Beth Jones International Speaker
By Beth M. Jones
Beth Jones International SpeakerMay 22, 2023
Why hasn't your prayer been answered?
Have you wondered why your prayer hasn't been answered? This may be just one reason. James 4:2-3, NKJV, says, "Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." The word "amiss" in the original language is kakos (Blue Letter Bible, Strong's #2560), which means "badly, diseased, evil, miserably, wrongly, revile, with bad intent."
Our heart's intentions may not be pure and holy as God is. How do we know that we're praying with the right intention?
When Jesus' disciples asked Him how they should pray, He answered with the LORD's prayer found in Matthew 6:9-15, NKJV, acknowledging God as His heavenly Father and praying for HIS Kingdom to come and HIS will to be done. As we pray, let's ask God for our desires to be alignment with His word and His will.
There are times that we are praying, such as for a prodigal spouse, child, sibling, parent, or other loved one, and it is taking years for the prayer to be answered. DON'T STOP PRAYING! God hears you when you pray!
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You can find out more about my speaking for women's conferences, retreats, and online events at my website and blog at https://www.BethJones.net.
Check out the books that I've written at my Amazon Author Page at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones.
Watch this week's vlog about my new car, Mother's Day, walking, and my new book on miracles at https://youtu.be/opgWwy_y0lY.
God hears you when you pray (your authority in prayer)
Did you know that God hears you when you pray? Whether you're praying for something big or small. As a Christian believer, you have God's authority and power when you pray and He WILL answer you! (Luke 10:19, ESV) I give two examples of this by God answering my prayers for me to travel to Destin beach, Florida, last year and a good, used car THIS year! However, God is not Santa Claus or a slot machine at a casino. God has given us a condition for His blessings, found in Deuteronomy Chapter 28 - obedience to His word. If we obey Him, He will shower us, our family, and our lives with His blessings. If we disobey, we will experience sorrow, destruction, and curses. But the good news is that if we seek His face, and obey Him, whatever we ask for in prayer, believing, we will receive! (Mark 11:24)
My book on prayer, Walking With God, is available for sale at Amazon at the link below:
This week's vlog at my YouTube channel can be seen at the link below:
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Scriptures for this podcast are: Mark 11:24; 1 Peter 5:6-7, NKJV; Luke 10:19, ESV; Matthew 18:18-20, ESV; and Deuteronomy Chapter 28.
Your faith in Jesus and prayer (National Day of Prayer)
Do you have a consistent prayer life? Do you believe that God answers your prayers? Today, May 4, 2023, is the National Day of Prayer. To me, God often seems turtle-slow about answering prayer. I've been praying about some things for years. I've wondered if God even hears me or cares. He loves you and me so much! But God isn't slow. He hears us as Christian believers when we pray and He answers in His perfect timing and in His way. In this podcast, I share about how Jesus prayed as a perfect example for us. He didn't use a religious formula, but prayed in different ways. But one thing He did do consistently was getting away alone with God His Father to a secluded place. Learn more about how to pray in my book mentioned on this episode, Walking With God, available for sale at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Walking-God-Beth-M-Jones-ebook/dp/B004JXVYPO/
Light and Darkness: Shine like the stars
In John 8:12, Jesus spoke to His disciples saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." As Christian believers, we are to be like Jesus, shining with His light and love. As this world and today's headlines grow increasingly darker, it is more difficult to be Jesus' light and to not be influenced by evil. In today's devotional (April 26) The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie, she writes, "We do not lead others into the Light by stepping into the darkness with them." Instead, we need to shine like the stars with the light of Christ. Listen to Beth's podcast encouraging you to be courageous and bold, sharing the good news about Jesus with others and using your gifts, talents, and skills for God's glory and to bless others. Beth's memoir that she mentioned at the end of this podcast is available for sale on Amazon - Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love. https://amzn.to/41NANg8 (Trigger warning for book: Childhood sexual, physical, and mental abuse; adultery; abortion)
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Open and closed doors
Today when I looked out my office window, I saw that the garage door was open. My husband Ray had used the automatic door opener to close it when he left for work, but the last few days it hasn't been working right. He's going to check the circuit when he comes home from work today. An open door can be a great thing, such as you being invited to speak at a women's conference or a new job or ministry opportunity.
An open door can also be a bad thing, such as opening the door to the enemy Satan through sin. Today's verse is Ephesians 25:27, "...give no opportunity to the devil." The NLV version says, "Do not let the devil start working in your life."
We can do this in a number of ways. One way is through generational sin/curses. Another way is through your own sin. God wants us to be holy and our children and our grandchildren to be holy, also. Open the door to all God's blessings and goodness in your life. Close the door quickly to the enemy.
Find out more about Beth's conference, retreat, and online speaking at her website and blog at www.BethJones.net.
Do you want to write a book, or do you know someone who does? Join Beth for her live book writing workshop in Butler, Missouri, on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 2 p.m-4 p.m. CST, 5 Reasons To Write Your Book. You can sign up at www.bethjones.net/workshop415.
You can find the books that Beth has written at her Amazon Author Page at www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones.
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What legacy are you leaving?
What legacy are you leaving here on Earth? Recently I watched the Gals On The Go podcast on YouTube. The topic was, "Are we ACTUALLY turning into our parents?" It was funny. The hosts, Brooke and Danielle Carolan and Brooke Miccio were chatting about things like their moms still carrying around checkbooks in their purses, the rule of having no phone at the table and eating together as a family, dessert or no dessert with dinner, and putting extra plastic liners in the trash can at the bottom of it.
It got me to thinking how I was raised as a child and if I taught my children the way my family raised me. What kind of legacy do you and I want to leave when we die? How are we raising our children (or how did we raise them)? You can be the one to change your family's history by being on fire for Jesus and obeying God's word. The verse for today's podcast is Proverbs 22:6.
Find out more about my speaking for women's conferences, retreats, and online events at www.BethJones.net. I'm having a book-writing workshop in Butler, Missouri on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 2 p.m. I'd love for you and a friend to come! You can sign up at www.bethjones.net/workshop415.
Podcast cover photo by Jessica Rockowitz on Unsplash.
Asbury Revival: Revive my heart, Lord
You have probably heard about the Asbury revival at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Students were gathering in the chapel for a regular chapel service and a few lingered. Then what happened is the presence of God fell upon the students. Services have been ongoing for about 11 days, for 24/7. People have been coming from across the USA and the world to participate in corporate worship, praise, prayer, and repentance. Young people and old are worshiping and praising God and repenting of their sins. It has been amazing to watch, which you can see on YouTube videos. Revival starts with you and me. What needs reviving in your life and in mine? Podcast cover art by Rachel Walker at Unsplash.
Diana Journy: How to love when it's hard to love someone
Today is Valentine's Day, the holiday on which we celebrate the beauty of love. But how do you love someone who is hard to love? Join me as I interview my special guest, Diana Journy, as she shares hers and her husband Tim's powerful story of Tim's adulterous affair and how God healed their marriage through forgiveness, time, and hard work. Any betrayal in a marriage is devastating. It’s even more devastating when the unfaithful person isn’t sure that he or she wants to continue in the marriage. Tim and Diana openly share their journey, hoping that their story will encourage others who have or are experiencing the painful journey of healing from infidelity. Tim and Diana now help other couples with their marriages to find peace, joy, fulfillment, and purpose. You can find out more about Tim and Diana at their website at https://thejourneythrough.com/ and at Diana's website at http://www.dianajourny.com/.
Prayer for Turkey and Syria earthquake
Turkey and Syria had a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. According to news report at the time of this video, over 2,300 people have died and over 7.600 have been injured with numbers expected to be much higher. Buildings and homes have collapsed and 100's of people are believed to be buried under the rubble. Snow from a winter storm is hampering rescue efforts. I've been praying and felt led to do a Zoom prayer recording for the people of Turkey and Syria. The Scriptures I shared in this video are below:
"For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." (Romans 10:13, NKJV)
"He sent forth His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions." (Psalm 107:20)
"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone." (Psalm 91:11-12)
The books I wrote on prayer and prophecy that I mentioned at the end of this video are Walking With God and Walking With God: In the Prophetic Lifestyle, available for sale at Amazon.
