to go out of town (about an hour away) for a job assignment so I planned to take off at noon (when she finished her last class) and we were going to head that way. I figured we’d go get her job assignment done and we should probably be getting home around 2:30 p.m. at the latest. Therefore, I had made a list of things that I wanted to get done after we got home.

This is a picture of the board where I had written MY plan:

I was going to have a VERY productive afternoon for sure! But all that changed, when we were about 15 miles from the exit to her job assignment. The passenger-side front tire blew out! Yes – here we were, on the side of the Interstate about to have to try changing a tire. Something we know the basics of having to do but neither of us had ever done before! But the Lord sent us an angel in the form of a US Postal Service worker. He pulled over and changed the tire for us. He got the little donut tire on and let the jack down and, you guessed it, the donut tire was almost flat!!! This man then told us we could drive 5-10 mph, down the shoulder of the Interstate, to the next exit as it was just a mile or two up the road and we could get air put in the tire there. He not only told us that, but he also led the way, went to the station with us and put the air in the tire for us. Praise the Lord! We made it to my daughter’s job assignment and headed back home – yes, driving 50 mph on the Interstate! LOL

Needless to say, my head was swirling with thoughts of where and how to get the tire fixed, WHY did this have to happen right now, yada, yada – you get the picture. Then it occurred to me how blessed we were.

The Lord made sure we were on the Interstate when the tire blew out so there was plenty of room on the shoulder to take care of it. The blow out did not cause an accident and He sent someone to help us which enabled us to take care of business and be able to make it safely back home. You see, I’ve known for a while that I needed to get a couple of new tires but was hoping the ones I had would last until I could get my tax refund. It was definitely God’s plan that this happened when and where it did instead of it happening while we were on the way to work/school or on our way home from work/school because on the road we travel there isn’t much of a shoulder to work with and, most likely, no one would have stopped to help.

Yes, I was definitely reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 yesterday – I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Oh, the list of my plans? Well, it is still there, on the board at home as none of it has been completed. We didn’t make it home until 3:30 p.m. and then we had to go get new tires so we were even later getting home than we are when we’ve been at work/school all day. But, there is something that has been added.

Here, see for yourself……

Can you see what it says? It says, “HA HA HA HA HA HA (That’s God laughing at MY plans for the afternoon! LOL)

I have to admit, it was an afternoon filled with lots of roller coaster emotions and I was still reeling from it all last night when I received an extremely unexpected invitation which set off many more feelings that were just a bit overwhelming! Hopefully, I’ll be able to share more about that invitation later but for now, just remember that no matter what your plans may be, God’s plans are so much wiser and better!


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