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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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FORGET YOUR AGE, LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Jennifer Cole

There are 72 year olds running marathons. 96 year olds still writing books. 10 year olds developing apps. 53 year olds going to med school. 19 year olds running for office. 38 year olds going to the mission field. 25 year olds building houses. 60 year olds starting churches

Age is just a number. Don’t limit what God can do in and through you by letting age be a limitation! Here’s your permission slip. Go! Fulfill the dreams God has put in your heart! As we see in Matthew 19:26 TPT: “...what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!” What He has put in your heart is never impossible with Him guiding you!

>>And, remember that God wants you to succeed!!

Your Heavenly Father wants you to experience the fulfillment of the dreams He has placed in your heart. Psalm 35:27 AMP says: “...Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” He gets pleasure when you prosper and succeed! Isn’t that a great picture of His heart towards you?

So, friends, I encourage you to do something TODAY that moves you closer to your dreams. You’re neither too young nor too old -- so go for it!

Say This: “Father, thank You that You’ve placed dreams in my heart and that through You all of those dreams are possible! Thank You that You delight when I prosper, and Lord I ask You to help me succeed. Please teach me and guide me, so these dreams You’ve put in my heart can come to pass in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

IN A MILLION YEARS

Jennifer Cole

Friends, you are more important than you know. God knew what He was doing when He called you! Don’t get sidetracked. Follow His call. Your life has a purpose...and God’s plan for you includes bearing fruit that remains...for all eternity!

“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…” John 15:16 NKJV

So, keep going, don’t quit, stay strong...in a million years from now you and many others will be so glad you followed His call.

>>After all -- somebody, somewhere is depending on you to do what God has called you to do.

YOU are graced and equipped for the calling on your life -- YOU can do this! Through Christ, you are well-positioned and well able to carry out your divinely implanted purpose on this earth. You are making a difference! Eternity will tell stories of how your obedience to the Lord made an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Say This: “Father, thank You that You’ve put within me a divinely implanted purpose for my life. Help me to live out my calling, staying right in the center of Your will, and help me to invest my life into making an eternal difference. Thank You for grace, equipping, appointing and anointing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

THE LIGHT IS GREEN

Jennifer Cole

What dreams has the Lord put in your heart? What purpose have you been too scared to pursue? What mountain seems too high to climb, what vision seems too far out of reach? In a world full of reasons “why not”...today I want to encourage you on why you absolutely should go for it!

Friends, whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The truth is, it’ll always feel impossible. There is never a “perfect” time so stop waiting for that! Too much time and opportunity can pass by while you assume you are not ready. Too young. Too old. You’ll be convinced you don’t have enough money or the right connections. Or the know how. The reasons “not to” may seem endless...just fill in the blank!

>>But here’s what you need to know...

Unless the Lord says “stop!” -- Jesus already said “go!” It’s time to go for it! And remember this: “For nothing will be impossible with God” Luke 1:37 ESV.

Y’all, the light is green...take that step of faith!

Say This: “Father, thank You for the dreams You’ve put in my heart. With faith and courage, today I choose to move towards those dreams and ask You to help guide me every step of the way. Thank You that nothing is impossible with You on my side! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

FRAME YOUR WORLD

Jennifer Cole

If you’ve ever built a house or been involved with a construction project, you know how important the frame is. Once the foundation is poured, it’s critical that the framing -- all the beams, posts and studs -- goes up plumb or it will mess up the whole building. Can you imagine how strange a house or building would look with pieces of framing sticking out from a wall or ceiling at random places? A proper frame is absolutely essential. A building without a strong, balanced, well-built frame would be a structural disaster.

>>How much MORE important than this -- is how we frame our very LIVES?

Yes...as believers, our lives are built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. That’s for sure the right starting point! But, it’s important to also pay attention to the “framing” that goes up on that foundation. Just what is the framing for our lives? It’s our words...specifically, lining up our words with His Words.

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about framing…”By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3 NKJV).

