Las Vegas Giveaway!(And It Is Healthy.)

Who would not love a free trip to Las Vegas?  My affiliate partner Love With Food is giving away a trip for four plus $8,000.00 in prizes and you have to enter by May 15.  They are calling it, Besties’ Las Vegas Giveaway.  If you want to enter with out reading the rest of the story, here is the link.

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Love With Food is an amazing company, who donates a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger in America and the world.  Two organizations they support are Feeding America and Global Food Banking Network.  And a company who gives back is my kind of company!

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When you are grocery shopping and you come to the part of snacks for your family, what aisle do you head to first.  Chips, cookies, or maybe even the frozen ice cream section?  We want to feed our family good healthy snacks for fuel, but if we have never tried them, we are unsure what to pick out.  With Love With Food, we get to find out what they like without having to venture into the grocery store!  I like the idea!

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God Bless You!

 

I WISH I WAS THE ANGEL SITTING ON THE BOULDER!

Easter Sunday one of the bible passages which our Pastor read was Matthew 28: 1-10.

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Both Marys were going to finish the anointing of Jesus which they could not do when he died.  In our language, give him a proper burial.  They knew when they got there, they would need some help removing the boulder the guards had rolled in front of the grave.  Putting a body in a tomb is difficult because he might get up and walk away. No, I am joking.  The leaders were afraid Jesus’ disciples would sneak in and steal the body to make it look like He had risen.  Thus fulfilling the prophecy.

Can you imagine being the angel picked to leave heaven, roll the boulder away, and then wait on the Marys?  There you are on top of this huge boulder, wearing your bright white garment, swinging your legs back and forth, looking like lighting and grinning from ear to ear! You get to scare the guards to death, and then be the first to announce to the women that Jesus has risen!

If it were me, I would be dancing around and singing…

Oh you thought this pebble would hold our Savior in!

Wrong! Wrong!

Now He is risen and defeated man’s sin!

Hallelujah! Halleluhjah!

I can accurately say, I doubt I will ever be an angel.  Probably something in the handbook about enjoying scaring the bad guys to death and then gloating about it.  Yet, I do wonder how angels get picked for certain jobs.  Don’t you?

When I think about the boulder in front of Jesus’ tomb, I think about man’s problems and how many of those problems look like boulders to our human eyes.  I know I have had a boulder or two, or three in my life. My boulders are always the ones you can’t go around or climb over.  Rolling it away was out of the question, unless I could have rented a large tractor.

Reality is that God is better than a John Deere.

The sad part about my boulders was how long it took me to learn that all I had to do was ask God.  To give me revelation and discernment concerning this boulder; and then stop and believe and do what He tells me to do. Now, this does not mean God waves a magic wand and poof, my problem disappears or the boulder shatters into thousands of pebble pieces. Sometimes it is quite the opposite with a lesson to learn and/or a rocky road to walk. Usually a much-needed experience on my part.

What about the boulders in front of your tomb?  Have you been trying too long to roll it away all by yourself? Give it over to God! He created them and He can disintegrate all the boulders blocking your way to the life you were meant to live!

As always, pray about it with God.  He loves you and wants to talk to you!  How blessed are you? Because you have a direct hook up to the one who saved you and will always be with you! Remember you do not have to believe in Him for Him to believe in you.

 

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

 

Love Remains

Easter weekend quickly approaches and some will be focused on the cross, and some on the chocolate bunnies.  I will be focused on Jesus and my new year with Him.  In case you don’t understand, I believe my new year to be Easter Sunday not January 1.  I do celebrate the changing of the yearly number, but it is more important to me to celebrate the changing of my soul each year.

We go through so much in a year.  Joys, sorrows, struggles, miracles; you name it, we humans experience it.  So I like to think of Good Friday as the day Jesus takes my past year to the middle of hell and leaves all the bad stuff there.  My brat ways, my control freak persona, my self-centered absorption, unkind words thought and said, and anything else along those lines.  Then Jesus brings back the better side of me, especially my heart.  And on Easter Sunday, I start a new Christian year!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Humans die, kingdom don’t last, fads fade away, countries rise and fall because nothing stays the same.  We are all evolving.  The one who has never changed and will never change is Jesus.  Love remains!

This year why not start a new year with me?  No resolutions or fad diets required.  Just the love of Jesus Christ in your life to share with others!

Love Remains by the Scott Family is the perfect video to explain how I feel.  Like I have said before, if I could sing, I would sing for you.  But I want to protect your ears!

I pray this music blesses you the way it blessed my heart!

God Bless You!

 

I Tried To Write At First, But Could Not Do It Without Jesus.

I tried to write a note to the Martinez family concerning their loss of their beloved child Jonathan.  My own mother and grandmother’s heart is shattered into pieces for what they are going through.  A child should never, never go through the shooting which happened in their classroom on Monday! And a parent should not have to bury their child!

Off to my prayer closet I went this morning, to discuss it over with Jesus before I began to write.

At first my tears and words were hot with anger.  Angry at every adult who has let evil take a child away from their earthly home and family.  I proclaimed to Jesus that if I were head of education in America, I would fight like a lioness against every local, state, and national representative in America for the money they waste. I would blast my disgust every day and in every way I could, over the mere pennies they spend on the children of America in comparison to the millions they spend on their own self-serving agendas. And in their pruned up faces, I would plaster the children’s faces who have lost their lives, not because of a gun but because of them and their greed!

