Calling all entrepreneurs!






calling all entrepreneurs

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to stir up all of you entrepreneurs, wanna-be entrepreneurs and marketplace go-getters!




And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

2 Kings 4:7


I want to encourage all of you that are … in business, entrepreneurs, idea people, inventors, innovators, creators, strategists and people-oriented! I want to cheer you on in your entrepreneurial pursuits!


For many years, I’ve been cheering, encouraging, exhorting and doing my best to inspire people to “reinvent” their lives and businesses to their max potential!!


And, I’ve said many times that if you were called to the marketplace, you should devote your heart and soul to have maximum success in order to be an influence for Christ and very generous towards the Body of Christ and the gospel cause!


I’ve always felt that if you were called to the ministry, you should reach people for Christ, make disciples and build His Church with 100% of your heart, energy and time — and we did that very thing for 40 years with no deviations.


>> Both callings — to the ministry and to the marketplace — are valid and needed!


In our case, with good conscience, we can say before the Lord we didn’t get distracted or sidelined in our ministry calling, but had our feet on the gas on for 4 decades and we loved every minute of it! Our foot is still on the gas when it comes to being an ambassador for Christ and when it comes to teaching the Bible basics, but ever since we passed the leadership baton of the church we founded, to our son and daughter-in-love, we’ve had more margin and have really enjoyed this new, fun season of being active-retired! We’ve kept our hearts open to whatever the Lord had in store for our next “assignments” might be. Recently, the Lord has encouraged me to “reinvent” a bit and while I am still actively engaged in The Bible Basics With Beth, I have felt God’s pleasure to pursue a new area of entrepreneurship — something I always desired, but was willing to forgo in light of the ministry calling and demands. (More on that in a minute!)


So, today, I want to encourage those of you who are already in the marketplace — to suggest you “reinvent” in some fresh ways by asking the four reinventing questions we find in the story of 2 Kings 4. (If you’ve followed me for very long, you know I wrote “Reinvent,” a book devoted to unpacking the entrepreneurial maven found in 2 Kings 4.) Here’s the story…


A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” 2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.”

5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

2 Kings 4:1-7


Notice, there are 4 questions embedded in this story. Four questions every entrepreneur should ask from time to time.


Question #1: What do you want?

Question #2: What do you have?

Question #3: What will you do?

Question #4: Why will you do it?


All of these questions are important and the answers to these questions are essential! Today, I want to focus on Question #3: What will you do?


When it comes to “What will you do?” in this story, the widow woman was in need of finances to pay her debts — she needed big money! And she needed it now! Money didn’t grow on trees then any more than it does now — so she had to get God’s wisdom and He led her to become an entrepreneur! (I hate to give a shameless plug, but really, read my book, Reinvent to get the whole picture.)


After the widow woman had followed the guidance of Elijah the prophet, she found herself as a single mom with two boys and a garage full of inventory — oil vessels to be specific! Now what? How was she supposed to turn all of that oil inventory into the money she needed to pay her debts? Elijah told her. He said, “Go sell the oil.” (Re-read that phrase.)


This was a big key! She needed to get good at sales, marketing, interacting with people, managing her inventory and enjoying her profits! In fact, Elijah told her that as she sold the oil she would be able to pay her debts and enjoy life with her sons!


What’s the application for us? If you are a business owner or entrepreneur with a product, business, skill or service — you’ve got to “sell the oil!” You’ll have to listen the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and get busy marketing and selling the oil. Your biz, products, skills and services won’t sell themselves.


That means you may need to learn a few new skills.



>> Maybe you need to figure out how to leverage social media and get a better understanding of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like. (I know it can be a beast, but it may be necessary to learn and leverage it, if you want to sell the oil!)


>> You may need to take a class to understand SEO (search engine optimization) so that your webpages move to the top of Google searches.


>> Perhaps, rather than run from it, you need to run towards the Ai bandwagon (artificial intelligence) to learn how it can help you sell the oil.


>> You might need to revisit old-fashioned direct mail, phone calling and door-to-door sales methods to sell your oil.


Whatever the method — you will likely need to put yourself out there to sell the oil. (And by the way, you will be your own worst critic and you will have to overcome fear. Others may criticize you, be jealous, show zero support and question your motives. Stay the course. Wink! Sell the oil!)


But for those who stay focused on selling the oil … it’s sweet victory! I love watching people succeed. It makes me happy. I can think of several people in our church who’ve stepped out in faith to launch a business, write a book and offer their services. They are shining brightly for the Lord — they decided to sell the oil and God has been blessing and multiplying it!


I think of Ben and Tori. As a teen and young adult, Ben was on our Valley Family Church (VFC) staff for many years; after he was married, he and his wife Tori felt called to launch their own construction business — B+A Homes. So, they did. They build beautiful custom homes and have been featured in our local Parade of Homes for several years. They sold the oil!


