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“How do you know you are walking in God’s will in your life and business?”

 

That was the first topic that Krissy asked us to post about as a small group of us started a 6-day challenge a few months ago. I knew with 100% certainty, no doubt in my mind, that I’m on the journey God wants me to be on, in life and business, but how would I put that in words? I had to ask for wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to do that assignment. He is the One I go to when I lack the words to express myself, which is quite often. 

 

So here is what He inspired me to write.

 

In 2007, after exploring and ditching two other network marketing company opportunities, God asked me to become a business leader in Young Living. I was not too sure about that at all…. Soon after that, my love for essential oils began and got stronger and stronger every day. As I experienced first hand how they were helping me physically, emotionally and mentally, and saw how immensely beneficial they were for my kids and my husband, I wanted to learn more about them.

 

I started reading the book “Healing Oils of the Bible”, by David Stewart. The more I read it, the more I wanted to share all that I was learning with others. I could not believe I was never told about how these oils had been used for thousands of years! Why were they not taught about in the seminary my dad attended? Why was there not a class about them in the Bible college I attended for four years in Seattle? I came to the realization that it was a FORGOTTEN WORLD, and God was revealing this world to me after all these years; it was certainly fascinating! 

 

I wish I could say that everyone listened intently to what I said, but that was not the case. Some listened and were excited, but quickly lost interest, thinking I was simply trying to sell them something they did not need nor want. I did rise up to “Star” leadership rank quickly in Young Living  because God opened those doors for me to walk through. Interestingly, they were mostly the east coast, and a couple of them from the midwest. there was only one, actually two, from around where I lived. Those who joined as members were pretty much all people I had  never met before and who I met on social media. But then… the growth stopped, as far as the business went.  

 

As I reflect, I realize that the next decade was all about a season of learning to TRUST GOD fully; it was going to be a season of PERSONAL GROWTH. It was a time to learn to surrender everything and everyone to God. It was also going to be a time of tremendous trial; a season of wilderness and I had no clue how long it would last. 

 

Around 2009 or 2010, God placed on my heart a dream that was way bigger than anything I could ever accomplish on my own; a dream project that would bless so many people in several locations around the United States. It was to be called “The Blissful Haven”. I told my parents, who lived in Latvia at the time, that God had given me the most amazing dream and that I hoped that one day I could share it with them because it was so wonderful. That conversation ended up not being in God’s plan for me to do…. I never shared my dream with them before they were called to their eternal home. God knows the reason why that is, so it’s not a regret I have.

 

Trials, frustrations and challenges continued. Without getting into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that I was mocked and rejected a lot. As the journey got longer, I was almost constantly asking, no  yelling out, to God “WHY?? Why do you have me on this crazy long journey?”  I could not fathom why He wanted me to experience even more rejection when, since high school, I had experienced a ton of rejection and I was so tired of it. God revealed to me that I had wanted to be accepted by others so badly that I had been doing things that went against my values; the values He had instilled in my since I was born, and that this needed to stop. I needed discipline; I needed to learn that the ONLY one I needed to aim to please was HIM, not others - not followers on social media, not friends, not my parents, not my brothers nor any others in my extended family. 

 

In the midst of it all came a time of a lot emotional healing. There were so many scars and emotional wounds; feelings that had been buried inside of me for years. These had caused me to become a very angry and uncaring person. There was a lot of resentment and unforgiveness buried deep inside my heart that need to be uprooted. God needed to soften my heart towards Him so that I could be filled with His love and have it overflow to others. This process would evidently take years to complete! 

 

When I wondered why I needed to continue to wait to see the fulfillment of His promises in my life, He kept answering me - “Trust me.” He kept reminding me that His grace would be sufficient for me in order to persevere on the long journey. 

 

He reminded me that He had given me many essential oils to use to support my healing on every level - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I threw myself into learning more about them and experiencing them first hand, sharing my experiences with others, both in English and in Spanish. 

