Full circle

Me speaking at Olathe, KS Aglow on The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Me speaking at Olathe, KS Aglow
on The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes

Yesterday I was honored and so happy to speak at the Olathe, Kansas Aglow. I spoke on my signature talk, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes, which is also the title for my new eBook. (It was an Amazon Best Seller in its category and sub-category the first day. You can get it at Amazon by clicking here for just $2.99). 

God amazes me how He orchestrates things. Olathe is my old stomping grounds. It is where God first called me to ministry.

In 1989, when I was in the middle of a suicidal depression, living in low-income housing with my precious little girl Heather in Olathe, I was crying one late night in my bedroom, having no hope. I felt guilty for feeling this way since I had Heather, but I was filled with emotional pain.

I opened my Bible, Russian roulette-style, and it landed on Isaiah 61. God spoke to my heart in His still, small voice: “Beth, this is what I have called you to do and to be.”

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called [d]oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

At the time, this seemed impossible. How could I help set the captives free, God, I prayed and cried, when I was a prisoner myself in a dark chamber of depression, panic attacks, fear, and hopelessness? Yet that word from God has now come to pass.

 Today I’m an international speaker and author, encouraging women to use their gifts for God’s glory, doing what they love.

Me speaking, Olathe, Kansas Aglow
Me speaking, Olathe, Kansas Aglow

God turned things around 180 degrees, and has used the most painful things in my life, such as my childhood sexual and physical abuse, my 3 abortions, and adulterous relationships, to minister to other women who have been through the same hurtful experiences to help set them free.

As I spoke at Aglow, I realized, humbled and so thankful, that God had brought me full circle for the glory of Jesus.

Only He could do something so amazing! Today on my Facebook wall, a friend posted this:

“Very happy for you. And as someone who is conquering depression without meds, your testimony gives me hope. Thanks for sharing!”

I was so happy yesterday speaking in front of a live audience, connecting with the women face to face. I was in my element. I know in my heart that it is what God has called me to do and to be. You can see the joy on my face in this pic below: 

Me in my element, speaking at Olathe Aglow
So happy!
Me in my element, speaking at Olathe Aglow

I’m a visual learner and I love using visual aids (what some call “props”) when I speak at live events. I requested a small table to put my visual aids on, which had the Cinderella “pumpkin” white carriage and dappled grey horse, my Cinderella child’s story book, many of my shoes, and my Cinderella glass slipper, which our daughter Heather bought me as a Christmas gift.

You can see it in this pic below with my other Christmas gifts.

Glass slipper
Glass slipper

 I also used the red shoe picture that our daughter Heather painted at a painting party with friends, which she gave to me. It hangs on the wall in my office where I work each day. 

red shoe pic Heather painted
red shoe pic Heather painted

One of the few good men attending the event commented later that he really enjoyed the visual aids. One of the women in the audience wanted the glass slipper, asking where I bought it! She said she loves the story of Cinderella. It resonates with women, and most women love cute shoes!

Me speaking at Olathe Aglow Visual aids
Me speaking at Olathe Aglow
Visual aids

 My beautiful, precious friend Joanie Qualls introduced me to speak at the meeting. I met Joanie and her husband when Ray and I went to a marriage retreat in Branson, MO, last year. Joanie and I connected in heart instantly. I just love her!

My precious beautiful friend Joanie Qualls and me at Olathe Aglow
My precious beautiful friend Joanie Qualls and me at Olathe Aglow

Below here I am with the Olathe Aglow leader, JoAnn Walsh. She and her husband Phil generously host the Aglow in their home. JoAnn is such a cute, sweet little thing!

She and the other ladies prepared a wonderful brunch before I spoke: spinach quiche, ambrosia salad with blueberries, coffee cake, and more. JoAnn had a lighthouse in her front yard and a picture of a lighthouse hanging on the wall in the living room, where the meeting was. Their home is truly a lighthouse for the Lord!

Me with Olathe Aglow leader/host JoAnn Walsh
Me with Olathe Aglow leader/host JoAnn Walsh

When I speak at live events, I like to give away a gift (door prize). This is also very effective for building your subscriber list! (You can sign up for my mailing list by going to the top of the page on the right-hand side and enter your name and email address. You’ll receive my video and bi-monthly newsletter with encouraging tips, videos, and the latest updates). 

In exchange for their name and email addresses (with their permission), you can have a sign-up form “for the opportunity to win a free gift today!” You give away something of value (either physically or virtually).

I gave away a pretty “Cinderella” bag, a cute toy princess tiara, lavender bubble bath, a Cinderella-blue bath sponge, cute Walk by Faith shoes notecards, a pen with different sayings on it like “Let Go and Let God,” a Dove chocolate bar, and a physical copy of my book, Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love.

The winner was Debbie, a multi-gifted woman, pictured below. I just loved her! She will be speaking at the Olathe Aglow in November 2015. 

princess" gift bag winner, Debbie
Me with “Cinderella princess” gift bag winner, Debbie

I used my visual aids of the Cinderella glass slippers and my shoes to visually and symbolically illustrate walking in your own unique glass slippers~ God’s Divine purpose for you. Below I’m showing our daughter Heather’s purple heels.

Are you walking in your unique shoes~or are you jealous or envious of someone else, wanting to walk in her shoes? You can’t succeed trying to walk in someone else’s shoes!

Me speaking at Olathe Aglow with shoes visual aid
Me speaking at Olathe Aglow with shoes visual aid
Me speaking at Olathe Aglow, using my black heels as a visual aid
Me speaking at Olathe Aglow, using my black heels as a visual aid

After I spoke, women came forward for prayer. I love this one-on-one time. My friend Joanie posted this testimony on my Facebook wall about it: 

“This was a wonderful meeting in many ways led by the Holy Spirit of God! Such a blessing and thanks to have you, Beth.”

Here’s feedback from another attendee, Vicki, there:

“Your talk was good and I know at least one who was there that had an abortion, so glad you included that forgiveness message, also.”

An attendee, Lisa, messaged me on Facebook, saying:

“So glad I reconnected with you Saturday. You were such an inspiration. I will be praying for your ministry. You have a timely message. You need to tell others your wonderful message.”

The leader of Aglow, JoAnn, said this about my speaking and my prayer time afterward for some women:

“You word for each one was right on.  Many thanks for obeying the Spirit.”

I’m so honored God chose to use me there and had so much fun speaking, meeting the women, and praying for them. The meeting, which is usually held until 12 noon, lasted until after 2 p.m.!

Afterwards, of course, I had a Mexican late lunch (one of my favorite meals!), treating myself. 

The service was good and outside they had statues of a serenade of Mexican men in hats.  The Mexican meal was the perfect touch for a great day.

Thank you, Jesus, for all You have done and will do!

my treat after speaking: Mexican restaurant  Chips and salsa
my treat after speaking: Mexican restaurant
chips and salsa
Mexican restaurant, Olathe, Kansas
Mexican restaurant, Olathe, Kansas

I have written a book on this signature talk topic, which became an Amazon Best Seller the first day in its category and sub-category: The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes. You can buy it for just $2.99 by clicking here at Amazon.

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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!

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