I think of Malena Jean. She has served as a volunteer leader in the VFC Middle School ministry for several years, while also teaching middle school locally. Her love for the Lord moved her to write a book, The Truth About Christmas, to explain the Christmas story when her children began asking questions about Santa, Rudolph and Baby Jesus. She helps kids understand the real Christmas story in a way that makes sense and while keeping the wonder of the Christmas season alive. Her book just launched and she’s selling the oil!


I think of Jaila Rykse. She, and her husband Josh, served as our Student Pastors for many years. She is a gifted photographer and several years ago, she felt God’s leading to focus on developing her photography business — Jaila Rixie Photos. She is an incredible luxury wedding photographer and has been featured in numerous magazines. I love what Jaila said in a recent interview with Voyage Michigan, “It’s been a whole lot of hustle, endless abundance of the Lord’s grace, much joy, sweat, and tears; I am thankful to be where I am in this journey of entrepreneurship.” She is selling the oil!


In my own life, I was recently presented with the opportunity to become an Amazon Influencer, so I pulled the trigger and applied (and got approved!) This means, not only am I still passionate about The Bible Basics With Beth, but I am thrilled to launch The Lifestyle Basics With Beth through my very own Amazon Influencer Storefront: I am on a steep learning curve, but I am enjoying it and figuring out how to sell the oil!


I could tell dozens more stories of amazing people, called by God to shine His light as they serve as entrepreneurs in marketplace ministry and give generously to His cause.


Our daughter and son-in-law launched their own business, Bros Doughs and just opened up their second location. They are selling the oil — well donuts, but deep fried in oil!


Two of our ministry Board Members are very successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields. Frank Mumford, as the owner of Sir Home Improvement for the past 43 years and Todd Bradfield, with 22 years as a top producing real estate agent, now with eXp Realty. They have both embraced their calling to be ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace. They have successfully learned to “sell the oil” and have been very generous towards the cause of Christ!


So, what about you? Do you own a business? Do you have an entrepreneurial desire? Do you sense God’s leading to the marketplace? Is there a business-to-be-born in you? Do you long to reach your greatest God-given potential to serve the cause of Christ with your success?


Do it! Sell the oil!





Ok, here are a couple song to brighten your day and encourage your entrepreneurial faith! :)  Love and hugs!


9 to 5, by Dolly Parton — had to include this one! :)


All Things Are Possible by Hillsong — classic faith filled song!

peace, love and blessings,



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All the things!






all the things

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing a late night version of “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to remind you of God’s promise to add “all the things” to your life!




“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33, NKJV


Just a friendly reminder to encourage you to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness — for He has promised that “all the things” you need shall be added to you.


It’s true.


I love how the Message Bible puts this verse in Matthew 6, “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”


When we steep our life in God-reality, God-initiative and God-provisions, He has promised that all of our everyday human concerns will be met.


However, God’s promises may not be realized in a 24-hour period of time, or a 30-day time frame or even within a year or two. There may be days, seasons or years where things appear to be a challenge or going slow. Nevertheless, God is at work behind the scenes, just as He promised. You can rest assured that He IS meeting all your needs and adding all the things you need to your life.


Over the course of our lives, my husband and I did our best to “seek first His kingdom” and yet we had several seasons that looked like we were living on the struggle bus. In those seasons, it looked (and felt) as if God was not fulfilling His promises. Sometimes it looked like we were going in reverse! We knew we had a choice to make. We had to stay the course and believe, by faith, that God was at work fulfilling His promise. And, of course, He was!


Now as I look back over the past many decades, it’s easy to see God’s faithfulness to His promises. The cumulative blessings of God over the entirety of our lives are easy for us to see. These days, we have to pinch ourselves as we feel blessed beyond our wildest dreams. Of course, we still have challenges (like everyone), but the fulfillment of God’s promises far outweigh any challenge we face.


I share that with you to encourage you. If you are in a struggle bus season, hang in there and continue day-after-day, year-after-year, decade-after-decade to seek first the Lord, His kingdom and His righteousness — and all the things you need (along with your heartfelt desires - Psalm 37) will be added to you!


God is faithful to His Word and His promises are unfailing.




Ok, here are several songs that will fire up your faith!!  Love and hugs!


Your Word, by Hillsong - one of my favorite faith-building songs!


Anchor, by Hillsong - another favorite!!


Promises Never Faith, by Bethel - I love this song!


This is the Kingdom, by Elevation Worship - so encouraging!

peace, love and blessings,



It’s that season! :)

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Everything is a seed.






everything is a seed

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to remind you that everything is a seed.