Walking With God (prayer)
Walking With God: In the Prophetic Lifestyle (prophecy)
Turkey and Syria, I am interceding for you. Remember that God loves you so much. My prayer is for miracles for you and that you will call upon the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and be saved, and for God to restore all that has been stolen from you.
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Beth Jones is an International Speaker and Author of 27 books, wife to fire chief-paramedic Ray, and mom of 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah. Her mission is encouraging others to use their gifts for God's glory, fulfilling their purpose, and living a life they love. Through personal coaching and online trainings, she also helps aspiring speakers and authors to share their hearts' unique, powerful messages.
You can find out more about Beth's speaking at women's conferences, retreats, and online events at her website and blog at https://www.BethJones.net.
Beth's Amazon Author page where you'll find all the books that she has written is at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones.
Beth's podcast is at https://anchor.fm/bethmjones.
You can follow Beth on Twitter @bethmjones and on Instagram @beth_mjones.
My dream - Assistant at a wedding. How can we serve God?
Last night I had a dream that I was an assistant to a pastor at a wedding. I believe the dream is prophetic that Jesus is soon returning and that we're to always be ready for Him. (Revelation 19:7-9, ESV) I believe it also means that we need to serve (assist) God. In the dream, there was a little girl in a pew in front of me. She was pretty and she was smiling. Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, ESV, "...but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven." How can we serve God today? Jesus put a towel around His waist and washed each of His disciples' feet at the Last Supper. (John 13) He did this as an example to you and me to serve God and others. Today, who can you and I help, encourage, pray for, give money to, and bless? Podcast cover art: Photo by Katherine Conrad @Unsplash
What do you want to say yes to in 2023? This was a question that I heard this week on K-Love Radio Station. When K-Love's staff asked their listeners this, the top 3 answers were traveling, friendships, and social activities. What do you want to do this new year? What do you also need to say no to? This is just as important as the yes question. Most of all, what does God want you to say yes to this year (or no to)? Pray and journal about these questions. You might also talk with your spouse, a friend, a therapist, a pastor, or a coach. Start today, right now. Live a life that you love.
"You can only get more in life by saying yes." (Marshall Sylver)
"Destiny is saying yes to the calling we were born with." (Alberto Villodo)
"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." (Joseph Campbell)
A great Scripture to reflect on is Ephesians 3:20, The Message: "God can do anything, you know --far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around, but by working with us, His Spirit."
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Reset 2023: Be in tune with God and decluttering, organizing, & cleaning
At the beginning of each year, many people do a "Reset." This can be in any area of your life. Did you know that each new year, and even each new day or hour, you can "reset" with God - through prayer? I've been praying about what God has for me this new year in 2023 and encourage you to do the same. Our hearts and our lives can become in tune with God's will, just as our daughter Leah tunes her violin to produce the right sound and to play beautifully. What is out of tune in your life?
I also created a vlog on decluttering, organizing, and decluttering for 2023 that you can watch on YouTube, with text and good music. You can find it here: https://youtu.be/VI9Msdppbhk
You can reset in the areas of your daily time with God, your relationships, your health, your finances/business, and more. God can help you to do this. The year 2023 can be your and my best year yet! God wants to give you a blessed, abundant life.
Patty Fagan's book mentioned on this episode, Healing Miracle Secrets, is available for sale on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3X01prO
My newest book, Walking With God: In the Prophetic Lifestyle, is now published as a Kindle eBook and available for sale on Amazon for just $2.99:. It made #1 in the category of Christian Prophet on Kindle eBooks! https://amzn.to/3k4KrtC
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My one word for 2023: Light. What is yours?
Right before the beginning of each year, I pray and ask God for a "one word" as a theme for the new year. I used to do new year's resolutions, but would break them within the first month (or the first week!). My one word for 2023 is "Light." The Scripture verses for this word are Daniel 12:3 and John 1:5. What is your one word for 2023? Do you do new year's resolutions, a one word, or both? Do you create new dreams and new goals? I pray that you have a blessed, exciting, peaceful, joyful, healthy, and prosperous new year and your family! Podcast cover photo by Alexander Andrews @ Unsplash.
Where do we turn for help in this busy month?
Jonah: Are you running to or from God?
Has God ever told you to do something and you disobeyed, from fear, insecurity, pride, or another reason? Jonah did this when God told him to go to the wicked city of Nineveh and preach to them to repent of their sins. Instead of obeying, Jonah ran away from God's presence to board a ship going to Tarshish, and went down to the lowest part of the ship. God sent a great wind on the sea, and there was a tempest, and the ship was about to be broken up due to Jonah's disobedience, risking the lives of the mariners on board. In this episode, I share about this powerful lesson from the book of Jonah. God desires to save and not destroy people. Podcast Cover Art Photo by Gabriel Dizzi @ Unsplash.
Interview with Barbara Miller
Did you know that your prayers to God have great authority and are powerful--even dangerous against the enemy, satan? And that you can make decrees over the nations of the Earth? You can also make decrees over your family, yourself, and others, with God radically changing lives for the glory of Jesus Christ. In this fascinating episode, Beth Jones interviews Pastor Barbara Miller of Australia about this topic of making decrees in prayer. Pastor Barbara Miller’s ministry has a strong focus on reconciliation, justice, prayer, worship and teaching on Israel.
An apostle-prophet team with her husband Norman, they co-founded the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace in 1997 (https://reconciliationandpeace.org). Barbara and her husband were the leaders of Australia and the Bethany Gate under the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations (2005-2012) and have led a number of tours to Israel.
Barbara is regularly a speaker in many nations and has written 12 books. The latest is Decrees and Dangerous Prayers: 7 Steps on How to Change Your Nation or Community. You can find out more about Barbara at her website at https://barbara-miller-books.com/about/.
Interview with Joey A. Perry, Sr. (One Less Grain of Sand: Fulfill God's Purposes While You Have Time)
In an hourglass, the sands fall quickly and can never be retrieved. So it is with our time here on this earth. We need to use our time wisely, to live for the glory of God. In this episode, Beth M. Jones interviews Joey A. Perry, Sr., about his book, One Less Grain of Sand: Fulfill God's Purposes While You Have Time, available for sale at Amazon.
Joey A. Perry, Sr. has taught the Word of God since 1982. During that time, he has instructed students in the following areas: Sunday school (children and adults), Vacation Bible school (children), Men's Ministry, Youth Ministry, and the True Love Waits (sexual abstinence for teens) program. He believes God has called him to promote the spiritual growth and maturity of Christians through teaching and writing. He has published three books: Parenting Lessons from God, the Perfect Parent; Pressing on Toward Maturity: Seven Biblical Truths for Spiritual Growth; and One Less Grain of Sand: Fulfill God's Purposes While You Have Time!
He lives in Texas and is active in his church's Men's Ministry, Marriage Ministry, and Sunday school. He is married, and he and his wife, Vanessa, have three adult sons.Joey's website address is joeyaperry.com. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow Joey on his Facebook Author Page, Joey A. Perry, Sr., Author, which can be found at facebook.com/japerrysr. Joey's free downloadable PDF entitled, Tips to Help You Make Your Life Count, can be accessed by going to joeyaperry.com/lifecount.
Do you know what your purpose from God is? Are you walking in it today?
Are you a vessel of honor?
Are you a vessel of honor or dishonor? The Bible verse 2 Timothy 2:20-21 tells us that there are vessels for honor and dishonor. As Christian believers, we need to be people of honor, holy and useful for God our Master, prepared for every good work. The word honor means to have a good name or public esteem, to be a person of superior standing (moral excellence), to be trustworthy, reliable, and dependable, to be honest, and to be a person of love because God is love (Love entails honor). Other verses in today's podcast are Hebrews 13:8 (God doesn't change); God doesn't lie (Numbers 23:19); and God is Love (1 John 4:20-21).
