Dawn Scott Jones Articles

What Letting Your Guard Down Can Do for Emotional Healing

I loved O'Reilly, my Jack Russell Terror—I mean Terrier. Her boundless energy and spunk kept me on my toes, and...
When Distractions Turn Into Divine Appointments

When Distractions Turn Into Divine Appointments

She interrupted everything. Slowly but deliberately, she approached the platform as we all stared in wonder.Apparently she had no idea she was disrupting a very prestigious gathering of clergy. There must have been 500 of us, all ministers, sitting silently in our...

How to Control and Overcome Your Fears

How to Control and Overcome Your Fears

"Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" (Josh. 1:9, MEV).Last month, I conquered a fear. I jumped off the side of a 15-foot-high-ship into the deep, turquoise...

Are You Aware of Your Blind Spots?

Are You Aware of Your Blind Spots?

I was recently scared—really, really scared. I saw something that so frightened me it threw me back and stopped me cold in my tracks.What I saw was ugly, threatening and dangerous. It was large, intimidating and daunting. What was it? Spots! I saw spots.I have...

Does My Life Water Refresh Jesus’ Heart?

Does My Life Water Refresh Jesus’ Heart?

To the woman at the well, Jesus asked, "Will you give me a drink?" I can't imagine being asked by the living water Himself to fetch Him some refreshment.Yet, Jesus asks us to quench His thirst—to bring Him something that will refresh Him. That makes me wonder,...

Accept It: God’s Love is Unconditional

Accept It: God’s Love is Unconditional

Of all the eternal truths declared in God's Word, one prominent reality is essential to grasp: God made us in His image. We have been exquisitely designed by Him to reflect His image and reveal His likeness. As the "grand finale" of all God's unique creation, mankind...

Never Fear Heaven’s ‘Quiet Moments’

Never Fear Heaven’s ‘Quiet Moments’

To me, morning is the best time of day. I'm sure it's because, especially in the first few moments after waking up, the waters of my mind are still silent and unrippled, giving God uncontested time to speak to me before the demands of mental processing begin to toll...

Why the Cross Is the Perfect Christmas Tree

Why the Cross Is the Perfect Christmas Tree

The perfect tree: Every Christmas season begins with a search for it. Why? Because a fragrant tree trimmed with lights, ornaments and shiny garlands is the focal point of so many holiday celebrations. How often during the years, in countless homes throughout the...

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

What happens in our hearts and minds as we stand at the
threshold of a new year is amazing. It’s as if we’ve been given a fresh new
canvas on which to paint—a blank page—that provides us with a new, unblemished
beginning in life. Suddenly we are inspired; our priorities and values become
crystal clear.

Blind Spots

Blind Spots

I was recently
scared—really, really scared. I saw something that so frightened me it threw me
back and stopped me cold in my tracks. What I saw was ugly, threatening and
dangerous. It was large, intimidating and daunting. What was it? Spots! I saw
spots.

I have seen spots that freaked me out before—age spots … well just
one, but it was there and its presence was horrifying. I have seen other spots
too: sore spots, weak spots and soft spots. But none of
these shook me like the spots I saw recently: blind spots.

Free Refills

There probably isn’t a mother alive who
doesn’t love McDonald’s. Not for the cuisine, mind you, but for the convenience.
Due to today’s busy lifestyles, many moms frequently take advantage of this
fast-food phenomenon.

At one time I was among the millions who do, and I
have to admit, my kids loved it, too. It was amazing how my tots could spot
those golden arches from their backseat vantage point! They would squeal with
delight at the prospect of “driving through.”

The real thrill came,
however, when we actually pulled in, parked and went inside.

Empty or Opportunity

Empty or Opportunity

Empty is not fun. No one
likes the thought of an empty glass, an empty gas tank and least of all, an
empty bank account. When considered in those terms, empty is just plain
undesirable. But what would happen if we could begin to think of empty as
opportunity? What if, every time we saw barren, we could imagine bounty?

The idea of seeing what could be instead of what is, would not be,
however, an earthly exercise in wishful thinking, merely an act of human
intellect. Instead it would be a spiritual application of a powerful biblical
principle, which simply teaches; “We [the righteous] live by faith, not by
sight” (2 Cor. 5:7, NKJV). In other words, we are to live in expectancy,
standing on what we know and believe to be true and not living in despair,
troubled by what we see with our natural eyes.

Guarding Our Wounds

Guarding Our Wounds

I love O’Reilly, my Jack Russell Terror—I mean Terrier. Her boundless energy and spunk keep me on my toes, and her mischievous antics make me laugh—even when I’m trying to discipline her. She is full of personality, possessing the spirit of a preschool toddler. I love that about her. That is until recently when something happened to temporarily change my appreciation of her joie de vivre!

I was released from the hospital after undergoing major surgery, and it felt good to be home. I slowly hobbled into the house; every muscle in my body was hurting. I grabbed my down comforter, wrapped it tightly around me like a burrito and began to melt beneath its warmth. Just as I had started to drift off into a nice sleep, I was abruptly awakened. The front door opened and a shot of lightning flashed by me. It was O’Reilly. She soared into the living room where I was nursing my wounds and skyrocketed right for me like a heat-seeking missile.

Training in God’s Gym

Our life on Earth is a life of seasons, a life of changes. Just as some seasons are eagerly awaited and others are less happily anticipated because they are not as pleasant, so some changes life brings are welcome and others are dreaded because they are difficult,...

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