Pay attention to signs from God

Insomnia Image source: https://getbestmattress.com/insomnia-meme/
Insomnia
Image source: https://getbestmattress.com/insomnia-meme/

Last night I had insomnia (again), tossing and turning all night long, so this morning I’m running on some good, hot coffee and am “loaded for bear,” as my friend Suzy Bunton often says. Later today I’m sure that I will crash, taking a nap, even though it’s advised not to take a nap if you have insomnia!

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I just changed my website header to a sunflower and recently finished writing the third and final book of my non-fiction Metamorphosis book series, Transformed From Despair to Hope, available for sale at Amazon here.

This is the last book that God told me to write, which makes me very happy–because I obeyed God (for once!), doing what He said to do.

If I were to die today, I’d have peace knowing that I had completed the books God told me to write. My friend Stephanie asked does that mean I won’t be writing any more books?

If Jesus tarries and I live longer, probably not. I believe I’ll be writing books the rest of my life! What has God told you to do? Are you doing it? What is holding you back?

Me and my books in print; amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Me & my books

For me, finishing writing the list of books that God spoke to me about is a HUGE accomplishment. I plan to celebrate soon by getting my hair done (trim, color, and blonde highlights)! Whenever you reach a goal, whether it’s big or small, I encourage you to reward yourself in at least some small way.

Maybe it’s a Starbucks coffee, savoring some chocolate, eating chips and salsa, having a tasty lunch or dessert with a friend, traveling to a new fun place, getting a mani or pedi, going for a walk on a nature trail or hiking a mountain, watching a chic flic, getting new Sharpie pens (or your fave brand), buying a cute pair of ripped jeans, taking a pottery class, or _______________ (you fill in the blank). Just be sure to celebrate your accomplishments!

My graphic designer at Fiverr, who I love, is pro_ebookcovers and she rocks! Below are all three book covers that she made for me for my butterfly Metamorphosis series–beautiful!

Book 1

 

Book 2

 

Metamorphosis: Transformed From Despair to Hope
Book 3

I love butterflies. For me, they are a powerful symbol–like the red male cardinal, the eagle, mourning doves, dolphins–of freedom and happiness. Whenever I see a butterfly or a red male cardinal (like I did yesterday outside the kitchen window, after tripping over a little girl right behind me in line at the store and badly skinning my knee; thank God she was okay!), I sense God’s Love for me and His presence.

red male cardinal Image source: Pinterest
red male cardinal
Image source: Pinterest

Usually I see a cardinal or butterfly on the worse days, and it always comforts me and lifts my spirits. These things are tangible signs to me that God loves me, He sees me, and He is here for me.

What signs do you see around you that speak to you about God and how much He cares for you?

The Bible shares about many signs from God:

  • The sign of the Messiah who would crush the serpent’s head and save sinners (Genesis 3:15);
  • The sign of the rainbow, of the covenant between God and the earth (Genesis 9:13);
  • The sign Gideon asked God for, of the fleece wet with dew and then the ground wet with dew (Judges 6;33-40);
  • The sign of the plagues on Egypt because Pharaoh’s heart hardened (Exodus 7-11);
  • The miraculous parting of the Red Sea, so God’s people the Jews could escape bondage and go to their Promise Land (Exodus 14:21);
  • An angel appearing to shepherds announcing Jesus’ birth and a host of angels praising God (Luke 2:8-20);
  • The prophets foretelling of the Messiah in the Old Testament;
  • Jesus turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana (John 2:11);
  • Jesus’ and the Apostles’ miracles (in the four Gospels and the book of Acts);
  • The signs in the end times, spoken of by Jesus and in the book of Revelation.
Jesus on the cross
Jesus on the cross

Although we shouldn’t base our lives and faith on outward, physical signs, they are important. Pay attention to signs and, like Mary the mother of Jesus, ponder these things in your heart. (Luke 2:19, 51)

Some signs you might notice are:

  • God’s still small voice;
  • Confirmation through God’s eternal word;
  • A billboard or car bumper sticker;
  • A hymn, worship, praise or other song on the radio;
  • Nature–the sun, the moon, a rainbow, the stars, the wind, a storm, fresh flowers, animals;
  • An encouraging rhema word someone speaks to you;
  • Something amazingly wise and startling that a child says to you (for of such is the Kingdom of God!);
  • A Divine appointment that is too interesting and timely to be just a coincidence!

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

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Snow in spring: God is doing an unexpected, new, beautiful thing

Snow in spring in Missouri
Snow in spring in Missouri

This morning when I woke up, to my surprise it was snowing outside. Snow in spring. What in the world? Yet I felt God speaking through it.

Isaiah 43:19 NIV

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

That phrase “a new thing” in the original language is “Chadash” (Strong’s H2319). It means:

  • fresh as of this year;
  • unheard of;
  • to produce something new;
  • to polish a splendid sword (I thought this was very interesting!);
  • to renew;
  • to repair or restore buildings or towns;
  • to renew oneself.

God also gave me Isaiah 1:18 CSB:

“Come, let us settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be white as snow, though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.”

No matter what sin you have committed, if you ask His forgiveness, believing in the finished work on the cross by Jesus Christ, He will forgive you.

Beth Jones spring 2018
Beth Jones
spring 2018

I recorded a short video about the snow in spring today and the encouraging, prophetic word God gave me this morning. Here it is at YouTube. Just click on the link below to view it:

https://youtu.be/fcgsbTZzEH8

 

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I finished the first draft of my next book during Writing Week Challenge!

Metamorphosis: Transformed From Despair to Hope

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)

This past week I joined my writing coach Shelley Hitz’s 7-Day Writing Week challenge, and I completed the first draft of my new book, Metamorphosis: Transformed From Despair to Hope.

If you are struggling to have hope and faith in the midst of your difficult situation, whether it’s your marriage, problems with your kids, financial struggles, issues at work, health challenges, ministry or career obstacles, this book will encourage you that with Jesus Christ, there is always hope.

Hope

I hired the graphic designer to create the cover, did multiple edits, and the only thing I have left to do is hire the formatter to get it formatted for your Kindle–then upload it to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) at Amazon.

You can see the new cover in the picture at the top of this page. I chose the image for it at Lightstock and my graphic designer, pro_ebookcovers, at Fiverr did a beautiful job on the cover!

When it is live at Amazon, I’ll let you know! If you aren’t already on my mailing list here at BethJones.net, be sure to sign up today at the top of the page on the right hand side with your name and email address, and get your free gift!

I feel a great sense of accomplishment about this book as it’s the last book God told me to write. I know I’ll be writing books for the rest of my life, but I feel good about obeying what God told me to do.

I also want to share with you the message that no matter what your circumstances, you can have hope. For with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

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