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My green iPhone 13 and Destin beach with Heather. I pray to go back this year!

Beth Jones podcasting

Beth Jones podcasting

It’s been a stressful couple of months lately with lots of techie issues with our internet service, my laptop, my podcast, and my iPhone. You can listen in here at my new podcast on what’s been happening lately and to hear about the miracle God did with thousands of my phone pics and videos!

I give Jesus Christ all the glory for this and am so happy that God saved them for me! He is a good Father!

While you’re there at Anchor listening, feel free to subscribe to my podcast to not miss any new episodes, or you can listen and subscribe to my podcast at Spotify, Pocket Casts, RadioMarket, or Stitcher. I’m still working with my VA to get Google Podcast updated to the most recent ones!

Please let me know which topics interest you for future episodes. Leave your comments below.

Our phones were messing up, so Ray and I upgraded both our phones to the newest ones and we even got a better plan that was a little less expensive. Ray also bought more iCloud memory for my phone, so I won’t run out of space to store my pics and videos.

While my family thinks I take a ridiculous amount of pictures, two of the [young] tech staff at the phone company told me they had just as many, and more! Do you take lots of pics and videos on your phone? Basically, our phones have become our digital photo albums and scrapbooks. 

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Image source: Photo by Wolf Zimmermann on Unsplash

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When you don’t have WiFi: Lessons I learned

Recently I shared that I lost my wedding ring. Thankfully, my husband Ray recently found it when he was sweeping the basement one day. My friends had been praying that I’d find it. I was like the woman who rejoiced with her friends when she found her lost silver coin. (Luke 15:8-10) God taught me many lessons when I lost it, including about my marriage, people who are lost without Christ, and losses in life such as at least 198 Ukrainian people dying from Putin’s invasion of their land.

In light of this horrific news, all else seems trivial. But we all deal with losses, big and small, and they can be stressful. 

This past week we lost our WiFi service! Ray tried to call our internet service provider numerous times, but his call kept getting disconnected. He also tried several times to chat with tech help online to no avail. This week another internet service repairman came. Things seem good for now. (Hold our breath!)

I hope you don’t experience this trouble. But here are lessons I learned when we went for over a week without reliable WiFi service. 

1. You can live without it. It is hard. Really hard. Definitely inconvenient.

“I only need 3 things in life: food, WiFi, and sleep.” (Anonymous)

What did people do before the net? They lived their normal lives! This reminds me of the movie The Net, starring Sandra Bullock. It’s one of my fave movies along with another movie she co-starred in with Keanu Reeves, Speed. In The Net, she’s laying on the beach in her bikini in Mexico, looking gorgeous as usual, with her laptop. This is extreme!

Sandra Bullock, The Net, Pinterest

Sandra Bullock, The Net, Pinterest

But I wouldn’t want to live without internet service. I’ve made some of the best friends of my life online. Originally, I got online (on Facebook) to keep up with my grown kids–our three beautiful daughters Heather, Eden, and Leah. Then they got OFF Facebook and Instagram. (Gen Z says Facebook is a boomer’s social network and made for old people. Many teens aren’t on it.  In a survey, 81% of teens use Instagram and 73% use TikTok.)

Our three beautiful daughters Eden, Leah, and Heather

Our three beautiful daughters Eden, Leah, and Heather

Our teen grandkids are on TikTok, Snapchat and Discord, which I’m not on. I now text our kids and our grandkids (I call them less frequently), and see them whenever we can do lunch or coffee together or I bring them gifts on holidays. (They work full-time and live very busy lives.)

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Do you need a miracle? My 2022 one word

beach with sunset

beach with sunset

Do you need a miracle or two? I know I do! Don’t we all?

A miracle is defined as:

  • a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency;
  • a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences;
  • an amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something;
  • a wonder; a marvel;
  • an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause;
  • such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.

2022

At the end of each year, I reflect on that year and pray about the coming new year.

For the last several years, instead of making new year’s resolutions, I ask God for a “one word” and an accompanying Scripture for the year.

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