“…she plants a vineyard…”

Proverbs 31:16


We are planting seeds all the time. Did you know that? It turns out, everything is a seed — His Word, our faith, our words, our actions, our non-verbal communication, our tone, our labors, a glance, our silence, an act of kindness, our prayers, a meal, our service, our witness, a touch, a hug, our time, our generosity, our giving and so much more — even our very lives are a seed.


The good news is that we can plant an entire vineyard! (We’ve been in Michigan this summer and there are hundreds of vineyards in southwest Michigan and up north in the Traverse City area. We’ve driven by and visited several and they are stunning! They are huge, beautiful and producing multiplied levels of beautiful fruit that is being enjoyed by thousands upon thousands of people.)


When we sow seeds, we are planting vineyards! The truth is, our whole life we are planting seeds. We can plant a vineyard by sowing seeds into the ground of another person’s life or into the timeline of our own lives. Eventually, every seed produces fruit. It may takes years or decades to see the cumulative effect of the seeds we sow. But the harvest will come — and the fruit produced will be sweet or bitter, depending on the seed sown. One thing is for sure, fruit will come from the seeds we sow.


The Bible is full of this seed and harvest principle. Here are just a few passages on the seeds we sow and the fruit we eat.


Genesis 8:22 - “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”


Mark 4:26-29 - “And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”


Luke 8:11 - “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”


2 Corinthians 9:7, 10 - “Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? …10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness…”


Psalm 1:3 - “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”


Psalm 92:12-14 - “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing…”


Proverbs 1:31 - “Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies.”


Proverbs 11:30 - “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”


Proverbs 18:21 - “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”


Proverbs 31:31 - “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands …”


Isaiah 3:10 - “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.”


Isaiah 57:19 - “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”


Matthew 13:23 - “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”


Luke 6: 43-45 - “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”


John 15:5, 8, 16 - “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. … 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples …. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.


Hebrews 13:15 - “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”


So, be intentional as you go about your life — be deliberate to plant all kinds of good seeds throughout your days — and one day you’ll see, those seeds will produce a beautiful vineyard of fruit!




Ok, here are several eclectic songs (these are not as well known as others, but still good!) to encourage you as you sow seeds. :)  Love and hugs!


Your Labor Is Not In Vain by The Porters Gate — such an encouraging song!


Seed of Faith by Charity Gayle — love her!


Seasons by Hillsong — good song!


Sowing the Good Seed by Master’s Voice — a nice men’s ensemble!


Lord of the Harvest by Fred Hammond - good gospel song!


Harvest by Freedom City Worship — good consecration and faith song!


peace, love and blessings,



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Ode to Marriage: A Poem for a Life of Bliss






ode to marriage

hey hey,

In today’s short and snappy blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage you when it comes to marriage.




“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.”

Hebrews 13:4



‘Tis the season for engagements and weddings and anniversaries!


In honor of marriage and to celebrate all of the newly engaged couples, those planning weddings for this summer and all of the wedding anniversaries to be celebrated in the coming months, I hope you enjoy this Ode to Marriage and I hope you’ll share it with the lovebirds you know.


An Ode to Marriage

-by Beth Jones, 2008


Marriage is honorable and indeed it has been said,

There’s nothing better for a couple than to wed.

Commitment is the first step and once you say “I do”,

You’ll get thousands of opportunities to forget about “you.”


If she’s your best friend and he’s the salt-of-the-earth,

Your marriage has started with a nice birth.

Water and nurture your vows like a flower,

Put the Lord at your center if you want His power.


He’s a little boy in a big man’s body,

He wants your admiration even when he’s naughty.

She’s a princess in her own flick,

She wants your “ooh’s and aah’s”; after all she’s a chick.


Laughter is a must and you should get a lot,

To be sad or boring – you better not!

Smile when he’s a dork and laugh at her jokes,

Then you’ll grow into happy old folks.


Tell him he’s big, strong and oh…so smart,

These words go a long way, so start!

Tell her she’s pretty, funny and oh…so fab,

Don’t ever mention her hips or flab.


Sex is great and in marriage there is trust,

Both parties having pleasure is an absolute must.

Enjoy making love, that is what it’s named,

The plan from the beginning was naked and unashamed.


Pray for your spouse and serve them with gladness,

It will take extra grace, when there has been madness.

Talk and share and talk some more,

Conversation is the key that will open most doors.


Don’t live in anger, bitterness or strife,

It’s a terrible way to waste your life.

Forgiveness is the key and you better be snappy,

If you want a marriage that is full and happy.


Having children is one of life’s joys,

Doesn’t matter whether you have girls or boys.

They’ll steal your heart and improve your prayer life,

Then one day, they’ll too find a husband or wife.


They’ll probably find a mate like you,

So, no pressure, but they’ll watch everything you do.

Once again, the cycle will begin,

Love and marriage and lots of grins.


Love’s not a feeling or a Wedding Day goose-bump,

It’s a life-long vow, once you take the jump.

