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Imagine it is a normal, routine day for you. But imagine that day turns out to be the worst nightmare of your life: your precious child’s life is suddenly taken.
How can a parent bare his or her own child’s death? How can you even go on any more from the intense grief?
Join International Speaker/Host Beth Jones with her special guest Vickie Oakley for this powerful episode as Vickie shares about the day her 17 year old daughter was involved in a 2-car accident, with both cars filled with teens.
“All of the kids in those cars went home, except my daughter. That night she went to the funeral home,” Vickie says.
Yet through her relationship with Christ, Vickie found hope and faith. Ironically, her daughter’s name was Hope.
Vickie will be sharing how God has turned her life around through her daughter’s death for God’s glory.
We’d love for you to join us in the chat room on Saturday, March 22, 2014, @ 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time) by clicking here.
You can also call into the show.
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Vickie has been married to her husband for 19 years, and is the mother of 2 children, 1 surviving, 1 deceased. She is the Director of Human Resources for a 120-person engineering firm.
Vickie has a Doctorate in Ministry in Christian Counseling, a Masters in Human Resource Development, a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, and is a Certified Life Coach by the International Christian Coach’s Association. She has taught Sunday School for 25 years and loves to teach the Bible. Vickie has been involved in Women’s Ministry for 10 years. Her favorite books in the Bible are Isaiah and John. She currently attends CrossWay Ministries Church in Andalusia, AL.
She is an avid photographer and motorcyclist, riding hers and her husband’s Harley Davidson motorcycle. She loves to read God’s word, write, and speak. She has 2 fur babies, Blue, an American bulldog, and Harley, a Daschund.
We’d love for you to join us for this show, and be sure to invite a friend!
Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to write a book. I’m now writing my 7th one (Promises In The Dark, coming soon!).
Book writing is rather addictive, like chocolate, cute shoes, or Lost.
You can write a book, too. It’s time, girlfriend!
According to a survey, 81% of Americans think they have a book in them and that they should write it.
Why do they want to write a book? Why do you?
Best-selling author Seth Godin says that writing a book is slow, hard, and a horrendous return on investment:
“The return on equity and return on time for authors and for publishers is horrendous. If you’re doing it for the money, you’re going to be disappointed. On the other hand, a book gives you leverage to spread an idea and a brand far and wide. There’s a worldview that’s quite common that says that people who write books know what they are talking about and that a book confers some sort of authority.”
Hugh McLeod shares these thoughts on why people want to write books:
A successful book agent I know tells me that at leat half the people he meets who are writing their first book, are doing so not because they have anything particularly interesting to say, but because the idea of “the writer’s life” appeals to them.
Tweed jackets, smoking a pipe, sitting out in the gazebo and getting sloshed on Mint Julips, pensively typing away at an old black Remington. Bantering wittily at all the right parties. Or whatever.
While I don’t have any tweed jackets, don’t smoke a pipe, and don’t care for Mint Juleps (although they look appealing), and I use a laptop rather than a Remington typewriter, I agree “the writer’s life” is appealing to many people.
You know, the beautiful woman writing a Barnes and Noble Top 10 romance book in her notebook or on her Ipad at Starbucks. Or the manic man who hasn’t slept in 17 hours, going on nothing but coffee and a ham and cheese sandwich on Wonder bread, writing his New York Times, best-seller science fiction story.
The reality is that I (and many writers!) don’t get to Starbucks that often and that it’s hard work. But emotionally rewarding work. There’s nothing like the feeling of holding your “baby,” your own book, in your hands!