Dream big then do it (My Destin beach, Florida trip)
Do you have a dream in your heart, whether big or small? Do you feel that your dream has been delayed? Don't give up; don't stop dreaming! Dream big because we serve a big God! I've been dreaming and praying for over 3 years to travel to Destin beach, Florida. It is the setting for the first fiction book that I wrote called Storm Tossed (available for sale at Amazon). Destin beach is gorgeous with soft, white sand and clear, blue-green water. I just returned from a week-long trip to Destin beach. I desperately needed this time of relaxation after a very stressful year. I had an amazing, fun time and I give Jesus Christ all the praise and glory! In this podcast, I share about my trip there: how I used Uber to get from the airport to my beautiful Air BnB; relaxing on the beach; going to Publix for groceries, bottled water, my chair and mat for the beach; and different restaurants with delicious food. At about the 12 minute mark, I share about praying for the people of Destin and Florida. At about the 15-18 minute marks, I share about witnessing to an Uber driver who was talking about reincarnation and for a sick woman at the Destin airport. I was also able to work on my business of speaking and writing while there. God can make your dreams come true, too. Keep praying and believing!
Celebrity Deaths: Life after death
Where do we go when we die? Do we have nine lives like they say cats have? Are we reincarnated into a lion, a tiger, an elephant, or something else? Is there nothing and this life is all there is? In the news this week, there have been two famous celebrities who died, actress/singer Olivia Newton John (who co-starred with John Travolta in the 1978 movie hit, Grease), and Nichelle Nichols, who starred in the tv series and subsequent movies, Star Trek. Also, the American actress, voice actress, writer, and producer Anne Heche drove her car at a high speed into a Los Angeles residential house, catching the car and the house on fire. The news reports that the owner of the house narrowly escaped physical harm being a few feet away in the house from the crash. Anne is in the ICU in critical condition in a coma now, with burns that will need surgery and a significant pulmonary injury, requiring mechanical ventilation. So tragic. No matter how wealthy and famous you are, no matter how smart, how much you have accomplished in this world, all men and women are equal before God. One day we will all face God alone in judgment. The only thing that truly matters right now is your relationship with Jesus Christ. Podcast cover image source: Photo by Rebecca Peterson-Hall on Unsplash.
Diane Bishop, Realtor - God's Anointing for Business (Women in Biz series)
Did you know that God never intended us to use our spiritual gifts, talents, and skills just for inside the four walls of the Church? He desires that we use them for His glory and to help and bless others out in the marketplace! In this podcast episode, I interview realtor Diane Bishop about God's desire for marketplace ministry. She shares exciting stories of how she and her husband Herb Bishop use their spiritual gifts to advance God's Kingdom in their realtor business. "It's not just about selling houses, but about building relationships," she says. Join me as I interview Diane about her powerful story: a wife in a deeply troubled marriage with four kids, a mentor at church giving her life-giving words of wisdom that turned the trajectory of Diane's life, going through a divorce she didn't want, and finally marrying her soul-mate Herb and them walking in unity, experiencing God's abundant blessings. God wants to powerfully use you and your gifts, too, to make an impact in the marketplace and to shower you with blessings.
A beautiful tapestry. Podcast interview with Jane VanOsdol (Women in Biz series).
Joycelynn Harrell: Transitioning from a career (J-O-B) to entrepreneurship. (Women in Biz series)
Do you have a career (or a J-O-B, working outside the home), but have dreams of having your own business? With 40+ years of ministry experience as well as being a registered nurse, Joycelynn Harrell is now making the exciting transition to being an entrepreneur. In this Women in Biz series interview episode, JoyceLynn speaks about the joys and the challenges of being an entrepreneur. She also shares about the intense heartache of losing her child to suicide, her veteran son Brandon, but how this loss has given her a deeper faith, message, and ministry.
Joycelynn is the Founder and CEO of Living Whole Coaching Academy to empower you with tools to experience wholeness in your body, mind, soul, and spirit. Joycelynn wears many hats. She is an oncology nurse, wellness coach, TV host, speaker, writer. wife, co-pastor, herbalist, and aromatherapist. She and her pastor husband MIke have 3 children (2 living and 1 in Heaven) and 9 grandchildren. They pastor River’s Of Life Ministries International in Macclesfield, NC. You can find out more about Joycelynn at her website at https://joycelynnharrell.com/.
What will it take to live your great story?
This week I received in the mail a pretty wall decor with an inscription which reads, "Live a great story." On it are two dandelion flowers, with one of the dandelion's seeds blowing in the wind. Wouldn't it be great if it was that easy for our wishes and dreams to come true? What will it take for you and me to live our great story? How will you and I get there?
Is it sharing with someone about Jesus, leading him or her to salvation? Is it traveling all over the world (my big dream!)? Is it adopting a child (or a pet)? Getting fit and healthy? Creating a ministry for pregnant teens, single moms, or men in prison? Starting a new job or career? Regret or envy are not good life companions.
We have this one life to live. I have a motto, "Dream big because we serve a big God!" I am living proof of dreams and prayers coming true. Do your dreams; don't wait!
Psalm 18:24 The Message says, "God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to His eyes." God can rewrite your story in amazing. Let's start now!
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Sharon Rose Gibson: The Power of Your Story (Women in Biz series)
Everyone has stories to tell. Jesus told parables (stories) to His disciples to teach truth, to inspire, and to give hope. Do you know your family's stories? Are they written down so they can be passed on? What is your own story? What life lessons and wisdom do you have to share in your story? You can leave a legacy that your children, your grandchildren, and others will treasure. In this episode, I interview Sharon Rose Gibson about the power of your story. Sharon's parents' stories and her own story living in the Congo in Africa are exciting, with them even facing gunpoint and God miraculously protecting their lives, while others were killed.
She is the daughter of African missionaries in the Congo, was a student in Kenya, Africa, and graduated from a USA high school and the University of Kansas, with a degree in Speech Communications and Human Relations. Sharon has been published in books and magazines, is an author herself of four books, and is the creator of the online writing course, How to Write for Fun and Profit.
Sharon's work experience includes election to the House of Representatives in a Midwestern State, a retail gift store owner, a teacher at a Ranch for men from Skid Row L.A., California, a product manager in the marketing department of a large greeting card company, and the Director of Communications for a non-profit ministry. She adopted seven teens from poverty backgrounds. At the present time, she serves as a substitute teacher, is an author, and teaches aspiring authors.
Sharon's website is at http://www.sharonrosegibson.com/. She has a blog to encourage people in their writing, www.15minutewriter.com.
What would your best life possible be like?
What would your best life possible be like? I was listening to K-LOVE Christian radio station in our truck driving one day, when the DJ asked this question. In this episode, I tell about God's calling for me in 1989 during a suicidal depression in Olathe, Kansas, and the Bible chapter He gave me as my life's purpose, Isaiah 61. I also share about what my best life possible is, including spending time with my precious beautiful daughters; my marriage to be happier; divine health for me and my family; my friends; making an eternal impact; and traveling (I share about the different nations where I and my family have been and want to go). What does your best life possible look like?
A lesson in grace: House-sitting and puppy-sitting
For the last 9 days, I've been house-sitting and puppy-sitting for our daughter Heather, who drove with her fiance Andy and his 3 kids, Kelsey, Kayden, and Eian from Belton, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City) to Gulf Shores, Alabama and then Pensacola, Florida, for a beach vacation. Before she left, Heather asked me to house-sit and puppy-sit her mixed breed, female puppy, Angel while they were gone. This saved them a ton of money not having to put Angel in a vet kennel 24/7 for over a week. I did this because I love my daughter Heather so much and I did it as unto the Lord as an act of service. There were many challenges for different reasons, and this was a VERY stressful week. It was a lesson in grace and endurance. But I have no regrets, because Heather really needed this fun vacation and R & R! Listen as I share what happened this week, including the trouble with the puppy eating, a heat advisory all week (and having to keep Angel in the house most of the time), my granddaughter Violet's car battery dying and needing a jump, the garbage disposal breaking and water pouring onto the cabinet floor, and more! Please keep me in your prayers as I am home now and need refilling. I'm praying to go on my own relaxing beach vacation to Destin, Florida soon!
