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Are you using your spiritual gifts for Jesus’ glory? Hawaiian party and Zoom event

Pineapple centerpiece

Pineapple centerpiece

Yesterday I visited my beautiful, precious daughter Heather and our grandkids Annabelle and Violet, and Heather’s fiance’s children Kayden and Eian. I bought Hawaiian-themed decorations and pepperoni pizza, chocolate cupcakes, and gifts for a “Back to school” little party. I was so happy to see and hug them. It was fun. They enjoyed it and they all thanked me.

Hawaiian-themed decorations

Hawaiian-themed decorations

Work that crown napkins

Work that crown napkins

chocolate cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes

HyVee grocery store only had “Happy Birthday” cupcakes, with the Frozen movie theme, but they were chocolate, so I bought them. They were delicious and the kids loved them!

The chocolate cupcakes were SO good!

The chocolate cupcakes were SO good!

The kids also enjoyed the pepperoni pizza. Eian had his own little cheese pizza. In fact, he ate so much that he said his stomach hurt, lol.

Then he wanted a chocolate cupcake. I was amused that mostly he licked off all the chocolate frosting. The cupcakes were a hit with everyone!

Violet & Annabelle eating pizza

Violet & Annabelle eating pizza

Eian eating his own little cheese pizza

Eian eating his own little cheese pizza

Eian eating his cupcake

Eian eating his cupcake

I bought silly sunglasses at the Dollar Tree for the kids. I thought it’d make a cute picture. I’m sure they thought the glasses were stupid and ridiculous, but it did make cute pics–love it! The girls’ sunglasses were yellow pineapples, and the boys were blue sharks. Eian loved his! He said he wanted to go swimming in his little pool then.

The kids in their silly sunglasses--love it!

The kids in their silly sunglasses

Eian in his shark sunglasses

Eian in his shark sunglasses

For Heather’s and my gifts, I bought us a lei and her a decorative, large flip flop (she likes flip flops and Nike sliders), and her and Andy drink glasses. These colored garlands are a way to show love, friendship, or to celebrate and honor someone.

They are a beloved tradition and custom in Hawaii and are common at graduations, parties, and weddings. Any occasion can be made more special by the giving of a lei. According to legend, a visitor leaving the islands who tosses their lei into the water and has it float on the current to the shore will someday come back to Hawaii.

Heather wants to visit Hawaii (as well as travel around the USA and the world). I’m praying she’ll be able to do this one day soon and that the decorations are prophetic of that!

My precious, beautiful daughter Heather and me with a colored lei

My precious, beautiful daughter Heather and me with a colored lei

Heather's big flip flop decoration and colored drink glasses

Heather’s big flip flop decoration and colored drink glasses

I wrote encouraging notes in a card with a Scripture and bought the kids little school gifts, like Sharpie pens and Sharpie colored highlighters, pens, sticky notes, pencil grippers, a folder for their school papers, and various chocolates. The girls received pretty hair bows for their long, beautiful hair (Annabelle’s is dark brown like Heather’s, and Violet’s is red, which runs on both sides of the family). The boys Kayden and Eian got water guns, and I bought Eian a colored ball.

Violet playing with Eian's ball

Violet playing with Eian’s ball

Annabelle and Violet reading their cards

Annabelle and Violet reading their cards. Their beautiful hair is so long and thick!

Annabelle looking through her sunglasses

Annabelle looking through her sunglasses

Kayden and Eian in their silly sunglasses.

Kayden and Eian in their silly sunglasses.

For Heather, I bought lavender bath salts for her to soak in after a long day at work, a bath sponge, a Sharpie pen, sticky notes, and a gift card for her and Andy to go on a date alone at Texas Roadhouse steak restaurant. Eian enjoyed watching her open her gift bag.

Eian watching Heather open her gifts

Eian watching Heather open her gifts

Andy’s toddler son Eian is adorable. He is very spoiled and has more toys than any child I’ve ever met. He loves John Deere tractors, firetrucks, and police and race cars. He kept bringing me his toys for me to admire them, haha! In this pic below, he’s showing me his soft stuffed puppy.

Eian showing me his puppy

Eian showing me his puppy

These gifts didn’t cost much, but were just a way to show them I love them and I’m thinking about them. I just hated that Kayden’s and Eian’s sister Kelsey wasn’t there too to receive her gifts and take pics. I found little gift bags at the Dollar Tree and pretty colored tissue paper for each bag.

Gift bags with colored tissue paper

Gift bags with colored tissue paper

I’m so thankful that I was able to see my precious, beautiful daughter and our grandkids, and Andy’s kids, too. I hope to see them again very soon! The kids love Starbucks coffee, so we may go do that next time!¬†Please pray for them this school year to be protected from Coronavirus. I know that God is watching over them! Psalm 91.

What are your SPIRITUAL GIFTS? Do you know what they are? And are you using them for Jesus’ glory?

Me with Heather's blue gift bag

Me with Heather’s gift bag

This Saturday, August 15, I’m having a Zoom event, teaching on this topic with a power point for 30 minutes. I’d love for you to come. There is no one like you on earth with your specific, unique gifts and purpose.

Here is the invite and Zoom link. And bring a friend so y’all can be encouraged with HOPE.

Beth Jones is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: What are your spiritual gifts? It’s time to use them!
Time: Aug 14, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada). This is 10:30 a.m. Central Time and 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3109575004?pwd=VndQVHZGYmV3bWJyNWNyNVlPSVFzdz09

Meeting ID: 310 957 5004
Passcode: Useme

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Hello mornings

Hello Mornings book

Hello Mornings book

This week I’ve been reading the amazing book Hello Mornings: How To Build A Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine by Kat Lee, which you can find at Amazon here.

It’s about a simple, three-minute morning routine to help you build a daily, life-long, Jesus-centered habit to anchor you for every season of your life.

Now if you’re like me, you are so not a morning person, and you don’t exactly jump out of bed in the morning with glee.

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What I’ve been learning lately

Woman lying on upper back and holding her lower back in balance. Image Source: Istock

Beautiful woman lying on upper back & holding her lower back in balance. Image Source: Istock

Summer is here and it’s a good time to reflect on and reevaluate how the year is going. You and I may have had bodacious plans for 2020, such as traveling to another country, getting fit and losing 20 pounds, or becoming debt-free. We certainly didn’t expect to be in the middle of a global pandemic and seeing riots, looting, and violence over George Floyd and racism.¬†

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