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:
tears: a beautiful story of friendship
“Twenty-eight months ago I was given a second chance at life when I decided to become sober. I decided the only way to pay back the chance I was given was to start doing the right thing, and the right thing is helping those in need, and if my story of sobriety can help someone else or inspire someone then it’s worth it…”
so grateful for the tireless effort of Seed Company:
There are still over 1 Billion people without the complete Bible in the language they understand best. It is Seed Company’s mission to translate the Bible into every language of every people group, to the ends of the earth.
have you heard what this bus driver spontaneously did for his 50 students? we’re cheering loudly here
“I’m driven by faith and Christ.”
a business man and a human experiment: the people with the least often give the most
“Kindness is a bridge between all people. If you’re ever down and you want to lift yourself up? Go do something kind for somebody”
The Little Drummer Boy
25 Free Stress-Free Holiday Sticky Notes for Your Soul, right here:
For mirrors and sinks and dashboards, for pockets and walls and office cubicles. For this Christmas.
Each card is an affirmation, a prayer…
Where Are You, Christmas?
This man donated 200,000 miles to strangers so they can go home for the holidays #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
Maybe the best kind of gift to give? Choose a gift and change a life. Thank you, Compassion International
Why the supernatural events of this season are both credible and incredible
Only God: Shoeboxes Lead to Church Planting in Mongolia
Never forget: He Held the Stars in Place
Undone: however long the path may seem… let’s do this for Christmas
can you even?!! she captures our world in extraordinarily breathtaking ways
a Christmas never to ever forget — when it’s shared with a friend
Don’t miss this one! maybe the best thing you’ve seen & heard this year?!?
yes, yes, yes: Messiah
Post of the week from these parts here
so maybe things are reeling a bit today in your world — much ache & grief & sadness & brokenness.
Then the unlikely wow of an every day miracle like this happens —
& all of us can pass some healing hope around:
What Child Is This: this one never, ever gets old
So, we kinda don’t want a Christmas that we have to produce or perform or perfect — we want a Christmas that holds us — that revives us, remakes us. We want a Christmas that whispers Jesus.
A Christmas that whispers: No matter what feels beyond fixing, One came from beyond the walls of this world because His heart is fixed on you, smitten with you, completely for you, & you are loved far beyond your wildest hopes & deepest needs, & His arms will carry you far beyond the arms that any of your problems can reach.
A Christmas that whispers to all your unspoken broken: Don’t give up — because He came down.
(GIVEAWAY: Search for this giveaway post on my Instagram — Tag a friend whose heart needs to hear that they get that kind of Christmas because Jesus, & we’ll enter you & them to win one of FIVE Messiah Mangers from @joywares (made by our oldest son, Caleb) and one $250 gift card to @gracecraftedhome (our Fair Trade store where 100% of proceeds support @MercyHouseGlobal ). Just follow your Ann-girl here, & @joywares & @gracecraftedhome & tag your friends in the comments below to enter. And we’ll celebrate Him with you& announce a winner Sunday 12/23! )
You get the Christmas you’ve always wanted & dreamed of — because you get Jesus — & He wants you & loves you more than you could ever dream.
WOW: This holiday season, discover how giving brings people together, no matter how far apart they may be
On repeat this week: When Hope Came Down
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.
never a Christmas without this one… absolutely exquisite
So we’re just going to go ahead & say it out loud here right now, Lord — that it’s easy for our hearts to snag on things & to be torn & for us to lose our hope.
It’s easy for us to have a hole in our heart & all our hope leak right out….
So we think that our crazy family can’t change,
that there’s no hope left for our hard things,
that the person looking back in the mirror at us hasn’t got a hope in a dark night of changing.
And You hold our hearts today & whisper:
“Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!” Ps.131:3
Christ is coming! Christmas is coming!
*And if Christ is coming — can anything overcome Him?*
Light is always stronger than darkness!
When you really believe in Christmas —
you believe there is really Hope for everyone, for everything —
for every moment, even us.
And our hearts kindle again into flame, Lord —
cupped in Your safely-carrying hands.
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.