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National Doughnut Day, new podcast up with Elizabeth Lundeen, & “Just Ask” letters

Chocolate frosted doughnut

Chocolate frosted doughnut

Today is National Doughnut Day. You can get a free doughnut with a coffee or a drink at many places.  I got my chocolate frosted doughnut at Dunkin, with a hot latte with cream. What is your favorite doughnut shop?

Dunkin hot latte with cream

Dunkin hot latte with cream

This day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army in Chicago to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

From Wikipedia: Soon after the entrance of the United States into WWI in 1917, the Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of American enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, there were 6 staff members which included 4 female volunteers.

About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts in abandoned buildings near the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. They were a hit and many soldiers visited the huts.

Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.” Soon, the women who did this work would become known by servicemen as “Doughnut Girls.” In Chicago and other places, it’s still a fundraiser today for the Salvation Army.

Podcast with Elizabeth Lundeen

Podcast with Elizabeth Lundeen

I’m enjoying my hot creamy latte as I write this blog post. In other news this week, I had an anointed guest speaker on my podcast this week, Elizabeth Lundeen. She’s a volunteer firefighter/EMT for my husband Chief Ray Jones at Central Cass County Fire Department.

It is entitled Running From God. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here. 

Beth Jones speaking

Beth Jones speaking

I’ve been sending out “Just Ask” letters to women’s ministry leaders at local churches to speak at their women’s events (conferences, retreats, workshops, etc.). I meet with one pastor tomorrow at his church to see it and chat with him further about this. I’m very excited about this. If you need a dynamic, Biblical speaker for your women’s event, or you know someone who is, please contact me here.

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My Michigan trip, Part 4 – Southwest Airlines’ flights

Looking out the plane window at the clouds - love it!

Looking out the plane window at the clouds – love it!

This is my Michigan trip blog series, part 4 – Southwest Airlines’ flights.

You can read part 1 (God has surprises in store) by clicking here;

part 2 (the beautiful RV) here;

part 3 (the Encounter ministry weekend) here.

me at Lake Michigan

me at Lake Michigan

I love flying on planes. It never ceases to amaze me when the plane is taking off so fast, how man has created something that flies in the air over the clouds, inspired by God creating the birds.

Yes, I love traveling, period. It is so fun (usually!) and makes me so happy, visiting new places, seeing new people and things, and trying new kinds of food! God has blessed me and my family, enabling us to travel to different states and other nations, for mission trips, business, and fun!

 

Me working as a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines

Me working as a flight attendant for Mesa Airlines

I have a motto for traveling: “Pack light, take lots of pics, and have fun!” As a former flight attendant, I learned how to pack light for faster and easier traveling (usually just my roller board for the plane). It was one of the most fun jobs that I’ve had ever had in my life. I loved it!

One of the great perks of my job was being able to fly free on my days off work, and my immediate family, too. I flew Ray and Leah to Orlando, where she saw the beach and ocean for the first time in her life, and to New York for us to see Niagara Falls. We crossed over to the Canadian side to see the falls there, too –it was breathtakingly beautiful! We went to Sea World, where she rode her first roller coaster, a water ride, and we petted and fed dolphins- two dolphins came up to Leah! So awesome! She had the biggest smile on her face and I did, too.

I also flew to Portland, Maine alone one weekend to see a beautiful lighthouse and huge boulders on the coast and watched amazing sail boats in the ocean. I saw the “whaling wall” (pun for the wailing wall in Jerusalem) and took a shuttle tour around the city. I was able to fly home to see my family on time off work, but not nearly enough!

If I had worked there at Mesa airlines longer, I have no doubt that my family and I would have traveled much more to different, exciting places. It is a big reason that people work for airlines, to bless them and their families. I was also able to sight see pretty cool stuff alone, in various cities on the southeast coast when I got off work. One specific thing that comes to mind is a Pompeii volcano museum exhibit in Alabama. I had dreams of traveling to other nations, but those trips came later. (In a different way – God provided! He’s a miracle worker!)

But my base was in Orland, Florida, and my family lived in Missouri. I just missed my kids too much to be that far away from them (I would cry in the jump seat on the plane, missing them!), so I resigned after working about six months, at Christmas time. 

me with Ray and Leah when I worked for the airlines

me with Ray and Leah when I worked for the airlines

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My Michigan trip, part 3 – Encounter ministry weekend

Lake at the Encounter ministry camp

Lake at the Encounter ministry camp

This is part 3 of my Michigan trip blog series, about the Encounter ministry time. Recently I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit my friends Herb and Diane Bishop and for the Encounter ministry weekend. You can read part 1 about the tulips and Lake Michigan here and part 2 about the beautiful RV where I stayed here.

Encounter ministry session

Encounter ministry session

I’d heard before about the Encounter ministry but had never been to one before. Herb recently went and wanted his wife Diane and their ministry Board of Directors to attend, because he thought it was amazing. (I’m on their Board of Directors, so they invited me to go.) I’m so thankful for this trip!

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