Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Thirty-One update

It's been awhile since I've posted anything about my Thirty-One business....and lately, it's absolutely taken off!!  For the last year (to the day actually - August 10!), I've been "working" the parties and trying hard to be successful so I could continue to stay home with Keira.  Just in the past 6 weeks or so I'm seeing what has potential to be a huge thing for me!!  Back in February, Cindy Monroe (the founder), announced that we would be going on a recruiting freeze.  I didn't think a ton of it because when I signed up, I really had no intention of building a team and "working my way up" so to speak.  Little did I know what God had planned!

I've always known that I am a motivated and driven person when it comes to something I love.  And in the past year, I've found that I love working with Thirty-One!  The past 6 months during the recruiting freeze I began to realize how much I was enjoying what I was doing and how it could actually provide the income we needed for me to stay home with my babies.  I saw potential for it to do more.  People would ask me about it and I would give them honest answers about how much I loved it, what it had done for me as a person, as a mom, as a me something to work for at home while still being there full time for Keira.  My passion for what I was doing started to come out and I think people saw that....and wanted to be apart of it as well.

We had a waiting list and by the end of the 6 months, I had over 18 other ladies waiting to join my team (in addition to the 3 I already had).  And then as of a couple weeks ago, the freeze was officially over and somehow, I now have a team of 26 women who are under me and I am just absolutely blown away!  I have been working so, so hard these past couple weeks connecting with each of these women and helping them get started.  From phone introduction phone calls to training emails, I've been learning very fast what this is going to look like.....and I like it!!!!!  It's definitely a lot more work and I only expect it to become more as my team continues to grow, but it's so fun for me!!  And best of all.....I'm there when Keira goes to sleep and I'm there when she wakes up!

Not only do I see myself promoting very fast, but I see the amount of money I'll be making each month increasing very fast once all these ladies get started!  I want to be clear though....yes I started doing this job for the money, but it's so, so, so much more than that for me now!!!  It's something that I love and am able to work towards.  I've never been apart of something that allows me to "move up the ladder" so to speak and for me, it is extremely motivating!!  I see the ladies on the top making so much money and just loving what they do and I want to be there one day!!  Yes, the money will be nice, but like I said before, it's so much more than that for me.  I want to build a team because I want other women to experience what I have through this company.  I absolutely LOVE the morals and the motivation behind everything they do.  I love that it is a faith based company (Thirty-One = Proverbs 31!) and that it is founded on Christian morals and principles.  I LOVE knowing that I am working for a company that I completely stand behind what they are all about and any success I have is ultimately for the Kingdom!!  I know that Scott & Cindy Monroe are leading this company with God's blessing and that is just such a comfort to know and stand behind!

I've been studying Acts and just this morning read Acts 6.  The first part of the chapter talks about how some had to be delegated to "wait tables".  The apostles felt that they should pass this onto others because their job of "prayer and ministry of the word" was first priority, but the waiting of the tables still had to be done.  While that job seems trivial compared to "prayer and ministry of the word", it had huge significance.  Stephen was full of the Spirit and of wisdom (vs 2), full of faith and the Holy Spirit (vs 5), full of God's grace and power (vs 8) and had wisdom and spoke in the Spirit (vs 10) and he was one of those given the task of waiting the tables.  And in the next couple chapters we see how God used him to great, great extents!!  He was the first one martyred for his faith!!  What a bold man of God!!  I kinda feel like that's me lately.  I have been wondering and asking God what my ministry role is these days and what that's supposed to look like.  With Pete being out of youth ministry now, I'm just trying to figure out where I fit.  I kinda feel like I'm one of the ones that God has possibly taken me out of the "prayer and ministry of the word" role and called me to "wait tables".  And again, even as I type this it feels and sounds much less significant and not as "spiritual" so to say.  But I really, really know from the bottom of my heart that God has given me this opportunity and I want to use it to my greatest potential.  I'm leading a team of women who don't all know Jesus.  And I want to use that to speak truth to them in any way I can.  Whether that be through my phone conversations or whatever...God has put these women in my path for a reason and I want to bring God glory through it.  Not to mention the countless new relationships I've developed through my parties!

I'm taken back to the verse God gave me 1 year ago today when I felt him calling me to do Thirty-One:

"Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it."  Jeremiah 33:9

I really do from the bottom of my heart want to bring God joy, praise and honor as I do this task that he's set before me.  And through that, I trust and know that what will come of it will be abundant prosperity and peace!  What an honor to "wait tables" during this stage of life!!  Who would have ever thought??