Beth Jones International SpeakerSep 13, 2023
Back in school: What are you learning?
It's back to school time, which is always exciting for kids buying new supplies. I feel the same way as a business owner, buying new office supplies. I'm like a kid in a candy shop when the stores have school supplies sales! My challenge and question for you this week is what are you learning?
I'm doing two new things lately: I recently began attending a new church and joined a ladies' Bible study, which is on Sally Clarkson's book, Own Your Life, and I'm leading a Progress Pod for my writing coaches CJ and Shelley Hitz's Christian Book Academy membership site for writers.
Richard Ralston created the idea and the software of Progress Pods, with the pod participants taking The Next Tiny Step to reach their dreams and goals and to be accountable to others.
God wants us to continually learn and grow, not stagnate, in our walk with Him. We're all "back in school," learning new things!
Scriptures from today's episode:
1 John 2:27
Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson
Beth M. Jones is an International Speaker, Author, and Coach, 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.
You can find out more about Beth's speaking at her website and blog at https://www.BethJones.net.
Beth's Amazon Author Page where you'll find the books that she has written is at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Want to write your book or to step out publicly speaking? Beth offers coaching for aspiring speakers and writers at https://www.bethjones.net/share-your-message-next-step/
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Broken beautiful sea glass
Several years ago, I bought a beautiful sea glass necklace. I love the beach and ocean; it is my place of peace and refilling. Sea glass is created from broken bottles, tableware, or even shipwrecks, rolled and tumbled in the ocean until their edges are rounded off and the slickness of glass has been worn to a frosted appearance. God wastes no pain and uses it for the good and His glory. He is making you and me into beautiful sea glass - brokenness into unique beauty.
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You can find Beth's memoir, Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love, and her other books at her Amazon Author Page at https://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
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Life's storms: Get plugged into the Holy Spirit
Recently we had severe weather here in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Our daughter Heather was caught in the storm. The power at the restaurant where she, her fiance Andy, and his kids went lost its power as they pulled up to eat supper there. They then went home and the power was out at their house, too. It was off for 7 hours! What do you do when problems arise and life's storms hit? Rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. He is our Helper.
Verses for today's Episode are John 14:26, Acts 1:8, and Acts 2:1-5.
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Find out more about Beth's speaking 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.
Do you need a miracle today?
Do you need a miracle today? A miracle is a sign of the supernatural power of God. He still does them today! God has done many miracles in my life and in my family's lives. This is the topic of my new Kindle eBook, Miracles: God's extraordinary power in our everyday lives. It's about the miracles that God has done in my family and stories of miracles in the Bible. What miracle are you or a loved one needing right now? Hummingbirds fly in miraculous ways, and there will be a beautiful image of a hummingbird on the cover of this book.
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Why your prayer hasn't been answered - sin. But God will forgive you!
Have you been praying and praying for something and your prayer hasn't been answered? It feels as if there is a brass ceiling over your prayers. One reason that your prayer may not have been answered is sin. Isaiah 59:2, NKJV, says, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear."
In the article 4 Things That Will Hinder Your Prayers (September 29, 2018), Greg Laurie writes, ""Regard" means to "cling to or hold on to." If you're practicing sin as a Christian, it will bring your prayer life to a screeching halt."
The good news is that God forgives sin. I'm living proof of this! You can read my story in my powerful book, available for sale on Amazon, Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love. God will forgive any sin that you've committed (other than blasphemy of the Holy Spirit - Matthew 12:31). God's mercies are new each morning, so we can get a fresh start with Him and others every day! (Lamentations 3:22-23)
If you have been praying and your prayer(s) hasn't been answered yet, I encourage you to repent and ask God's forgiveness. He will move Heaven and Earth to help you. He wants you to live a blessed, full, abundant life, empowered by His Holy Spirit. (John 10:10)
Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love (Beth M. Jones) https://amzn.to/43WQDW6
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The Power of Your Worship & Praise
Did you know that your worship and praise of God is spiritual warfare against the enemy, Satan? Last night I had a dream about this. I was having (hosting) a women's conference. I was getting dressed and ready for the conference with makeup and lipgloss and looking into the mirror. I feel this part of the dream symbolizes our need to always be prepared and be ready to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others (1 Peter 3:15, NKJV). We also need to daily put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18, NKJV)
The scene in the dream shifted. I and the women at the conference were walking down a dirt road. I could sense the spiritual warfare all around us. I began to worship and praise God, singing, and led the women with the worship and praise. Each day you and I face spiritual warfare as Christian believers, but we have the victory through our faith in Jesus. Worship and praise are powerful weapons against the enemy, Satan. That was the end of the dream.
The verses I shared in this podcast are Joshua Chapter 6 (about the wall of Jericho falling); 2 Chronicles 20:22, ESV; Acts 16:25-26, ESV; Psalm 95:6, ESV; and Psalm 100:4, ESV.
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To learn more about spiritual warfare, here is the link to Beth's book, The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women in Everyday Battles, available for sale at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Woman-Everyday-Women-Battles-ebook/dp/B01711QTK0/
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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)
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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.
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."
Podcast cover photo by Drahomir Posteby-Mach @Unsplash
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 email@example.com.
- 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.
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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You can find out more about my women's conference, retreat, or online speaking at my website at www.BethJones.net.
My Amazon Author Page is www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
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