Advent Edition: Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [11.30.19]

Happy, happy, happy weekend! Advent Begins! 
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 & your people right here:

Jakub Kozioł / Kuba Kozioł Fotografia 
Jakub Kozioł / Kuba Kozioł Fotografia
Jakub Kozioł / Kuba Kozioł Fotografia

enjoy the wonder of life this weekend

smiling: 88 piano keys and oh so many lights!

Warren Keelan 
Warren Keelan 
Warren Keelan 

you know you need to exhale & enjoy this on

he captures our waters like no one else I know…


an extraordinary invitation to fly

The Love of God…More Than A Second-Hand Emotion

please don’t miss… had to share

Often the history shapers, who play the biggest role and make the biggest sacrifices, are the names of those we never hear or have ever thanked.

Translators had to be anonymous people, and if their work was done well, they remained invisible.

Experience the story of those who played some of the biggest roles and made incredible sacrifices to give God’s Word.

Just so grateful for the work of Seed Company: It is Seed Company’s mission to translate the Bible into every language of every people group, to the ends of the earth

You Are Going To Want This: How to Have A Starry-Eyed Christmas (with the Whole, Free Printable “Night Before Advent” Kit)




Advent begins December 1st, this Sunday! So Saturday? Light the Starry-Eyed Wonder of the Season:

Have your own “Night before Advent” Party! 

The Whole “Night Before Advent” Kit, Poem, All-Things-Hot-Chocolate-Party is Free for you  here

because who doesn’t need a group hug

really: You Can Be Anxious About Nothing

Lift up your eyes – you are loved

 Come experience a Christmas like you’ve always dreamed? 

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

You’re never too late: there’s still time!

Gather around the Greatest Story this year for the whole family with all 3?



The Greatest Gift (adult edition)

Best Devotional of the Year, ECPA, 2014

The Greatest Gift is your invitation to come closer. A journey of 25 readings through December, an Advent practice that puts Christ right at the center.

We are called to do more than believe in Jesus — we are called to live in Jesus. A NYTimes bestseller,  this book takes you there during the sacred season of Christmas. 

One startlingly fresh reading for every day of December — that will usher you into His heart quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before. 



Advent Resource: The Jesse Tree Ornaments 

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (family read aloud edition)

Best Inspirational Book of the Year, CBA, 2016

Unwrap the greatest Gift with your family this Advent season!

Like it’s own larger-than-life 25 Day Advent Calendar person by person, story by story, retrace the lineage of Jesus. Beginning right from the Genesis Creation to the Manger Coming.

Fall in love with Him all over again as you experience God’s plan of salvation for us―from the Garden of Eden to the manger and beyond. This book is an expanded presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so families can celebrate together.

Every page unfolding the Greatest Love Story Ever Told and it’s a Love Story all for you! — every page whispering: He’s Coming. He’s Coming.

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift (pop-up edition)

Best Devotional & Gift Book of the Year, CBA, 2019

What matters more? Our children will know their whole story, know their beginning, know their roots, know their place in the family tree of God — there, right next to His heart. Beloved.

With your own 14 inch tree, 25 days of readings, 25 day advent flap calendar, hiding all 25 Biblically inspired ornaments, this beautiful keepsake that can be handed down and enjoyed for generations! For any age!

Christ came and claimed us and we claim our inheritance of the land of the really living and all the wonders of His love.

This is an heirloom, a Christmas tradition, a gift of hope — a wonder for the child in all of us!

So you don’t miss out on Jesus this year & the The Greatest Christmas


When our holidays are about staying in the story, being with Him — we reclaim the wonder:

and have ourselves The Greatest little Christmas yet!

the gift of seeing in color for the very first time

He loves us, restores, us, makes us clean: this Christmas find freedom, this Christmas be seen.

THIS! a Light Friday sale that lasts until Tuesday!

Our family here and our fair trade team at Grace Crafted Home, are kinda giddy happy to beckon you into a story where Jesus and His grace gets the glory for days and days and forever.  

Our LIGHT Friday sale is happening now! Shop fair trade and bring LIGHT to the world!

This year, choose handcrafted, heirloom-quality gifts that are beautiful, meaningful, and purposeful.

Each and every one of our fair trade items has a good story to tell.

And maybe the most creative Gift-giving idea? Print the artisan information from the product page from The Grace Crafted Home to share with your people your thoughtful, life-giving gift!

Not sure what to give this year? Maybe we can help with a few suggestions here!?!

#FairTrade loveliness from our Grace Crafted Home
Savannah Napkin

Hand-Knitted Hot Pad
Jute Floor Tote

Coupon code LIGHTFRIDAY expires on December 3rd at 11:59PM CST.

Choose to craft a home that is not only beautiful —
but crafts a meaningful, powerful and beautiful story in the world.

Choose a Grace Crafted Home

and some more really good news?!? Receive a FREE set of wrapping paper with any purchase while supplies last!

oh, oh, this: 13 year old thanks his parents for adopting him

you’ve got to meet him: an amazing coach that gives and loves in extraordinary ways

just a gentle reminder: this Christmas, may you be grateful for all of the gifts around you

Post of the week from these parts here:

3 Keys to the Best Family Advent:

How to Have a Wonderful Life (Even In Brutally Hard Things)

Make Room in your heart this Christmas!

More Of Jesus Only and have a STRESS-FREE, WONDER-FULL Christmas.

The Jesse Tree Ornaments which use the artwork from Unwrapping the Greatest Gift.

Advent Resource:

This year, let His wonder to awaken you again, captivate you, capture your heart!

 Come experience a Christmas like you’ve always dreamed? 
So come Christmas morning, you haven’t missed Him?

This Advent, Stay in the Story that the rest of your year, your family, will need.

So you don’t miss out on Jesus this year & the The Greatest Christmas. 

When our holidays are about staying in the story, being with Him — we reclaim the wonder — and have ourselves The Greatest little Christmas yet!

on repeat this week: The Reason for Christmas Day

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…yeah, our broken hearts can stop beating any blink second and the time we get to hold on to each other is but a flashing minute and I’m telling you, as a parent of 7 and mama to children facing grave diagnoses, I don’t need any monitors or alarms to tell me what this heart of mine now knows by heart:

You face life differently when you’re daily facing how short life could be. Your priorities getunbelievably clear, when it’s clear life could be unbelievably short. Because time here is short, you have to know the long game that wins forever.

Life is a vapour and wisdom is knowing how to inhale every breath.

So now more than ever, while there is still time:

Be WayFinders & WallBreakers

Be the WayFinders who never give up because He holds us up, who always find a way, because He is the Way and our God never stops making a way, the WayFinders who practice rising, practice resurrection, who doggedly keep practicing our faith that always determines the healing Way forward.

Be the Wallbreakers who break masks, break pride, break prejudice, break oppression, break otherness, break hopelessness and break brokenness.

Be the Wallbreakers who break down high walls around hearts so that hearts break free around here, and down the street, and across the world.

You break down a wall in the world, every time you break down an idol in your heart.

Comfort isn’t king — Jesus is King, and the King of Kings said the Kingdom of God rises where you lay down your crown at the foot of Jesus and pick up your cross and come die to rise.

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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.