Tagged Danielle Ayers Jones

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Feast

Do I truly approach the Bible as a spiritual feast? Or do I treat Bible reading like a meal replacement drink, just showing up for a quick nutritional fix, but not to really savor?

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Build Like Nehemiah

Nehemiah angrily paced back and forth in his chambers. The chaos of the day had melted away to nighttime silence, giving him time to think. Earlier in the day he had discovered that Israelites of wealth and position were exacting interest from loans and even enslaving their poorer countrymen! Nehemiah sighed. Another problem. He’d just…

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Elizabeth: Faith for the Barren Years

She had kept the letter of the law. And not only in the outward sense, but she was righteous before God. For years she’d lived a life that was blameless before the Lord. She was not perfect, of course, but Scripture records not one word of reproach about her life. Still, she was barren. And…

Christmas Books for Kids
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Christmas Books for Kids

One of my favorite things to do December 1st is pull out our special stash of Christmas books. There’s nothing like snuggling down into the couch while the Christmas tree lights twinkle and reading a good story. I’m constantly looking for new ones to add to our collection. Here’s a few of the titles we’re…

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Fullness of Joy

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11 ESV) Joy is found in Jesus. In His presence. It’s as simple and as hard as that. If I’m experiencing joylessness, I’m not fully entering into relationship with Jesus,…

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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…

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The Long Valley

It lurks in the corners of my mind. It sidles up to me and whispers in my ear. It hits me full force when I’m least expecting it. Grief. I’ve faced loss before. Both my grandpa and uncle died of cancer within the same year. Two years later, I experienced an abnormal conception. This time…

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….

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