Noah Jones

There and Back Again, Noah’s Tale

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Text from Noah: I think I’m running a fever and my stomach hurts. Can you come get me? And that’s how it all started. The school nurse confirmed a stomach bug was going around and that it was a nasty one. I had the reaction all mom’s everywhere get when they hear that news, “Button down the hatches, and get …

Wise Men

The Purpose of the Wise Men

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The other day, I was talking to my parents about the difficulty of Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and my compassion for her riding a donkey while nine months pregnant. Ouch! She must have expected a little easier journey considering whose child she was carrying. Anyway, in the course of all that, I happened to mention the wise men, and my …

How Gretchen Stole Christmas

A Free Christmas Novella

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I had a little thought for a Christmas story a month ago. For me, ideas tend to start like seeds and grow inside my mind like Whorton hearing a Who. I can hear my characters speaking to me and I laugh at all their jokes. My family just rolls their eyes when I burst out laughing for no apparent reason …

Leaky Boat Tracy Jones

When your boat springs a leak

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“Trace, our debit card was just declined.” These have to be my least favorite words EVER. Unfortunately, that was the phone call I got from Matty yesterday morning. Matt went to mow his mom’s yard before the rain, and when he filled the gas can for the mower, his card was declined. Now, what makes that funny is that I’d …

School Supplies with Tracy Joy Jones

School Supplies

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Are you buying school supplies? I am. And yearbooks, and lunch fees, and tennis shoes because all of my kid’s feet have grown, and fees for clubs, and band, and everything else in the world. I’ve joked a few times that I feel like I’m bleeding money at the start of school, and I know many of you feel the …

Ginger Nut

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It never occurred to me that I was inviting death into our home as I stood in the pet store, waiting for the employee to retrieve the chosen one. Luke had dreamed of this moment for months. It was all he wanted for his birthday. He read the mommy-required reading on guinea pig care and practiced responsibility with our dog. …

I could be in Florida but…

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I sat in the passenger seat with my hands folded to preserve my freshly manicured nails. Usually they are a mess from house cleaning and craft projects and general neglect, but my mom had taken me for a much needed manicure just the day before. All morning I’d fidgeted and packed and repacked and removed things all while carefully preserving …

Faith Before, Encouragement After

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Do you remember that incredibly iconic scene in the movie Indiana Jones where he steps off a cliff into nothingness? I’ve often pictured that scene when I’m encountering a moment where I can’t see ahead of me and I have to take a step anyway. It’s equal parts terrifying and encouraging. How do you trust in that moment? How do …

Tracy Jones - Take Heart. I AM.

Take heart. I AM.

Tracy Jones Dealing with Fear, Encouragements, For Life

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a blog called “Stop Being Alarmed”. It’s a word that’s been burning in my heart for a while and this month I had the opportunity to preach the full message on my parent’s monthly podcast for October called Seed to Seed. I was so blessed to be entrusted with the responsibility and glad …