Freedom Lifestyle Blog

Some of us may grow up in a Christian home, and even be missionary or pastor kids, but it's not until we commit to building a deep relationship with the Lord ourselves that our lives can truly change for the better. Life doesn't necessarily become 'easier' according to human standards, but it's certainly a lot more peaceful.

 

When I stopped looking to satisfy my own desires trying to find happiness that seemed so aloof, and I embarked on a lifetime journey of surrender to God and building a deep relationship with Him consistently, I started to live a life filled with purpose. My depression slowly faded away. A desire to understand everything that happened in my life was no longer a priority to me. I left my husband and marriage in God's hands, as well as my children and stepchildren. Their journey was going to be different than mine and I needed to surrender each of them to Him and simply focus on my own journey, aiming to please the Lord, not them. Their appreciation or scorn started to no longer affect me as much, and that is leading to a much more joyful and peaceful life now, for which I am very grateful.

 

The way I viewed the business God had opened the doors for me in 2007 changed as well. My only goal became to share Young Living, the network marketing company with which He had me partner, and never give up on any of the people He had placed under my wing, on my team (which He had me call the Joy-Givers Team). God was the One who brought them on to my team, into my care, and I simply needed to encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle, let them know in many ways how Young Living's products can help them simplify their life, and allow them to make their own decisions as to what they wanted to do with what I shared, just continuing to be there for them, loving them every step of the way.    

 

My journey to Royal Crown Diamond, the top position in Young Living, was simply to be a metaphor of the Christian life:

 

 

~ God calls many, but few are chosen - only those who say "yes" and follow His direction without excuses.

 

 

~ Life is always going to be a series of tests which God uses to build our character, and we need to learn to submit to the testing knowing God would prepare us well for these times and will allow us to retake the test as many times as we need in order to pass with flying colors.

 

~ Only those who don't quit the journey along the way will receive the "crown of life" which God has prepared beforehand.

 

~ We are merely to sow seeds, and then leave the results to God. It's not about us feeling excitement and pride when others give us the credit or getting discouraged when we don't see the results we hoped to get at any given time. The credit must go only to God as we surrender to Him and simply follow His simple plan of action. He brings us the opportunities to share the message He desires us to share, and we simply must be diligent about taking these opportunities. He will give us he wisdom to know what to do and what to say in each case.

 

~ We don't need to worry about whether we will have enough money to pay for all the bills or get what we need, or take that desired vacation to rest and relax. God will provide for every single need we have if we simply follow HIS plan of action without doubting that He will do so, and being grateful every time that we see that He follows through with His promise, until gratitude and complete trust becomes second nature to us. 

 

CONCLUSION: Committing to build a deeper relationship with God by constantly being in conversation with Him regardless of what I'm doing, and by truly studying the Bible (not merely reading it from cover to cover), has truly been the best decision I've ever made. My parents taught me about God, but it wasn't until I was in my mid-40s that I truly surrendered every aspect of my life to God, and I truly can say that my life is a lot more peaceful and joyful, even in the midst of storms and challenges.

 

Will YOU make the decision to consistently build a relationship with God? It's a lifetime journey, not a one-time decision, but it's certainly very worth it! 

Regardless of difficulty, these are the 3 simple steps to handle any situation in order to ensure that you are at peace, and not filled with anxiety and worry:

 

1. Stay calm. Letting our emotions take over, never helps the situation. 

 

2. Pray for Godly wisdom. Take the situation to God in prayer; this involves not only telling Him the situation but also taking the time to rest quietly in His presence to listen to what plan of action He would like you to take. This may take a few minutes, but it may take a lot longer than that. Don't get impatient and begrudge the time spent with Him; His plan of action is always the wisest for us to take, so it's worth waiting patiently for Him to tell us His wise plan, which will always be better than the way we planned on handling it, or have handled it in the past. 

 

3. Follow God's plan of action. Remember that God's wise plan almost always goes against the way you normally do things. It may sound completely odd to you, but step out by faith and do things exactly how He has asked you to do it, trusting that His plans will always "bring you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11) because He loves you more than you could ever imagine, regardless of what you've done or not done in the past. You're never too far gone for His love to reach you. (Romans 8:28-39)

 As I look back on my life, I’ve noticed that God has always been with me through the storms of life. I didn’t realize it at the time, but more and more now I realize that He truly has been and always will be.

As we draw closer to him daily, through prayer and studying his Word, we are made more aware of His continual presence.  He shows us how He has been there for us through the hardest times we’ve experienced, and we come to realize that He will always be there for us and with us, regardless of the situation. This realization helps our faith grow stronger and our trust in Him grow deeper.

Are you listening? Or are you too busy being focused on the problem, allowing emotions to control you, trying to solve it in your own in a more complicated way?

 

Too many times we go through our day focused on our problems and challenges. We allow our emotions to control us and every single little thing that doesn't go as we planned will set off a bomb inside us. We start yelling and getting upset at everyone that is in our way, regardless of who this is - a spouse, a boyfriend or girlfriend, our kids, our best friend, our pet, or a complete stranger. We need to stop doing this! It's not good for our health and we certainly cannot do what God desires us to do when we lack self-control. 

 

It's important that we learn to just FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN, the SIMPLE SOLUTION that He gives us even if we can't understand exactly how it will work. Think of a light switch. Think of how silly would it be if we waited to flip the switch on in the dark room until we understood exactly how it all works - how the electricity goes through a circuit in order to turn on the light bulb. Flipping a switch has worked for decades and so we need to trust that it will work again and light up the room we are in. Don't wait to understand how the plan God reveals to you directly or through another person will work. Just follow His plan of action and stop trying to do things your way. God's way is always best and is always SIMPLE. 

 

Take time to listen to get still and listen to God's voice. Then, follow His simple plan of action.