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It’s New Year’s again- so many folks making resolutions for this year… I’d like to share some of the best advice I ever got; maybe it will help you stay on track with your goals.
When my older daughter was born, her dad and I spent the first few days after the hospital at my folks’ house. All I had to do was take care of that precious baby and Mama took care of cooking, laundry, etc. She helped me learn how to give Mary Beth a bath, make sure her bottles were the right temperature, and everything else that came with taking care of a new baby.
Then when it was time to take her home, while Tommy and Mama packed the car, I sat in the porch swing with Daddy and held her. I started crying and Daddy wanted to know why – so I told him I was scared to death. I wasn’t sure I could do it- all the things that go with taking care of a baby! So many things to remember, so many things to be careful about- sticking her with diaper pins, having the milk too hot, diaper rashes… the list just went on and on.
So Daddy said, ‘What’s the very first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” I told him I would fix bottles for the next 24 hours; then he said, “then what?” so I said, “wash some diapers and get them ready.”
Then he said, “Don’t look past that- just get those two things done, and then figure out the next thing. Don’t think of everything you’ve got to do, just the next thing.”
And somehow that lifted the whole burden off me. I didn’t have a hundred things to do next, just one or two.
So as you’re working through the next few days, getting your goals in mind, don’t try to make yourself eat right, or study more, or work harder for the next 365 days. Just take today and do what you can today- and when tomorrow comes, do it again.
Happy New Year’s!

Transforming Minds by Larry D. Williams is a book of devotions that will transform the way you think about yourself and the life that God has given you to live. You have so much more power through Jesus Christ than you know! Take hold of that power and use it for the glory of God!

Transforming Minds is available on Amazon and other online bookstores and will soon be available as an ebook.

Gifting Books

26/06/17

In case you don’t know it by now, I absolutely love books- I am continuously finding books that I want to read, especially if I find a bargain bin somewhere.

So when my friend Judy gave me Fervent,  a book on prayer, I was so grateful. I’d had a rough week, and was beginning to think that the things I’m doing aren’t making a difference to anybody.

And then at our Bible study lunch, she gave me this lovely, strong book. Which was awesome.

Since we were studying I didn’t really get a chance to look at it until I got home, and then I found the real gift. Because Judy had inscribed it to me- she told me how much she appreciates the things I do for our study group, and that she loves me…

Isn’t that a great gift?

Inscribing a book is as wonderful a thing as a hand-written note. Try it- you’ll be surprised at how well it’s received!

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,family and friends

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.

Memorial Day

29/05/17

As today winds down, I hope you’ve made time to pray for the families of our fallen military heroes – their family member made the ultimate sacrifice, and those left behind have to deal with it the rest of their lives.

Thank you to those who sent their loved ones into harm’s way for our freedom.

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values

Your Calling

08/05/17

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!

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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’d like to introduce you to one of my customers. Greta Kataha has lived an amazing life- she’s survived things most people can’t imagine.

Devastating illness, facing death and sexual exploitation, prejudice, racism, ostracized by family and friends. Countless setbacks in her personal, professional and ministry life. Separated from her late husband and babies due to war in Africa and fighting to keep her interracial marriage for almost 29 years. Through grief, widowhood, too many losses and suicide itself.

Her book contains  just some of her testimony, and I’d like to encourage you to pick up a copy.

It’s currently available in paperback on Amazon and for all e-readers on Smashwords.

You can also follow Greta on Facebook here.  In fact, I’d encourage checking out her page- she does an excellent job or marketing her book from her page, and I’d encourage everyone to learn from her.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,faith and values,marketing,writing
I’ve got some pretty smart kids and grandkids- one of our teenage grands just announced that she hates a large percentage of females….
I understand what she means. The older I get, the less I like people in general. Here are just a few reasons:
  • I tend to spend quite a bit of time on social media, and the more I read what people will say to complete strangers, the less I think we’ve got a future. A news story about anything, and I do mean anything, will have people arguing over semantics, spelling/grammar,  and what should be done to the person who’s highlighted in the story. It’s amazing how upset someone can get over some pretty insignificant things. And don’t even get me started on how people treat someone who disagrees with them over politics or religion.
  • People who abuse children, the elderly, the poor or the disadvantaged are either getting more prevalent, or are just being exposed more often.
  • People who think everything should be given to them free – healthcare, education, food, etc. They don’t want to work for free, but they want someone to give them everything they want.
  • People who think that anyone who’s going through a tough time doesn’t need to be helped- I know there are folks out there who take advantage of others on a professional level. But there are also a lot of people who have just run into some hard times- they need a little help and a little encouragement to get them back on track.  If the Lord has blessed you and you don’t think you need to be blessing others, it may be time to check yourself. God didn’t give things to us so we can hoard it – He gave it to us so we can do something good with it. You don’t have to post a picture on Facebook to let the rest of the world know-but you do need to be investing in someone else.

So, in saying all that, I’d like to say this- if you’ve got a group of friends (really family) who will hang with you through tough times, hold you accountable when you’re not doing your best, and encourage you to be bigger and better than you were yesterday; then you need to hold on to those folks with both hands.

Don’t let the rest of the world wear you down so you can’t function- hang with those dear friends who love you no matter what, who make you a better person, and who will run the face with you.

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