Marriage is a mystery and we know for sure,

It takes dedicated commitment to build a lasting “his and her.”


One of God’s gifts is a marriage blessed from above,

I wish all you lovebirds a lifetime of love.



Here are a few songs to encourage you about seasons, timing and grace!


Unchained Melody, by The Righteous Brothers - this is our all-time favorite love song! My husband and I dance to this whenever we get the chance, whether in The Villages or on the pontoon! It has all the feels!


Wedding Song, by Peter, Paul and Mary - a classic wedding song and perhaps a few of you had this song sung at your wedding! Enjoy!


Annie, my son-in-love Zack Spanger wrote this song for our daiughter, Annie. He sang it to her at their wedding reception. They’ve been happily married for 5 years.


You’re Still the One, by Shania Twain - it’s still a goodie!


I know you all have favorite wedding and love songs, so send me the YouTube link to your faves!

peace, love and blessings,




Always here to help! :)


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part 2: match . com adventures

hey hey,

By popular demand, in today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage all you singles with more humor and the adventures of my single, 70-year old mother!


It seems that you all loved hearing about my mom’s hilarious experiences – so at your request, here is MORE!


As a quick reminder, my mom is in heaven, but 15 years ago, when she was 70 and single and living in Florida — she tried The excerpts below are taken from a series of letters she sent me and my sisters describing her dating adventures! No doubt about it, my mom was funny and feisty!


Before we read a few more excerpts, let me try to add something spiritual to this funny blog!




A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken

Proverbs 15:13


Okay, now to more excerpts of her letters to my sisters and I. My your heart be cheerful!


Excerpt #1




Well, last night I met “6'0 Joe Cool,” (as his listing stated) ... but by the time he drove to The Villages to meet me, he ended up being about 5'8”. He has light blue eyes, gray hair, a fu-man-chu mustache and beard. He is a cool dresser. He wore a light blueshirt.


He has 3 kids that he doesn't like at all. He said they are all druggies and in and out of jail. So, he ain’t very interested in hearing about my family. I tried to come up with crimes you guys have committed to make him feel good. I did tell him about the time one of you toilet papered a neighborhood and streaked across a main road when you were 13 and how one of you stole lipstick from a store. I think he felt we were more equal after that. He said he’s dated woman whose kids never got into any trouble and he doesn’t believe them. So girls, it’s time to fess up, what did you do behind my back that had criminal overtones? I won’t get mad, just tell me, I need some material for this dating scene!


Joe Cool said he is a dancer, and I was looking forward to joining the dancers at the Town Square, but we sat across the street from the square at Starbucks and never got near the dance floor. Getting back to his mustache and beard ... I watched his upper lip … and it never moved. I kept looking for a hinge on his mouth because it worked more like a puppet’s mouth. Well, I was fascinated on how he could talk but his lips never moved. He also never laughed. We left with a hand shake and he said, “Gosh I wanna see you again...”


I think my life on is coming to an end, I would rather stay home and organize my sock drawer than do this. I will keep you posted.


Excerpt #2


Hello Girls, 


Okay, I had the highly awaited first date with Frank. We had a lot in common and the one thing I liked is that Frank was a talker. Well, he was a buzz saw…and never shut up. It was okay. We decided that maybe a second date might be a good idea.


On Tuesday, I met Frank in the K-Mart parking lot for date #2. I noticed that the cook in the nearby restaurant was watching us out the window. He probably thought there was some hanky-panky going on when I jump into Frank’s car. I wanted to shout, “Hey, I know Frank. This is a second date. It’s not what you think!”


Excerpt #3


Hi Girls,


This week, I met Alan, a great looking guy 6 foot 3 inches and a nice dresser and educated. We met a coffee joint with a 70’s feel. I knew there was a bong somewhere in there because I could smell it.


So, I am trying to get to know Alan and I asked him if he had any children. He answered, “Nope.” So, being a wise-guy, I said, “Then I guess you don’t have any grandkids?” That is when Alan gave me a lesson on how this earth was overpopulated and sterilizing couples might not be a bad thing. That’s when I dropped the I have 14 grandchildren on him and 78 first cousins. He informs me that all of the women he dates want to talk about their grands and he stops them right away because he’s not interested.


Anyway, we blah, blah for another hour and as we leave, he says, “I really like you. I believe there is something here.” And then he fumbled for 20 minutes to get the money out of his pocket for the two iced coffees. I think he wanted to go “dutch,” but I just out stalled him and laughed all the way home, because there ain’t “anything here” in my book.


Excerpt #4


Hi Girls,


Still trying out My most recent date "lionhearted" -- his name. His real name is Richard. We met for a glass of wine and Richard is wearing a fanny pack, red silk shorts, a muscle shirt and a mesh “John Deer” hat. We had a nice lunch but he was talking so loud — so now everyone in the restaurant knows that we are losers who met on After two appetizers, we both decide there is no clickage.