Other reasons for wanting to write a book may be:
- You have a message burning in your heart that you want to share with the world;
- For significance. The desire goes deeper than journaling. You want to know that your life really mattered. You want to share your life story with your children, grandchildren,and friends, leaving the imprint of your life and a legacy. Everyone has a story, and probably hundreds of stories to tell;
- To express your frustrations at real people from real life by doing terrible things to your characters and making them suffer. You can break their hearts, harass them, injure them, or even kill them. (Hmm, sounds like a plan!) Maybe you’ve heard the humorous expression, “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel.” This is the dark side to writing;
- To tap into your creativity and to let your imagination go wild, creating exciting new places, new people, wonderful, adventurous things that have never happened except in your own mind;
- To share your expertise and teach;
- To write poetry or songs;
- To make people laugh;
- To make people cry;
- To compete with your spouse who writes books, too;
- To avoid having a real job and real responsibility;
- To share other people’s heart-touching, inspirational stories like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series;
- You want your book made into great chic flic movies, like Nicholas Sparks’ books (The Notebook, Safe Haven, Message In a Bottle, A Walk to Remember);
- You think writing a book is cool and you want to brag to your family and friends about it, even if you never finish it.
- You just love to write. You are compelled to write.You can’t imagine ever not writing. It’s your purpose and your calling from God. He made you to write.
Whatever your reason(s) for wanting to write a book, this is your time. This is your year! You can turn those writing dreams into reality.
You can get started writing your book by attending my free webinar on Friday, March 7, @ 10 a.m. Central Time. This webinar has limited seating. Click here to save your spot.
I can’t wait to see you there!
I started Joyce Meyer’s 30/30 Bible Study Challenge and thought I’d blog at times on the Scripture of the day from her challenge. Today’s is Psalm 107:20: “The word heals and delivers us.”
God has done miraculous healing in my life (emotionally, physically, spiritually) as well as in my family’s and friends’ lives. Whenever I hear someone say, “God doesn’t answer prayer,” I am just astounded. I’ve seen His answers firsthand to prayer again and again in amazing ways. He doesn’t always answer the way we want Him to, but God does answer prayer! He always hears your prayers!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8). God healed and did miracles in the Bible, and He still heals and does miracles today. You can read some of those powerful healing testimonies in my book, Walking With God. Click here to find out more about it and to get your copy today. It is also available in Kindle version for just 99 cents here.
God heals through His word; He also heals through doctors, medicines, surgeries, chiropractors, & other ways today
Recently my father had a very frightening experience. One day he suddenly lost vision in one eye. The vision came back after about an hour. He went to his eye doctor and his regular physician, who had different tests done at the hospital to find out what was going on.
The results were that he had major blockage in the carotid artery going from his neck to his brain. The neurosurgeon said he was a walking time bomb for a major stroke or a heart attack, and recommended surgery immediately. He still had a 2% chance for a stroke or a heart attack during the surgery, but it was much greater without it.
Daddy didn’t want to have the surgery; he was concerned of something majorly going wrong during surgery or even of dying. I didn’t want him to have it, either, but just prayed and asked family, friends, and my intercessor team to pray for him. The surgery was very successful. He’s now doing well, recovering at home! Praise God! Daddy told my sister Maria, “It must have been all those prayers!” Jesus is the Healer!
I don’t believe God always heals. Sometimes people are completely healed by God through death and going to heaven, where there is no sickness, no more death, sadness, tears or pain. But I believe that we are to continue to pray in faith, believing God for healing, up until the very last minute. Nothing is impossible for God! (Luke 1:37) After all, He’s GOD! Our job is just to pray, and we need to leave the results up to God.
God’s word heals and delivers.
I love Joyce Meyer. She’s an anointed speaker and writer. Her teachings are Biblically-based (although some people find her controversial!), real, very practical in the day-to-day living, and relevant to today’s times. She’s also hilarious! Joyce has now given a 30/30 study challenge. The goal of this challenge is reading the Bible for 30 minutes for 30 days.
She writes, “Think about it: 12 disciples turned the world upside down as a result of following Jesus. Is the Church at large today turning the world to Christ? As I’ve prayed about this, I’ve come to a simple conclusion: If we don’t study God’s Word consistently and apply this truth to our lives, we will lack the power we need to mature in Christ and glorify God in the world.”
Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word that God speaks is alive and full of power.”
I strive to have quiet time with God every day, usually first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Being humanly imperfect, I don’t always reach that goal. I felt Joyce’s challenge was a good way to start off the month of March. I began my challenge yesterday, March 1.
