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Me and my precious friend Shelley Valasek, at the fountains by Crowne Center, Kansas City, MO
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The RELEASED Women’s Conference was amazing!

Heather Denney laughing at RELEASED Women's Conference

Our daughter Heather Denney laughing at RELEASED! Women’s Conference

Has God ever told you to do something that you didn’t want to do?

In my experience, if I really don’t want to do something, it’s usually God.

That’s how I felt after I spoke at Doreen Penner’s retreat in Canada and she mentioned coming to visit me here in America and us having a retreat here.

I didn’t want to be rude. I love Doreen. She’s an awesome person. I wanted to see her again.

But as soon as she said it, I thought, “Oh, NO! God is going to make me do another women’s retreat!” I’d planned and hosted two before, and I knew they are:

  • a lot of hard work
  • a lot of stress
  • a lot of expense.

And guess who’d be doing the hard work? Me. And who’d probably be paying for most of it? Ray and me. I didn’t want to deal with the stress, either.

I balked. I resisted. I dug in my heels and wouldn’t even answer her the first two times she mentioned it.

The third time Doreen mentioned it, I knew I needed to answer her. I prayed to God and talked to Ray about it.  I hoped they’d both say no.

To my chagrin, God told me to do it and Ray said he thought I should do it.


I’m glad I did now. 🙂


RELEASED! Women’s Conference Team
Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, Naima Johnston-Bush, Helen Reimer
Front Row: Rochelle Valasek, Beth Jones

The powerful worship and the freedom of dance

The worship and praise was led by Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush. What a voice! I didn’t want her to stop singing.

Many women said the worship and praise was one of the most powerful parts of the conference. Women laughed, cried, and danced.

Worship/praise leader Naima Johnston-Bush

Worship/praise leader Naima Johnston-Bush

When I saw my friend Suzy Bunton dancing out front and the young girls dancing in the back of the room, all I could do was smile. God’s presence was there. That’s all that mattered to me.

Suzy said that God told her to kick off her shoes, wave a banner, and dance. She’s been in pain in her hips lately, but as soon as she started dancing, the pain subsided. Dancing sets you free.

The anointed speakers – the rhema word

Each of the speakers shared a rhema, timely, anointed word that imparted truth and hope to the 39 women present.

Speaker Helen Reimer

Speaker Helen Reimer

  • Helen Reimer shared about her quadruplet sister dying in utero and one of her triplet sisters and her mother dying in a tragic car accident when Helen was only 4 years old. She was told they were “sleeping” at the funeral home and didn’t understand why they wouldn’t wake up. At the funeral service, she witnessed dirt being shoveled on top of the caskets and began screaming and crying because they were throwing dirt on top of her sister and her mother. She also shared about her numerous childhood sexual abuse incidents. Many women came up to Helen afterward to share with her that they, too, had been sexually abused in childhood. Helen shared the healing she’s experienced and the hope she has today through faith in Christ. Women cried during Helen’s presentation time. God’s presence in the room was strong as she shared her powerful story.


Speaker Rochelle Valasek

Speaker Rochelle Valasek

  • Shelley Valasek shared about her many medical problems and the nearly-fatal car wreck she had last year when she almost died. When she showed the power point picture of her car that was like a smashed can, the audience gasped. Shelley’s message is that God has a Divine Purpose for your life. You will not leave this earth until that purpose is established. Shelley’s presentation moved many women to tears, especially one young woman in the audience. Each time Shelley speaks, she gives away a little gift to an audience member whom God shows her during her speaking time. For this conference, she’d bought a beautiful, “bling” butterfly thumb ring and gave it away to a young woman who is recently widowed and a single mom, whom she knew nothing about – it was God! I talked with this woman during a break and she had tears of happiness in her eyes from this gift from Shelley. She had been deeply touched by Shelley’s presentation and this gift. God amazes me how He does things!
Speaker Doreen Penner

Speaker Doreen Penner

  •  Doreen Penner shared about the transformation of the caterpillar to the butterfly. When Doreen first mentioned having a conference here, she envisioned a yellow butterfly and felt the theme would be one of freedom and transformation. God gave me the word “released,” and our incredibly talented, artistic daughter Leah drew a yellow butterfly and a yellow daffodil with her graphic art tablet, that became our logo for the conference.