Shelby B. Ketchen: Get the "tech" help you need if you feel frazzled and frustrated
Dealing with "techie" problems in your business can be overwhelming. Shelby B. Ketchen will step in to be your "wing woman" to help you soar to success, if you feel frazzled and frustrated from "tech" stress. She helps women grow their business so they can experience freedom in fulfilling their purpose. In this Women in Biz series episode, I interview Shelby to ask her about the joys and the challenges of being an entrepreneur -- from the different perspective of being a virtual assistant (and more!) for coaches, speakers, authors, and other entrepreneurs. Shelby emphasizes the importance of delegating tech issues, praying, and never giving up in your business. She has happily watched her own business grow and thrive in just over a year in business. You can find out more about Shelby and her services at https://www.shelbybketchen.com/.
Doreen Penner: Get clear & be confident (Women in Biz series)
As you are building your business, it's vital to get clarity about the vision that you have for your business and to walk in confidence---God confidence! This is part of my Women in Biz podcast series. Listen as Life and Leadership Coach/Speaker/Author Doreen Penner speaks about her challenging but exciting journey as a woman in business. She shares how God unexpectedly took her through a hard season of working outside the home at a women's shelter, which gave her more wisdom and compassion for women and put more tools in her toolkit as an entrepreneur. Doreen helps women get to the true heart of who they are and helps them discover their own unique brilliance. She coaches women entrepreneurs to grow a profitable business, doing what they love to do with ease. You can find out more about Doreen at her website at https://doreenpenner.ca/.
Interview with Diane Cunningham Ellis: Catch on & stay on fire (Women in Biz series)
Several years ago, I noticed someone creating intriguing posts, videos, and live streams on Facebook. She was and is on fire! She is a Christian believer, is beautiful inside and out, encourages me and kicks my butt when needed --she is my business coach, Diane Cunningham Ellis! Listen as Diane shares her mission to inspire women to dream big, catch on fire, and change the world. Diane is a business strategist, coach, speaker, and author. She shares her mishaps, as well as her many wins, on the journey of becoming an entrepreneur---and the importance of not ever quitting if this is your calling! She vulnerably tells pieces of her recovery journey, such as her client committing suicide, the family suing, and Diane losing her counseling license; becoming sober from alcoholism and other addictions; her struggling with money and mindset issues but to go on to create a successful national membership and an elite mastermind inner circle; and more good stuff. Join me and Diane as she moves you with her brave story.
Therapist Maria Willis: You can reach your dreams, even with mental health struggles (Women in Biz series)
In this encouraging episode, I interview a very special guest - my beautiful, precious sister, Maria Willis. Maria has a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling and is a therapist in Valdosta, Georgia. She has worked for her company for eight years. Maria counsels families, and offers parenting education, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence counseling, and does assessments on clients who are coming into the system. She is employed by a company who works with families who have Child Protective Services involvement. Maria shares how often people who struggle with mental illness/mental health issues feel alone and struggle to reach out for help. She tells the powerful story of counseling a married couple with a strife-filled relationship (who were even cursing each other and throwing things at each other!). The tools Maria gave this couple helped to heal their marriage. Maria also shares why mental illness/mental health issues can stop someone from achieving his/her dreams and God-given purpose. She gives the hope that through faith in Jesus Christ and by using counseling tools, healing is possible and you can reach your dreams and achieve success!
Dana Arcuri: Trusting in God's Unknown Territory (Women in Biz series)
I'm excited to have guest speaker Dana Arcuri share on today's topic about trusting God in the dark, when you aren't sure what direction to go in your life and/or business. God may even surprise you and take you somewhere that is not even on your radar, like He did with Dana! He doesn't want you to stay in your comfort zone, but to obey Him and to stretch your faith, as you walk into the Great Unknown. It can be scary, but exhilarating! Learn 4 tips to help you when you are entering uncertain, unknown terrain. Dana is an anointed, passionate speaker, author of 6 books, and a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach. You can find out more about Dana at her website at https://www.danaarcuri.com/. This episode is part of my Women in Biz podcast series. I have more podcast interviews coming up soon with dynamic women in business.
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10 Tips for Mental Health Well-Being (Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Defamation Trial)
The world has been watching the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial. Through this trial, we've observed mental health issues such as possible borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, and more. Please keep Johnny, Amber, and their families in prayer. May is Mental Health Awareness month to help with the stigma of mental health issues, especially for those who need to reach out to others. In today's episode, I share from Ryan Duncan's article, 10 Ways Christians Can Improve Their Mental Health, at Crosswalk, and a few tips from my own journey of healing from childhood sexual, physical, and verbal abuse. Jesus Christ is the Healer. Please don't stay isolated and feel like you are all alone (or a loved one). You are never alone; God is with you and loves you very much. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. To contact me as a speaker, visit my website at https://www.BethJones.net. My Amazon Author Page is at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones.
When you feel pressed on all sides. The crushing of grapes into fine wine.
Do you ever feel surrounded? Wondering what in the world is going on here? Whether it's a marriage on the brink of divorce, a prodigal spouse or child, an alcoholic or drug addict in your family, health issues, financial stress, a job loss or unemployment, it seems that so much is happening in your life. In this episode, I share about the crushing and the pressing of grapes in order to make fine wine. When you feel that life is crushing you, remember that God is after something--to make fine wine out of you and your life. The romance movie which I highly recommended on this podcast, showing women stomping and dancing on grapes, is A Walk In The Clouds with Keanu Reeves. The book excerpt that I share about on this podcast is from Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power, by T. D. Jakes. The blog post I reference is The Crush is the first step into turning grapes into wine, by Laura Burgess. Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 NLT and Isaiah 53:5 NKJV.
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When life throws you a curve ball
Have you or a loved one ever had something unexpected happen - something bad, overwhelming, or stressful? In today's podcast, I'll be speaking on the topic of "When life throws you a curve ball." Sometimes unexpected good things occur - serendipity. A pleasant surprise. But for today's topic, I'll be covering the topic of those times when you're wondering what in the world is going on here? The good news is that God is never taken by surprise, even when we are. He hasn't been knocked off His throne and He's still got this chaotic, crazy, hectic world under control. He will help you to make it through to the other side, as you rely on and trust in Him. The 2 featured books that I mentioned in this podcast are my memoir, Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love, and Stained Glass & Marriage: Reflections of Light & Hope by an Imperfect Wife. You can find out more about them and the other books that I've written at my Amazon Author Page at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones. Need a speaker for your women's event, retreat, online event, or podcast or do you know someone who does? Contact me at my website at https://www.BethJones.net. Episode art photo source: Thomas Park on Unsplash.
Passion Week. Trust in Jesus for your day to day life.
You see colored eggs, bunny rabbits, and Easter baskets in Walmart and other stores now, indicating that Easter is coming up this week. For Christian believers, Easter isn't about cute little bunnies but about Jesus dying for us, being buried, and resurrecting so that God would forgive us and we could live and co-reign forever with Him. The week before Easter is called "Passion Week." Why is it called this? Learn more in today's episode. This week's podcast Scriptures are Matthew 16:21 and Romans 12:1-2, The Message version. St. Therese of Liseux said, "Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart." Will you let Jesus in? Will you trust in Jesus for your day to day life? God wants you to have exciting adventures through faith in Him! Podcast episode art: Photo by Vladimir Soares on Unsplash. Today's featured book is Stained Glass & Marriage: Reflections of Light & Hope by an Imperfect Wife. Available at Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Knock, knock. Letting Jesus in.
One thing I love to get is a knock at the front door and it's the Amazon delivery driver with a package for me! This week I got a package and outside the bubble-wrapped envelope it read, "Knock, knock. I'm here." So cute and creative! This reminded me immediately of the verse in Revelation 3:20, where Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart and wanting to be invited in. Timely words, as I just received texts and emails from my family and my friends with serious prayer requests. Jesus wants you and me to let Him in to help us with our struggles--and to give us the desires of our hearts.
A miracle (my iPhone pics restored). Press on.
Are you under a lot of stress? Having techie issues or other frustrations or distractions that are hindering or stopping you from your God-given calling? This episode comes from a video I recorded this past weekend about all the stressful internet, techie, laptop, podcast, and iPhone issues that I've been having lately. I share the story of how 1000's of my pics and videos from my old iPhone got lost, but how God miraculously restored them - thanks to Jason at the phone store, my family, friends, and intercessors who were praying for me, because I was crying so hard. I've never backed up my phone before to the Cloud, because I didn't know how to use it. (Lesson learned: always back up!) God can do miracles for you, too. Don't let the enemy stop you from your calling. Press on in faith to victory! Listen in as I share the story and what's coming up soon at BethJones.net
Do you want to be used in amazing ways by God?