Some tips she suggests are:
- Begin with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to be your Teacher;
- use a Bible translation you can understand;
- make it a priority every day;
- be flexible and have your study whenever is best for your schedule;
- meditate on verses you’ve studied throughout the day;
- if you’re struggling with an issue in your life, study scriptures which address that issue;
- you can use Bible study tools like concordances to help you go deeper, if you’d like;
- eliminate distractions like your cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email and focus on God’s word;
- be consistent.
To find out more about Joyce’s challenge and to sign up, click here.
What about you? Will you join Joyce and me in the 30/30 challenge? What is an area you struggle with and will study?
You can study more than one! Mine are wealth (prosperity), business, and marriage.
Beth Jones, International Speaker
Have you always wanted to write a book, but aren’t sure how to get started?
Do you want to hold your own beautiful book in your hands, your “baby”?
Is God telling you to share your story or an important message with others?
2014 is the time to make your dreams come true!
Beth Jones’ free webinar
Share Your Story, Part 2
How to Write Your Book in 7 Strategic Steps
Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 10 a.m. Central Time
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to write a book when I grew up. Do you relate?
Let’s face it, writers are a different breed. We think differently. We create imaginary characters and stories in our head.
We eavesdrop on others’ conversations in Starbucks and think, “That would be a great line for a story (or an article)!”
We observe life with intrigue, eyes wide open, and then can’t wait to rush home and write about it.
We journal obsessively (we wrote in a secret diary in childhood!).
Only writers understand other writers! The first time I attended a writers’ conference years ago, I was so excited and relieved. Finally, I was around other people like me and who got me!
Many of us have been “closet writers” for years!
It’s time to come out of the dark from hiding your writing gift and let your light shine!
You’re meant to be a shining star, brilliantly lit with the light of Christ’s love against the dark backdrop of the world. YOU have an important message to share, that others NEED!
It’s not about you, but about God using you as His voice of truth, His messenger, to touch others’ hearts, for HIS glory!
It’s time to PUSH PAST THE FEARS, TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH, and JUST DO IT!
- No more fear.
- No more hiding.
- No more “I don’t know how!” or “I don’t know what to say!”
- No more procrastination.
- No more perfectionism.
- No more resistance.
- No more excuses.
You’re a writer…so write!
Learn the secrets to turning your writing dreams into a reality!
What you’ll get from this webinar:
- 7 STRATEGIC AND PRACTICAL STEPS to finally write your book – and get it published!
- You’ll learn what MISTAKES TO AVOID (that I and others learned the hard way!)
- The 1 THING TO DO to be able to reach your writing goals;
- Marketing Mania: FIND HUNGRY READERS even before your book is finished!
- My GOLDEN TIP for editing your manuscript;
- 1 IMPORTANT FACT you may need to know before designing your cover/ecover;
- How to write your book even if you hate writing/typing!
- And more.
Ready to write and roll? To save your spot for this free webinar, sign up below with your name and email address.
If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com. I can’t wait to see you there!
Beth Jones, International Speaker/Author
I’m reading a pile of books right now (LOVE books for a few cents or dollars on sale at Amazon! You can get mine, too, on prayer for just 99 cents by clicking here.) A great book that I just finished was Stormie O’Martian’s biography, Stormie: A Story of Forgiveness and Healing
Wow, great read! This book is one of amazing hope through faith in Christ, but contains graphic descriptions of childhood abuse. Stormie was raised by a mother, Virginia, who was schizophrenic, but she wasn’t diagnosed until years later when Stormie was grown and had moved out of the house.
No one was sure what caused her mental illness, but it resulted in her targeting Stormie throughout her childhood with cruelty and hatred. Stormie had another younger sister, Suzy, but for some reason, her mother was not abusive toward her as she was Stormie. After Stormie moved out of the house, her anger was targeted toward her husband (Stormie’s dad).
Virginia’s life had been scarred by trauma. When she was 11 years old, her mom died in childbirth just a few hours after she had scolded Virginia, sent her to her room and Virginia wished her mother was dead. She felt responsible, guilty, rejected, and she never recovered from the grief.
