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New shoes

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. 



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.


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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What is obedience?

What is obedience to God? I learned this from the leaders Roger and Laureen Traver at the Moumtaintop Ministries marriage retreat in Kansas City, Kansas, this weekend with my husband Ray, which I’m going to blog about this week.

I thought what they said was powerful and true, so I made a graphic from it at Canva.

Obedience is…


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2015 Is a Pivotal Year

Image courtesy of manostphoto at

Image courtesy of manostphoto at

Do you have a Bible verse or “one word” for the new year?

At the end of each year, I take quiet time alone with God to pray about the upcoming year for God’s blessings, protection, and His presence with me and my family. I ask Him for His guidance and direction, and a Bible verse for the year. A couple of years ago, I heard from other entrepreneurs online about getting a “one word” or a “theme” for the year.

When I begin hearing a word or a scripture more than once, I know that God is speaking to me. He often did this in the Bible, to emphasize His point to His [usually willful, stubborn!] people. 

Recently, I began seeing the words “pivot” and “pivotal” frequently,  and I knew God was speaking to my heart. I believe these are my “words” for 2015, and that 2015 is a pivotal year for God’s people. 

The definition of pivot is “the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns.”

The definition of pivotal is “of crucial importance in relation to the success of something else.”

I believe God also gave me the scripture John 20:16, The Message, for 2015:

“Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning to face Him, she said, ‘Rabboni,” meaning “Teacher.”

In 2015, I believe we need to pivot – to turn around and face Jesus, hear His still small voice, and then go and tell others everything He is saying to us. 

I share more about this word pivot/pivotal and this scripture in my video, which you can view by clicking here