Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.07.19]

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 & your people right here:

Mary Anne Morgan
Mary Anne Morgan
Mary Anne Morgan 
Mary Anne Morgan
Mary Anne Morgan

when I sit with her photos, the world stop & exhales


Empty Nesters: Missing Our Kids is Also About Missing Who We Used To Be

a powerful experiment: close before you doze – so who knew?

God built a way for us to escape the downward spiral of our toxic thoughts, but we rarely take it.

We too often buy the lie that we are victims of our thoughts rather than warriors equipped to fight on the front lines of the greatest battle of our generation: the battle for our minds.

Jennie Allen wrote a new book to remind us of what is true and if you pre-order you’ll receive a set of scripture memory cards, mailed to you, to help submit every single thought to Christ. (yes, love these!)

Pre-order the book and then fill in the form here to receive your scripture cards!

on repeat this week:

to encourage you, right where you are, again and again and again:

God sees you…and will love you back to life again

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.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (family read aloud edition)
The Jesse Tree Ornaments which use the artwork from Unwrapping the Greatest Gift.

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!

come quietly: O Holy Night

Kellie’s beautiful music is infused with hope and longing for healing in the broken places and in every heart that hears it. Her newest album, Peace On Earth combines nine traditional carols and three original Christmas songs waiting for you to sing along and praise Jesus!

How do you hold onto faith when faith itself seems lost?

In a world that pulled away from pain, Jesus pushed in.

He reached for it, experiencing pain so we would know we’re not alone in ours.

so they’ve weighed in? Blue spaces beat green spaces when it comes to mental health, study finds

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 is “Classic Blue”

“When I didn’t know Jesus, my life didn’t make sense.”

Thank you, thank you, Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

yes…Uncomfortably Human

Why Jesus Can Sympathize with You

Amen: let your gratefulness overflow

updated: he finally has his chance to get outside again!

Want to preach Gospel to yourself every day through December?

Free Stress-Free Holiday Sticky Notes for Your Soul, right hereNo Stress Holiday Manifesto

Print this set of 25 Note Cards, one for each day in December.

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.

They are quotes from The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, rewritten to be words that you can pray every day,

to keep the focus…to celebrate Christ!

Celebrate Advent by retelling the greatest love story every told

Tigist Gizachew

A Beautiful Orphan Story: Finding Jesus After Trauma

sure to remind you of the love, beauty and hope in the world

come visit a restaurant where no one is ever turned away, ever

don’t miss: If you’re missing someone this Christmas this song’s dedicated to you

this Christmas? How about giving the gift of time

The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: Best Devotional & Gift Book of the Year, CBA, 2019
Advent Resource: Messiah Manger with Star:

Post of the week from these parts here

… yeah, the holidays can be messy. And yeah — we can feel messy. But somebody really needs to know this, right in the midst:

Holidays When Things are Messy: Think of “The Four” (How to Prepare for Advent & Christmas When Life’s Kinda Messed Up)

Come experience a Christmas that restores your Hope again 
Jesus came down — and a bit of heaven can begin now, even here. With every step, we are walking into our forever now. Come let Jesus touch your wounds & heal your hurt with His tender Hope.

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

3 Award-Winning books for the Whole Family

The Greatest Gift (adult edition): Best Devotional of the Year, ECPA, 2014

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (Family Edition): Best Inspirational Book of the Year, CBA, 2016

 The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: Best Devotional & Gift Book of the Year, CBA, 2019

(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) 

When our holidays are about Staying in the Story, being with Him —

Hope finds us again — and we have ourselves The Greatest little Christmas yet!

on repeat this week: Let There Be Peace


… 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.

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…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.

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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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