Exchange your old slippers for glass slippers

This week I was hammering a picture into the wall that is above the stairs that lead to the downstairs recreation room (Ray’s “man cave”), and when I finished, I tripped on my slippers that I wear to keep my feet warm in winter.

I fell forward, rolling down several stairs, hitting my left cheekbone, left shoulder, left wrist, and left knee.

This is the first time something like this has ever happened and the fall scared me. I am thankful that God protected me and I didn’t get a concussion, a broken bone, or wasn’t more seriously injured.

(I threw the backless slippers away and am getting a new kind that have a back. I also anointed the staircase’s walls and prayed the blood of Jesus over the stairs, asking God to dispatch angels up and down the stairs, and for His protection and blessing over our home, our children’s and grandchildren’s homes and property. You and I have to be wise to the enemy’s devices.)

Here’s a pic of the impact to and rug burn on my left cheekbone (it is healing and I’m praying it doesn’t leave a scar).

impact rug burn on cheekbone

impact and rug burn on cheekbone

Here’s a pic of my scraped knee.

scraped knee

scraped knee

My left shoulder wasn’t very red but it is hurting the most.

shoulder

shoulder

I still have a small bruise on my wrist and knee, a rug burn on my cheekbone, and my left shoulder and left wrist still hurt. My shoulder needs the most prayer. 

I texted my husband Ray at work and he came by our house to check on me for injuries. (What a guy!) He didn’t believe I had a concussion, and advised me to keep ice on and off on my cheekbone, wrist, and shoulder. I posted on Facebook for friends to pray for me. 

One of my friends from Sunday small group, Dan Zacharias, posted on my Facebook wall a word which I believe was right on.

First he said, ” Praying. Any connection to those glass slippers you posted earlier? I’m not trying to be funny, just wondering.” (I had posted earlier that I was thinking of having another Cinderella women’s conference in spring 2015.)

Then when I asked what he meant and thought he was onto something, he replied, “Beth, I don’t know what it means, if anything. Perhaps prophetically you (or believers in general) are to exchange your old slippers that trip you up, for glass slippers and step up into the Kingdom. Just a thought.

Dan Zacharias' comment on Facebook

Dan Zacharias’ comment on Facebook

Please understand, that I have been attending Dave and Ruth Christian’s small group (home church) for over a year now, and Dan has shared words of encouragement with me and others that were extremely accurate…so he isn’t just some random person on the street who gave me a prophetic word. The Bible says, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NKJV)  Dan has a reliable prophetic history. I trust that he hears God’s voice. I believe this was a word from God, for me and all believers.

How is the enemy Satan tripping you up to hinder or stop you from your purpose in Christ? He attacks God’s people in many ways, including:

  • Discouragement
  • Distractions
  • Anger
  • Fears
  • Envy/jealousy/comparing yourself with others
  • Entertainment (T.V., movies, internet)
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Financial struggles
  • Health issues
  • Job/career challenges
  • Problems in ministry
  • Accidents/disasters
  • Feelings of unworthiness/low self-esteem
  • Sin
  • Guilt/false guilt
  • Laziness/apathy/cynicism
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulemia, gluttony)
  • In-law difficulties/Family strife
  • ______________________ (You fill in the blank.)

 Which of these are tripping you up?

Another thing Dan said which really encouraged me was that the reason Satan attacks me is because I am a warrior for God. “Warriors like you get wounded, get back up and defeat the enemy. You are a testimony and encouragement to many people.”

Dan Zacharias- warrior word

Dan Zacharias- warrior word

 

 This is true. Satan hates the people of God. He is doing all he can to kill, steal and destroy – to keep us from fulfilling God’s calling for our lives. But through Christ we are unstoppable!

We fall. We get back up. We defeat Satan by the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony, and through laying down our lives. (Revelation 12:11)

It is time for you to exchange your slippers that trip you up for the beautiful, Divinely-Designed glass slippers – your unique purpose and mission from God.

Cinderella knew that to go to the ball, she couldn’t wear her old rags and old slippers. She needed a new dress and new shoes. The fairy godmother provided a beautiful new gown and extraordinary glass slippers. She stood out among the rest of the women attending the ball and danced with the prince.

She had to run away at midnight before everything changed, but she left behind a glass slipper. He was determined to find the owner of the glass slipper and his servants discovered that was Cinderella. Cinderella was the one he wanted to marry.

She became the radiant bride of the Prince. Just as the Prince chose Cinderella to be his bride, Jesus our Prince has chosen you and me to be His glorious Bride.

Beth Jones, International Speaker The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes

Beth Jones, International Speaker

Get up! It’s time to walk in your glass slippers – your unique shoes (purpose). Remove whatever obstacles or hindrances are keeping you from doing what God said for you to do. Ask God what those obstacles are that are standing in the way between you and God and your purpose/life assignment.

Exchange your old slippers for your glass slippers; step out in faith and do what God has called you to do and to be!

