The Christmas Edition: Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.22.18]

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:


the beauty and wonder of the season right here

tears: a beautiful story of friendship

how this man stepped up to give back to his school in a big, big way?

“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…”

#BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

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”

What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

The Little Drummer Boy

It’s not too late! Want to preach Gospel to yourself in the days remaining until Christmas?

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…

Quotes from The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, rewritten to be words that you can pray,
to keep the focus…to celebrate Christ! 

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

4 Reasons to Believe in the Christmas Miracle

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 

love: this community is helping spread the light to children whose hospital treatments are keeping them from being home for the holidays

7 Reasons to Worship on Christmas

Esther Havens (in Iceland)
Esther Havens (in Iceland)
Esther Havens (in Iceland) 

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?!?

Thank you for this, Rend Collective! We listen to Campfire Christmas every 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:

The Miracle Story All Your Hopes & Fears Need: The Miracle of the Mop Lady in Bethlehem

What Child Is This: this one never, ever gets old

24 Candle Advent Wreath & Manger with Star: 
Grace Crafted Home
24 Candle Advent Wreath & Manger with Star: 

! Come Join Us for a Giveaway on Instagram !

  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 that miracles still happen, & and no matter what happens, hope happens. Even now.

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.

Celebrate Advent by retelling the greatest love story every told

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

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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.

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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

Share Whatever Is Good.