Today is the 4th Anniversary of when I joined Mary & Martha, and as I look back at everything that has happened since that day I enrolled, I am in awe.
You see I joined Mary & Martha for my personal shopping, and to help my daughter who also joined at that time. I did not know what God had in store for me, that He was actually leading me, guiding me, and telling me something.
From day one, I prayed: I don’t know anything about how to do this, please show me and guide me, as I only want to do Your will with this. Eventually this lead to my team name “Lead Me”, which is also based off a plaque I received when young that hung in my room, “In all they ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” Proverbs 3:6.
4 months after I joined I was asked by my husband’s Uncle to attend a KC BBQ and have a vendor table with the crafters. There a few ladies wanted to have a party, at their party another lady did, then another asked in I would be a vendor at their craft show… etc. One thing lead to another over and over again for 4 years now.
4 years ago, I wasn’t really looking for something new to do, I had a full time job as a MRI Tech and manager at an imaging facility. But I see now God seen the ache in my heart… I was tired of driving 2+ hours to work each day, missed my family and community, and really desired to do more with my life. What I did not see was how much I needed something more, as my youngest daughter was graduating from college, and I would suffered severe loneliness, if this business which meant being with people, had not been there.
Reconnecting with friends has been such a blessing. I worked within my community in healthcare for 15 years, where you cannot talk about anything, to working outside my community for 15 years. I missed having local friends I could talk to! But what I did not realize was all the new friends I would make, and how much they would bless my life. Being invited into their homes, sharing their life, their faith, and their families has touched me in so many ways. Each one I hold dear in my heart, as I know God connected us for a reason.
Then belonging to a community of women (the Mary & Martha Consultants) is not what I imagined. I’ve meet many ladies who and are there to support, encourage, believe, and share the ups and downs together! The home office staff was also the same way… I came from cooperate with supervisors who supported to grow numbers, but not hearts like they do. Here I get a genuine hug and smile, and can feel that I am cared for, they even pray over the kits before being sent, Amazing!
While I have been on a few vacations/conferences/trips with Mary & Martha, the one that meant the most to me was the mission trip I earned. In the Dominican Republic I got to not only meet my sponsor child Isaury, what see where she lived, meet her family, walk the path she takes to school (that was profound) and spend an entire afternoon with her. The fact I can support her with my business means so much to me!
It has been a wonderful 4 years, but has not always been easy. I have to trust God in this so much, and that is hard! I don’t always understand why I am doing something, until I look back, and can then see how He guided me right were I was supposed to be. I don’t know if this will last forever, but I am so grateful for that day 4 years ago, when I followed the nudge I know know He put in my heart!
If you have had the thought of Mary & Martha come back to you over and over, and want to talk about it, I have lots to share, as I am a work in progress and have learned from so many of my mistakes! Or if you personally don’t, but know someone who would, please refer my contact info to them. I just want others to realize if I can do this, so can they, it they want! Mary & Martha is so laid back and no pressure, cause it is God’s will and plan is what comes first, always, and I am just honored to help and support them along the way.