This random dating thing is a pain in the neck and I have almost decided it is too much work...


Excerpt #5


Hi Girls,


I decided to write a glossary for dating. Here’s what I’ve learned so far...


When they say, “6’1” it means “5’8” with shoe lifts.”


When they say, “I would really like to see you again” it means “I am totally out of here...”


When they say, “fit” it means “30 lbs overweight.”


When they say, “we are good for each other and we have a lot in common” it means, “you have money and I don’t.”


When they say, “stocky” they mean, “I need a seatbelt extender on the airplane.”


When they say, “Italian, a Robert DeNiro look alike” it means, “I love spaghetti.”




Ok that’s all folks...the dating adventures of my mothers. She had a good sense of humor about all of it, but being single was a tough season for her. After all, she was married to my dad, Jerry, for 14 years and after they divorced, she raised my sisters and I as a single mom until she met another Jerry. They were also married for 14 years until he unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 56. Jerry #2 treated her like a queen, and it was hard for anyone to compete with what she had been used to when married to Jerry #2. She kiddingly said, “If only I could have found Jerry #3!” I am so glad she’s in heaven now with Jesus and both Jerry’s - my dad Jerry, and my stepdad Jerry ... I don’t know how the Lord figures all of that out, but I am sure they are all having a great time in heaven!




Ok, here are two good songs to encourage all of you seeking a spouse… :) Love and hugs!


The Game of Love by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders - a classic #1 Billboard hit from 1965!


Waiting Here for You by Passion - sometimes we are waiting for a person to fill that empty place in our hearts when perhaps we need take some time to focus on Jesus and let Him fill our hearts as only He can. This is a great song.


His Eye is on the Sparrow by Selah - this was one of my mom’s favorite songs as her single life continued and she drew close to the Lord. She wanted this song sung at her memorial service. This was also one of the last songs the Hospice aide played on his guitar with all of our family gathered around mom moments before she went to heaven. If you need to get alone with the Lord and let this song minister to you, please do.

peace, love and blessings,



Keep a cheerful heart ya’ll! :))

Continue Reading... Adventures of My 70-Year Old Mom - Part 1


hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage all you singles with a little humor and the adventures of my single, 70-year old mother!


Today, my mom is in heaven, but 15 years ago when she was 70 and single and living in Florida — she tried Her experiences were hilarious and she sent my sisters and I updates of her adventures. Here are a few excerpts from her letters.


I thought you all might enjoy a laugh, but first, let me try to add something spiritual to this funny blog! Singles, start praying and claiming the verse in Isaiah 34:16.




“Search from the book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded

and His Spirit has gathered them.”

Isaiah 34:16, NKJV


Okay, now to the excerpts!


Excerpt #1


Hi Girls,


I thought i would write about the guys I am NOT dating, but the guys at are winking and blinking at me....for those who have never been in … the routine is like this. Someone clicks on your profile … they read the little story about you and you can read theirs.


People use buzz words like: fit, athletic, toned, buff — now I ask you when you think of a 65 to 75 yr old person do those words jump out at you? The next time you go to your family reunion look over at uncle Harry and see if that's how you would describe him? Doubt it, maybe you would say: ”He is upright. Still breathing. Shorter than I remembered him.”


The women lie just like the men do. Well when someone winks or blinks at you, now you have your choice..either ignore that person, wink back or email them...


I will tell you about The Doc later and also Joe Cool.


Excerpt #2


Hi Girls,


So far, we are striking out. This dating thing is a lot of work.


Here’s a guy I am not dating. He calls himself “Doc.” He sends me an email, “Real nice pic, call me at xxx-xxxx.”  This guy is 56, drop dead gorgeous, drives a Jag, loves gold jewelry and knows how to dress. So, I answer Doc. I told him that I am flattered that a 56 year old guy would be checking out this old gal, but he surely does not want a wrinkled up old prune from The Villages. I told him I have shoes older than him! Unless he has a boat load of Botox, he could do much better than me; but, thanks for the ego-booster. Doc responds, “No, I love older woman and I really do want to see you…" I am thinking; how would my daughters feel about a “step-dad” who less than 10 years older than they are?!


The only date I’ve had that has any hope is with Ray. He’s perfect, so not much to write about! His clothes match and the dude owns an iron! We went out for dinner and he is the 8th wonder of the world; a man who talks! He cares about what makes me tick. (The problem with all these dates and eating out is that I am getting fatter than a Billy goat!) So, Ray WANTS to see Momma Mia - a chick flick! This guy is a winner. The movie starts and my boy Ray knowing all the words to this movie…he is an Abba freak. I think I am falling in love…(not really) and I shout out “Thank you, Jesus!” The only problem…there is no real “clickage.” Ya know what I mean, Vern?????