(I was so thankful that both our daughters, Heather and Leah, helped me so much to prepare for this conference and attended.)

Our daughter Leah

Our daughter Leah in the pretty green blouse and black pants she wore to the RELEASED Women’s Conference

Some of the highlights from Doreen’s presentation were that

(a) God has a dream for you (you’re meant to fly!);

(b) God needs to first prepare you for your calling (the caterpillar must grow to become the beautiful butterfly it was meant to be);

(c) Transformation involves FAITH, developing your character, and timing (the caterpillar can’t leave the cocoon early. God has the perfect timing for you to fly.);

(d) God wants you to be set free – free to BE, free to SERVE, and free to LOVE. Doreen is one of the most polished, professional speakers I’ve ever seen. She is filled with wisdom and exudes peace. She gave us the spiritual “meat” for this conference. I loved what Doreen said: “Spread your wings. You never know how far you will fly.” AMEN!

Karen Wells

Speaker Karen Wells

Karen Wells talked about the freedom of forgiveness. When we forgive, we are set free! A few of the ways we can identify that we are holding onto unforgiveness are:

  1. You feel emotional pain.
  2. You’re waiting for someone else to be sorry.
  3. You feel like it’s too hard.
  4. The person will only do it again.
  5. You’ve tried and it didn’t work.
  6. You don’t feel like forgiving.

Forgiveness is a decision, a choice. Jesus by choice died on the cross so you could be forgiven. He is our example. Forgiveness sets us, the prisoner, free!

One thing which Karen said which struck the women was that maybe the person we need to forgive is ourselves. Karen’s presentation and personality of joy and laughter truly blessed the women.

RELEASED! Women's Conference, Kansas City, MO area

RELEASED! Women’s Conference, Kansas City, MO area

The Italian catered lunch

With this event, I knew I’d have way too much to do to cook or even to delegate cooking, so I had the lunch catered by Perazelli’s Italian Restaurant. I never really got a chance to sample it other than a couple of bites, because I was so busy, but I heard it was delizioso: they served salad, meat lasagna, bread with garlic butter, and cheesecake for dessert.

At 12 noon, they brought the food that had warmers underneath, set it down on the table, and the women dug in. Easy – love it! I also loved the cute purple and yellow butterfly paper plates, cups, and napkins I found online. Catering was DEFINITELY the right decision!

Catered Italian lunch

Catered Italian lunch

My friend Ruth Christian also made chocolate brownies for the afternoon snack, which were EXTRA delicious!

My wonderful helpers!

I’m so thankful to:

  • God for His wonderful, loving presence at the conference;
  • My hard-working, devoted husband Ray Jones for being a work horse the last 6 months to help (financially) make this conference happen;
  • My team of intercessors who faithfully prayed the last 6 months for me, my family, and this conference;
  • My amazing team of personal assistants who unselfishly said yes to God, encouraged me, and worked so hard to help make this wonderful event happen;
  • Our incredibly generous sponsors who donated 21 (yes, twenty-one!) door prizes and contributed to the women’s goody bags. Sponsors, YOU MADE AN INCREDIBLE DIFFERENCE IN WOMEN’S LIVES!
Some of the sponsors' doorprizes

Some of the sponsors’ doorprizes

Words aren’t enough to thank you all! I couldn’t have done this without all of you!