Welcome to my first podcast at Anchor! My mission is encouraging women to use their spiritual gifts for God's glory, fulfilling their great purpose, and living a life they love. I help aspiring speakers and authors to share their hearts' powerful messages. God wants to use YOU in amazing ways! It is always an exciting adventure with God when we walk in obedience to Him.
Jesus is the anchor
Who or what is holding you steady in this crazy, hectic world? Jesus Christ is that anchor. My new platform for podcasting, Anchor, gave me the inspired idea for this podcast. An anchor is streamed from a boat or ship in heavy weather to stabilize the vessel. Early anchors were crude metal devices, but most today are a marine drogue parachute, acting like a brake. They keep the boat or ship from overturning from the winds, the waves, and the current. Our faith keeps us steady in the midst of the storms of life: a rocky marriage, problems with our kids, financial struggles, health issues, natural disasters, identity crises, and more. At times, we as Christian believers can struggle in our faith with fear, doubts, questions, and even anger at God. But He's big enough to handle these. He does not move and is always there for you and me. Whatever battle you and I are facing, Jesus is our anchor who holds us steady.
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Scriptures shared in this episode are Hebrews 12:2 NKJV; Psalm 121:1-2; Psalm 103:14-16 TLB; John 8:12; Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 1:25; and Matthew 28:20.
Love, The Most Powerful Force
Valentine's Day is coming up this week. I love Valentine's Day to show my family how much I love them and because I love hearts. Love is the most powerful force of all. God demonstrated that love for us through the death and the resurrection of His Only Son Jesus Christ. It's not always easy to love God and others. But it's even harder to love our enemies, yet that is what God does to His. He has called us to love those who hate and persecute us. I wrote a book called Metamorphosis: Transformed From Hate to Love, available for sale at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTYBB8G
2022 and White As Snow (A Brand New Start)
Alignment with God, your purpose, and your dreams
Are you in alignment? Alignment means "arrangement in a straight line, or in a correct position; a position of agreement or alliance." I believe that you and I need to be aligned in 3 areas of our lives: aligned with God; aligned with your purpose; and aligned with your passions, dreams, and goals. In today's podcast, I unpack these 3 areas where we need alignment. The Scriptures are Deuteronomy 11:1, Psalm 138:8, and Psalm 37:4. I also share about my radio interview on https://talkerie.com/ on Sunday, October 31, 2021, where I am interviewed about my speaking, writing books, and traveling to other nations. It airs at 11 a.m CST (12 noon EST). My new Kindle fiction book, The Game Blocks of Life, is about alignment - based on the popular game Tetris, where you line up colored blocks. It launches Tuesday, November 2, 2021, as a Kindle eBook on Amazon for just $2.99. Please tune into my radio interview on Sunday and if you buy my new book, please leave a review at Amazon.
Strength for the Battle
Right now the USA troops are attempting to extract American citizens, missionaries, and those who worked for and with the American government out of Afghanistan to rescue them from the dangers of the Taliban who are now in control. Hurricane Ida has made landfall in Louisiana, and is now a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 150 mph. The Delta variant of Covid-19 has been impacting more people, even children.
All around us every day are battles that threaten our safety and even our physical lives. There is also a spiritual battle that rages on every day between Christian believers and Satan and his demons. But we can be encouraged with Psalm 18:39, ESV, "For You equipped me with strength for battle; You made those who rise against me sink under me."
This episode also gives you an invitation to Beth Jones' writing coach Shelley Hitz's Kingdom Writers' Virtual Conference, The Battle Plan. There will be an amazing lineup of speakers (Beth is one of them!) to help you move forward with your call to write words that will outlive you and publish books that fulfill your calling. The conference is September 15-21, 2021.
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The Battle Plan All-Access Pass is currently being offered at a special early-bird price of $17 until 9/1/21, so I recommend getting it early! It will then go up incrementally in price the closer it gets to the conference. Grab your free ticket today!
Remember that God is more powerful than any battle you face! Trust in and obey Him!
Step out of fear and into faith
So much is happening in the world now that is scary. Haiti's 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The Taliban taking over Afghanistan. The Delta variant of the Coronavirus, mask mandates, and more lockdowns. Violence across the world. But God doesn't want you and me to be afraid. Let's step out of fear and into faith, trusting Jesus. How do we do that? Romans 10:17 NKJV says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." In this podcast, Beth Jones shares how we build our faith and 3 practical tips to help with not having fear. Here is the link for Beth Jones' virtual retreat for speakers and writers on September 16, 2021, The Power of Shoes. There will be 5 anointed, powerful speakers and we'd love for you to join us! https://refreshingwaters.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1103826
Do you have dream poverty? It's time to dream big again.
This morning I watched Prophetic Messenger/Bible teacher Kay Nash teach on YouTube, "Find Balance: The Message The Church Needs About Finances." One of the things she said which struck me was, "Dream poverty." Have your dreams died? Do you feel that this is not the life you signed up for and so you have just stopped dreaming? God is the Dream Giver and Dream Fulfiller. He has made my dreams come true and my family's. I'm still dreaming big for 2021 and beyond. What about you? God wants you to dream again. He wants you rich in dreams and all areas of your life. He is the God of the Impossible. We need to walk out those dreams in faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
God can fulfill your heart's desires and dreams
What is your biggest dream or desire? God is the Dream Giver and the Dream Fulfiller! Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Recently my husband Ray, our daughter Leah, and I traveled to the Grand Canyon in Arizona to celebrate Leah's college graduation with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Graphic Design. It was beautiful and incredible. Our daughter Heather also went on a vacation this week to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Amelia, Island, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia with her fiance' Andy and his three children. The beach is mine and Heather's place of peace and refilling. I'm so happy that she got to do this! God makes dreams come true! What is your big dream? Lailah Gifty Akita says, "No dream is too big to come true. You are born to manifest the glory of God on earth." In this episode, Beth Jones also invites you to her virtual training, "Moments into Messages," to encourage you to turn your ordinary, daily moments into your most powerful message. Find out more at https://refreshingwaters.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1095155
Times of Refreshing
Last night our youngest daughter Leah treated my husband Ray and me to supper at Bella's Italian restaurant in Lee's Summit, Missouri. It is an authentic Italian restaurant. The servers speak Italian to each other. Beautiful piano and violin music played in the background. The food was so good! It was fun and truly a time of refreshing. In today's podcast, I share about Acts 3:19. "Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Why is repentance so important? What does this mean about refreshing? Listen as Beth dives in deeper with this Scripture. She also excitedly shares about her brand-new, online teaching portal at Member Vault, with 3 new trainings and mini-coaching for aspiring authors and speakers. One of the products (free!) is the traumatic stories of women who survived Winter Snow and Ice Storm Uri in Texas, through faith in Jesus Christ. Learn more about Beth's new training products for aspiring authors and speakers at https://refreshingwaters.vipmembervault.com/
My dream: Are you living and dreaming too small?
This morning I had a dream about a pregnant woman in labor. I believe the dream was from God and is about you and me needing to dream bigger. Are you living and dreaming too small? Listen as I share about the dream and what I believe to be its interpretation. This is the year for you to start writing your book(s) and to step out speaking. This is the year for God to fulfill your big dreams! In this episode, I also invite you to join my free Zoom webinar on February 18 at 2 p.m. CST. http://www.bethjones.net/dreamcafe/
The face of fear in writing and speaking
Our family traveled one weekend to Saint Louis, Missouri, for a fast, fun adventure to see the Arch. It is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and is Missouri's tallest accessible building, standing at 630 feet high. Our granddaughter Annabelle was scared of heights and was terrified to go to the top. She cried all the way going up in the elevator with us. But when we arrived at the top, she was able to look out the arch's little windows at the river, the skyscrapers, and the landscape. She loved it. She especially loved the little arch souvenir gift we bought her to take home. If you as a writer and/or speaker never face your fears like Annabelle did with her fear of heights, you'll never achieve what God has put in your mind and heart to do - writing and speaking. Don't let fear hinder or stop you. In this episode, I also share about my brand new writers and speakers virtual training coming up in February 2021 to help you write your book(s) and step out speaking. There will be an Early Bird Special rate, so get your spot when it's ready!