 Excerpt #3


Hi Girls,


This weekend I am going to meet Al - a biker…the kind you peddle. This guy is in shape. He swims 5 miles a day and rides his bike over 100 miles a week. So, to get in the spirit for the date with biker boy, I put on my girdle and a really tight pair of shorts and rode my 3 speed Schwinn around the neighborhood for 15 minutes. Not pretty.


I’ve decided that someone needs to write a book on how to get ready for a date.


Here’s my usual routine: I usually start trying on outfits a few hours before the date. What look should I go for? Cheerleader or Grandma? I usually opt for cheerleader. I pull some jeans out of the closet with the hopes that I’ll fit into them. AfterI lay down on the bed, struggle to zip the jeans and break a nail in the process, I can't get up! Finally, I figure out how to maneuver my body to sit up and I think, “I’m looking pretty good…” I can’t breathe, but I’m looking good. So, I spray on some expensive perfume, freshen up my make-up and make sure my car is cleaned out.


But, I think this what the guy’s do: It’s 4:30pm and the dates starts at 5pm, so he says to himself, “Do I wanna look like I jumped out of the dumpster or just rolled out of bed?????” I think he  usually finds the two best pair of khaki shorts he’s thrown into the hamper. He shakes ‘em, check for stains, sprays a little Fabreze and puts the best ones on. He is out the door at 4:45pm. One guy told me, “I have two shirts. One shirt is yellow with green palm trees and the other is green with brown palm trees.” I love a man with an imagination.


Ok, here’s a little advice for the guys: Do not wear hunter green tweedy shirts. It really does make your skin look green. Guys, wear something bright – try blue, yellow…even pink! Buy some cologne. Fabreze is not the new Old Spice. Invest in Crest Strips.




There you go! The Adventures of Carol on I hope you are laughing and refreshed because I am rolling as I put this blog together. My mother was funny!


If you guys like today’s blog, there’s more. I could do one more blog of funny excerpts from mom if you’d like! So, let me hear from you — hit REPLY and say, “GIVE ME MORE!!” :)




Ok, we’ll see if we can spiritual again, here are some good heartfelt songs to encourage all of you seeking a spouse… :) Love and hugs!


Wait for Me, by Rebecca Saint James - a good classic for single believing God for their mate.


God Gave Me You, Dave Barnes - an oldie —  be encouraged!


Perfect Union, by Matthew Ward - an oldie, but still so good and he is one of the best male vocalists of all-time.


1000 Miles, by Mark Schultz - a beautiful love song.

peace, love and blessings,




Keep your sense of humor ya’ll! :))

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Do you need guidance?




whatever He says, do it

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage you with the words of Mary, the mother of Jesus, on the only thing we need to do.




His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

John 2:5, NKJV



Need guidance? Lord, what should I do? God, what is my next step?


What does the Lord want from us? After all, Jesus paid the price for our sins, filled us with the Holy Spirit, and gave us His Word — He did all the heavy lifting and finished the work of our redemption on the cross; so what does the Lord want from us?


Mary, the mother of Jesus, gave us insight on the answer to this question. She put it very succinctly at the wedding in Cana when she said, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Simple right?


So, when you are seeking and waiting on the Lord for direction on a decision — listen to His still small voice as you read His Word and as He speaks to your heart while you go about your daily life — then, just do whatever He says to you.





Here are a few great songs on following the Lord and doing His will.


In the Garden by Alan Jackson (country singer) and most other artists - such a classic hymn. Enjoy!


I Will Wait for You by Shane and Shane - I love all of their songs.


Tis so Sweet by Shane and Shane - Another wonderful, classic song!


Let Me Hear Your Voice, by Francesca LaRosa - a very sweet song.

peace, love and blessings,


THANK YOU! I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who responded to my request for feedback last week. Your comments about the weekly blog were so encouraging. (I guess I should have asked sooner! :)) I was also pleasantly surprised that so many of you like the current format with a short teaching from the Word, a song and a laugh. That made me happy!


As I mentioned in this week’s blog, our job is to “do whatever He tells us.” So for now, He hasn’t told me to stop writing the blog and your comments put a fresh wind in my sail! So. I’ll continue writing until further notice. :) Thanks again for your responses.




Whatever “she” says to do, do it — also. ":) Ha!


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How much longer?






how much longer?

hey hey,

In today’s short and snappy blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage you when it comes to God’s work in our lives through seasons, timing and grace.




“And He changes the times and the seasons…”

Daniel 2:22


Seasons. Timing. Graces. They are all so interesting. It’s so important that we recognize, yield, obey and flow in the seasons God has ordained, in His timing and by His grace.


By definition, seasons don’t last forever. They change.


By reality, timing is key. Being at the right place at the right time as led by the Spirit is divine!


