Author Archives: Jess Connolly

The Easter that was a Disappointment

The Easter that was a Disappointment

We sat beside each other in the back of the church, with our knees touching and our deflated hearts mirroring the same overwhelming discouragement. Everyone else sat in front of us, their backs to us as they sang the last few worship songs, oblivious to the spiral of defeat we were swirling in a few

Jesus’ Favorite

I’m Looking at You, John My sister is the oldest of six grandchildren born to my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and she has a nickname for herself that has made us giggle for the last few years, mainly because it’s true. She started calling herself “#1” in high school, and was usually pretty quick to

Dance Stand Run: Let’s Go Back

It’s okay if we’ve had some misconceptions about grace, holiness, and mission. But it’s time for us to go back to the beginning of our faith and sort them out. ✦ Suggested Reading in Dance, Stand, Run: Intro, Chapter 1 (To be read by facilitator) Intro Ladies, friends, sisters: are you ready? This week, we’re

We Can Belong, Or We Can Be Used

Editor’s Note: It’s Sit & Listen Saturday at Devotionals Daily. Enjoy reading as well as listening to this devotion from Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly. Listen on the blog or on your Alexa device by enabling the skill and then prompting, “Alexa, ask devotionals to read today’s devotion.” You can sit with us. You

What Happens When Holy Women Talk to a Holy God

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just

Even When You’re Like a Tornado

Editor’s Note: It’s Sit & Listen Saturday at Devotionals Daily. Enjoy reading as well as listening to this devotion from Always Enough, Never Too Much by Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly – a unique flip-book devotional perfect to encourage all women! Listen on the blog below or on your Alexa device by enabling the skill

Even If You Don’t Know a Lot About the Bible

Give us today our daily bread. — Matthew 6:11 My short-term memory and my long-term memory could not be more different. I can remember minute details of stuff that happened in the 1980’s. I’m one of those weirdos who has really distinct memories of things I shouldn’t be able to remember. I can describe houses

Insecurity and the Runaway Bride: How Do You Like Your Eggs?

You know Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride? Surely you do. Man, I hope you do. That Julia, goodness gracious, she’s the cutest. But she’s a tiny bit of a head case in Runaway Bride. The story goes that she’s this woman who has been engaged three times, has left all her fiancés at the altar, and

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