The Decorator (What are your spiritual gifts and talents?)
Today my friend Elizabeth Zacharias and I went to eat Mexican lunch in Butler, Missouri, where I live. Afterward, we ran errands and stopped by The Carpenter's Cup, the local Christian bookstore. While drinking my cappuccino, I talked with the woman who decorates the window (display) and the store. She shared how thankful she is that God has given her a little piece of His creative gift inside of her. What are your unique spiritual gifts, talents, and skills God has placed inside of you? Now is the time to use them.
Dana Arcuri's interview of Beth Jones traveling to Guatemala: Manifesting Your God-Sized Dreams
Do you have a special dream inside your heart? Perhaps, you have hoped to turn your aspirations into your reality? This is Dana Arcuri's inspiring interview with Beth Jones, International Speaker, Author, and Coach, who manifested her dream to go to Antigua, Guatemala.
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Someone needs you
Yesterday I went to my daughter Heather's house to bring pepperoni pizza, chocolate cupcakes, and gifts for a "Back to school" little party. It had been awhile since I'd seen them and I just wanted to let them know I loved them and was thinking about and praying for them. God has given each of us unique spiritual gifts, talents, and skills. Do you know what yours are? Are you using them for Jesus' glory and to make an impact, helping others? In this podcast, I invite you to my Zoom event on Saturday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m. Central Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Time). It will be a half hour with a power point teaching, delving more into the topic of spiritual gifts. You can download Zoom's software onto your computer or laptop, or get the app on your smart phone.
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Lately I've been hearing and seeing the word "alignment" a lot. When these types of things happen, I know God is speaking to me and that He is trying to teach me something. First, I look up the definition of the word or words. Then I search for the word, words, or related ideas in the Bible. Jesus is a perfect example of being in alignment with God and His will, when He prayed in the Garden, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me, nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done." (Luke 22:42) In this podcast, I delve into the different areas of our lives for us to be aligned with God's will and purpose for our lives.
What is ahead?
The curve is flattening and things are looking more positive now regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and Shelter In Place orders. But the future is uncertain. It's easy to feel scared and worried. If you're a "recovering control freak" like me, you don't like the unknown. There is a lot unknown about this virus. There's also a lot of conspiracy theories and frightening news and videos out there on YouTube about forced vaccines, identifiers, tracers, the mark of the beast, and more. Some political leaders and governors are using this virus for evil purposes to control people, not just for safety purposes. It's hard to know what to believe and who to trust. But there is good news: God does know the future. He has good plans for you and me (Jeremiah 29:11). The best is yet to come (John 2:10). The kingship belongs to the LORD, and He rules over the nations (Psalm 22:8). Tune into this podcast for hope and faith.
Nothing Like A Mom
Mother's Day 2020 is Sunday, May 10. Next to my salvation in Jesus Christ, being a mother is the greatest gift God has ever given me. When I was a child, all I wanted to be when I grew up was a mom and a writer. And that is exactly what happened! I have three beautiful, precious daughters--Heather, Eden, and Leah. I'm also the author of 20 books. If I achieved great worldly success, but failed at being a mom, I feel I have done nothing. Washington Irving said, "A mother's love endures through all." This is so true. A mother sacrifices her own sleep, even eating and drinking, to take care of her little baby or child. Being a mom is both the greatest and hardest thing in the world. I've always been an overprotective mom who worries too much--especially now, during the Coronavirus pandemic. But God loves my children even more than I do, and yours as well. Join me as I explore this topic of the beautiful gift of motherhood.
The Beauty of Friendship
There is nothing like a good friend! Friendship is a treasured gift. In today's podcast, I share about the topic of different types of friendship in the Bible. I'm also launching my new ebook for Kindle on Amazon, my first children's book that is on the topic of friendship--Nat and Jax: We CAN be friends! It is loosely based on the true story of my adopted black, female cat Natalya ("Nat") and our daughter Leah's black, female cat Jax becoming friends. A quote by Anonymous says, "Life was meant for good friends and great adventures." Proverbs 27:9 reads, "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." Who are your friends? Who can you become a friend to right now? Right now with the Coronavirus pandemic, people are scared, panicky, frustrated, depressed, and confused. They need hope and encouragement. Be that friend today!
The Coronavirus: Be Still
When you read the news or go on social media today, almost all you see is centered around one word: Coronavirus. As of this episode, there are a reported 14,611 deaths world-wide from the virus. In the small, rural town of Butler (a suburb of Kansas City) where I live, people are in fear and are panic-buying toilet paper. Hand sanitizer, canned goods, frozen foods, eggs, bread, and even cat and dog food items are flying off the shelves almost as soon as the employees stock them on the aisles. While I believe the virus is dangerous and we need to use wisdom such as washing our hands, I do think the media is hyping this to create panic. God is bigger than this virus and the blood of Jesus is more powerful. In today's podcast, I share a Scripture to encourage you and give you hope: Psalm 46:10. "Be still and know that I am God." You don't have to be afraid. Trust God, for He is faithful and good.
Live Your Days In Wisdom
As believers in Jesus Christ and in the days we're now living in, we need God's wisdom to be our GPS, to guide us and helping us with daily decisions. James 1:5 teaches us to ask God for generous wisdom. When God asked King Solomon one night what he desired, instead of asking for riches or the life of his enemies, Solomon requested wisdom and discernment to rule the people of Israel. God was pleased with this request and gave him wisdom such as no king before him had ever had, or any king of his day. In this episode, I share 7 tips for living a life of wisdom.
The Coronavirus and other bad news; Don't be afraid
I don't read the news a lot because so much of it is negative and I believe it induces fear for the purpose of the government controlling the masses. But I read just enough of the big news to stay current, usually on Facebook. Recently the Coronavirus is in the news. It is believed to have started in Wuhan in a seafood market from animals, which spread to humans. So far as of this podcast, 41 people have died and 1,355 have been infected. China's Leader Xi Jinping has suspended travel abroad and the State Department has ordered all American workers at the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan to evacuate. It has spread to other nations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, France, and possibly the U.S. The news headlines today are scary. Luke 21:25-26 warns that in the end times, people would feel terrified at what is coming. God doesn't want you and me afraid, but to believe in and trust in Him. Today's episode shares encouraging Scriptures to battle the spirit of anxiety and fear. Be sure to check out my book on this topic, Metamorphosis: Transformed From Fear to Faith, at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Happy 2020. Our Daughter's Broken Fibula of the Ankle
As I sat this morning in my pink, polka-dot pajamas and drinking my creamy, hot coffee, I prayed and thought about the upcoming year 2020. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9 that we can make our plans, but God directs our steps. I had big, exciting, new plans for 2020 as I do before every new year, but my plans were changed. Our daughter Leah fell on the ice and snow in the driveway at her house, and it broke the fibula in her right ankle! The orthopedic doctor recommended surgery. After doing research, Leah found out this is the common treatment for her injury, a spiral fracture. She is now waiting on a call from the surgery nurse to schedule it. My #1 priority for the new year is to help our daughter as much as possible. Nothing else matters right now! Please pray for Leah's complete, speedy healing. Have your plans for the new year been changed, too? Don't be afraid, because He is a good God! As we look to God, obeying and trusting Him daily, we will experience His many blessings this coming year. God has already gone ahead of us into 2020, and has good plans for you, Leah, and me!
Ask God for help. He has the answers.
What do you need help with in your life right now? Finances? A troubled marriage? A prodigal spouse or child? Health issues? A toxic, narcissistic relationship with a family member, in-law, neighbor, or friend? Problems at work with your boss, a co-worker, or customers? Whatever it is, God is here for you. He loves you and wants to help you. Today I share a reading from Melody Beattie's book, The Language of Letting Go. The very hard lesson God has been teaching me this year is learning to let go and let God, trusting Him. I have cried so many tears, but I simply need to let go and trust Him--and ask for God's help. God is your and my Helper.