Just as God used His Words to frame the entire world...we have the ability to frame our world with our words...making sure they align with God’s Words. If we want to live the supernatural, victorious, satisfying Christian life He planned for us, we must line up our mouths with His Word.

What does this look like, practically? When we discover what the Word says about who we are in Christ and what belongs to us in Christ, we must choose to say those things. In doing so, consistently over time, those very words -- based on His Words -- will actually frame our lives!

You can probably see already that in order to use words effectively, we must know the Word! The Bible is loaded with exhortations about the words we speak and their power to frame our lives. Here are a few:

— We eat the fruit of our words. (Proverbs 18:20-21 NKJV)
— We bring forth things with words. (Matthew 12:34-27 NKJV)
— We can turn our whole body around with words. (James 3:3-5 NKJV)
— We move mountains with words. (Mark 11:23 NKJV)

Take some time today to consider...how’s your world being framed? Are things hanging well for you? Are windows and doors opening for you? Do you have a strong, godly structure upon which to build the rest of your life? If you haven’t been framing your world with God’s Word up ‘til now...are you willing to begin?

If you’ll become a student of the Word and spend time filling your heart with His Truth, you’ll become equipped to frame your world by saying what God says about your life -- spirit, soul and body. Start today...and watch God frame your life into the blessed and satisfying life that He has in store for you!

Say This: “Father, help me to learn more of Your Word and to align the words of my mouth with Your Words. May Your Words be what frame my life! Thank You for helping me to make sure the framing in my life is strong, steady and secure -- by aligning my words with Yours. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

NEED A GOOD LAUGH?

Jennifer Cole

Today, I want to share with you some tips on how to load up with joy in your life, ongoing! Joy is not just some nice-sounding but irrelevant word -- it actually means a great deal to our lives...and according to the Bible, it means a lot to our health. In Proverbs 17:22 we see that “a cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired” (MSG).

In fact, for years medical science has been studying the effects of laughter and humor and their role in the health of our mind and body. Humor therapy is being used for the relief of physical or emotional pain and stress. Laughter is known to reduce muscle tension, increase cardio-respiratory function, and reduce stress. Many studies show the benefits of humor and laughter on various immune system outcomes. And, laughing brings in a tremendous amount of oxygen, which has profound positive effects in many ways for your body. The harder you laugh, the greater the effects!

I wonder if the Lord already knew all this. No wonder He told us through Paul to rejoice always! (1 Thess. 5:16) In fact, I want to introduce you to a side of God that we don’t often consider -- God laughs. Yes, that’s what the BIble says: God sits in heaven and laughs. He laughs at the futility of those who try to make Him irrelevant. (Psalm 2:4) And, the Bible also tells us that in His presence is fullness of joy! (Psalm 16:11) Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness! (Hebrews 1:9)

>>We need the joy of the Lord -- it’s truly an essential hallmark of the Christian life.

Yet too many Christians are stressed and depressed or mad and sad. Let’s all become more Christ-like so we can live joy-filled lives! So, how do we load up on joy?...

Hang out with God! Because fullness of joy exists in His presence, it’s inevitable that when we hang out with and get close to God, His joy splashes over into our lives.

Shout for joy! When was the last time you shouted for joy? Shouted out your thanks and praise to God? I guarantee if you start shouting, you will also start laughing...and you will find the joy of the Lord to be your strength.

Laugh anyway! Sometimes we don’t feel like laughing. Friends, I encourage you -- laugh anyway! Laugh a lot. Laugh at yourself. If it’s been a while, you might be surprised at how refreshing it is to laugh.

Thank God! Come on -- why not try it -- be thankful! If you’ll just start thanking Him for your life, breath, family, health, blessings...the joy will come.

My basics friends -- you have so much to celebrate and be thankful for in life! C’mon get happy, life is too short to be serious all the time. Start shouting with joy, start thanking and start laughing --you’ll be so glad you did!

Say This: “Father, I thank You for these blessings in my life: _________ (name them!). I shout with joy for my blessings, I shout praises of thanksgiving to You! Lord, as I spend time with You, let Your joy flow over into my life. May my Christian life be one marked with laughter and joy! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”