Attendees Lindsey Dawson, Heather Denney, Simmie McMillan, and Sandy Cunningham

Attendees Lindsey Dawson, Heather Denney, Simmie McMillan, and Sandy Cunningham

What women said about this conference

“I just wanted to say thank you for hosting and sponsoring this special day. Each of the women who spoke had such powerful messages and I took something away from each of them. Even though I was raised in church, I am still young in my Christianity and am looking to women like these to learn from… Today was awesome and I’m truly looking forward to your next women’s faith event. In Christ, Lindsey Dawson.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed conference. Loved the theme. The worship music and prayer was powerful.The speakers were incredible. Food and snacks delicious and perfect. So well organized and could not miss that seeing/sensing the heart of God for all involved was a key ingredient in the preparation and activities. The seven hours just flew by.”- Carol Nyhan

“Beth did a super job with intro’s and pulling all this together. Naima was very awesome. Helen did so good sharing her testimony and I was very touched. Rochelle shared about “empathy,” which brought understanding. Doreen’s presentation was clear and concise. I appreciated being encouraged that caterpillars change from the inside out. Karen was phenomenal, very well done, relatable, fun, and a great blessing.”

“The music was very anointed. I got free from some weights during praise.”

“Overall, the whole experience was wonderful.”

“The speaking time, the experiences shared, the continuing growth, and the wisdom shared was invaluable.”

“Beth Jones’ Released Conference 2013 was a joy and a privilege to be a part of. With amazing attention to detail, spiritual discernment and great wisdom, Beth crafted a conference that was truly anointed. The presence of the Lord was greatly felt as she served as first a prayer warrior for all in attendance and then as a gifted hostess for the event. Beth truly hears from the Lord, adjusting as needed, serving willingly and putting together an event that truly released many women from bondage, fear and personal struggles. As the Worship Leader for this event, Beth’s planning and prayer set the atmosphere for me to minister in freedom! I would be honored to attend or serve at another event hosted by Beth Jones. She is truly equipping women to use their gifts for God!” – Dr. Naima Johnston Bush, Broken Box Ministries

The highlight for this conference was meeting my precious friend Rochelle Valasek from the Nashville, TN, area for the first time in person. “Shelley” and I have been online friends for about a year now and have talked a lot about getting together. I am so happy and excited that I finally got to HUG my dear, sweet friend. Shelley is one of the most loving, giving people I’ve ever met. She’s even more wonderful in person! I already miss her SO much!

Me and my precious friend Shelley Valasek, at the fountains by Crowne Center, Kansas City, MO

Me and my precious friend Shelley Valasek, at the fountains by Crowne Center, Kansas City, MO

This weekend was one of joy, freedom, and transformation through the power of God.

I learned many new things which I’ll be sharing in the weeks ahead. One is which I am the one who deeply needs to be transformed.

Me in my olive green dress, little black jacket, and tall black boots, the night before the conference when our team went out to dinner

Me in my olive green dress, little black jacket, and tall black boots, the night before the conference when our team went out to dinner

This conference was amazing. To Jesus Christ be all the praise and the honor and the glory, forever and ever, amen!

Our cross centerpiece. During the "Butterfly Exercise," we wrote down what we needed to release to God to be free on paper butterflies and laid them down at the foot of the cross.

Our cross centerpiece. During the “Butterfly Exercise,” we wrote down what we needed to release to God to be free on paper butterflies and laid them down at the foot of the cross.

Daffodil & Butterfly. Copyright 2013 Leah Jones
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RELEASED! Women’s Conference on April 27

Daffodil & Butterfly. Copyright 2013 Leah Jones

Daffodil & butterfly.
Copyright 2013 Leah Jones

Do you want a life-changing transformation in 2013?

Are you ready to move from fears, failures, and frustrations to FREEDOM?

Is it time for you to break out of your limiting cocoon and FLY, becoming the beautiful creation God made you to be?

Then join us for our RELEASED! Women’s Conference on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Belton Wellness Center in Belton, MO (outside the Kansas City area)!

Here’s what you’ll experience at this anointed all-day event:

  • Four separate sessions from anointed speakers across the U.S. and Canada
  • Powerful worship
  • A catered delicious Italian lunch
  • A chance to make great new friends and do business networking
  • Your opportunity to unwind and get away from it all
  • Door prizes and fun
  • Your goody bag to take home
  • And more!

