I saw a sign in town the other day which read, “Try to be worth following instead of trying to be well-known.” More importantly, you and I should try to make Jesus inside us well-known. You and I are His letter to a dark, lost world. We make Him known by operating in the fruit of the Spirit, being humble, and walking in His purpose and our calling. Join Speaker/Author Beth Jones as she shares how you and I can be Christ's ambassador, letting His light shine through us to others.
What do you have faith for today? Do you believe you'll receive it? God wants to give you the desires of your heart! It is faith that pleases Him. I've been praying for years to go to Ireland. Recently God answered that huge prayer and dream, and I flew to the Republic of Ireland with our precious, beautiful daughter Leah, who wanted to go, too. Ireland is gorgeous and was amazing! God is so good. He wants to answer your prayers, too. In this episode, be encouraged that God will reward your faith in Him.
Happy Independence Day! Have a fun and safe one with your family. In this short episode, Beth Jones prays for our nation America. II Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
"Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily."--Francoise de La Rochefoucauld. Successful New York Fashion Designer Kate Spade, 55, was found dead two days later in her New York apartment by her housekeeper, by an alleged suicide. Kate and her husband Andy created a mult-million dollar empire with their handbag company, Kate Spade. In 2016 she returned from a decade long hiatus to launch Frances Valentine, an accessories line named after her daughter and changed her name to Kate Valentine. Her husband Andy said she had struggled with depression and anxiety for five years, was under a doctor's care, and was on medication trying to heal, but "she battled personal demons." Her sister believed she had bipolar disorder. The news of Kate's tragic death has caused social media to blow up. In this podcast, I share about my own struggles with suicidality and attempts and panic attacks and the healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ. I share about the need to shatter the stigma of mental illness and mental disorders and to reach out to the hurting or to ask for help if you are depressed and suicidal. #shatterthestigma #mentalhealthawareness #katespade
Is the seed in your heart growing and producing a harvest of righteousness? What kind of soil does your heart have? Recently I changed the theme on my website at BethJones.net, and the header has a beautfiul sunflower picture. Sunflowers have many seeds and there are some fascinating facts about sunflowers. One is that sunflowers track the sun, following the sun across the sky as the earth moves each day. Sunflowers always face the light. Even as sunflowers follow the sun and the light, may we as believers follow the Son and the Light, Jesus. In this podcast, I share about Jesus' parable on the farmer scattering the seed. What kind of soil is in your heart? Is the seed bearing fruit, or have the enemy Satan, distractions, and the cares of this worlder stolen the seed and choked it out? Consider and pray if your heart's soil is fertible, ready to receive and grow God's word to produce an abundant harvest of righteousness. Remember to sow good seed iday and night nto the life of others, sharing your love, spiritual gifts, time, money, and efforts. Luke 8:4-15 and Ecclesiastes 11:6 are the main scriptures for today's study.
Do you need hope? Have you ever felt I-just-can't-take-this-kind-of-pain despair? Join speaker/author Beth Jones as she encourages you that through fatih in Jesus Christ, there is always hope. There are times in your life that are so dark, it looks impossible for anything to change. But hope and faith believe even in the dark. Hope is very important to your success, health, and happiness. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not being seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
Have you ever been criticized by someone? Have you ever been insulted for your faith in Jesus? Recently someone overheard a conversation where two people were talking about me. They said, "Beth talks about Jesus too much." The conversation took me aback, as I thought at least one of the people liked me. But it's not my job for people to like me. It's my job to please God and glorify Jesus Christ. The good news is that if you are being insulted and persecuted for your faith in Jesus, the Bible says you are blessed. (Matthew 5:11, NIV) In this episode, I also share about my new ebook for the Kindle at Amazon, Metamorphosis: Transformed From Hate to Love. I share transparently about my life-long struggle with hatred. God is love and He wants us to unconditionally love Him and people, not hate. He will teach you and me how to love others. In this ebook, I share how to overcome hate if you battle this. You can find out more about this book on Amazon.
Have you ever had a family member or a friend visit and you were so excited that you just wanted to shout? Today is Palm Sunday, the day Christian believers celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem. I want to encourage you this Easter week to reflect on all that God has done for you and His promises to you of what He's going to do in your life. Jesus came to set you and me free from sin, sickness, poverty, loneliness, marriage difficulties, financial struggles, business and ministry problems, unhappiness, depression, stress, worry, fear, confusion, isolation, and so much more. Have you ever seen a worried, scared, stressed-out, depressed, angry butterfly? No. They are happy and free. This is what God desires for you and me--to soar free. In this episode, I also share about Shelley Hitz's 7-Day Writing Week challenge which I just joined and which starts March 26 (doors close at midnight March 25). It is absolutely free and God's anointing is on Shelley to lead us writers to write (or finish) our books! You can find out more at writingweek.com. I also talk about my new non-fiction book in the Metamorphosis series, Transformed From Hate to Love, about my life-long struggle with hate, which will ve available Easter weekend for the Kindle on Amazon. God wants to teach you and me how to love Him, others, and ourselves.
Recently I was chatting with a friend who is excited about nearing the completion of writing and publishing her first book. But she also shared how lately she has felt fatigued and wondered if it is related to spiritual warfare. In this podcast, I share that there is spiritual warfare over your writing. The spiritual realm is real and we must use spiritual weapons to defeat Satan. That is why you struggle with procrastination, perfectionism, distractions, busyness, laziness, suddenly wanting to eat junk food or do a movie binge, clean, or any number of things that hinder or stop you from writing! God has given you a talent and ability to write, which is a precious gift. The enemy Satan doesn't want you to write, because it's a threat to his kingdom of darkness. He knows that God gave you this gift to write for His glory and to help others. Be encouraged and empowered to keep writing!