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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 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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Goals and dreams for the new year 2024

2024Image source: BoliviaInteligente on Unsplash

2024
Image source: BoliviaInteligente on Unsplash

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ~ Melody Beattie

We’re nearing the end of 2023 and the new year 2024 is around the corner, as of this post’s writing. I hope you had a great Christmas with your family and your friends, and have a wonderful, new year overflowing with God’s blessings.

I usually do several things at the end of each year and before the start of the new one:

  • Reflect over the past year and pray about the coming new year. I set aside a quiet time alone to seek God to ask His forgiveness for any sins I may have committed in the past year, and to ask for His direction, wisdom, guidance, and protection for me and my family. I no longer do new year’s resolutions (breaking them too fast). For the last several years, I’ve asked for a “one word” and a Scripture as an anchor for the coming year. The one word has worked much better, and it serves as a theme for the year. I really liked this video on resetting your life and just “dreaming” about the coming year and writing down what comes to mind (although I still think goals are a great and wise idea!). My motto is “Dream big because we serve a big God!” God makes dreams come true, as my life is living proof!
Palm trees & beachImage source: Maarten van den Heuvel

Palm trees & beach
Image source: Maarten van den Heuvel

  • Declutter, organize, and clean. Marie Kondo said, “Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.” So true! Have you ever just really LOOKED at your house, rooms, closets, drawers, yard, garage, and car and thought, “What IS all this crap? Why on earth do I have it?” (Or you wonder why your spouse or kids do!) Decluttering and organizing is an endless task, but such a necessary one. I try to do this several times a year, but especially at the end of the year, to have a fresh new start. It’s SO freeing to give away, throw away, or sell things. You just feel a weight lifted off you, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  “When home feels out of control, no matter what the reason, unsettledness and anxiety can seep in, and then the chaos becomes internal as well as external.” (Myquillyn Smith)
ClutterImage source: Ashim D’Silva

Clutter
Image source: Ashim D’Silva

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