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Juggling balls

coffee on patio table

my coffee on patio table

This week is busy. I’m juggling some balls – different events going on. It’s exciting, but tonight I feel tired after working the last two days on various things. 

Then these words come to mind:

 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.  For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, Amplified Bible)

As we come to Jesus and lean on His capable shoulders, He will refresh our souls. Give us rest, renewal, blessed quiet. Strength for the journey ahead.

Right now I’m putting my juggling balls down. Taking a hot bath. Curling up on the couch to pet my cat Natalya, pray for my family, and then going to bed. In the morning, I’ll drink some hot coffee (something I really look forward to each day), and then hit the ground running again. 🙂 

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A chance at life again

Spring

Today is the beginning of a new month, March. I always feel like the first of a month is an opportunity for a fresh start-a reset button. Like if last month was really crummy, then here’s a toast to a much better one!

I remind myself that, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT) So thankful for that! God, You are good, faithful, and true! Full of grace and love. May I be so.

sun

sunrise

Today I painted my nails powder-blue, in anticipation of spring. (A nail model, I am not! Twenty-six years of washing dishes and doing housework has done its toll on my hands, and they show my age more than any other body part! Yet American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon Iris Apfel said it well: “I don’t see anything so wrong with a wrinkle. It’s kind of a badge of courage!”) I like the soft blue color. 

Powder-blue nail polish

Spring 2020 is officially on Thursday, March 19. Today as I  walked outside, I saw and heard robins singing and doves cooing, excited about spring in the air. Spring is also like the Earth offering a brand new start-a chance at life again.

Our precious grandbaby, Willow

My schedule now is primarily driving our youngest daughter Leah to her doctor appointments–her fibula surgery follow-up visits, physical therapy, and other appointments and errands. I drive the 45 miles to her city, willingly, happy to do it. But on days that it rains and snows/ices, I grip the steering wheel, praying that the car’s tires won’t slide and I won’t wreck, especially if Leah is with me in the car–another reason I welcome spring and summer.

Leah at physical therapy with her therapist Sam, who rocks!

A fall on ice and snow in Leah’s driveway at her rental home is WHY our precious daughter broke the fibula in her ankle, requiring surgery and the thick, black ankle boot that she must wear 8-10 weeks post-surgery.

Although normally a snow bunny who loves the beautiful snow, I now hate ice for doing this to her. It is the enemy-one of many. Yet last week when she began 50% weight-bearing on her ankle at physical therapy, I was filled with joy! She’s on the way to walking again!

Leah on one crutch, using 50% weight-bearing on her ankle

Helping Leah–driving her to her appointments and on errands–is my #1 priority for 2020. Everything else–my speaking, writing, and traveling–is on hold for now.

me & our precious daughter Leah at Jose Pepper’s restaurant

Before Leah’s accident near Christmas that caused her fibula to break, I did have my first children’s book in the works. The illustrator is still working on coloring the last four images for the pictures inside the book. Again, God has me waiting. It seems that I’m often in the waiting room.

The book is about my and Leah’s black cats, Natalya (Nat) and Jax, learning to become friends when Leah was still living with us. While certainly not BFF’s, they did play with each other at times (and fight, as well!)–frenemies. The idea of the book is that we can develop friendships with others, who we may not like at first.

Jax and Natalya

Jax and Natalya

Ray and Leah encouraged me for years to write a children’s book. I kept giving excuses why I couldn’t–I’d never written one before! Ray pointed out that I’d never written other types of books, either. Yet now I’m the author of 19 books–16 non-fiction and 3 fiction adult books. You can check them out at my Amazon Author Page here.

Beth Jones’ book signing for LaToya Gay

So I decided that I would write a children’s book, after being inspired by our comical cats, whom we love so much. I hope to have this book launched in mid-March or late March 2020, so stay tuned. If you aren’t already subscribed on my website personal mailing list, sign up now at the top of the page on the right-hand side to be FIRST to hear when this eBook for Kindle goes live on Amazon!

As I anticipate the warmer weather, beautiful flowers, and watching birds and squirrels feed from our sunroom, I also wait eagerly for the miraculous healing of Leah’s fibula in her ankle. I have strong faith that God is going to completely heal her. She’ll soon be walking again and I will give Jesus Christ all the praise, honor, and glory.

Leah at physical therapy, at 50% weight-bearing on her ankle

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)

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New year, new theme

Every once in awhile, I get bored with my life. That may include my WordPress website theme! For 2020, I decided to change it again. What do you think? Please leave your comments below. I want to hear your thoughts!

field of sunflowers

My old theme had a sunflower header. I love sunflowers because they move their blooms to always face the light of the sun, seeming to follow it as it moves across the sky. I feel this is symbolic of us as believers in Jesus Christ, keeping our faces toward the light of the Son. 

beautiful woman on cell phone

beautiful woman on cell phone

I chose the image above of the beautiful woman on her cell phone for this website’s background because I always have my iPhone with me for my business and my personal life.

Our phones are our way of “connecting” with one another. Here at BethJones.net, my desire is to connect more with you, encouraging you to use your spiritual gifts for God’s glory, fulfilling His great purpose for your life, and living a life you love. This is my mission and purpose. I do this through speaking at women’s conferences and retreats and writing books. As a Christian speaker and writer, it’s time to share your powerful message with others!

Beth Jones speaking

Beth Jones speaking, Olathe, KS

The “welcome” page is different now at BethJones.net. For now I’m using my featured and latest posts for the front page. “Featured” means the blog posts I want to highlight for you. “Latest posts” are just that–my most recent blog posts. Any time I write a new blog post, you’ll see it on the front page and won’t have to look for it. If you do want to search for anything on my site, there is a search function at the bottom of this page in the footer. 

woman writing on laptop with coffee

Woman writing on laptop

If you look at the top of this page, there is a little “navigation button,” where you can click on the link of the page which you’d like to view:

  • International Speaker (this used to be my welcome page and shares all about my speaking and writing books, including my media page, speaking topics, and speaking testimonials)
  • Blog (my most recent blog posts–just another way for you to find my blog posts easier);
  • Privacy;
  • Website Disclaimer;
  • Affiliate Disclosure.

At the end of each of my blog posts is my invitation to speakers and writers to sign up for my updates that you get bi-monthly in your email inbox. You’ll receive my free PDF and an inspiring video for signing up–my complimentary gift to you!

woman clicking Facebook like button

Woman clicking Facebook like button

At the bottom of the page for this website are links to other places where you’ll find me online. You’ll also see buttons where you can connect with me further on social media.

If you have any questions or comments for me, there is a contact page on the navigation button for you.

That’s it for now. 

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Beth Jones
International Speaker & Amazon Best Seller Author

 

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