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This year I am making my health and fitness a priority again, so I’m walking at the track and a pretty path in town, eating healthier, and  not drinking Dr. Pepper (a big challenge!). Yesterday I got to the track later and it began raining. It had rained on and off all day yesterday. At one point in the afternoon, there was sunshine so I sat outside awhile to soak up Vitamin D. 

Before I went to the track, I had been “voxing” (Voxer app, like a walkie-talkie/text app for both iPhones and Androids) with my biz coach, Diane Cunningham Ellis. She was talking to me about my Nike shoes, which have been great walking shoes, but are several years old. Diane used to run marathons, 10K’s, and 5K’s. 

woman runner

woman runner

Diane said that I needed to buy new ones with the best support and fit, and suggested that I google for a local running shoes store, where the staff helps you find shoes with the best fit and support. They actually watch you walk as you try on different shoes, to examine your gait, etc. 

The conversation made me think about shoes. The importance of shoes, your feet, and your toes. About 1 1/2 years ago, an emergency alert went off in the middle of the night on my phone with the news of a local flood warning. I had fallen asleep in the dark on our love seat in the front entry room, jumped up to see if there was rising water outside (no!), and banged my left toes and foot hard on our daughter Leah’s hope chest in the process of getting up so fast.

It was painful, and over the next few days, I wondered if I had broken my toe(s). My middle toe was bent (curved to the left), very swollen, and it turned black and blue from bruising. The pic below was before it swelled and bruised the following days. One friend, Jennifer Petersen, joked to look on the bright side: my toenail polish was sure pretty!

hurt middle toe

hurt middle toe

My husband Ray, a paramedic, and friends on Facebook advised getting a toe bandage to “buddy wrap” the hurt toe with one of the toes next to it. I had never seen this before, but it sure did help, as well as icing it and elevating my feet and staying off of them. 

"Buddy-wrapping" my hurt toe & elevating my foot on pillows

“Buddy-wrapping” my hurt toe & elevating my foot on pillows

This was difficult as I am busy and had things to do! God taught me during this time about the verse, Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” To rest and to trust in Him. To do what is important and really matters, not having my life ruled by the tyranny of the urgent. 

I don’t think I broke it, but sprained it. My toes are still healing from this accident, and feel tender as I walk. Diane told me last year that our bodies have a wonderful way of healing themselves with care, and that God would help me to walk again. I received that prophetic word, and I’m walking again! Praise Jesus!

The goal right now is simply for me to re-establish a habit of walking, at least 3 to 4 times a week, and more is better. I’m not running a marathon or going for a 10K or even a 5K race (although I have completed two 5K races, and hope to do this again one day!). For now, this is about rebuilding a great habit—exercising to move my body to get fit and healthier.

the goal

the goal

Like I said, when I went to the track yesterday, it started raining and I got quite wet. I can handle sprinkles and maybe even some heavier rain, but not lightning! I was thankful it did not storm. I was more concerned with my iPhone getting too wet! I use it to play music as I walk. I pray and think. It’s a time of refilling and strengthening for me. 

I got wet, but did it!

I got wet, but did it!

 

grey rain clouds

grey rain clouds

Getting to the track before dark was one hurdle. The rain was another. There’s always going to be obstacles in our way when we have set goals. The enemy Satan wants to sabotage us and our God-designed purpose. We have to make a decision each day to keep going and overcome the obstacles. 

hurdle

hurdle

As Diane and I “voxed” about me needing to buy new, good walking/running shoes, I reflected on my shoes. I’ve had these Nikes a long time. They have given me good support. They have taken me many places. Places I dreamed of going. Places where God sent me for His purpose and glory. Canada. The Bahamas. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kenya, Africa. Ireland. Florida. Georgia. New Mexico. Arizona. Guatemala.

shoes

My Nike shoes. They’ve taken me many places!

 

Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, Beth Jones

When I spoke in Canada for Doreen Penner’s women’s conference. Karen Wells, Doreen Penner, and me.

 

me on beach in the Bahamas

me on beach in the Bahamas. I spoke at a women’s conference on a cruise for Dr. Tony Robinson.

 

Ray in Haiti

My husband Ray in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I went with him on his 3rd mission trip there.

 

Beth Jones speaking, Kenya, Africa

Beth Jones speaking, Kenya, Africa

 

My precious beautiful daughter Leah & me at the Cliffs of Moher. A lady offered to take our pic together.

My precious daughter Leah & me at Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

 

Beth Jones on Jacksonville, FL beach

Beth Jones on Jacksonville, FL beach

 

with my  sister Maria in Georgia

with my sister Maria in Georgia

Where have your shoes taken you? Will you obey and go where God sends you? It may be to your grown child’s house to have coffee or eat lunch with her or him. It may be to the restaurant with your spouse for “Taco Tuesday.” It may be a neighbor’s house to bring the tax stimulus check that the postman accidentally put in your mailbox (this happened to me and my neighbor was so happy I brought this good news!). It may be to bring a single mom and her children a week’s worth of groceries. It may be to another country to pray for the indigenous people in extreme poverty there. It may be to speak or preach somewhere, sharing your testimony and the miracles that God has done in your life.

I want to go places where I’ve never been before. It’s time for some good, new shoes. 

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I got a part-time job

married couple

married couple

My husband Ray has been forcing wanting me to get a job outside the home since last year to make a more consistent income so we can get out of debt faster. Last week I was hired for a part-time job. 

