Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.27.14]

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maybe you just need to getaway for 5 minutes & breathe in some of the most isolated homes in the world?

doesn’t this make the heart sing happy? 

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amazing: the gift of a touchable yearbook

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come, before it’s over: a tour of the most wondrous seasonal lights around our world

what if — everybody just hugged it out? ;) 

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okay — you’ve got to see this: Animals of the Year

why you can exhale and just be the tortoise — it’s better to be the tortoise

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unbelievable!

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who expected dogs to quite do this?

so what if you decided to the Christmas gift you decided to give your parents?

Was paying off their mortgage? Beautiful.

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What she does to help bring cheer every cold winter day?  Laugh Out Loud Hilarious!

how one football player wins at life — and surprises one little person with the gift of a lifetime

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what happens when homeless children get their own amazing playroom?

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so this tradition this guy has with his dog? A ridiculously funny must see!

because, yeah, everybody needs to feel like a winner

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 you have to go slow & marvel over the miracle God creates in each & every snowflake 

or download the snowflakes as wallpaper for your screen?

He made you that beautiful & unique

really: age is just a number

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wow: What happens when a 9 yr old witnesses a random act of kindness?

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<grin> guinea pigs on their morning commute?

if you give a homeless man $100? perspective changer

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brrrrrr: come tour one of the coldest villages on earth?

…. c’mon, you want to smile too? 

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our kids discussed this one heatedly and with a whole lot of laughs

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I never get over the happy of simplicity & some decluttered tiny home inspiration

this coming home surprise? One not to miss

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what makes a 220 miles daily work commute worth it? Beautiful Must See –

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Post of the week from these parts here:

How Even Pain & Division Can’t Steal Our Merry this Christmas

[with a spoken word poem]

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What’s on the stack here at the farm — 

 Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe:  Absolutely perfect for right now. Because yeah, if you’re tired of bondage to busyness.  Tired of missing moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. “God does not depend on human exhaustion to get His work done…. CHRONIC overloading is not a spiritual prerequisite for authentic Christianity. Quite the contrary, overloading is often what we do when we forget who God is. It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God… By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God’s greatest gifts.”

 

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More  (named by Christianity Today & Desiring God as one of the best books of 2014) A most powerful, compelling read for the holidays. One to frame & inspire for the new year. From the heart of Hannah More: “Bible Christianity is what I love … a Christianity practical and pure, which teaches holiness, humility, repentance and faith in Christ; and which after summing up all the Evangelical graces, declares that the greatest of these is charity [love].”

“For Hannah, life was a feast, and the space at her table was abundant.” On William Wilberforce, Hannah’s friend and partner in the push to abolish slavery: “I really look up to God with a renewed thankfulness; I say renewed, for His having by his good providence drawn me to the Abolition business has alway appeared to me to call for the most lively gratitude.”

 

A Mother’s Prayers for Her Son Praying for Every Part of His Life:

So as the mother of four sons? This one is staying close to me this coming year…  biblically based, passionate prayers specific to the circumstances of our sons lives — praying with precision & purpose.

 

 and every year, always beginning again right here, One Thousand Gifts Devotional: The life that counts blessings discovers its yielding more than it seems.”

Harvard academics had researched & concluded that the number one effective exercise to limit stress — is to exercise gratitude thinking. Their studies had found? Nothing, absolutely nothing interrupts anxiety like gratitude. The research indicates that recording just 3 gifts a day is cognitive training, a way of reorganizing your brain around a focus on goodness, that it increases an individual’s positive outlook by 25%. What soul, community, family, doesn’t need to increase their positive focus by a proven 25%— for free?

Those who practice lifestyle gratitude, who pick up a pen & write down three things a day they’re grateful for, have higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, optimism, attentiveness, energy, were more motivated, likeable, other-oriented, forgiving, generous, helpful, more likely to volunteer, more likely to give back. Which is why every January 1st — I always begin a new gratitude journal, because  hundreds of experiments across countless labs posit one deafening conclusion: gratitude interventions results in radical, transformative change to personal well-beingTake it or leave it, we all get to decide —  doxology or dark.

The wonder of the year that was 2014

In 2014 we searched on Google trillions of times. What do these searches say about us?

what we all desperately need before the new year

excited puppy spots it’s owner. This. is. the. best.

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It’s okay that you didn’t get it all done. And that it’s messy & far from perfect. He came to do it all…so you don’t have to stress at all. The point of  this time of year is that you can rest in His perfection
because He embraces you in your imperfection.

I’m thinking of the whole bright sky declaring the glory of God, pouring forth speech:

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth, peace among men with whom He is pleased” (Lk. 2:14).

His glory in the highest always runs down to meet us at our lowest.

[excerpted from our daily devotions in our little Facebook community … come join us?]

That’s all for this weekend, friends.

Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Re – joy, re- joy, ‘re- joys’ again

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