In another instance, the father in one of the foster families she stayed with after her mother’s death committed suicide. She believed she was responsible for the deaths of the two most important people in her life. She entered a fantasy world she could deal with and was the center of it, and where she was persecuted unjustly. In her created world, she was blameless.
During her teen years, Virginia contracted scarlet fever and almost died, and family members began noticing her strange behavior more after that. Others, especially her husband, noticed it after she married. She became even more emotionally unstable and moody.
But because she appeared so normal at times, no one realized just how serious her mental illness was. There were no clear-cut answers, whether it was a chemical imbalance she was born with, the traumas in her life had crippled her, her brain had been damaged by scarlet fever, or that no one recognized signs of mental illness in her teens.
She tried to get out of the small town where she lived to attend college for art and music, but there wasn’t enough money and her father strongly opposed it. This frustration added to her growing bitterness and insecurity. She felt her father treated both of her sisters better and she was jealous of them.
Stormie – locked in closets
In childhood, Virginia was put in the closet for punishment sometimes, which she later did frequently to Stormie for hours for things as simple as asking for a glass of water. Abused children sometimes grow up to abuse their own children, something Stormie was horrified to realize when she married and had her own baby boy.
She would call Stormie obscene names and used corporal punishment as her sole means of discipline, slapping her across the mouth or on the head. These were the only times Stormie was “touched” by her mother.
Virginia wouldn’t clean the filthy house, leaving dishes with food that molded, and if Stormie tried to clean or wash dishes, she’d yell, “This is my house, not yours! If I want it clean, I’ll do it myself!”
Her behavior was consistently inconsistent, and if Stormie tried to do something really wrong like drive the car without a license or set bedroom curtains on fire, Virginia would say nothing.
But when she “necked” with a boy in the church parking lot while there was a youth party in the fellowship hall and got caught, Virginia told her she was “whoring around” and took her to the pastor. She also read Stormie’s diary, in which Stormie fantasized about boys, and Virginia would call her a “whore” and a “slut” frequently. She forbid her to go to her few friends’ houses after school, accusing her of “whoring around,” leaving Stormie hopeless about having a normal, good, fun life.
“Your mind is very sick!” ~ Stormie’s suicide attempt
One time Virginia hid Stormie’s white skirt in her room, asked where it was, and when Stormie couldn’t find it, she accused her of giving it away to friends, ranting about her negligence. Later Stormie found it in her bedroom closet and her mother said it had probably been there all along, and that she must be going crazy. “Your mind is very sick. I believe you’re mentally ill.”
Incidents like these were common. Stormie began to believe her. She wrote in her diary: “I am going crazy. I’m a misfit. I don’t belong anywhere. I can’t think clearly. I’m lost.” She began to question why she was even alive. When Virginia forbid her to go to her friend’s house across the street anymore or to use the phone, Stormie tried to overdose on Bufferin, sleeping pills, and a couple of prescription drugs. She laid down to go to bed, believing she’d finally be free of her pain.
When she awoke at 1 a.m, she felt weak, dizzy, and sick to her stomach. What had gone wrong? Why was she still alive? In the middle of the night, her mother had made her drink something to empty her stomach of the pills. Stormie ran to the bathroom when she woke up and saw the empty bottles in the trash can.
Behind her locked door, she heard her mother vacuuming. She did this whenever something horrible happened to cope. I found that so strange! Virginia never mentioned the suicide attempt to her husband or to Stormie again. If Stormie had told her dad, Virginia would’ve said she was lying and he would’ve believed her. So they pretended everything was fine. A dysfunctional family’s response to what is really going on, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, or abuse, is most often denial and/or lies.
Schizophrenia: her mother’s hallucinations
Stormie knew something was terribly wrong with her mother. Virginia would often stay awake all night long, talking to imagine people. In her later years, she thought the FBI was shooting laser beams at her head for her having communist secrets and that the Mafia were after her. She started believing people were watching her from the inside of the t.v. or following her when she left the house.
When her husband or Stormie would tell her these things weren’t true, she’d become hysterical. Stormie wrote that the number of people trying to kill her increased – the communists, the Catholics, the blacks the whites, the rich, the poor, Baptists, Armenians, the Kennedys, and on and on until the list became almost everyone the family knew.