I am so excited about this and can’t wait. We’d LOVE to see you there. Early Bird Pricing until February 23, 2013 for $35. After February 23, the price goes up to $50.

This conference is LIMITED TO JUST 50 WOMEN.


To learn more, just click here.

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Canada Trip, Part 8: Pics of Women’s Conference

God is so good. Recently He opened the door for me to be one of the keynote speakers at Doreen Penner‘s women’s conference, Walk Into Your Blessing. This is part 8 of my Canada Trip Blog Series, with my pictures of the conference. You can read Part 7 here.

Canada Trip, Part 8: Pics of Women’s Conference

One word would describe the Walk Into Your Blessing conference: Excellence. Doreen and her team did a tremendous job planning and organizing it, from the moment you walked into the door until the closing prayer and smiling goodbyes.

Below dressed in white and black  is Helen Reimer’s beautiful friend, Sarah, her decorating/designing assistant. I wish I’d had a chance to talk with Sarah longer. I complimented her on her stunning jewelry, telling her that I loved it, and she said with a big smile, “I do, too!” A kindred spirit for jewelry!

Sarah at welcome registration table
Walk Into Your Blessing conference, Canada

About 27 women attended the conference in Mitchell, Manitoba. Manitoba is a province, located in central Canada (provinces are like U.S. states).  Attendees were all ages, races, and denominations. They were so sweet and gave me a warm Canadian welcome.

Women’s Conference, Mitchell, Manitoba, Canada
Conference attendees talking

God gave Doreen the vision for this conference, Walk Into Your Blessing.  We began the conference with prayer and worship.  Doreen’s sister Edna Russell opened in prayer. You could tell immediately from being around Edna that she is a woman of prayer and has a huge heart of love.

Doreen’s sister, Edna, leading us in prayer at the conference

Here is a closer-up shot of Edna.

Doreen’s sister Edna, who started us off with prayer
Walk Into Your Blessing conference

Doreen’s friend Rachel Giesbrecht led worship, starting us off with a beautiful song about God being our Friend. Rachel was such a sweetheart. Below is a picture of Rachel, when she was working on her faith board, a craft activity we did in the afternoon.

Doreen’s friend Rachel Giesbrecht led our worship
Here is Rachel creating her faith board during the afternoon

There were 3 keynote speakers (Doreen Penner, Karen Wells, and me), and the sessions were spread out through the day.

I spoke at the first session in the morning.

Me speaking at Canada women’s conference

I am a very visual person, so I love using visual aids when I speak.

An audience only retains 10% of what they heard with no visual aids. With visuals like slides, charts, and props, retention rises to 60%.  If a handout is given, the amount of information retained rises to 85%. Use visual aids and handouts when you speak!


Below is the table with different kinds of shoes for my visual aids.

My visual aids table for my speaking session
Walk Into Your Blessing conference, Canada

Below is Karen Wells speaking during the second session (mid-morning). She is holding a copy of her book, Even With My Knees Knocking, I Will Follow God’s Call. Karen is awesome and such a loving person with such a passion for Jesus. She told me and Helen some amazing stories of how God used her to lead people to the Lord in foreign countries, even when she couldn’t fluently speak the language! Karen is a gifted communicator and is incredible at marketing! She sold her books all the way driving to Mitchell from B.C., Canada, just by telling people what she does and about her book. I wish she had stayed in Mitchell longer, so I could have talked longer with her. But I’m very excited that she and I will be talking real soon!

Karen will be a special guest on my Women’s Battles Radio Show on Friday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Central Time. We’d love to have you join us!

Karen Wells, Speaking at 2nd session

Doreen Penner spoke at the third session, in the afternoon. I love Doreen. She made me feel so welcome there. She is so sweet and is such an anointed speaker and writer. She also has such a loving heart for God’s daughters. I watched as she sat down by each woman at the conference and just talked with her throughout the day. Doreen is now planning her second women’s conference. I’m so excited for her!

