Feed my sheep

I’m sitting here in our front entry room, where I often pray, read the Bible, read good books, journal, drink green tea (it used to be Cokes¬ģ!), sleep when Ray snores loudly (I can’t function well without good sleep), do leg lifts and push-ups, and once in a blue moon entertain, like when my friend Diane Bishop stopped by this week to share about the Melaleucha Power Pack she’s using that gives her extra energy (and other benefits). I decided to write a random blog post.

Today I went hog wild enjoyed a salad and 1 1/2 pieces of a Calzone at Mazzio’s Pizza with our oldest daughter Heather and our youngest daughter Leah. What’s so cool is that last night Leah was wanting a Calzone and today God provided it ~ Heather treated us to lunch when she met us for some paperwork for Leah’s car, that Heather blessed her with when Heather bought her new (2011) car. Did you know God cares about even the little things in your heart? ūüôā

Leah's car
Leah’s car

I really enjoyed the meals with our girls today.¬†Hearing about Heather’s [stressful!] week at work as an office manager. Watching Leah enjoy her Calzone (I enjoyed it, too!). The place was packed with people, then they all suddenly left. I guess to go back to work.

It’s so nice to know that as the CEO of my speaking/writing business, I don’t have to worry about long lunches! I can make my own schedule!

Today I’ve also been thinking about our middle daughter, Eden, who’s in her second trimester of pregnancy. She finds out the gender soon. I think the baby is a girl, but could be wrong. (She wants a girl!)

Eden's baby bump
Eden’s baby bump

Ray is probably secretly hoping for another boy, since he’s outnumbered by females with 3 daughters and 2 granddaughters. He was very happy when our grandson Jacob (Eden’s son) was born…finally, a BOY in the family!

Our 3 precious grandchildren, Jacob, Annabelle & Violet
Our 3 precious grandchildren, Jacob, Annabelle & Violet

And yes, he’s ALL boy! It fascinates me to watch Jacob¬†making loud car and motorcycle noises with his mouth, crashing into and jumping on furniture, and making any object possible into a gun.¬†Whatever gender the baby is, we’re praying for a healthy baby.

Eden and her son Jacob
Eden and her son Jacob

 
Ray got some bad news today. Spock died. Ray is a huge Star Trek and sci-fi fan/geek. Ray also ran a call at work last night, where a doctor in town fell down the stairs and died of a brain injury. He was carrying a piece of furniture up the stairs for his wife, when he tripped and fell. I could tell these incidents today was making Ray contemplate his own death one day. 

For this God is our God forever and ever, and He will be our guide even to death. ~ Psalm 48:14

Jobs. Cars. Babies. Death. Life ebbs and flows, its currents strong and at times, unpredictable.

I see Jesus on the shore, cooking a breakfast of grilled fish for His disciples, weary and hungry from a long night.

“Peter, do you love Me?”

“Beth, do you love Me?”

“Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.”

“Feed My sheep.”

I hold out empty hands to Him, palms upward. 

“God, what do I have to offer?”

“Yourself.”

I am Your servant, Lord. Here I am, send me.

Beth Jones, January 2015
Me , January 2015
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I hope you had a blessed Christmas with family & friends. I had one of the best, most peaceful ones I’ve had in a long time! ¬†

This year we had our family Christmas dinner at our oldest daughter Heather’s house. Everyone brought a cooked dish (instead of me cooking everything and hosting it at our house!): Ray’s infamous holiday ham that our kids always request at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my sweet potato casserole, Heather’s green bean casserole, Eden’s creamy mashed potatoes, and apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream. We opened gifts Christmas Eve with our kids and grandkids. ¬†It always makes me happy to see them open presents.¬†

The best gift of all is Jesus and my precious family.

I am eating too much lately, and Ray buying me delicious chocolate-covered cashews for my Christmas stocking, with other candy bars, doesn’t help. They are addictive.¬†ūüôā

chocolate covered cashews
chocolate covered cashews

I’ll have to do a detox to start off the new year. I have a recipe that I found online:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 bunch kale without the stems (4 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 inch ginger
  • 1 bunch mint (1 1/2 cups). Blend together. ¬†

Are you excited about 2015? Personally, I’m so¬†glad that 2014 is almost over. It was a hard, challenging year.

God showed me ahead of time before 2014 hit that it would be hard, and a friend confirmed that when she was praying for me at the end of 2013. But she encouraged me God would strengthen me through it. And He did.

I believe I obeyed what God told me to do and as a result of that, it was a fruitful, productive year. I hope¬†that I’ll obey Him as well in 2015.

Valorie Burton
Valorie Burton

In speaker/author Valorie Burton‘s ezine today, she wrote: “Every year, we are bombarded with “Year in Review” headlines. The best dressed, the top songs, and most fascinating people of theyear. But I like to do my own “Year in Review,” a self-reflective recap that helps me see how much richer I am at the close of another year. “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold,” Proverbs 3:13-14. So at the end of eachyear, you ought to find yourself a little richer. Whether you view the experiences you’ve had this year as good or bad, each one offers an opportunity to become richer in wisdom and head into the New Year¬†better prepared than ever to live wisely and be resilient.”

She then asked what you learned in 2014. I think it’s very important to reflect back on your year at the end of each year. See what went well and what didn’t. What you learned. What mistakes you made.

What successes and accomplishments you achieved. How you grew.

What things you checked off on your bucket list. You do have a bucket list, don’t you? If not, then start it¬†today!

Maybe one thing on your bucket list is to write Morning Pages. While I don’t agree with all Jennifer Blanchard or Julia Cameron say, Jennifer writes about the benefits of Morning Pages in her post here.