“Read your devotion, Joni.” I heard Him say.

My devotion book is called Mornings with the Holy Spirit by Jennifer LeClaire.

April 11 is titled “Be Quick to Forgive.”

When you are angry and frustrated, you have to ask yourself an honest question: Have you let resentment build up in your heart? Unless you are intentional about forgiving and are quick to forgive – a residue of resentment will build up over your heart the way dirt builds up on a windshield. Over time it will sink down into your heart and form a root of bitterness. Anger and frustration are often rooted in a failure to forgive the little annoyances as they occur.  Eventually, the resentment pot boils over.  Be quick to forgive – every time you get slightly annoyed.  Be quick to forgive.

Suggested reading…Hebrews 12:15; Colossians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.

Wow! God came in loud and clear!

I serve a mighty God.  One who loves me and the whole world! Even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you!

After God set me straight, it took awhile before I was composed enough to exit my prayer closet.

I was ready to write the Martinez family a note…

 

Dear Martinez Family,

I will be praying for you and you will become a part of my permanent daily prayer list.  Jesus is the only one who can get you through this over whelming grief and heal your heart until you are with Jonathan again.

Today Jesus gave me this bible verse and I believe it is for you…

Matthew 18: 1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And He said:

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Jonathan is that child with Jesus and I know the angels are rejoicing because one of their own angels has returned home.

May God hold you in His loving arms always!

All my love and prayers,  Joni

 

Now, I ask you to join me in praying for the Martinez family.  Prayer is the greatest blessing we can do for one another on this earth!

God Bless You!  God Bless the families affected by Monday’s classroom shooting.

 

I Am The One Woman Show!

If you are like me, you are a “one woman show” for your business.  Which means you have to cover all the bases like advertising, web site design and promotions; along with managing and writing for  Face Book pages, Blogs, and Websites. Some days it can be over whelming but when you are on a shoe string budget, you have no choice.  And because promoting on the internet is ever-changing; i.e. Google, I have to stay up to date on what is happening.   

I received an email about a webinar which I will be attending and thought I would pass the information to those of you, one man and one woman shows out there.

Here is the email…

Hi Joni,

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is fundamentally changing the way in which site owners deliver experiences on mobile and the landscape of mobile SEO. If you’re a site owner, marketer, developer, or SEO expert, join us for a must see webinar presented by Yoast SEO’s Joost de Valk and WP Engine’s David Vogelpohl.

The AMP landscape is drastically changing, so don’t miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop and stay ahead of the curve as you think about your future SEO and mobile strategy.

You’ll learn:

  • What is AMP and why it matters
  • The controversy behind AMP
  • Considerations for implementing AMP in WordPress
  • Details on deploying AMP in your WordPress environments

Webinar details:

  • When: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm CDT (2:00 pm EDT/11:00 am PDT / 18:00 UTC/GMT)
  • Who: Site owners, Marketers, SEOs, Developers
  • Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Duration: 1 hour (includes Q&A)

There it is one more thing I need to learn and learn well to keep my websites, blogs, and Facebook pages current in the promotion game of the internet.

Here is the link to sign up.  I always set the alarm on my phone to remind me of important webinars. Hope you will join me!

AMP for WordPress – WP Engine Webinar with Yoast SEO

Can The Christian Band Mercy Me Get Any Better?

OH YES THEY CAN!  Their new album, Lifer, is amazing, incredible and so uplifting!  Having a bad day? Then go to YouTube and listen to the audio versions, or better yet go to iTunes and just buy it.  I pre-ordered Lifer and received teaser songs one at a time and then bam! The whole album.

Most of the time, when I get a new album, there are maybe 5 or 6 songs I really like.  Rarely do I like all of the songs on an album.  Lifer is one album that I love all of the songs.

The song “Even If” is a good reminder that Pastors, Praise Leaders, and Church teachers, get up on stage every Sunday and lift us up.  It does not matter what has been happening in their lives or the struggles they may be going through.  Have you looked at your Pastor as a human being with the same temptations as the rest of us fallen beings? We are men and women, male and female traveling through this time together for God’s reason.

OK, I won’t tease you too much.  The song I am putting on my site is called “Grace Got You.”  Now, I am going to stop writing so I can start dancing to the song.

God Bless You!

Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz?

I thought Friday should be fun or for me, a more tongue-in-cheek kinda day.  I wrote this years ago, when I had had my fill of prosperity preachers.  And sometimes I re-write everything but the chorus.  OLWYBMAMB is a country song that should be sung really twangy, with a stomp of the foot!  If I could sing, I would sing it for you, but I don’t want to ruin your weekend.

So start stomping and pinch your nose tight!

OH LORD WON’T YOU BUY ME A MERCEDES BENZ? BY Joni Berry

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
Well, if you ever been living in a little ole town.
Not having wheels don’t mean you can’t get around.
But since them developers came and bought up all the land.
Now, all the townsfolk has jumped on the luxury band.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me  to find a way?
The small Baptist church up on the hill, has a new prosperity preacher,
And Lord, you ought to hear what he has been teachin’ us.
He said if I want my pockets full of hundred dollar bills,
Then give him my paycheck, cause that is God’s will.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
He said the Lord, will bless me with more than I need.
Well now I am broke, so I is planting a seed.
The funny thing Lord is I don ’t know who he’s been giving to,
Cause he drives a mercedes, nice…shiny…and new!
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
God Bless You!
God Bless America!