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:
just, never, ever underestimate the power of words
finding peace on the field: because everyone needs a friend
AMEN: Break Every Chain … maybe like you’re never heard before?
a vending machine stocked with free books for kids? why yes, yes there is…
He didn’t know he was being recorded. yeah: “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.”
you’ve got to meet them: Five young people creating a better world
Saylor Family Adoption Story: “God never leaves our side”
Rediscovering Home… thank you, Annie F Downs
The John Hudson Story: John lives with epidermolysis bullosa, a condition that leaves his body covered with open sores. He has lost over half his skin and is constantly battling severe pain.
John still finds hope in serving as an example for others that it is possible to survive difficult times.
Free Stress-Free Holiday Sticky Notes for Your Soul, right here: No Stress Holiday Manifesto
For mirrors and sinks and dashboards, for pockets and walls and office cubicles. For this Christmas.
Each card is an affirmation, a prayer, for each day this month.
to keep the focus…to celebrate Christ!
he’s using his hard story to help others in difficult situations
really beautiful words shared in this interview with Jenna and Barbara Bush
just so beautiful: Friends
…what if we kinda quit with all the Fear Mongers — and became Hope Mongers?
So that’s kinda exactly what happened after we lit the first week of Advent’s Hope candle.
Thank you, thank you, Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child
What a shoebox meant for one child. So. many. tears. here.
don’t miss: If you’re missing someone this Christmas this song’s dedicated to you
Post of the week from these parts here
… doesn’t matter much what story is trending these days–
The only Story that matters is the one that keeps repeating it: Do Not Be Afraid.
That’s the Story we’re staying in, the one I want our kids to stay in, the Story that crushes all discouragement & fear.
the story behind the song, The Thrill of Hope
on repeat this week: The Thrill of Hope
… that wonderful time of the year to pull out one of our most favourite family traditions:
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’ve unwrapped the greatest gift you yearn for — more of Him.
Gather around the Greatest Story this year for the whole family with all 3?
“The Greatest Gift” (adult edition),
“Unwrapping the Greatest Gift” (family read aloud edition),
and “The Wonder of the Greatest Gift” (pop-up edition with your own 14 inch tree, 25 days of readings, 25 day advent flap calendar, hiding all 25 Biblically inspired ornaments! For any age)
So you don’t miss out on Jesus this year & the The Greatest Christmas.
…do not be afraid of what could fail when His arms are stronger than any failure & He cannot fail or let you fall.
And do not be afraid of any evil because greater is He who is in the depths of you and breathing the wild courage to love right into your bones.
Do not ever be afraid of suffering because suffering can birth a greater resurrection. When His love wins you over – no fears can pull you under.
We keep #UnWrappingTheGreatestGift
and Staying in the Story because the truth is:
Advent is about the coming of God — and the end of fear.
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
Share Whatever Is Good.