By God’s divine influence, graces are the empowerment He dispenses to enable us to do what He’s called us do to in seasons and timing.


Did you follow all that?


So what season are you in? A learning, preparing, planting, growing, watering or harvesting season? A single or married season? Stay steady working or enjoy the rewards season? A fight the good fight or sweet victory season?


What about timing? Are you rushing things or moving too slow? Are you exercising patience with your faith? Do you recognize coming or cresting trends? Are you ahead of the curve or always playing catch up? Are you wondering “how much longer?” or saying, “please don’t let it end?”


How about the grace upon your life? Is everything a hard, uphill trudge? Are things easy, flowing and greased by God? Do things come easily or do you live on the struggle bus? Are there things you once did, but now you don’t sense God’s grace in that area? Or, are there things you didn’t do, but now you sense God’s permission to do them?


It’s good to prayerfully take inventory of your life to evaluate these things and to make whatever adjustments you feel led to make.


For Example…


When I think about various areas of my life through the lenses of seasons, timing and grace - things come into better focus. For example, I have been writing a version of The Basics With Beth blog (aka: Just Us Girls newspaper column, Jumpstart Daily Devo, BWB Devo, etc.) on a daily, weekly or monthly basis for 19 years, since 2004. (Whaaat?)


So, as I look ahead, (season) - I am asking the Lord, “How much longer (timing) does He want me to write the blog? Is It still relevant and effective (graced by God)?


Is there a new season of ministry where He wants me to share the wisdom and experience He’s given me in a different way? If so, what is His timing on phasing out what I am currently doing and what is His timing on something new and different? Where do I sense God’s grace — His energy and enablement?


I am looking within to hear His voice in my heart. I am also looking to you  (the readers) for feedback.


I’d love to hear from those of you who read the blog. I don’t always know if the time put into writing the blogs is helpful, effective or desired — so, if you would take a few minutes to let me know the answers to these questions that would be great.


>>How often do you read the weekly blog?

>>Does it encourage you?

>>Would you miss it if I phased it out?

>>Why should I keep writing it?

>>What else do I need to know?


As I read your responses and as I seek the Lord on these questions, I will keep you posted on the season, timing and grace associated with this blog.


But, enough about the blog — what about YOU? What are you sensing from the Lord on His season, timing and grace for the things you are doing?




Here are a few songs to encourage you about seasons, timing and grace!


The Rosebush, I wrote this poem after I graduated from Boston University in 1981 — and 42 years later, my son-in-law Zack Spangler surprised me by arranging and singing it to us as we passed the Lead Pastor baton at Valley Family Church. Little did I know how prophetic these words would be 42 years ago. I hope you enjoy.


10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman - I love this song and keep it on repeat. No matter the season, we can bless the Lord.


Good Grace by Hillsong - great song!


Cool Change by Little River Band - this is an oldie song from the 70’s - it’s not a Christian song and we don’t necessarily agree with all the "theology” in the lyrics, but if you listen with your heart, you might sense the Holy Spirit speaking to you.

peace, love and blessings,




How about a Dad Joke as Father’s Day approaches?! :)


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Winsome like Jesus.






are we winsome like Jesus?

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage you to be “winsome” like Jesus.




“By this time a lot of men and women of questionable reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, ‘He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.’ “

Luke 15:1-2, Message


Luke 15 is one of my favorite chapters in the New Testament. I have always been inspired and challenged by the first two verses. In these verses (and many others in the Bible) — I see Jesus as “winsome.” Apparently, He is easy to be around, relatable, nonjudgmental, understanding and nice — while also being a powerful preacher, speaker and teacher who never compromised the truth of God.


I don’t know about you, but that’s how I want to be. I have missed the mark many times, but my desire is to be “winsome” like Jesus while also preaching His Word without compromise.


There are a few things we can learn from this passage.


When we look at these verses of Scripture, who wanted to hang out with Jesus? The people of “questionable reputation” wanted to hang out with Jesus. They came to Him. (They didn’t run from Him!) They wanted to listen to His words. Jesus treated them like old friends and ate meals with them.


As we think of our own lives, who wants to hang out with us?


In these verses, who was mad? The Pharisees and religious scholars got mad and vocalized their judgmental attitude. These self-righteous leaders didn’t like the fact that Jesus hung out with people who were known to be “publicans, sinners, gluttons, thieves, sexually immoral, drunkards, etc.” (Matthew 11:19)


As we think of our own lives, are we mad, self-righteous and judgmental?


If you listen to some believers these days or read too many posts on Facebook or Twitter you’d get the idea that Jesus is fed up and angry with everyone about everything. The way some people describe Jesus, He is someone you want to run from, not run to hang out with!


Sure, we live in a backward culture where people call “good evil and evil good” and we should speak up and preach the truth of God’s Word while also being winsome in such a way that people want to hang out with us to hear what we have to say.


