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I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

Walking in Red Boots is for anyone who is struggling with addictions. Whether drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, gambling or anything else that will try to destroy your life because you can’t turn loose of it.

Amanda has come through the valley of the shadow, with the help of the Holy Spirit; this book shares a bit of her journey, but the best part of the book is that she shares how you too can put the addiction off of you, once and for all.

It’s currently available through Amazon at the link above, as well as other online bookstores in paperback, and will be available as an ebook in the next few days.

You know, God has a plan for each of us. He knows the talents and desires He’s placed in you, and He wants you to live the best life you can.

So get out there today, and walk in the life your Creator has set for you. As I tell my younger daughter, Be the Boss!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

Life is Messy


Life is messy- the way we come in is messy, and most of the times the way we leave is messy too. It’s just a part of life. And too many times people want to sanitize it, to clean it up, to glamorize it.

But the “messy” is what makes it real.

I’ve been present when a woman is laboring to bring that new life into the world- it’s tough to watch, especially when it’s a person you love – you want to be able to take that pain away, but you know you can’t;  but through it all,  you know that sweet little baby will be here soon, so you stay.

And I’ve been in hospital rooms where friends or family members were about the business of stepping from mortality into immortality. It’s hard work- even when your brain and your spirit are ready to make those last steps, your lungs want to keep breathing, your heart wants to keep beating.  The machines beep and flash, nurses and doctors come in and out, checking things, and the loved ones sit around waiting with the person, and it’s hard to sit there. You want to stay, but a part of you also wants to leave. That’s a natural response to what’s going on.

All the times between birth and death – those are messy times too. Making it through school, getting married, having kids and doing your best to raise them right, working hard to make a living for your family, working hard at having a happy life- all those things can be messy, chaotic, exasperating, trying and just tiring…

But hang in there, because as messy as it is, what a reward!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

Your Calling


I’ve realized in the last few weeks that this job I love so much- it’s really a part of my calling. God has put me here to encourage people to tell their story.

I’ve talked to so many people who have such an amazing story – one or two are almost unbelievable, except I’ve seen the evidence that it’s real… and someone out there needs to hear their story.

And I am the one blessed enough to be able to help get those stories out there.

Have you found your calling yet?  You’re hurtling towards the future at a breakneck speed- are you living the intentional life that God has set for you?

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,Living an intentional life

Your Defining Moment, Lynn Taylor’s collection of devotionals, has good daily words for you, as well as journaling space along the way. This book will help you recognize those ‘defining moments’ that we all have, as well as to learn from them.

Check it out on Amazon today!


I’ve talked to several people in the last few weeks who either have found out someone is using their work (photos, writings, etc) without their permission; or they suspect someone is doing so. Please remember when you see a beautiful photo or painting online, or a poem that really touches you – someone worked very hard to produce that, and they deserve the credit for their work.

I’m sure most artists would be glad to talk with you about using their work. And I’m equally sure they don’t mind if you share their work on Facebook, Pinterest or other social medias sites. Just remember that just because you can find it in a web search, it doesn’t mean it’s out there for free. Do the right thing- contact the owner of the work and make sure you give them the credit they deserve. Besides being the ethical thing to do- it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

And if you think someone is using your work, you can use Google to check. For your photography or artwork, go to Google Images and drag a copy of your work into the search box. Google will do its best to find duplicates or similar images; if you find sites using your work without permission, write a letter or email (make sure you document it) telling them that they are using your work without your permission and ask that they immediately take it down. If that doesn’t work you’ll need to contact a lawyer.

The same process works with written works too- just copy the first few sentences of the text and search on Google. If you get any results, follow the same process- contact them, ask them to take your work down and contact a lawyer if necessary.

In fact, it would probably be wise to include a statement in your original correspondence that your lawyer will be contacted if they don’t comply.

I guess last week’s post couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.

You see, a tornado hit the town where I live – thankfully no one was hurt badly, but there was a lot of damage. Many homes and businesses in the area took damage, and at least one home was completely destroyed.

Things can be replaced…. people’s lives can’t. In the end, we don’t need to worry about our possessions so much that we don’t take care of our lives and those around us.

So prepare for emergencies in whatever way you can. But in the end, remember that while things are important, people are so much more important.

One very effective, FREE, way to get a little publicity is by supplying press releases to local and regional newspapers. Blogs, internet news sites (both legitimate and satire) and social media continue to keep the newest piece of information in front of readers. Since newspapers continue to cut staff to keep budgets in line, they’re going to look more and more to customer-supplied information and news stories.

So if you can create a well-written press release about your story, you can many times get your story printed. Here’s a good article from CBS News that lists several things to consider when writing a press release. It also has several examples to look at.

Besides these suggestions, I was always taught to put the most important part of the story at the front – each following paragraph should be of lesser importance. This helps the editor – if they need to cut some of the text for space, they can simply remove the later paragraphs.

And another idea- if you can include a picture, that’s even better. Most people are more likely to read a story if there’s a picture attached.

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life,marketing

I’ve been reminded again that we’re all just about as happy or unhappy as we choose to be. I know we can’t choose when good or bag things happen to us, but we can choose how we react to those things.

I’ve heard it said that there are two kinds of people- those who wake up saying, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” (usually said with a growl or grimace!) And then there are those of us who choose to say “Good morning, Lord! It’s a beautiful day!” My friend Bro Mark (of God Speed Ministries) says when we wake up we need to pull a deep breath in and remind ourselves that we’ve got another day to do what we’re supposed to do.

So if you’re walking around with a rain cloud around your head, make your mind up that you’re going to make the best of any situation that comes up. Choose to be happy- choose to be a good person- choose to respond to today’s challenges in a positive manner. Don’t allow the little things around you to lose your purpose. It’s too important!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life
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