Do you live an on-purpose, intentional life? This week I was struggling with some things in my life and my sister Maria encouraged me with two words that God had given her recently: "on purpose." We have to do things on purpose to improve our lives--living intentionally--such as our health or money management. What can you do to make things even a little better in your life? We can't control other people, but we can control ourselves. She encouraged me, and I encourage you, to identify 3 things that have improved over the last month. Then identify 3 things I can do---and you can do---to improve things even a little. Live your life on purpose for God.
What are you struggling with in your life right now? Shame, fear, anger, depression, hopelessness, worry, stress, unforgiveness, jealousy, pride, blame, bitterness, envy, unbelief? Maybe the holidays aren't a good and happy time for you and your family like they are for others. You may have experienced the death of a loved one, are divorced or separated, feel all alone, you and your spouse fight during the holidays, or you're a single mom who can't afford to buy her kids nice gifts like you'd love to do. Whatever your struggle is, Jesus is the answer. Today's podcast is on Luke 13:10-17, NLT, the woman who was bent over whom Jesus healed with one word and touch.
I saw a sign in town the other day that said, "Hustle and heart set you apart," and it really resonated with me. The Bible has much to say about the word "work," as well as the word "heart." I believe God is the one who puts those big dreams in your heart and mine, but He also expects us to do the legwork--to "hustle" and get it done. The word "hustle" according to the Urban Dictionary online means "anything you need to do to make money" or "to be aggressive in business or other financial dealings, to move or work in a quick and energetic way." We can take a lesson from the ant. Proverbs 6:6, NLT, says, "Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!" Have you ever seen a lazy ant? Ants don't stay still; they are always busy working. They know winter is coming and they store up during the summer to be ready. Today's podcast encourages you to get your hustle on and to fulfill the dreams and goals in your heart.
Today is Halloween, a big day for many businesses in the United States. Many people believe it's an innocent, fun day for children (and adults!) to dress up, get candy, and go to parties with friends. But it's much more than that. In this podcast, I speak on the origins of Halloween. I also share what God has to say about fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. God doesn't want us afraid, but to trust in and have faith in Him. In this episode, I share about my upcoming, beautiful butterfly-cover book, Metamorphosis: Transformed from Fear to Faith, which will be available soon as an eBook for your Kindle at Amazon.
Today at church our pastor Jeff taught on the importance of discipleship: Paul discipling Timothy, who later became his co-worker in sharing the gospel of Christ. I was challenged by this sermon: who is discipling me right now in my life and who am I discipling? The word "disciple" means "citizen" in the original Greek language, and of course for us believers that means a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. It also means "follower." The Scripture I shared in today's podcast was Colossians 2:7, NLT: "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on Him." Today ask yourself, as I did, who is discipling you and who are you discipling? Who is pouring into you by teaching you God's word, praying for you, and keeping you accountable with your sins? Who are you pouring into sharing your faith, praying for him or her, and keeping them accountable? As believers in Christ, let your roots grow down deep into Christ.
One of the questions that I've been asked most frequently as a speaker, author, wife, and mom is, "Beth, how do you write your books so fast?" I don't feel that I do, but my Facebook friend Maria Newcomer did and she asked me this question recently on Facebook. I'm about to publish my 13th book on Amazon, which is my new fiction book, Afflicted: A woman missionary kidnapped by terrorists in the jungles of Africa. The way that I've written all my books is the "butt in chair" method: sitting my butt down in the chair and writing! In this episode of "The Question Box" podcast, I answer Maria's question, sharing my best tips as an Amazon Best Seller author. To be first to hear about my new book, Afflicted, sign up with your name and email address at BethJones.net. To learn more about my other books at Amazon, visit my Amazon Author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Do you want to write a book? Or have you already started writing one, but need to finish it? Or maybe you have a new book idea! When I was a child, all I wanted to be when I grew up was to be a mom and a writer. I am a mom of three beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah. I'm also the author of 12 books, and am working on my thirteenth one now. I love encouraging women to use their gifts for God, doing what they love. If you have a desire to write a book, but don't know how, or you just need someone to help spur you on to finish your book, I'm offering a class this summer 2016 called From Laptop to Launch. This telecall is once a week for four weeks, beginning July 6. If you can't attend the live class, there will be a replay, as well as downloadable recorded replays, my training guide and resources, and weekly motivation videos that you'll get in your inbox. I want to help you write that book THIS year! To find out more or sign up today, visit http://www.bethjones.net/laptop-to-launch/
Are you trying to write a book and wondering what the heck is going on? Are you experiencing spiritual warfare when you write? Then, welcome to the club! If you're a Christian writer, then Satan doesn't want you writing--or finishing--your book. He is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and he'll do everything he can to hinder or stop you from writing that book idea in your heart. Be encouraged that the battle belongs to the Lord. In this podcast, I share the 3 times you experience the spiritual warfare, and practical tips of what to do. You can find my book on spiritual warfare, The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women in Everyday Battles, and the other nine books I've written at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
My husband Ray loves to collect swords, guns and weapons. It is very much the warrior in him. He could tell you about the history of each different weapon. They are mounted on the walls or on tables of his "man cave" downstairs.
Today is my birthday and I want to invite you to celebrate with me with free eBooks. Just go to Amazon and download my 4 free eBooks:
- The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes;
- The Call of Wisdom: Teaching Your Children at Home;
- Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entrepreneurs;
- Storm Tossed (my only fiction book).