Or maybe in 2015 you want to write a fiction book (my client and friend Dana Arcuri just wrote the first chapter of her fiction book, whoo hoo!). Start writing!

One thing I am doing is decluttering: going through my email inbox, closets, and drawers. Making room for the new.

I believe God has shown me that 2015 is a pivotal year (of crucial importance) for me and His people.

Do you have your “one word”, your “theme,” and/or your scripture for 2015? I encourage you to pray, asking for His protection, wisdom, and blessings in 2015 over your and your family and loved ones.

I’m taking the next few days to just pray and get God’s wisdom and direction for 2015.

Do you have your yearly planner/calendar yet?

I found one at Walmart with¬†these beautiful yellow daisies on the front cover and this scripture, “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” (Exodus 33:14)

Vision Publishers planner/calendar
Vision Publishers planner/calenar

We don’t know what the year ahead holds. Let’s approach it prayerfully and with an open, trusting, faith-filled heart. Sometimes God does unexpected things in our lives.

An entrepreneur friend of mine recently took time out to fill out her yearly calendar, scheduling¬†teleseminars, local live events, and quarterly coaching programs, and was so excited about these plans…then she was hired for a J-O-B she’d applied for (outside the home, due to financial pressures). I believe the J-O-B is just temporary. Sometimes for a season we may do something that we don’t want to do, but God has us there for a reason for His unseen purposes and glory.¬†

Sometimes we are shaken. Right now my father is experiencing health issues. He’s been fainting. His diagnosis:¬†syncope (fainting), which may be caused by irregular heart beat or blood flow.

 Last year he had a 92% blockage in his aorta, and this year he had a 83% blockage in his aorta. They just put in 3 stents and did an angioplasty. This past week after he returned home, he fainted at dinner time, and had to be taken back to the hospital. He was just released yesterday. 

Here is a picture of me with my dad several years ago.

Daddy and me, Valdosta, GA
Daddy and me, Valdosta, GA, a couple of years ago

It’s unsettling when your parents are aging and/or have health issues. It’s an acute reminder of your own aging and mortality. None of us like to think about these kinds of things, especially around Christmas time when it’s supposed to be fun and full of joy. But these things are part of this drama called life.

I saw a sign in town today which read, “Collect moments, not things.” Wise words. Make precious memories with those you love. Never taken anyone or any day for granted.

And enjoy it, and use our gifts for God’s and others’ joy.¬†For Christmas, one of the gifts our daughter Leah requested was watercolor paints. She is an amazing graphic artist, but wanted to try her hand at watercolors.

This week she painted a sun and blue mountains picture. I think it is beautiful and am going to frame it and hang it up on a wall.

Copyright 2014 Leah Jones
Copyright 2014 Leah Jones

One of the gifts I received, that I’d requested from Ray and our daughters, was a Blue Snowball mic to make better audio quality podcasts, webinars, telecalls, etc. Ray said, “It’s a strange looking thing.” But I’m so happy I got it!

You can subscribe to my podcast here at Itunes. The “No Place For” podcast series from Galatians 5 is wrapping up soon.

me and Snowball mic
me and Snowball mic

¬†I’m also booking speaking engagements for 2015 and 2016. You can contact me here¬†if you’d like me to speak at your event, or know someone who needs a speaker. ¬†I love encouraging women to fulfill their purpose and use their gifts. I will go wherever God wants me to go.¬†

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Our daughter Heather bought me the Cinderella glass slipper that I saw and asked for, to use as a visual aid when I speak at conferences in 2015. (My signature talk is The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes about women walking in their unique purpose.) You can see the glass slipper on the right in the pic below. 

Glass slipper
Glass slipper

This post was just some random thoughts.

me - 2014
me -2014

 I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Thank you for coming by my website and joining me on this wonderful, sometimes scary and uncertain, but always adventurous journey called life.

I’m looking forward to seeing the great things God will do in 2015. He is good. He is worthy to be praised.

I’d love to hear how your year went and what your plans are for 2015. Leave your comments below.

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Teleseminar August 8, 1 pm Central: Searching For An Answer: Reach Out with Love to the Jennifers

 

Beautiful Jennifer Huston
Beautiful Jennifer Huston

On July 24, Oregon wife and mom of 2 little boys, Jennifer Huston, went missing after she left home to run errands. Police and her family and friends began a nation-wide search using police detectives, helicopters, boats, and social media to find her.

She was discovered dead on Tuesday, August 5, about 40 yards from her dark green SUV on a rural road in Sheridan, about 24 miles from her home. The medical examiner said she died of asphyxiation by hanging. The box of sleeping pills she bought was also empty.

Her family and this nation are grieving and mourning, and many are bewildered why this very beautiful mom of 2 little children, who seemed to have everything going for her, would commit suicide.

Suicide is a very real problem from all walks of life and the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. So many people are hurting and feel alone, overwhelmed, stressed, and desperate.

Family and friends of those who commit suicide are often left confused and searching for an answer. Maybe you have a family member or friend who has attempted or committed suicide, or you have attempted it yourself.

It’s time to reach out with love to the Jennifers of the world, and give them the hope that only Jesus Christ can offer.

Jennifer and family
Jennifer and family

Join me and other women of God on Friday, August 8, at 1 p.m. Central Time/2 p.m. Eastern Time for my free teleseminar, Searching For An Answer: Reach Out With Love to the Jennifers, to honor Jennifer’s life and give hope and comfort to her family and others.¬†

You can join us in the chat room at Talkshoe by clicking here.

Here are the call-in details:

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 98698

Please share with your family and friends. 

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