One night Stormie had a nightmare and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. Her mother had a knife upraised in her hand and a sinister smile crossed her face as she looked at Stormie, terrified and backing away in fear. She laughed a wild, howling cackle as Stormie ran to her bed, shaking in fear. For years Stormie was terrified of knives.
A crazy house
Stormie never knew what to expect, but she knew she couldn’t bring friends home – if she made friends at all. “I was often aware that I lived in a crazy house – not like the homes of normal people. There was no laughter, no fun, no peace in our lives, and no hope for it ever being different.”
Stormie’s plan was to finish high school and get out of that house as fast as possible. All her activities were geared toward that goal.
Stormie then takes the reader on her long, compelling journey of:
- buying a car with $200 with her own hard-earned money to become more independent;
- going away to college at UCLA, majoring in music;
- dysfunctional relationships with men with no commitment, especially married men;
- addiction to pot and drinking alcohol heavily;
- workaholism and her increasingly successful career in t.v., commercial, acting, singing, and movies, while hiding her battles with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety attacks, self-doubts, and intense fears;
- becoming involved in the occult – Ouija boards, horoscopes, astral projection, seances, numerology, hypnotism, eastern religions, and Science of Mind;
- 2 abortions, one of them illegal in an obscure, low-class hotel in Los Vegas with no anesthetic, with Stormie bound to secrecy and blind-folded and with a gag over her mouth. This abortion was the most excruciating pain in Stormie’s life as the doctor scraped and cut the baby out of her. It resulted in a surgery in a hospital later to stop the bleeding that occurred for weeks afterward;
- her salvation in Christ and her growing in knowledge of God’s agape love for her and unconditional forgiveness for her sins;
- her marriage to Rick out of fear of being alone, after the terrifying Sharon Tate murder tragedy, and Stormie’s painful divorce;
- her introduction to Michael O’Martian and their turbulent marriage;
- realizing after she married and had a baby boy, that she was capable of abusing her child, one night slapping him all over his body and screaming at him to stop crying. She realized she was one step away from throwing him across the room, and got on her knees, begging God to forgive her and take these horrible feelings from her;
- inner healing and spiritual deliverance from her pastor Jack Hayford and deliverance minister Sarah Ann.
- forgiveness of not only her mother for abusing her, but also of her father for not protecting her;
- burying her mother – with there being no unforgiveness, no anger, no resentment, no unsettled scores. God had cleansed Stormie of it all before her death;
- speaking to inmates at a prison about her story. She was terrified, but God told Stormie, “I’m a Redeemer. I redeem all things. It doesn’t matter what you have done, it doesn’t matter what’s happened to you. I can take all the hurt, the pain, the scars, and I can not only heal them, but I can make them count for something.” She shared her story of pain and redemption and received a standing ovation from the inmates. The Holy Spirit had moved and for 3 days, many in that prison were healed of past hurts in that prison. Truly Jesus sets the captives free.
This was a fascinating book. Stormie’s account of her childhood abuse is heart-wrenching. You can sense how difficult and confusing it was for her to live with a mother with such severe mental illness, and wonder with Stormie that question, “Why, God? Why did this happen?”
But the book also offers refreshing hope about the power of faith in Jesus Christ. God can take a life filled with despair and hopelessness, restore and redeem it for His glory. Stormie’s life is testimony of this. She is now a best-selling author and speaker, sharing her story of hope across the nation. You might recognize her title, The Power of a Praying Wife, which I’m currently reading also.
The book also covers the 3 topics that I’m writing about in my new book, Promises In The Dark, about abuse, abortion, and adultery. (Sign up on my ezine list to be the first to hear about its soon release in 2014!) I read Stormie’s book with eagerness to see how she would delicately handle these emotionally-charged, theologically difficult subjects. She did an amazing job of expressing her emotions and her motives and reasons for many of her sinful behaviors, while at the same time not justifying them.
Stormie did an incredible job, too, sharing about the ministry of inner healing and deliverance for the lay reader, describing her own halting, uncertain, fearful journey from victim to victor in Christ.