It is a local, extremely successful business and the daytime hours I work are ideal, while still allowing me time to pursue my big dreams.¬†If you have heard me speak before or read my books, you know one of my mottos is, “Dream big because we serve a big God!”

The business has a stellar reputation in our community and excellent products and customer service. Everyone there is so nice and has made me feel very welcome.¬†I wish so much that I could take pics at work and share them with you, as it’s very interesting and it’d make AMAZING pictures! Just let me get through training first….and then I’d have to ask my boss for permission to do that.

It is more manual labor than the mental work I currently do working from home, as a women’s conference speaker and author. The part-time hours enable me to still pursue speaking and writing. I’ll also be able to still go to church on Sundays.

I’m very thankful for this job, but it’s been an adjustment. I’m still in training, and I’m trying to do my best job possible. When I’m through the training period, I”ll share more with you about what my job specifically is!

comfort zone

I made the mistake of buying new sneakers for the first day, since I’d be standing on my feet all day. My feet hurt SO bad that day; I was in intense PAIN!

Omgosh! I took a hot bath immediately after getting home from work; it felt like HEAVEN! 

bubble bath with candles

bubble bath with candles

I plan to buy some Nikes or Skechers shoes asap, since most of my work at this new job involves standing or moving around a lot. Several friends on Facebook recommended Skechers when I shared about my aching feet the first day.  

One of my coworkers says she always uses Nike and my boss ordered Brooks. If your work requires you to stand a lot or all day, what brand shoes do you wear? 

Skech-air shoes

Skech-air shoes

I feel it’s very important to start my day off right, any day, but especially on the days that I’m scheduled to work at this job.

First, I try to go to bed at a decent time the night before I work to get enough sleep.¬†Sometimes I struggle with insomnia, and I’m praying that doesn’t happen now. I don’t function well without sufficient sleep; I’m irritable and can’t think straight. Like a kitty cat, I need my rest!

Grey sleeping cat -"Image courtesy of [papaija2008] / FreeDigitalPhotos.ne

Grey sleeping cat

I am so not a morning person, but I’m waking up earlier now since I go into work at 8 a.m.¬†Right now it’s 5:45 a.m. and it still doesn’t seem very long! I actually set 2 alarms to wake me up, one with batteries, in case the power goes off in the middle of the night from a thunderstorm, because I don’t want to oversleep and be late to work!

woman with clock

woman with alarm clock

I start my day off with “coffee with God.” I make the coffee first thing, cook a fried egg (one or two), and then drink my coffee while praying, reading the Bible, and journaling in the quiet of the morning.

Your morning time is crucial to your daily success. Here’s a great article on 1morning routines that highly successful people follow to make them extraordinary.

woman with coffee Source: Lightstock

woman with coffee
Source: Lightstock

A time-saver tip is that I pack my lunch the night before: usually a salad and maybe some crackers and cheese. This can save you at least 5 to 15 minutes in the morning to get ready for work!

“Brown-bagging” your lunch (making your lunch at home to take to work) saves a LOT of money, is healthier for you (no drive-through fast food places!), and also saves time.

salad

salad

Sure, there may be days when I opt to go grab some lunch somewhere (or even just go home for some place quieter like my coworker does, who lives nearby in town), but for now this is working great. My lunch period is only a half hour, so I wouldn’t have time to go sit down in a restaurant and eat anyway.

I bring my lunch in a soft lunch box, to put in the fridge at work. This sounds funny, but I also pack my toothbrush and toothpaste in it!

lunch box

lunch box

I’m really trying to push water at work.¬†

water

water

Since I’m in training, I’ve been taking a journal and Sharpie pen to work to write down notes to learn the job effectively and to not forget important details I need for my tasks.

my journal to take down notes

my journal to take down notes

I’m a visual/hands-on learner, so I have to see something and then DO it to be able to really “get” it–to LEARN it. Other people are auditory learners.

The women who have been training me at this job have been doing it for years and are really good and very fast! They are teaching me how to do it by example (me seeing them do it), and then I do the task (kinesthetic or hands-on learning). What is your learning style? How do you learn something new best?

ABC blocks

ABC blocks

 

The biggest challenge so far, other than my feet hurting and trying to learn everything and do it well, is finding time to exercise when I’m off work. As soon as I get off work, I want to just COLLAPSE and do NOTHING the rest of the day! But¬†I need to make exercise, healthy eating, drinking lots of water, and sufficient rest and fun priorities in my life!

woman in hammock

woman in hammock

This job is NOT rocket science, but there is a LOT to learn. I will have one primary job title, but I’ll also be handling other responsibilities that I’m being trained for now. Please pray that God will help me to catch on and learn the job quickly with efficiency and productivity, and that I’ll do an excellent job as unto the Lord.

Please pray for me starting this new job

Please pray for me starting this new job!

 

The goal of this job is to help our family get out of debt faster. 

woman with money

woman with money

I’ll still be speaking and writing, so if you need a speaker for your women’s conference, please contact me here.

I also have a new book on Amazon, my 2nd fiction book, Afflicted: A woman missionary kidnapped by terrorists in Africa, which you can find out more about or purchase by clicking here.

It is another Amazon Best Seller–woot! Below is the beautiful cover my graphic designer made for me. I LOVE it! I chose the image at Istock and she created it. What do you think?¬†¬†

Afflicted: A woman missionary kidnapped by terrorists in Africa Available at Amazon

Afflicted: A woman missionary kidnapped by terrorists in Africa
Available at Amazon

You can also see the other books I’ve written at my Amazon Author page by clicking here.

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