Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.01.18]

Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! 

Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: 

Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks

the wonder of His love

because sometimes? we all need to snuggle

What God Chooses to Forget

The Greatest Sermon Nature Ever Gave 

so who knew?!?

5 Ways to Free Your Family from Phone Addiction

cheering wildly at this idea: they’re turning baskets courts into work of art… together as community

George the Mouse in a log pile house 
George the Mouse in a log pile house 
George the Mouse in a log pile house

so they discover a family of mice in their yard? and they build them a village like no other

what. a. ride.

Man-eating fish, Tower of Babel revealed on ancient mosaic

Archaeologists discover even more remarkable biblical scenes on the floor of a 1,600-year-old synagogue in Israel

for parents: Force creates resistance. But great relationships build autonomy

thank you for these words, Scott Sauls:

When You Feel Damaged, Invisible, Irrelevant, and Ashamed

perspective… and kindness right here

The Omaha World-Herald funeral notice for Stanley Stoltz. (Facebook/Omaha Police Department)

Hundreds attend funeral of Vietnam vet with ‘no known family’

so she’s really onto something here: The pop-up supper clubs helping to tackle homelessness in London

this: The Memories, The Sorrow, and the Joy

because we are the hands and feet

enjoy the ride, friends!

pause and ponder right here: O Holy Night

…it’s a crazy ole beautiful, hurting world out there & it can feel like it’s getting crazier & more desperate for HOPE by the minute.
It’s high time for some HOPE people — some HOPE people who believe things can really change for the better, who HOPE for impossible things to turn around, who HOPE for better days ahead:

FOUND: The Secret to Not Losing Hope

just released: The Christmas Song

JoyWares
JoyWares 
JoyWares 
JoyWares 

… that wonderful time of the year to pull out one of our most favourite family traditions:

Our 24 hole wooden Advent wreath, with Mary on a donkey, headed toward the manger and the coming of Emmanuel.

please don’t miss this one:

After a tragic accident, a family’s faith stands as their only hope for a miracle

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And we all get to begin together TODAY,December 1!!

The (Gentle) Way Into The Advent that You Need (with Printable Night Before Advent Kit)

yes, yes, yes: Thrill of Hope, with my friend, Christy Nockels

Live near (or know anyone?)  New Berlin, WI? Palos Heights, IL?

Last 2 events are tonight and tomorrow!

You should come! We make you a promise:

A spectacular night of wonder …
an unforgettable night of light and hope …
a night that will be the beginning of the kind of Christmas you’ve always dreamed of.

I would absolutely love to meet you as I join Christy Nockels (I mean — this woman’s heart! No one leads to the feet of Jesus quite like this woman) and her beautiful family for the final two nights of her Night of Hope Christmas Tour this year.

Really — gather your people and come: we’d love to meet you! All the details are here.

Post of the week from these parts here:

…right there in the middle of your mess…THIS, this, is the heart-bursting, soul-reviving love story that’s been coming for us all since the very beginning:

How to Prepare for an Easy Advent: While Your Life Feels Like a Mess

on repeat this week: Emmanuel, God with us

yeah… just a little invite? to come experience a Christmas like never before?
Come experience a Christmas like you’ve always dreamed of…

So come Christmas morning, you haven’t missed Him?

So come Christmas morning — you’ve unwrapped the greatest gift you yearn for — more of Him.

Don’t miss out on the gift of the life you’ve always wanted.

December is here!

Maybe this month, we all just need the gift of Joy… a bit of Hope? To stand together — FOR each other — knowing that an act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than any sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.

Want the gift of light breaking into all the broken places, into all the places that feel kinda abandoned? These pages are for you. It’s possible — abundant joy is always possible, especially for youBreak free with the tender beauty of The Broken Way & Be The Gift 

And if you grab a copy of Be The Gift?  We will immediately email you a link to a FREE gift of THE WHOLE 12 MONTH *Intentional* Acts of Givenness #BeTheGIFT Calendar to download and print!  Just let us know that you ordered Be The Gift  over here.

You only get one life to love well.

Pick up Be The Gift & live the life you’ve longed to

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

… so whatever this new day has looming, in this new month that can feel like the hardest month of all, there’s this quiet Advent resolve:

This season isn’t about things — it’s about Him. His coming, His story, His glory. This week, this day, this moment — is simply about Him.

Simplicity isn’t a matter of circumstances — it’s a matter of focus. And a Simple Christmas — simply focuses on Christ…

Sometimes: You don’t think of Jesus as everything — until you have nothing but Jesus. And this week, this season? We want nothing but Jesus — because we’re brave enough to believe He is our everything.

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Dare to fully live!

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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