From the heart

Those of you that have known me for a really long time remember what it was like when I accepted Jesus. It was like I discovered a lost treasure and I couldn’t stop talking about the change He brought about in my life. 

Lost a lot of friends too. I remember how painful it was. I had a new life and I knew that not everyone would embrace it or care to hear about it. Yet, I was blessed in that many caught the passion and wondered, ‘maybe I should try Jesus for myself’. I won friends to Christ and several have gone into ministry as we co-labor to win souls for Christ.

So, I shouldn’t be surprised at the response I’ve received since making Plexus a part of my life as well. If people were turned off from me sharing Jesus, I have to expect some will be turned off from me sharing Plexus.

It still hurts my heart. I share what I strongly, deeply and passionately believe will positively impact people’s lives. I want so badly for everyone to experience the joy and happiness I have that is so readily available to them.

Yet, I am reminded God has given us all free will. People are free to watch my journey, or not watch my journey. People are free to join my journey, or not join my journey. And yes, people are free to mock me, unfriend me and block me, if they so choose.

I will say this . . . if you can still see this, that means you’re still with me. Please know my heart. I pray that you will have eternal life and life more abundantly. I pray that you live a life that brings God glory. I pray that your soul prospers and that you be in good health. I pray that if you lack in any area and the Lord provides a way of escape, you would receive it. 

I pray that if something blesses you, you would share it with others who need it as well. And I pray that if you won’t share, you would pray for those with the courage to do so. May those who do good to others receive your prayers instead of your judgment.

And to those who are on this journey like myself enduring persecution, keep your head up. Doing what is right isn’t always popular. Keep going for that friend who will get a great report from their doctor because you shared. Keep going for that friend who was facing foreclosure until you shared an incredible opportunity. Remember, your blessings come from the Lord. He sees you and He knows your heart. 

How can I overcome the pain of betrayal?

Question: “How can I overcome the pain of betrayal?”

Answer: Betrayal is a gross violation of trust and can be one of the most devastating forms of pain inflicted upon a human being. The suffering of betrayal is often magnified by a sense of vulnerability and exposure. For many, the pain of betrayal is worse than physical violence, deceit, or prejudice. Betrayal destroys the foundation of trust.

David was no stranger to betrayal: “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God” (Psalm 55:12-14). The closer the relationship, the greater the pain of betrayal.

Jesus knew the pain of betrayal firsthand. The worst, most treacherous betrayal of all time was Judas’s betrayal of Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15). “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9, NKJV; cf. John 13:18). But Jesus did not become vindictive, bitter, or angry. Just the opposite. After receiving the traitor’s kiss, Jesus addressed Judas as “friend” (Matthew 26:50).

Despite the pain, there is a way we can overcome betrayal. The power comes directly from God and the strength of forgiveness.

After David laments a broken trust in Psalm 55, he provides a clue to how to overcome the pain. He says, “But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17).

The first key is to cry out to God. Though we may want to strike out at the betrayer, we need to take our cause to the Lord. “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).

Another key in overcoming the pain of betrayal is to remember Jesus’ example. Our sinful nature impels us to “repay evil with evil,” but Jesus taught us otherwise: “Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. . . . Pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:39, 44). When Jesus “was abused, he did not return abuse” (1 Peter 2:23). We should conform to His example by not repaying abuse for abuse, including the abuse of betrayal. Believers are to do good even to those who harm them.

Another powerful key in overcoming the bitterness of betrayal is our God-given ability to forgive the betrayer. The word forgiveness includes the word give. When we choose to forgive someone, we actually give that person a gift—the freedom from personal retaliation. But you are also giving yourself a gift—a “grudge-free life.” Trading our bitterness and anger for the love of God is a wonderful, life-giving exchange.

Jesus taught that “loving our neighbor as ourselves” should be proactive: “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Without question, it is enormously difficult to forgive a person who’s betrayed our trust. It is only possible with God (see Luke 18:27).

Those who have experienced God’s love understand what it means to be loved unconditionally and undeservedly. Only with the help of God’s Spirit can we love and pray for those who seek to do us harm (Romans 12:14-21).

Source: gotquestions.org

Uplift & Inspire

Can I give you an assignment?

Speak words of affirmation into someone’s life today.

I told my toddler a few weeks ago that I was going to show him a photo of the prettiest baby ever. Then I showed him his baby picture.

Do you know he has literally approached me every single day saying he is the “pwettiest babey evah”??? (You should hear him say it though lol)

You never know how your words of affirmation will penetrate someone’s heart. You don’t always need money to show how much you care. 

