Refreshing Rain: Repent of your sin

cherry tree after rain
cherry tree after rain

Yesterday we had a sudden thunderstorm here: heavy rain, loud thunder, and lightning. It stopped as suddenly as it started, and reminded me of the thunderstorms in the south where I grew up.

Afterward, everything looked so fresh: the emerald-green grass, the tree’s leaves, and the beautiful flowers like our neighbor’s cherry tree, pictured above.  This reminded me of Acts 3:19-21, NIV:

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.

The word “sin” isn’t very popular today. We like to call it by other names: mistake, weakness, or “I just screwed up.” (If we even admit it; sometimes we blame others, hide, justify, or make excuses for our sin.)

 But God, who is holy, calls a spade a spade: it’s sin! And He knows that sin will destroy our lives and hinder your purpose and mine. 

Thunder and lightning
Thunder and lightning

God is not an angry Deity ready to just zap you with lightning and send you to hell every time you mess up a little! Hell was created for the devil and his demons, not man. God loves you and has a good plan for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11) God wants you to repent of your sin, so that nothing will stand between you and Him. He wants to be as close to you as possible.

daisies
daisies

When we repent of our sins, we are refreshed. We feel relieved. We don’t carry around that guilt, and worse, condemnation for our sins. Jesus died on the Cross over 2,000 years ago for you and me, as a sacrifice to God and a substitute for our sins, so we wouldn’t have to carry the burden of them. His death and resurrection sets us free. When we repent, we are in right relationship with God and others. We are forgiven–forever. 

Today, ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart for any sin. Confess it to God. Ask His forgiveness. Let nothing stand in your way of intimacy with God. and fulfilling your purpose.

woman in rain
woman in rain

Receive the refreshing rain and the beauty, like the flowers after the rain, of His forgiveness, love, and power in your life.

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Do you feel that you have sinned too much and that God can’t and won’t possibly forgive you?

He will forgive if you repent. God is faithful, even when we are not!

Read my encouraging life story about my childhood abuse, adulterous affairs, and three abortions, Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love, and how God forgave and delivered me by clicking here.

 

 

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Speaking at Aglow August 26

I’m really excited because this week on Wednesday, August 26, I’ll be speaking at Aglow in Grandview, Missouri. If you’re in the local area, I’d love to see you there! The address is Grandview Assembly of God, 12400 Grandview Rd, Grandview, Missouri, 64030.

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Amazon Best Seller http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VN77IXQ/
The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Amazon Best Seller
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VN77IXQ/

 

I’ll be speaking on my signature talk, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes, which is also the title of my Amazon Best Seller eBook. It’s about walking in your own unique glass slippers–your unique purpose and calling, using the gifts, talents, and skills God has put inside of you for His glory.

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I’m also scoping this week about using your gifts. If you are a speaker, author, and/or entrepreneur, and you’re not on Periscope yet, I strongly encourage you to check it out. It is live video streaming.

Recently I joined Mark Shaw‘s #tagtribes community which has a Facebook group for support, training, and motivation for scopers. Mark is an amazing leader and I’m learning so much from him and the other scopers there.

I believe that Periscope is an incredible global platform that God is using right now for His glory and to share your heart’s message to encourage and help others. 

You can follow me on Periscope @bethmjones and on Twitter @bethmjones.

Beth Jones, International Speaker/Author
Beth Jones, International Speaker Amazon Best Seller Author

I hope to see you Wednesday at Aglow! Please say a prayer for me for God’s anointing, that His words would be in my mouth to share with that particular audience. 

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A broken winged bird

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I’ve been a busy bee this week. A goal I’ve had for several years for my online business is to convert all the books I’ve written to Kindle eBooks and upload them to Amazon. 

Forbes estimates that there’s more than 30 million Kindle ereaders currently in use, so if you’re an author, I strongly encourage you to pray and think about getting your book(s) on Amazon!

I’ve been working with a graphic designer and a formatter this week to design the covers for these eBooks and to format/convert my Word documents to get them Kindle-ready. I’m so excited about having all my books on Amazon! 

My second main goal is to get all my books/eBooks professionally formatted and in print. This requires lots of money~hiring my professional graphic designer Christine Dupre to design the front cover, back cover, and spine and hiring my professional formatter/editor Hanne Moon with Heritage Press Publications to format and edit the manuscript to get it print-ready.

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Amazon Best Seller http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VN77IXQ/
The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Amazon Best Seller
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VN77IXQ/

Christine and Hanne did amazing, beautiful work together to create my memoir, Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love, and my signature talk topic, Amazon Best Seller eBook, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes

I love this quote that I found today on Forbes: 

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” 

We have bird feeders and a hummingbird feeder outside by our sunroom. I love watching the birds, drinking coffee or green tea, and praying in the morning or afternoon. At times I’ve seen a baby bird out there, hopping on the ground, learning how to fly.

bird feeder and hummingbird feeder
bird feeder and hummingbird feeder

I don’t want to be a broken-winged bird. I want to fly. I want to be all for which God created me, fulfilling my purpose and calling.

I don’t want to die with books still inside me, but to speak and write for God’s glory and to encourage and help others. 

 

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