Doreen Penner speaking at 3rd session
Walk Into Your Blessing conference, Canada

Doreen’s husband Rick did an amazing job with our sound and video set up to record our sessions with lapel mics, and doing much of the behind-the-scenes, manual work. Doreen, Karen, and I told him that he is now officially hired when we go on the road speaking in Canada! 🙂

Rick setting up sound at retreat

One of Doreen’s closest friends, Helen Reimer, was the M.C., conference organizer/planner, and decorator. Helen was in her element doing this. It’s her gift from God.  She hosted Karen and me in her beautiful, Italian decor home while we were staying in Manitoba. I will share pics of her house in my next blog. It was incredible.

Helen Reimer, conference M.C., organizer, decorator

I LOVED Helen’s outfit at the conference. She has such style!

Helen Reimer, conference planner, organizer, & decorator
Walk Into Your Blessing women’s conference, Canada

Here is a pic of me and Helen at the train station just before I left Canada. She is beautiful and precious and I miss her! Karen and I encouraged Helen to start writing her powerful story in a book and she has already started writing it. I can’t wait to read it when it’s ready. She also needs to be out there speaking, because she had an instant anointing for speaking as soon as she took the mic! I wish I could have listened to her for hours! I need to have Helen on my Women’s Battles radio show, too!

Me and Helen at Winnepeg Train Station, Canada

For the Walk Into Your Blessing shoe theme, she did an incredible job decorating the tables with cloths, candles, and elegant shoes with flowers inside of them. Below is the beautiful display table at the front of the room, which served as the background for the speakers. I love the high heel, pointy-toed, red boots with the flowers in them!

Helen Reimer’s front display table

This was the main display table which Helen and Doreen’s team decorated.

Main display table
Walk Into Your Blessing conference

Each table had a different type of shoe. So creative!

Black Shoes Display

I also miss Lynette, who made me feel welcome instantly, helped me personally so much while I was there, and did much of the behind-the-scenes work at the conference. Lynette, I miss you! Give me a holla’ when you get back home to Canada from Louisiana! Lynette has an Esther anointing on her life. God has great things in store for her, amen!

Lynette Krahn and Karen Wells

The women enjoyed doing their faith boards. A faith board is like a vision board, only it focuses more on our relationship with God and our faith. Below is a pic of the women picking out the materials for their faith boards.

Women picking out materials for faith boards
Walk Into Your Blessing conference

All you need is white or black poster board, glue or tape, scissors, and magazines with pictures…then tap into your creativity and go!

Conference attendees working on faith boards
Walk Into Your Blessing conference, Canada

Each woman’s faith board was as unique as she and her spiritual gifts are.

Women working on faith boards
Walk Into Your Blessing conference

I loved the women at the conference. They were so sweet. I was able to pray for a couple of the women after the conference, which is one of my favorite things to do when I do live speaking events. Below is a pic of Karen and me with one of the attendees we prayed for, Shannon. She wants to start a Bible study in her home with a couple of women she knows. We encouraged her to do this and prayed for God’s leading for her and His blessing on her.

Karen Wells, Shannon, and me

During my speaking session, I gave away two door prizes with a random drawing: my book, The Hands Of a Woman, to Rachel Giesbrecht, and one free coaching session to Julie Feilberg. I can’t wait to talk with Julie this coming Monday morning! Congrats to the winners!

Coaching session winner Julie Feilberg

I loved how Doreen took time with each woman at the conference to welcome and speak to her during the day.

Doreen and conference attendee
Walk Into Your Blessing conference

I’m so thankful to God that I had this incredible opportunity to go to Canada, speak, see the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rockies on the train, and meet all these wonderful people!

Stay tuned for more pics from my trip. In my next blog, I’ll share pics of from Dan and Helen Reimer’s beautiful, Italian decor home, where I stayed during my time in Mitchell, Manitoba.

Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, Beth Jones
Keynote Speakers, Walk Into Your Blessing Conference
Mitchelle, Manitoba, Canada