Articles by Danielle Ayers Jones

Danielle Ayers Jones is wife to an amazing husband and mother to three. She's a writer and photographer, combining both loves on her blog, danielleayersjones.com. A space where she seeks to find beauty in everyday places, joy in hardship, rest in the struggle, and encouragement in unexpected places. She's also written for Thriving Family, Clubhouse, Jr., iBelieve.com, StartMarriageRight.com, and FortheFamily.org. You can follow Danielle on Instagram here and Pinterest here.


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Christmas Favorites: Selah’s “Rose of Bethlehem”

Today it feels like winter has arrived. It is cold, damp, and grey outside. I decided to make some chocolate chip cookies to cozy up our afternoon. With Thanksgiving over and December here, I decided it was time for some Christmas music. I reached for one of my favorite albums, Selah’s Rose of Bethlehem. Although…

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A Girl and Her Emotions

When I found out the ladies’ retreat theme my church was holding this year was on emotions, I admit I inwardly groaned. That’s not for me, I thought. As someone who has previously prided herself on her stoicism, feeling emotionally out-of-control has not typically been an area I’ve felt weak in. If anything, I more…

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Real Nutrition

When I was little I remember sprawling on the red and white tiled linoleum floor of the kitchen looking at the glossy pages of my mom’s Good Housekeeping and Betty Crocker cookbooks. I was drawn to the beauty of food, the mouth-watering feasts and intricately decorated desserts. And I still love food. I love to…

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Lost and Found Family

When it was discovered my dad was having an affair, the family unit I’d known for twenty-seven years was slowly torn apart. Now what I once knew as my family no longer looks the same, feels the same, or is the same. It’s felt like what I’d imagine losing a limb might feel like; first…

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Cling

“I guess we won’t be able to get recessed lights for the living room,” I sighed. One by one, the two floor lamps we had used for lighting had broken. Only a lone table lamp now lit the room. Our home is a 1950’s rancher that we’ve been remodeling. We had planned to install recessed…

A Humble Heart
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A Humble Heart

If ever there was an inconvenient pregnancy, it was Mary of Nazareth’s. Her pregnancy was miraculous, but it also put her in a tenuous situation. As a virgin engaged to be married — worse case scenario — Mary could have been stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). Who on earth would actually believe her story? There…

The Radical Life
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The Radical Life

Growing up, I wanted to live a radical life for God. I imagined myself a modern Amy Carmichael living in a foreign country, writing books, and rescuing babies. I devoured Elisabeth Elliot’s books about missionary life in the jungle. Perhaps I’d save children from poverty in the streets of India, teach English in China, or…

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One Day Apart

Being married to a worship music leader means I spend most Sunday mornings getting my family ready for church by myself. It means getting up extra early to do my devotions and be dressed before my twin toddler boys wake up. It means rushing to get them dressed and fed, gulp down my coffee, and…

Rewriting Tragedy
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Rewriting Tragedy

I hang up the phone after talking to my mom one Sunday evening and burst into tears. I choke out, “My dad’s having an affair!” Josh folds me into his arms. He understands how I feel. In the space of five years both of our parents have separated or divorced due to adultery. The ripping…

More Than Enough
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More Than Enough

“Look at all this stuff I got!” I said with a self-satisfied smile while displaying the clothes and shoes I’d bought from T. J. Maxx to my husband. I was excited about all the great deals I’d scored. A few days went by. I found myself obsessing about clothes I’d seen at that store and…

Off Stage Worship
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Off-Stage Worship

“I wish I could go with you,” I said wistfully, kissing my husband goodbye one evening as he headed to our church’s music rehearsal, remembering the times before kids that we’d gone together. I also recalled the Sunday mornings when we’d stop for coffee before arriving early at church to rehearse prior to the service….

Losing It
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Losing It!

I’m blurry eyed and sleep deprived. There’s barely time to eat, shower, or get dressed. I wonder if my body will ever be the same again. I just had a baby. Actually, make that two. Twins. My life will never be the same. And neither will my body. I look in the mirror with a…

The Attitude
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The Attitude

Do you remember the story from Anne of Green Gables where Anne breaks her slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head for calling her "Carrots"? Even after he asks for forgiveness, she continues to hold a grudge against him for years because he hurt her feelings. She punishes him by snubbing him whenever she gets a chance….

The Pursuit of Peace
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The Pursuit of Peace

The other day, as I was looking over my calendar for the upcoming months, I started feeling a little stressed. I saw many things pressing for my time: finishing this article, a logo that needs to be completed, upcoming parties to plan for, and a house that we’ll finish renovating over the next month or…

The Practice of Prayer
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The Practice of Prayer

Flipping through my journals that span the past several years, I notice a similarity in my January 1st entries. They contain my New Year’s Resolutions, and one resolution in particular is usually on the list every year: to grow in prayer. Of all the spiritual disciplines, prayer has always been a challenge for me. Whether…

Soul Deep Contentment
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Soul-Deep Contentment

When I was twelve years old we lived in my grandparents’ unfinished basement for a year. We set up our beds at one end of the basement and piled up our boxes to create "rooms." We arranged our living room furniture and put down a braided rug on the cold concrete floor to make a…

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