What Comes Next?
After nearly a year I have found my writer’s voice again. I have thought and prayed for something to share, something to say that would be of value and not merely taking up space or wasting a few moments of a reader’s time. The most meaningful communication, whether written or spoken, must come from a heart inspired, perhaps intrigued, by something so important to share that it cannot be kept silent. I want to develop this blog and have it grow into something worthwhile that will draw readers back again and again for encouragement, for help, even for a needed laugh perhaps. The Lord has put something before me that may very well be the inspiration I have prayed for. It’s not something I would have expected, but that’s very often how He works in our lives when we wait on Him for direction.
There are probably not many people who by now have not heard about Plexus, “the pink drink.” As with so many other things, there are people on both sides of this, either believing it’s the new cure-all or believing that it’s merely the new kid in town and will run its course. One thing that naysayers have to admit, if they’re going to be honest, many people have had their health and their life turned around by this “pink drink.” Anyone who knows me well would agree that I resist the “herd mentality,” as I refer to it. That is, any idea that suddenly seems to have everybody’s attention and focus, I tend to purposely avoid. When I started seeing posts about Plexus and the amazing things about it, I skimmed over the articles and the “before” and “after” pictures, the testimonials, etc. and figured, “Okay, here’s another MLM (multi-level marketing product or service) that people will spend lots of money and energy on, and very few will really succeed with it.” The requests I received from different friends to ask them for more information, I politely brushed off. I didn’t think I could afford it anyway, even if I was interested.
It’s somewhat amusing how so often we don’t recognize something right in front of us until God takes everything else away but the thing He wants us to see. One of the people who talked to me about Plexus, Jill, who happens to be my brother’s sister-in-law, is a home school mother of 13 children. Her husband is in full-time ministry. It amazed me that she would have time for something like this or could afford to do it. She has never been pushy about it and never asked me to make a decision one way or the other. She has simply sent notes of encouragement and said that it might be something I would want to consider at some point. When I finally agreed to commit to trying it for at least three months, because I had prayed about it and felt led to do so, I told her that weight loss is one reason, but the increasing, chronic pain I have is a bigger reason. Lower back pain from spinal stenosis and degenerative scoliosis, both stemming at least in part from a congenital left hip deformity, have gotten worse for me, even to the point now of being a contributing factor for a sudden change in job status. Ouch! I knew I had to do something to find a way to deal with debilitating pain. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that my decision to commit to this new journey and a change in job status have occurred at the same time. I could have changed my mind and told Jill that I really can’t afford it now, not having any idea when I might have a regular income again. But I made a commitment, and I had peace that I should keep my word.
As Jill was encouraging ladies on her team yesterday to work towards the goal of four reach-outs (talking to people about Plexus), I commented that I wanted to wait until I had received my ambassador packet and my first shipment of products. It arrived today; a day early, according to the tracking information. I also said that I wanted to wait until I had started to see some results for myself. She agreed that’s a wise approach. However, today as I was out running an errand and driving home, I began to think about the timing of all this; my job situation, my commitment to start this journey towards better health. I thought, “Why am I waiting to say anything? I have what I need already to share this. I have several testimonies of friends, and I have hope.”
People who have been blessed by Plexus will tell you it’s about so much more than weight loss. They have lost inches, had a decrease in chronic pain and other chronic ailments; in some cases they have been able to decrease their dosage of long-term meds (with the approval of their doctor); they have regained an energy level they thought was long gone; and some have been able to replace or increase their income just by sharing what these products have done for them.
This won’t be a quick fix; it will take work and discipline. There may be unpleasant effects as toxins are removed from my body. But I have hope that soon I will be healthier; hope that chronic inflammation and pain will decrease; hope that God led me to make this commitment for a reason. I love to encourage people and to help put a smile on their face if I can. I’m looking forward to this new journey and to all the blessings that will come from helping other people in their journey to better health.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. ~ Proverbs 13:12
To be continued … 😊