Whatever happens, give thanks
I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving Day celebration with your family and friends. Today's episode is about gratitude. Yesterday I recorded a Gratitude Challenge video, thanking the people in my life who I love and who are such a gift to me. You can watch this at YouTube at My Gratitude Challenge. In today's podcast, I share 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Contemporary English Version which reads, "Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do." This can be a hard pill to swallow, because of the hardships, stresses, and heartaches you and I may be going through. And yet God commands us to be thankful. He is good and worthy to be thanked and praised.
20/20 Vision: Your Dreams and Goals
It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here, isn't it? The new year 2020 is almost upon us! At the end of each year, I set aside time to pray and reflect on the past year: what went well and what didn't. To evaluate if I achieved my dreams and goals. I also pray about the new year, asking for God's protection, guidance, and help for me and my family. In this podcast, I share about dreaming bigger with God, getting His vision and goals for your new year. What hindered or stopped you from your dreams and goals this year? What new habits do you need to develop? What do you need to maintain? Where do you want to go (traveling)? What do you want to do? Let's believe for an exciting new 2020! Join me for my online event, 20/20 Vision for Speakers & Writers, at www.bethjones.net/vision.
Learning to let go
Our daughter Leah just moved out of our house to be close to her new job as assistant baker in another city, about an hour north of us. This week God is teaching me the hard lesson of letting go. I've also been cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering my home and office. It is so freeing. Right now it is fall in Missouri. It is cooler and the trees' leaves are turning glorious shades of orange, yellow, red, and brown. There is a powerful quote: "Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." We need to let go and let God, trusting Him with people and things in our lives. Who or what do you need to let go of?
Coffee with God time
Do you have quiet time with God each day? Each morning after breakfast, Beth Jones drinks a hot, creamy cup of coffee, prays, and reads the Bible. She calls this her "Coffee with God" time. This is not a rigid, religious ritual, but a relaxing time to spend time with God to hear His still, small voice and to get His wisdom and direction for the busy, hectic day ahead. You don't have to spend hours to do this, and it doesn't have to be early in the morning. It can be any time, day or night. You can include worship and praise, journaling, making a to-do list, and even jump start your speaking and writing. Be encouraged by Beth for God to become your daily GPS on this exciting, sometimes scary, adventure called life.
Each Word A Gift
Do you struggle with your thought life or the words of your mouth like I do? I think Speaker and Author Joyce Meyer may have written her book, Me and My Big Mouth, just for me! Words are powerful. They can encourage and bring hope, or they can tear down and destroy. God Himself created the world with His words. You and I are made in His image, so our words are powerful, too. As speakers and writers, our words matter. They have influence. Be encouraged and inspired in today's podcast that each word you speak and write is a beautiful gift. Find out where Beth Jones will be speaking next on this topic.
Saint Patrick: God uses your pain for His glory
Make Jesus Well-Known--You are His Letter
I saw a sign in town the other day which read, “Try to be worth following instead of trying to be well-known.” More importantly, you and I should try to make Jesus inside us well-known. You and I are His letter to a dark, lost world. We make Him known by operating in the fruit of the Spirit, being humble, and walking in His purpose and our calling. Join Speaker/Author Beth Jones as she shares how you and I can be Christ's ambassador, letting His light shine through us to others.
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Faith in Jesus and prayer will bring God's reward
What do you have faith for today? Do you believe you'll receive it? God wants to give you the desires of your heart! It is faith that pleases Him. I've been praying for years to go to Ireland. Recently God answered that huge prayer and dream, and I flew to the Republic of Ireland with our precious, beautiful daughter Leah, who wanted to go, too. Ireland is gorgeous and was amazing! God is so good. He wants to answer your prayers, too. In this episode, be encouraged that God will reward your faith in Him.
Happy July 4 and Prayer for the USA
Happy Independence Day! Have a fun and safe one with your family. In this short episode, Beth Jones prays for our nation America. II Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Kate Spade: Shatter the Stigma & 5 Tips for Depression
"Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily."--Francoise de La Rochefoucauld. Successful New York Fashion Designer Kate Spade, 55, was found dead two days later in her New York apartment by her housekeeper, by an alleged suicide. Kate and her husband Andy created a mult-million dollar empire with their handbag company, Kate Spade. In 2016 she returned from a decade long hiatus to launch Frances Valentine, an accessories line named after her daughter and changed her name to Kate Valentine. Her husband Andy said she had struggled with depression and anxiety for five years, was under a doctor's care, and was on medication trying to heal, but "she battled personal demons." Her sister believed she had bipolar disorder. The news of Kate's tragic death has caused social media to blow up. In this podcast, I share about my own struggles with suicidality and attempts and panic attacks and the healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ. I share about the need to shatter the stigma of mental illness and mental disorders and to reach out to the hurting or to ask for help if you are depressed and suicidal. #shatterthestigma #mentalhealthawareness #katespade
The seed in your heart
Is the seed in your heart growing and producing a harvest of righteousness? What kind of soil does your heart have? Recently I changed the theme on my website at BethJones.net, and the header has a beautfiul sunflower picture. Sunflowers have many seeds and there are some fascinating facts about sunflowers. One is that sunflowers track the sun, following the sun across the sky as the earth moves each day. Sunflowers always face the light. Even as sunflowers follow the sun and the light, may we as believers follow the Son and the Light, Jesus. In this podcast, I share about Jesus' parable on the farmer scattering the seed. What kind of soil is in your heart? Is the seed bearing fruit, or have the enemy Satan, distractions, and the cares of this worlder stolen the seed and choked it out? Consider and pray if your heart's soil is fertible, ready to receive and grow God's word to produce an abundant harvest of righteousness. Remember to sow good seed iday and night nto the life of others, sharing your love, spiritual gifts, time, money, and efforts. Luke 8:4-15 and Ecclesiastes 11:6 are the main scriptures for today's study.
Hope believes even in the dark
Do you need hope? Have you ever felt I-just-can't-take-this-kind-of-pain despair? Join speaker/author Beth Jones as she encourages you that through fatih in Jesus Christ, there is always hope. There are times in your life that are so dark, it looks impossible for anything to change. But hope and faith believe even in the dark. Hope is very important to your success, health, and happiness. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not being seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
When you are insulted, you are blessed
Have you ever been criticized by someone? Have you ever been insulted for your faith in Jesus? Recently someone overheard a conversation where two people were talking about me. They said, "Beth talks about Jesus too much." The conversation took me aback, as I thought at least one of the people liked me. But it's not my job for people to like me. It's my job to please God and glorify Jesus Christ. The good news is that if you are being insulted and persecuted for your faith in Jesus, the Bible says you are blessed. (Matthew 5:11, NIV) In this episode, I also share about my new ebook for the Kindle at Amazon, Metamorphosis: Transformed From Hate to Love. I share transparently about my life-long struggle with hatred. God is love and He wants us to unconditionally love Him and people, not hate. He will teach you and me how to love others. In this ebook, I share how to overcome hate if you battle this. You can find out more about this book on Amazon.
The Spirit of the Lord
Have you ever had a family member or a friend visit and you were so excited that you just wanted to shout? Today is Palm Sunday, the day Christian believers celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. I want to encourage you this Easter week to reflect on all that God has done for you and His promises to you of what He's going to do in your life. Jesus came to set you and me free from sin, sickness, poverty, loneliness, marriage difficulties, financial struggles, business and ministry problems, unhappiness, depression, stress, worry, fear, confusion, isolation, and so much more. Have you ever seen a worried, scared, stressed-out, depressed, angry butterfly? No. They are happy and free. This is what God desires for you and me--to soar free. In this episode, I also share about Shelley Hitz's 7-Day Writing Week challenge which I just joined and which starts March 26 (doors close at midnight March 25). It is absolutely free and God's anointing is on Shelley to lead us writers to write (or finish) our books! You can find out more at writingweek.com. I also talk about my new non-fiction book in the Metamorphosis series, Transformed From Hate to Love, about my life-long struggle with hate, which will ve available Easter weekend for the Kindle on Amazon. God wants to teach you and me how to love Him, others, and ourselves.
