Easter Came Just the Same

Easter Came Just the Same

by Leslie Ann Jones

I know it's the wrong season to talk about the Grinch and how he tried to steal Christmas from the Whos, but I can't help but think that this present enemy looks and acts an awful lot like that old foe. There will be no neighborhood Easter egg hunts, no Maundy Thursday Lord's Supper with the community of the faithful, no blooming cross in the church foyer to decorate, no special dress to put on, no sunrise church services to attend, and no family coming over for Easter dinner this year.

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Abide in Christ day in and day out | Muscadine Press

Abide and Thrive

by Leslie Ann Jones

Usually, when we talk about abiding in Christ, we talk about all the things that we do. Those things are important—we can and should do everything we can to abide in Jesus day in and day out—but here lately, God has been reminding me of how much he does to help us abide. He does it for our good and for his glory. Because when we abide in Christ, we can't help but bear good, ripe fruit. Lots of it. And when our lives are both abundant and fruitful, we glorify him.

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On Summertime Quiet Times

On Summertime Quiet Times

by Leslie Ann Jones

If it's hard to find time and space for a quiet time during the summer, give yourself some grace. Figure out what your bare minimum should be and do that as faithfully as you can. On the occasions when you have the luxury of more time, go a bit deeper. Know that God sees your longing heart, and you can rest assured that he will honor every single bit of effort that you put into seeking him.

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The Hope of Spring

The Hope of Spring

by Leslie Ann Jones

Spring is a living proof reminder that however dark and dreary your season of life, the gospel promises bright and beautiful days ahead. If you're in the middle of one of those wintery seasons, hold on to that promise. Spring is coming. It may arrive later than expected, but it will arrive nevertheless. God has promised, and he keeps his promises. Always.

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Preach the gospel to yourself every day. Always remember. Never forget. | Muscadine Press

Always Remember. Never Forget.

by Leslie Ann Jones

Preach the gospel to yourself day in and day out. This is the heart of everything that we do here at Muscadine Press. We know how easy it is to forget, so we create tools and resources designed specifically to help you remember. Today, we’re releasing four brand new Dwell Journals and two Gospel Truth Card sets out into the world, and it’s our hope and prayer that these simple things will remind you to look up and look to Jesus, even in the middle of busy days.

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The Love of God is Better than Life Itself

A Love That's Better than Life

by Leslie Ann Jones

Believing that God's love is better than life is the kind of thing that's easy when life goes sideways, because there really are situations when life on earth is so bad that to die and be with Jesus would be a mercy. But what about when the opposite is true? When everything is going great? When life is just as you imagined and all your wildest dreams are coming true? Is God's love better even still?

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Spiritual Disciplines for Modern Life

Linger a Little Longer

by Leslie Ann Jones

I'm not one to make big resolutions or set lots of goals at the beginning of each year. I'm slowing down a bit and spending the first few weeks of this new year reacquainting myself with the age old practices of spiritual disciplines. Reading the word. Spending time in prayer. Participating in worship. Lingering a little longer on the things that matter most. Slowly and steadily getting back into the rhythms of faithfulness. Will you join me?

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Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

by Leslie Ann Jones

We've been getting the house ready for Christmas the past week or so, but before we could hang our stockings on the mantel and set the tree in its rightful place, we first had to make room. Honestly, it was work that I didn't really want to do. But it was necessary, and it made me wonder. What if I spent as much time preparing my heart for Christmas as I do my home? 

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Gratitude Over Grumbling

Gratitude Over Grumbling

by Leslie Ann Jones

Every year at this time, my social media feed explodes with friends and family members counting their blessings, one day at a time, and honestly, I enjoy those posts a lot more than the political ones that generally clog things up. If there's nothing else we can learn from social media, let's remember this: Gratitude is better than grumbling.

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A Heart Devoted

A Heart Devoted

by Leslie Ann Jones

Hannah's story is beautiful and compelling and convicting all at the same time. I want to be like her when I grow up. I long for that kind of intimacy. That kind of faithfulness. That kind of trust. Don't you? May the same fervent devotion take root in our hearts and spill out in our prayers today and tomorrow and the day after that too.

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

by Leslie Ann Jones

When life gets hairy, we usually know what we need to do to make things better, but sometimes, especially if it's a hard thing, we shy away from doing it and just keep trucking along. For some crazy reason, we prefer the ashes of this life to the beauty that God has set aside for us...or maybe that's just me.

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Free Indeed

Free Indeed

by Leslie Ann Jones

We've made so many sweet memories celebrating freedom with our people over the years, but it's not only our freedom as Americans that's cause for celebration. If you are in Christ, you are truly free, and nothing in this world can change that. Amen and amen.

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