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God uses people to inspire us all the time. I personally believe that every single person that crosses our path crossed our path for a reason. It is kind of like every animal and every insect on this earth was created for something.
Take the bees for example; we can’t stand them because when they sting it hurts! But did you know that vegetables and fruits are dependant upon bees? It’s true look it up if you don’t believe me. I could name several more but then I would just get super creeped out.
I love this quote by Steve Jobs:
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
When I think of people who have crossed my path in the past I can easily connect the dots, looking backward. Either each person has taught me something, showed me something, or helped me with something. One woman, in particular, has helped me build a desire in my heart to draw closer to God.
She is a woman who attends the same church as me and although we only say “hi” when passing one another she has been such an inspiration to me and has inspired me in so many ways. Isn’t it amazing how we can have such an impact on others and we may never even know it?
This woman, I believe was placed in my path because God knew there would be times, like now when I struggle in my relationship with Him. It isn’t that I doubt him or anything it is more along the lines of making time for Him. I get so caught up working a part-time job and working full-time on my Blog that time just slips away from me; especially when I am working on my Blog.
When God reminds me that I haven’t completed my devotion my first instinct is to argue about time. But coincidentally Anita finds her way into my thoughts and I am reminded if she can find time for God while working as an RN, a mother, a foster mother, and now a Mary Kay Consultant, then I can too.
I was so inspired by Anita that I asked if I could interview her so that you can get a glimpse into her life and possibly be inspired as well.
God Can Use Anyone
1. How long have you been an R.N. and what made you want to be a nurse?
I have been an RN for over 22 years. I had been thinking about psychology or pre med and the beginning of my second semester my Freshman year in college God laid it on my heart that nursing was a combination of everything I was interested in. I wanted to do something to help and care for other people with my life.
2. Have you always been a Christian? How old were you when you accepted Jesus as your Savior?
I grew up in a Christian home. My dad was ordained as a pastor when I was 3. At age 5 I felt God tugging on my heart one Sunday morning that “I need Him” I told my mom about it and we knelt by our 1970’s floral couch and I prayed for Jesus to forgive my sins and to come into my heart and life. At age 5 I did not understand fully the depth of what Jesus took to the cross for me. The older I get and the closer my walk with Jesus the deeper my understanding of what He did for me. The realization that Jesus took all my mistakes to that cross out of love for me and all of mankind brings me to my knees in awe every time. It is not who my parents are, it is not what I do, it is not anything about me. It is all about having a relationship with Jesus.
3. Would you say your Faith has ever been tested? If so how?
My faith is tested every day. My faith has been at its strongest test as we stepped out in faith to become foster parents. We are literally to the point of selling our home and me possibly completely changing careers as a result of the foster care ministry. We are finding that with each step of faith God is preparing us for the next step and the next. It is a remarkable place (a little scary too) to completely surrender. God, it is all yours, my life, my family, my job, my stuff… all of it. Use it all for your Glory God.
4. These past couple years have been full of changes for you and your family. You and your husband became Foster Parents. What led to that decision and how has it affected your family (especially your two daughters)?
God had placed foster care on our hearts for about 6-7 years before I finally made the call. I would pick up packets of all kinds foreign adoption, foster care, private agencies. I would get the packets look a little and then just not feel like it was right. We had gotten to the point of seeing about the foster classes (Pride training) and none of the times fit our schedule. It was Sept 20, 2015, our youth pastor preached a sermon on James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. As he shared statistics and a personal story tears streamed down my face.
On the way home I asked the girls if they were still ok with us doing foster care. Our youngest, Cora, said, “if you didn’t say something I was going to”. After talking with my husband that night I made the phone call the next morning. The licensing process was a challenge and so far our first two placements have been a challenge yet a blessing. So far we get to have contact and still be in the lives of our first two children. No matter what happens each child has a permanent place in my heart that is for certain.
Our daughters have had a crash course on how hard the world really is. When you have your own parents who love you and love each other it is hard to know what a rare and beautiful gift that really is. It has been hard for them even with their older age and maturity to understand why our foster children have made decisions they have. We have no regrets. We had what I call a foster care fire drill and there was a potential placement recently of two siblings. Both girls started helping get the room ready and our oldest was talking about daycare and helping take and pick up. That completely warmed my heart to realize they are still “all in”. To really do this and do it right a family really needs to be willing to give all.
5. Just a few short months ago you took another leap of faith and became a Mary Kay consultant. What sparked that leap and did you ever see yourself selling makeup and skin care?
Selling Mary Kay again has stemmed out of foster care. With our first placement, I quickly realized that working full time and caring for a traumatized child is very difficult to balance. I started praying for God to direct me in how I can become more flexible. My sister invited me to a facial and I absolutely loved everything. With teen daughters the discount made sense and in the back of my mind, I thought this just might be God’s answer to prayer. As timing has allowed I have been able to dig my heels in and work the business more and more.
As I put in the work God blesses it. It is girl time that I didn’t even know I needed. It is an opportunity to build more relationships and join others in this journey of life. It is awesome to see women gain confidence, set goals, and accomplish them. I seriously never thought I would sell makeup. Makeup is really not me, I am so not a glamour gal. The skin care and helping others have healthy beautiful skin is the greatest joy. Mary Kay healed my face. One week of using it a rash that I had since pregnant with my first was gone. So for 16 years with nothing working to clear these breakouts Mary Kay has been the only thing to work. With a product that is such great quality, it is easy to get real excited about it!!
6. You recently made a post about how you want to go full time with your Mary Kay business. How are you making that happen? What actions do you take daily or weekly?
To push toward my goal as more Mary Kay and foster mom and less full-time nursing I simply just need to share. As I do facials with women and share the opportunity Mary Kay offers God blesses. In the meantime, it really doesn’t work at all. It is fun to spend time with women and then get to see their healthy glow at the end of a facial. It is awesome to step into the life of another and hear about their family.
Once again life is about relationships. Relationship with God and then relationships with others. As far as weekly and daily I like to average at least three facials a week. I am learning more and more how to integrate Mary Kay into my normal everyday routine so that I am not really impeding on family time. As with everything in life, there is something to be learned every day. Each day we can be better than we were the day before. Each day God reveals Himself to us if we have our eyes open and look for Him and all that He is teaching us.
God uses people to inspire us all the time. Who inspires you? Who are you inspiring?