Are you stunting your own growth?

First let me say that I take no pleasure in divulging my most personal experiences to perfect strangers on social media. Believe me, I do not. However, when I accepted my call to ministry, I relinquished control to my Savior to use me for His Glory. If it pleases Him, if it glorifies Him, I will tell it.

Today, as I witnessed my husband disciplining our toddler and wanted to rescue him, but did not, the Lord revealed to me his pleasure with my growth. I am reminded of a time early on in my marriage when my husband was trying to discipline my oldest daughter and I intervened. The most memorable disagreement erupted.

I called my good girlfriend looking for a shoulder to cry on but much to my surprise, she corrected me! She explained many practical and biblical truths about submission and how to maintain a strong and healthy marriage. It’s 15 years later, I am very happily married and I still hold those truths dear today. We continue to work very hard at presenting a united front before our children, and privately discussing disagreements in parenting discussions.

Of course, I could have taken offense to her correction. I could have decided I no longer wanted to be her friend since she disagreed with me. I could have determined to follow my flesh and say whatever I wanted to say whenever I wanted to say it. I could have went ahead and did it my way without heeding the Godly counsel I had received.

Oh but I give praise and honor to God that I am sensitive to His Voice and His Correction. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. I fear blatant disregard of instructions. If He gives me an opportunity to self correct, I eagerly jump at it! I dare not willfully go about a restricted path and wait for Him to have to correct me!

Today my heart is troubled for those that either do not recognize this or choose to do it anyway and gamble on the consequences. It will stunt spiritual growth. It will block blessings. It will lead to very unpleasant consequences. I pray that today someone’s heart will be turned to try it God’s way.

Reject the itching ear. The one that seeks out confirmation of only what you want to hear. The one that goes from person to person seeking approval of wrong. The one that hops from church to church hoping to avoid accountability. Settle yourself before God! 

Ask God to speak to you through those He ordained to be in your life. Whether it’s a child, a parent, a friend or a leader . . . be determined to hear the voice of God concerning all things and do what is needed to abide in His Will.

How exactly did I get here? . . . my journey uncovered

I am uber-excited to be attending my FIRST ever Plexus event this weekend!!!

I don’t think I have ever publicly shared how exactly I came to be a part of Plexus. I’ll share it with you:

One day, I was on the internet doing some personal growth and development and I registered for a webinar training with a well-known network marketing trainer.

During the training, she shared some success stories of various people she coached and the name and photo of Sara Marble jumped out at me.

I was led to do some additional research on this “success story” because I in part wanted to verify the veracity but I also felt a special leading to do so.

I winded up stumbling upon a video (bit.ly/sjmdiamonddoc) that was titled Diamond Documentary and I was absolutely floored. I was drawn in on so many levels.

First, I felt the presence of Christ convicting me to dream bigger. I could see how his hand was upon her life and how He blessed her to be a blessing to others.

Then I felt the challenge. Would I believe God to do the same thing in my life? I wrestled for several weeks because I was already a part of a direct sales company that I loved dearly.

Finally, after much prayer and confirmation from my husband, I answered the challenge and went to her site and signed up to become an Ambassador on June 15, 2016.

Please understand, I had never even heard of Plexus before and I had never even spoken to this woman, but I just trusted God.

I hesitated for a moment and thought of trying to find someone else closer, but I felt a strong conviction that partial obedience would be disobedience.

So, I inboxed her to let her know I was the newest member of her team and when we spoke I instantly saw why God chose her to lead me. Our spirits connected immediately.

So, now I am a part of this organization where I know no one and my sponsor is down south and I am up north, but praise God for the internet! I have never felt closer or more connected!

But finally, I get to actually meet the people with whom I am joined in destiny and purpose to improve the quality of life for thousands, starting with my own.

Six months later I am more than twenty pounds lighter, healthier, happier and filled with hope to dream bigger than I have ever thought possible.

I am inspired to inspire others to join me on this journey because it has been life changing and I want everyone I know to experience the health and wealth possible with Plexus.

If somehow, you made it to the end of this story, perhaps you have been inspired to DREAM BIG. Perhaps you have been inspired to join Plexus too.

Perhaps you would like to join us this weekend for the Opportunity meeting or perhaps you have heard from the Lord clearly as I did and just need the website to get started (bit.ly/iamplexus)

Just know that wherever you feel like God is leading you, you must be willing to trust Him and obey to discover His plan for you. It’s so much bigger than you can even imagine. Trust Him.