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I have been a part of Young Living since May, and have been sharing it since June. I mentioned a few posts back about using my Young Living money- since it's technically lagniappe- to give back. Then I looked at my budget, and realized maybe it's not all lagniappe. Maybe it's the Lord being gracious to provide extra when my mortgage went up my a lot this year... and I am still paying off stupid medical bills from before I discovered oils... But I'm still giving some.
Someone was asking me about this recently in reference to tithing and such. I guess I didn't make that clear before. I already tithe $270 a month to church as well as $38 a month to Compassion International. That's $318 a month that I had already established to give which is about exactly 10% of my earnings. When I said I was going to use Young Living to give back, I don't mean that it's my tithe. My tithe is already accounted for. This is extra (lagniappe). This is me just enjoying being able to give back to The Lord who is truly the one behind growing anything that is happening with Young Living. And this is more 'fun' than my tithes because I get to pick a different charity each month depending on what is on my heart that month.
The checks come about a month after I've earned them. Meaning I've received a check for earnings in June and now in July. In June I used the whole $50 check to donate money to Catholic Charities of Dallas specifically the unaccompanied minors fund. Those kiddos were on my heart then, and I got to do something about it! This month what has been on my heart is Christian persecution within Islamic borders. I hate what I am seeing. I pray for God's mighty intervention and mercy on their behalf. In America, we just forget how lucky we are that we can worship however we want. This is NOT the case for many countries.
I have long been a subscriber to the monthly publication of Voices of the Martyrs. This particular organization goes behind enemy lines bringing needs, aid, Bibles, food, legal help, you name it to Christians who are currently imprisoned or in hiding for their faith. I've read their publications for years, but just have never had the extra money to really get involved. Thanks to Young Living, I can. I was actually able to specifically donate money to help suffering Christians within Muslim counties through their donation page. This is a huge blessing! Of course we have all been praying. But it's hard to know what else to do beyond that. Young Living (and those of you who have joined my team) are helping me give back to them. Again, it was $50 donated this month. (My check was actually bigger, but some of it goes to the extras like Higley references which I buy for people who sign up under me, etc.) Regardless, the Lord is able to use that to help those in need. And that's amazing! Young Living was a life change for me, I get to help people who sign up change their life too, and then donate money to further that life change. The Lord is good!
For those of you interested, I would love to mentor you on your own journey. There is opportunity to bless your family and then turn around and bless others. Soli deo gloria!
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