 

I loved my journey, but… my family and team mates kept asking me “when are you going to reach Diamond?” That question would frustrate me and cause me to doubt God’s promises and wonder why I had not been able to do so when I had been following His plan of action the entire time.

 

Again, God reminded me: “Trust me. My ways are higher than your ways.” My doubts subsided and my heart went back to experiencing that peace I enjoyed daily. But the question kept being raised… and I had no answer except that “God knew when my due season was going to be and I had to trust Him.” That did not satisfy them, and many left the team, but I had to trust God and leave them all in His trustworthy hands. Meanwhile, God kept providing for everything my family has needed. We have never had any financial distress. By God’s grace, my husband has always had work in the business he started on courageously on his own back in 2008. 

 

A few days ago I was asking God again about my journey as I took my evening walk with my dog. He patiently reminded me that great heroes in the Bible had long times of preparation and many trials as they waited - Abraham, David, and Joseph, to name a few. That set my heart at peace.

 

I knew that I was on God’s path for my life and that in the appointed time He WOULD make things happen and it would be in a way that would blow my mind and the mind of everyone on my team, as well as those in the group He asked me to start and lead (Journey to Royal Crown Diamond), and my family and friends. I trust Him! I know it’s not about “magic”; nothing is going to “magically” happen one day. It’s the fact that God will keep His promises to me and make things happen in my “due season”, following HIS timing, not mine. 

 

This truth remains: God can do ABUNDANTLY more than I could ever ask or imagine. His ways are way higher than mine so I just need to acknowledge Him in all my ways, not lean on my own feeble understanding of things, and keep doing whatever He asks me to do daily. In the end, it will all work out perfectly, as God planned it. It will be very easy for me to give Him ALL of the credit for what He did in the business He asked me to build with Young Living, as well as in my life as a whole. 

 

 

A passage that has given me peace for many years is Psalm 23. I like this version the best: "The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I need. He lets me lay down in green pastures; He guides me beside still waters. He leads me along the right path to bring glory to His name. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort and protect me. You set a table in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil; my cup overflows with blessings. Surely the goodness and loving kindness of the Lord will be with me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in His presence forever." 

 

A verse that kept me going when I was three months pregrnant and realized that I was going to go through my pregnancy alone, and that I would be a single mom, for who knew how long (it ended up being two years, but at the time I did not know how long it would be), was Isaiah 41:10. "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

 

Here are a few other verses I have been medidtatiing on and living by for the past few years:

“Love (and TRUST in) the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not into your own understanding; in all of your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path”

 

“I have learned to be content in every situation.... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

 

“He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.”

 

“Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

“For God has not given you a spirit of timidity, but of power”

 

“Greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world”

 

“You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”

 

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

 

“Now to Him who can do ABUNDANTLY MORE than we could ever ask or imagine, to Him be the glory now and forever. Amen”

 

 

I am writing this blog post to set the record straight because too many are giving credit to the wrong things for the freedom they receive.

 

It is NOT the network marketing model of doing business (though it’s certainly an amazing model) nor is it the company with which we choose to affiliate ourselves (though we MUST choose that company wisely) that grants us that freedom we all desire.These things are only vehicles that God may choose to use to grant us personal freedom, time freedom and financial freedom, though He may choose another route all together if he sees that our trust is placed in the wrong things, not in Him.

 

In the end, all the credit, all the honor, MUST go to God, not to ourselves,nor our team members, nor the “universe", for the freedom we receive from humbly following the plan Christ has revealed to us, without ever quitting the journey. He is the one who grants us true personal freedom, time freedom, and financial freedom (meaning we no longer need to trade our time for money; we will not have to worry about where money will come to pay our monthly bills ever again). It clearly states in Deutoronomy 8 that it is God who grants us the ability to produce wealth (v. 18). I encourage you to read that entire chapter.

 

I'd like to tell you my personal story.