I give this book an A+.
like broken glass
like the broken shards of my heart
Disappointment is my cloak
Regret the dark horse
of what shoulda been
what coulda been
what woulda been
You thought you knew what you wanted
You thought you wanted what you knew
Tomorrow brings no promise but pain
Yet I look up
there is always the impossible with God
there is always hope with Christ
the Mender of the fragments
the Repairer of the breach
the Restorer of what was lost
the Forgiver of the unforgiveable
In Him I live and move and have my being
In Him I find life
© Copyright 2014 Beth Jones
Are you on track for 2014? It’s almost the end of February, and I decided to make a list of things I’ve done so far this year to “encourage myself in the Lord” as David did. (1 Samuel 30:6). When you see that you’ve accomplished something, be sure to REWARD yourself!
The reward can be anything you love: a manicure or pedicure, a new outfit, cute new shoes, a hot soak in bubbles, fresh flowers, a massage, Mexican lunch with a girlfriend, a chic flic, a walk or hike outdoors, new office supplies, a date night with hubby or your kids, etc.
Here’s my list for 2014 so far:
- Spending more quiet time with God each day (I strive for first thing each morning);
- Working on my marriage through Ray and I praying for each other with prayers from Stormie O’Martian’s books, The Power of a Praying Husband and The Power of a Praying Wife; meeting with our small group leader Dave once a week for counsel, accountability and prayer; and trying to stay quiet (that’s so hard!)
- Exercising some with stretching and lifting arm weights (please pray for me to exercise DAILY!). So far I’ve lost 12 pounds since January 6. Now if I can just NOT gain it back and keep losing more to reach my goal weight;
- Adding essential oils to my regimen;
- Reading good new books, like Becoming the Woman I Want to Be, which is part of Donna Partow’s 90-Day Renewal program that I joined at the beginning of this year;
- Joined Dana Arcuri’s Writing Purposefully Group Coaching group ~ Dana is doing an AMAZING job leading this group! I love it and look forward to the calls each week. Do you have her powerful book yet, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity?
- Organized tax info for our CPA (appointment this Saturday);
- Fasted a few days (this is amazing for me because I LOVE to eat, and it was only done by God’s grace!);
- Working on memorizing a Scripture, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24;
- Writing my new book, Promises In The Dark. If you aren’t on my personal mailing list, sign up at the top of the page on the right hand side and you’ll be first to hear about its release;
- Had 2 new webinars, including one about my speaking engagement in Kenya, Africa;
- Meeting once a month for The Master’s Mind mastermind group with Tony Robinson and Shelley Valasek;
- Weekly prayer/accountability calls with Doreen Penner;
- Coaching 2 new clients;
- Teaching our youngest daughter Leah life skills such as applying for jobs, job interviewing, baking, and more driving skills.
Now what should be my reward?
Make your list. Praise God for all these things, for He deserves the glory. Then give yourself the reward you deserve!
Recently I had a webinar, Share Your Story. It’s about sharing your heart-burning messages with the world through public speaking, writing, creating videos, and hosting radio shows – a multitude of platforms. You can share your story through blogging. Blogging is a form of writing.
Right now I’m working with 2 clients, who are just starting their online speaking and writing biz. (You can find out more about my coaching packages by clicking here. I just revamped the page and LOVE it!)
One way to get new blog ideas is by being inspired through pictures. I’m a very “visual” learner. God often speaks to me through pictures in my mind. I love going to museums and looking at beautiful art. Tonight I found a wonderful website that offers free photos, David Niblack’s site, Imagebase. You can check it out here. It has images you can use for your blog of people, objects, nature, power point slides, cities, and the Holy Land.
I go WILD over stuff like this and now I can’t wait to use the photos here at BethJones.net. What is your fave photo site? What inspires your blogging?
Yesterday when I went to our weekly small group (our home church), my sweet friend Ruth and her daughter Abi blessed me with these beautiful, fresh flowers: pink roses, pink and purple carnations, white and yellow daisies.
I love fresh flowers. This made me so happy.
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder