Have you ever received a gift that was a total surprise and totally the perfect thing? That?s what Mary & Martha has been in my life. This is the story of how I ended up the leader of ?Team Blessed Beyond Measure? and how Mary & Martha and the relationships I have formed in it have, in fact, blessed me beyond measure.
I joined on a whim in July of 2013 because I fell in love with the dishes when I saw them in a Facebook ad. I had never been to a gathering or met a consultant but the kit looked like a good deal; so I signed up, planned to have one party, get a discount on the dishes then look for a ?real? job. The Lord had another plan for me. At my first ?real? gathering, everyone showed up, everyone loved the products & mission and everyone booked! It has all been one big exciting blur since then! I blinked and I had a team, I blinked again and I was in San Antonio for the Leadership Conference and there I decided to stop ?blinking? and make a plan and set down some real (and challenging) goals and see where the Lord would take me.
It?s amazing what happens when you tell the Lord you?ll do the work and leave it to him to open doors for you. His opening doors for me has been a big thing? I live in a part of New England where the population of people who go to church of any kind is among the lowest in the country and where being a Christian puts you in the extreme minority. From a marketing standpoint there is little reason for our products to sell well in this region, but they have. My team verse is Isaiah 55:11 ?So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.? I committed to the Lord that I would do my job and sell our beautiful, scripture-filled products and I would let him do his job and trust him to fulfill his promise that his word would not return void.
What an amazing journey the Lord has me on. I have set impossible goals and then turned them over to the Lord. With hard work and miracles I have met all my goals. I have earned incentives and trips including the recent Dominican Republic Compassion International Mission Trip. While on that trip I was blessed to have my heart broken and filled over and over again. I was heartbroken & blessed to meet a young mother who tearfully told the story of her brother?s recent murder, then when she was leaving have her hug me with a huge smile on her face thanking me for being there. I was heartbroken & blessed by the 12 year old boy I was coloring with who misunderstood what I was asking the interpreter and ran all the way home only to show up later with a little cloth containing his own five little broken crayons. These were clearly precious to him and he wanted me to color with them. I was beyond blessed to spend the day with the amazing little boy our family sponsors. I was blessed beyond measure to see the good work Mary & Martha is doing in the Dominican Republic with Compassion.
But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of the blessing of the amazing women I have met as a result of this business. The customers and hosts who have become friends, and the ladies on my team who have truly become family are a gift I never expected. Mary & Martha is way beyond just a different kind of company. Some of my closest friends are fellow consultants and leaders. I love knowing I can call the home office anytime and whoever answers the phone there will genuinely care about, not just whatever issue I am having, but care about me (It?s no accident their name is ?Care?!).
If you are looking for a way to combine your faith and your job? If you are looking for a way to bless those in your community, while at the same time blessing those around the globe, If you are looking for a way to meet amazing women that will become lifelong friends while having your hard work rewarded beyond what you ever expected then I strongly encourage you to look at joining Mary & Martha!