 

God granted me time freedom back in May of 2002 when I got remarried. I had a two-year-old boy at the time, and when He granted me this freedom, He also gave me the responsibility to care for my husband's two boys (who were 9 and 11 at the time). As I learned to take proper care of all the household affairs, God started molding me into the leader He wanted me to be. I've been a work in progress ever since then and, though I'm not a "perfect person" or leader by any means, God has granted me that personal freedom I needed in order to walk confidently by faith, regardless of what my team members did in the network marketing company He wanted me to be affiliated with as a business leader. He has been my support as the challenges have arised; He has empowered me to keep going, following HIS simple plan of action that involves simply living a healthy lifestyle and swapping out many of the products we use at home with products that Young Living offers.

 

God granted me financial freedom by trusting Him to provide work to my husband as he set out on faith to build his own plumbing, heating and air conditioning company in 2007. Never has he lacked work, and he can choose not to work on the evening or the weekends. We have always had enough money to pay the bills and even go on family vacations to places like Europe (Latvia and England), Colombia, and Hawaii, as well as to visit family in Maine and in Colorado. We have even paid off our home; we did so about a month before my husband turned 50, so about 6 years ago. 

 

God will grant financial freedom to my husband as well,  but at the "appointed time", since he does not have any belief in the network marketing model of business and, sadly, mocks those of us who invest in it, though he has never stopped me from investing into it since he sees that the products are excellent and help keep us health physically, mentally and emotionally. God will one day show him (and all the others who don't believe) that HIS way of doing things works that He alone will keep His promises and the money will flow like never before, without him having to work so hard every day to provide money for his family.

 

I trust God's timing! I trust God's plan. 

 

All honor and glory goes only to God for the freedom I have recieved. Once the money starts flowing in from Young Living, when He rises me to the highest rank of leadership (Royal Crown Diamond), most of the money will go to cover the expenses of the "Blissful Have" project, a vision that He has placed on my heart to bless many, not just my family. I will simply continue to follow His simple plan of action - living a healthy lifestyle by following 10 healthy lifestyle tips, using many of Young Living's products in my daily life, and sharing about Young Living and this simple plan of action with others around the world, via social media. It is an amazingly peaceful way to live. 

 

 

 

My source of income can vary at ANY given time. Anything could happen to my husband and to the company with which I have partnered to bring in a passive source of income, but GOD will continue to provide for me and for those with me.

 

I have nothing to fear. Nothing! God has always been faithful and will continue to be faithful. I have learned to trust HIS ways; I’ve learned to keep my focus on Him no matter how much is thrown towards me to discourage me. “The Lord is my Shepherd; there is NOTHING I need” - not today, and not ever! 🥰

I have been pondering lately ..... God granted me TIME freedom for the past 18 years so He could work in my life in a major way so that I could experience the true PERSONAL freedom He now is granting me. I’m very grateful that time and personal freedom were granted before financial freedom for our family; God is so wise!

As He has been working in my life, healing me and pruning me, He granted me the tools to help me physically, emotionally and mentally - the highest quality essential oils. 🥰 He has also helped me stay on track with the healthy lifestyle habits I learned several years ago.

 

FINANCIAL freedom will be granted once He sees that everyone He has placed on the Joy-Givers Team is ready to move forward; we will all rise up together and nothing will be able to stop that from happening when the time is right. It may be also that He has not granted me financial freedom yet because it would be too much of a temptation for my husband to stop working and perhaps God still wants him to keep using his skills to help others in the areas of plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. God’s timing is always perfect!  Meanwhile, God continues to provide for our famiy, financially; we have never lacked a thing, have paid off our house, and even have been able to take family vacations every year. 😍

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17.02 | 09:06

You’re so welcome! Thank you for leaving a comment to let me know the article was helpful to you

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15.02 | 14:00

Thank you very helpful

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21.01 | 07:07

Yeah! That’s what being a business leader in Young Living is all about! Sharing these 10 healthy habits with others in any way we feel comfortable doing.

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21.01 | 07:05

Me neither. 😂 Thank you for reading through the post and commenting 🤗

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