"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Change in Season

A couple of weeks ago, we were coming home from dinner at my mother-in-law's house, and as usual, we had stayed too late visiting and playing games. Whenever this happens, we say our bedtime prayers in the van on our way home. The kids usually say things like they are thankful that we got to go visit Mi-Maw and eat a yummy dinner, but that night, our seven year old got unexpectedly choked up as he said his prayers. When it was his turn, he prayed, "I am thankful for Daddy and all of the hard work he does to provide for us. I'm thankful that he goes to work even when he's tired, and he even stops at the store on his way home and buys us cereal when we need it."

He barely got out the words before he broke down in sobs. I don't know what came over him that night that made him feel this so deeply, but as soon as he said it, his feelings rushed over us all like a wave. Buddy actually had to pull off to the side of the road just to give him a hug.

That moment quickly became one of those moments that will stay with me forever as a parent.  His words were like a healing balm on our broken spirits. We've had some rough times these past few years, and hearing him pray and thank God for his daddy was so incredibly beautiful.

After everyone calmed down, Buddy decided that this was the perfect time to make a big announcement to the family. Next week was Daddy's last week at his second job.

The atmosphere in the van went from tears to cheers within seconds. They quickly begged for all of the details, wanting to know just how many days we had to endure before Daddy was back with us for good. To say it was an awesome way to end the night would be an understatement.

Tonight's celebratory pizza and game night. Daddy's first Tuesday off in a long time!

Now I'm sure some of you are wondering how we are able to pull this off. Well, we've actually been praying and planning for this for quite some time. Buddy has some commission coming in that will help replace that second income, and after going into YNAB (You Need a Budget--awesome budgeting software that has given us a ton of peace as we've navigated through the scary waters of low income) and doing some number crunching, we were able to have a serious conversation about if we could make this work.

As thrilled as I was to have him home with us again, I was still scared. Was it really possible? Had we finally reached the point that he could put in his two week notice and be home with us for dinner again every night? Can we really pay bills without his second job?

We prayed about it and decided that it was time to take the leap. I haven't seen him that excited in a long time. His second job wasn't terrible (in fact, he actually made some good friends there), but those long days have really been taking their toll on him and on all of us.

As nervous as I was to remove our safety net, God had plans for us that I didn't even know about, and He set those plans into action for me at precisely the same time we decided that Buddy could quit.

It all started when I posted this picture to my Instagram:

I woke up this morning and spent the first hour of my day sneezing. When I finally realized that it rained yesterday, I set up my diffuser and within 15 minutes, I had stopped sneezing. #Ilovemyoils #youngliving

My post wasn't out of the ordinary. I love using my oils, and I also love sharing that info with my friends and family. I learned everything I know about oils from my friends. If it weren't for the awesome people in my life that shared their knowledge and love for oils with me, I may have never tried them. Because of that, anytime I use them and have a second to snap a picture, I try to share it online just in case it might help someone else.

So that day I did like I always do and posted on IG and Facebook. By the end of the day, I had a few comments, which led to private messages, and all of a sudden, I'm sending a message to my friend who enrolled me with Young Living and asking her how I could get my friends hooked up with a kit.

Within a week, I had 3 friends buy Premium Starter Kits from me.

Since that happened, I've lost track of all of the moments that made me realize that God totally had His hand in this. Sharing my love for oils was something I was already doing, but it was like He was speaking to me with neon flashing lights (the ones I always pray for and never seem to get--I got those!) and telling me that it was time for Him to bless me with this. I truly felt this overwhelming peace, like He wanted me to trust Him and continue sharing my love for oils, and He will send me the people that He needs me to help.

I know I might sound a little crazy, but I'm so excited! Each time one of my friends received their kit, it was like Christmas morning for me. I was so eager for them to experience the oils for themselves! I absolutely LOVE talking about oils and sharing tips with my family and friends and then hearing about how they have helped the people that I care about.

Now, I'd be lying if I said that earning some commission from Young Living isn't exciting. It's been a while since I've been able to contribute to our finances, and it really is a blessing to know that pretty soon I am going to have a little bit of income to add in and help our family. But the truth is, I am even more grateful that I can do that by helping other people. Every moment that I've spent chatting about oils and helping my friends get started with Young Living has been a blessing to me, and that really has very little to do with my new income.

So here we are--finally, a change in season! Things aren't drastically different yet, but remember, we are used to Louisiana seasons where you can't ever swap out your summer clothes for winter just because fall begins. We are are used to carefully moving forward with hope for the future. We never expected this season to change for us overnight, but we are feeling that cool, refreshing breeze in the air, and just like any other true Southerner, we are going to take a deep breath and enjoy it, because we know that God has wonderful plans for our future.

And when He commands it, this season will change. 

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