I know it’s a tall order. Thankfully, Jesus is our example and as we walk with Him, He’ll show us how to do it. The litmus test of our effectiveness will be seen in the results — just like they were in Jesus’ life and ministry.


“The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19




Perhaps you need your heart to be stirred up with compassion to be more like Jesus and to love the lost like He does. I love how the original Christian music artists from the 70’s and 80’s were focused on reaching those far from the Lord. Let these old classic songs minister to you.


Your Great Name by Natalie Grant - such a great classic.


Don’t You Wish You Had the Answers by Keith Green - a 70’s classic that always stirs up compassion for the lost.


Which Way the Wind Blows by 2nd Chapter of Acts - another 70’s classic that helps  get into the heart of an unbeliever.


Until Your Love Broke Through  by Keith Green - still playing the Christian oldies - this is what we pray everyone experiences!


King of Hearts by Randy Stonehill - yet another 70’s classic!

peace, love and blessings,




Let’s love people like Jesus to make sure this meme doesn’t happen to those we know.

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Want to love life?






want to love life?

hey hey,

In today’s blog, I am sharing “A Word, A Song and A Laugh” to encourage you in “how to love life and see good days!” This is a simple and basic truth, but one we all need to be reminded of on a regular basis. I hope you are encouraged today!




“For the Scriptures say, ‘If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.’ “

I Peter 3:10, NLT


Who doesn’t want to enjoy life? Doesn’t everyone want happy days? What’s the secret?


Our words.


>> If we will pay attention to two things, we can enjoy life and see many happy days!


So, what are those two things?

1. Keep your tongue from speaking evil:


Now at first glance, we think of the obvious “evil” things - hatred, malice, the occult, wickedness, rebellion towards God and the like. Anything that is contrary to the will and character of God would be considered evil.


We should be mindful of the words we speak, avoiding language that is hurtful, negative, perverse or untruthful. Our words have the power to build up or tear down those around us, and we should use them to bring encouragement and positivity to those we interact with.


But what else? Specifically, what is “evil speaking?” We see an example of this exact thing in the Old Testament. In Numbers 14, God promised the Israelites a land flowing with milk and honey — a blessed land, the Promised Land! Moses sent out 12 spies to see the land and bring back a report. Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb returned with a good report,


But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land … spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:6-9)


Although they saw enemies and obstacles, they didn’t go by their five physical senses, they went by their faith and they believed God’s promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. They made sure their words agreed with what God had promised them. Their report agreed with God’s words. With their words, they got into agreement and alignment with the Lord … and God liked it!


As a result Joshua and Caleb were the only two spies who got to “enjoy life and see happy days” in the Promised Land.


The other ten spies brought back an “evil report” (evil speaking!) and God didn’t like it. What was the evil speaking? They complained against God! They didn’t agree with His promises. The spoke words that were contrary to what God has said. They spoke evil words of unbelief! God didn’t like it at all!


As a result, these ten spies did not get to “enjoy life and see happy days.”


Here’s what the Bible tells us, “Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land.” (Numbers 14:36-38)


Not only did their “evil speaking” affect their lives — they also affected their wives and children. Entire families were affected by their evil report — words of unbelief and complaining!


What does this mean to us?


I think it means we should pay attention to our words. Our words should always point us and the people we influence in the direction of God’s promises. Our words should agree with God’s words.


So, let’s be mindful to keep our lips from speaking evil complaining words, unbelieving words, negative opinion words, flippant words … and any words that contradict God’s Word.


2. Keep your lips from telling lies:

Again, at first glance, when we think of “keeping our lips from telling lies” we think of the obvious: being honest, not lying, being truthful, etc. We think of being truthful and honest in our words, avoiding lies and deception that can harm our relationships with others.


And all of these things are good and true, but there is another dimension of “keeping our lips from telling lies” we want to look at.


The opposite of a “lie” is “truth.” God’s Word is the ultimate truth — Jesus said, “…Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)


When we say things that contradict the truth of God’s Word, those words are: lies.


If we want to enjoy life and see happy days, we need to keep our lips from telling lies — that is, we need to refrain from saying things contrary to the truth of God’s Word.

This entire passage in 1 Peter emphasizes the importance of speaking truthfully and positively in our relationship with God and in our interactions with others. They remind us that our words have the power to bring life and goodness to those around us, and to our own lives as well — and we should use our words wisely.


If we want to enjoy life and see happy days, we must be mindful of our words.


Today,  let’s recommit to speak words that agree with God’s word — words that will glorify God and build up those around us.




I hope these songs minister to you and remind you to speak words of faith!


I Speak Jesus by Charity Gayle


In Jesus Name by Katy Nichols


I Believe, I Declare by Metro Life Worship


Surrounded by Valley Worship


peace, love and blessings,




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