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Thank you to all who prayed for me after the fall. I appreciate your prayers so much!

Please keep praying for my left shoulder and left wrist, and that my face will completely heal with no scarring.

Thanks so much to my family and friends who cover me in prayer-and to God, my protector and healer!

Today is Leah’s 20th birthday

Leah with violin

Leah with violin

Today is our youngest daughter Leah’s 20th birthday. So hard to believe ~ where did the years go? It seems like yesterday she was a baby in a pink gown. You can read the story about the pink gown here.

Today I baked her a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I found this arrow in the art section of the store, and bought it as her cake topper decoration.

arrow for direction this year for Leah

arrow for direction this year for Leah

Since Leah isn’t sure yet what she wants to do with her life, Ray and I have been praying for God’s wisdom and direction for Leah since she graduated in 2012.  I believe the arrow is prophetic and symbolic of God giving her direction this year, and of her choosing to go the right way, to follow Jesus.

It’s also cute and can be used as wall art for her bedroom. The arrow is actually a chalkboard – how creative!

The arrow chalkboard reminded me of Leah’s creativity. She is multi-gifted. Leah takes violin lessons and plays the violin beautifully: classical music like Bach, hymns, Irish jigs, and she’s even written a couple of her own songs on the violin. She is teaching herself how to play the mandolin and the guitar.

She is also an amazing, self-taught artist.

She draws by hand and draws daily on the graphic art tablet Ray bought her several years ago. Here’s one sample of her incredible graphic art:

Copyright 2014 Leah Jones

Copyright 2014 Leah Jones

Here’s another sample which is my favorite.

Copyright 2012 Leah Jones

Copyright 2012 Leah Jones

She was embarrassed when we sang happy birthday for her. We always light the candles and have our kids make a wish and blow out the candles on their birthday cake.

Leah was embarrassed when we sang to her

Leah was embarrassed when we sang to her

Ray also bought her and him an ice cream waffle cone today.

Ice cream waffle cone

Ice cream waffle cone

One of her birthday gifts is the Sims 4 video game, which she requested for her present.

Sims 4 video game

Sims 4 video game

Another gift that Ray and I gave her today is a cubic zirconia sterling silver heart necklace. She liked it and said it is pretty. Leah likes “shiny” things.

Leah's sterling silver heart necklace

Leah’s sterling silver heart necklace

 Here is a picture of Leah with me, Ray and Heather last year.

Me, Leah, Ray & Heather

Me, Leah, Ray & Heather

 Here’s a picture of me and Leah together at my Cinderella women’s conference this year.

Me with Leah

Me with Leah

 Here’s Leah with her sister Heather at Leah’s homeschool graduation.

Leah's graduation - her sister Heather and Leah

Leah’s graduation – her sister Heather and Leah

Here’s Leah with her sister Eden.

Leah at her graduation with her sister Eden

Leah at her graduation with her sister Eden

Here are Heather, Eden, and Leah together.

Heather, Eden, and Leah

Heather, Eden, and Leah

Leah is a beautiful, spiritually gifted, musically and artistically gifted, talented, highly intelligent, loving, balanced, funny, young woman. Ray and I are proud of her.

Some people don’t understand Leah because she is so quiet. Ray and I used to be the same way; we were both incredibly shy, but grew out of it. I believe Leah will grow out of her shyness, too, one day. Some friends shared that they believe Leah is like a late-blooming flower. They bloom late in the season, but when they bloom, it’s like they spring up overnight. 

Leah is very shy and finds it hard to talk with people, and has just a few close friends, but she’s a wonderful person to get to know. If you’re not her friend, you are really missing out!

Here is Leah with her friends at the bowling alley.

Leah and friends

Leah and friends

And another pic with friends at the bowling alley. (Annabelle too)

Leah at bowling alley with friends

Leah at bowling alley with friends

These are her friends from small group on Sundays.

Leah & friends

Leah & friends

Leah and her friend David Christian at the bowling alley.

Leah & David Christian at bowling alley

Leah & David Christian at bowling alley

Here’s her friends from small group acting goofy.

Small group

Small group

She loves her friends.

She also loves her iPhone cell phone. She has a piano app on it that she plays all the time and her games. 

Leah loves her iPhone

Leah loves her iPhone

And she loves animals, especially cats.

Leah and cat

Leah and cat

Leah also loves horses. She used to take riding lessons and competed in English horse riding shows. She won a blue ribbon first place prize in her 3rd show! This year she was able to ride on a horse again for the first time in years. I’m praying for us both to be able to ride again soon.

Our daughter Leah on Ace

Our daughter Leah on Ace

God has great plans for  Leah’s life. I can’t wait to see them unfold.

“I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11, CEV

Leah, we love you so much. You are precious to God, others, and many other people.

Your life is a beautiful gift to me, and I’m so thankful for you. Happy 20th.