There is war over your writing
Recently I was chatting with a friend who is excited about nearing the completion of writing and publishing her first book. But she also shared how lately she has felt fatigued and wondered if it is related to spiritual warfare. In this podcast, I share that there is spiritual warfare over your writing. The spiritual realm is real and we must use spiritual weapons to defeat Satan. That is why you struggle with procrastination, perfectionism, distractions, busyness, laziness, suddenly wanting to eat junk food or do a movie binge, clean, or any number of things that hinder or stop you from writing! God has given you a talent and ability to write, which is a precious gift. The enemy Satan doesn't want you to write, because it's a threat to his kingdom of darkness. He knows that God gave you this gift to write for His glory and to help others. Be encouraged and empowered to keep writing!
There is still time
Did you accomplish your dreams and goals for 2017? If not, what is holding you back? It seems the older we get, the faster time goes by. I believe it's important to live each moment fully and to be present and intentionally about spending time with those we love, using our gifts for God, and living a life we love--achieving our purpose. In this podcast, Beth Jones encourage you to do the things on your (and God's) bucket list. It's not too late for your dreams and goals to be fulfilled in 2017; there is still time! The scriptures used in today's podcast are 2 Chronicles 4:10, 2 Chronicles 15:7, and Proverbs 21:5. You can find out more about Beth's speaking at www.BethJones.net and about the books she has written at my Amazon Author Page at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones.
The Power of Names
What is your name? Why did your parents or caregiver give you the name you have? What is its origin and meaning? Names are important. God has many names, too. His names reflect not only His identity and that specific name's function, but His good character--who He really is. In this podcast, Beth Jones shares about the importance and significance of your name and God's different names. Her newest book, the third and final book in The Cinderella Story triology series, is available now for sale at Amzon. It is called The Cinderella Story: The Power of Names, and explores this topic of the power of your and God's names.
Poured out: The woman with the alabaster jar
Are you under fire right now, being judged, criticized, and accused, even by those in your own family or friends? I am, too! The woman with the alabaster jar who poured out the expensive, fragrant perfume on Jesus' head was criticized, too. Yet Jesus said she had done a beautiful thing. If you weren't a threat to the enemy Satan, he wouldn't be attacking you so hard. Join me for this encouraging podcast on Matthew 26:6-13, on the woman with the alabaster jar who poured out her perfume and herself as an act of worship to God.
Refreshing Rain: Repent of your sin
Today in Butler, Missouri, we had a sudden thunderstorm, like I used to experience living in Georgia and Florida. In the south, bad thunderstorms happen very suddenly. There's lightning, thunder, and hard rain. And just as suddenly, it stops. Afterward, everything looks so fresh: the emerald green grass, the tree's leaves, and the beautiful flowers. In today's podcast, I share from Acts 3:19-21 NIV. God wants you to repent of your sin so that you can experience times of refreshing: the abundant life Jesus purchased for you on the Cross and promises you.
Would you like to be made well?
Today my husband Ray, a paramedic at the hospital in town, texted me that a woman I met several years ago at church and connected with in heart, was in the hospital and had asked for me to come pray for her. She had gotten involved with the wrong crowd and gone on the wrong path. She had been diagnosed by the doctor with a deadly disease, besides her ongoing battle with drug addiction and using meth. The Bible verse God gave me as I was praying at home for her was John 5:6, NLT: "When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” I visited this woman today in the hospital, gave her a card and a little gift, and asked her this challenging question. Then I prayed for her miraculous healing and deliverance. Do you want to be well? Whatever is troubling you right now--a marriage on the verge of divorce, a troubled relationship with your kids, parents, in-laws, coworkers, boss, or someone else, financial struggles, health issues, losing your home or car, your failing ministry--Jesus can do an instant miracle as He did for this man, who laid by the pool of Bethesda for 38 long years. Jesus can do this for my friend in the hospital today, too. Ask God in faith for your miracle today.
The ant and the contact lens: faith
There is a true story of a woman, Brenda, who was scared to climb a mountain, but she faced her fears, put on her gear, and began climbing. During a breather time, her safety rope snapped against her eye and popped out her contact lens. She looked everywhere, but it was nowhere to be found. Brenda, feeling desperate and upset, prayed to God to help her find it so she could see clearly. When her group came down the trail on the cliff, a new party of climbers were starting up the mountain and one called, "Hey you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" This in itself would have been amazing, but the climber found an ant carrying it on its back across the rock. Brenda's father was a cartoonist and when she told him the story, he drew a cute cartoon of an ant carrying a contact lens with these words: "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You." It would probably do some of us a lot of good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will." God wants us to have faith and trust Him, but He also expects legwork--our practical actions to carry out His purpose and to answer our prayers. In this purpose, Beth delves into how fatih without works is dead.
Blossom & Thrive in 2017
As 2016 wraps up and you and I enter the new year 2017, I encourage you to ask yourself this question: what did you learn? As speaker/author Joyce Meyer shared in her Winter 2017 magazine, "Teaching moments help us move forward." In this podcast, I share 5 lessons from the cherry tree to help you move forward and beautifully blossom in the coming year. Cherry trees are hard to grow and thrive, only blossom for one to two weeks, but once they bloom they are beautiful. I recently installed a new theme at my website at BethJones.net. The picture on the home page is of a cherry tree. In 2017 let's you and me blossom and thrive through the power of Christ.
Do you live an on-purpose, intentional life? This week I was struggling with some things in my life and my sister Maria encouraged me with two words that God had given her recently: "on purpose." We have to do things on purpose to improve our lives--living intentionally--such as our health or money management. What can you do to make things even a little better in your life? We can't control other people, but we can control ourselves. She encouraged me, and I encourage you, to identify 3 things that have improved over the last month. Then identify 3 things I can do---and you can do---to improve things even a little. Live your life on purpose for God.
Stand Up: The woman bent over
What are you struggling with in your life right now? Shame, fear, anger, depression, hopelessness, worry, stress, unforgiveness, jealousy, pride, blame, bitterness, envy, unbelief? Maybe the holidays aren't a good and happy time for you and your family like they are for others. You may have experienced the death of a loved one, are divorced or separated, feel all alone, you and your spouse fight during the holidays, or you're a single mom who can't afford to buy her kids nice gifts like you'd love to do. Whatever your struggle is, Jesus is the answer. Today's podcast is on Luke 13:10-17, NLT, the woman who was bent over whom Jesus healed with one word and touch.
Hustle and heart set you apart
I saw a sign in town the other day that said, "Hustle and heart set you apart," and it really resonated with me. The Bible has much to say about the word "work," as well as the word "heart." I believe God is the one who puts those big dreams in your heart and mine, but He also expects us to do the legwork--to "hustle" and get it done. The word "hustle" according to the Urban Dictionary online means "anything you need to do to make money" or "to be aggressive in business or other financial dealings, to move or work in a quick and energetic way." We can take a lesson from the ant. Proverbs 6:6, NLT, says, "Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!" Have you ever seen a lazy ant? Ants don't stay still; they are always busy working. They know winter is coming and they store up during the summer to be ready. Today's podcast encourages you to get your hustle on and to fulfill the dreams and goals in your heart.
Have No Fear, Boo
Deep Roots: Who are you discipling?
The Question Box: How Do You Write Your Books So Fast?
Write That Book
The spiritual warfare when you write a book
Sword of the Spirit
A sword isn't just to be mounted on a wall or to stay in its sheathe, but to be used to fight. As Christian believers, our sword is the Sword of the Spirit--the Word of God, taught about in Ephesians 6 on the armor of God.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, he used the weapon of the Word of God, saying each time, "It is written." We are to use this weapon, too; God's word stands forever.
In this audio I also share about the launch of my eBook on Amazon on Friday, October 23, 2015--The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women in Everyday Battles. It has eight women's true, inspiring stories about going into their own "War Room," through praying with faith in Christ and standing on God's word. Be encouraged and empowered to walk in your authority as a believer in Christ through prayer, faith in Jesus, and God's word.
Celebrate My Birthday With Free Ebooks
The Call of Wisdom: Teaching Your Children at Home;
Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entrepreneurs;
Storm Tossed (my only fiction book).
I also want to invite you to follow me on Periscope @bethmjones. I scope for beginner speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs, encouraging you to use your gifts for God, sharing your important message. No one else has your story or your unique purpose. In today's podcast, I share the scripture Romans 12:1-2, The Message.