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:
cheering loudly, Rend Collective!
when you’re grateful to be sharing the holidays with family and friends this year…
Terrence has spent Christmas Day on his own for the last 20 years…
please don’t miss this one… tears
An event designed for pastors and ministry leaders to explore what it means to shepherd and lead in the way of Jesus: the singular emphasis of this conference is to commune with Christ
when love becomes an instinct… had to share
…you can make your last minute Christmas gifts the best gifts of all for those who are looking for someone to just show up…right where we are.
Let’s give presents that change lives this year:
loving each other — is kinda the best
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!
so many tears here… her Thank You Project — and her voice
Kellie Haddock is a singer, songwriter, wife and mom. As a former widow, she’s lived through tragedy and found new hope and joy on the other side.
… that wonderful time of the year to pull out one of our most favourite family traditions:
five Julliard-trained pianists on Steinways? couldn’t stop watching this one
oh my heart
thank you, Scott Sauls…I’m Dreaming Of A Small Christmas
…unto us a Child is born and He shall reign forever more
inspiring and beautiful…4 Things I’ve Learned From Living Without Hands
a story of hope and healing… and letting your light shine
oh yes! … an adoption party like no other?!?
cheering on good men who never give up
Post of the week from these parts here
It can be lonely this time of year…
and sometimes we can feel deeply alone.
Hard time are given — but hard times alone are unbearable.
And we are given SomeOne who bears the hard times with us…
This is profoundly changing everything for me:
we circled ’round this one!
because sometimes we do the unexpected
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
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!
again and again: O Holy Night
on repeat this week: Gloria
…whatever’s going down, fear can’t get to us, panic can’t upend us, worry can’t undo us—because when we exhale, we can hear Him like a warm breath:
“I am with you.
There’s no need to fear the big things, the little things, anything, for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength when the weight of it all wears you down,
I’ll help you when you’re hurting, when everyone’s hurting,
I’ll hold you steady when everything wildly tilts,
I’ll keep a firm grip on you—
so you can rest tonight, because you are held.”
Even now, we’re just wild enough to dare believe that:
There is never, ever, ever ever anything to fear—
because there is nothing ever, ever, ever
in the universe that can
separate us from
the loving hands of God.
And all the people
hold on to each other
because they belong to each other and they all behold a Grace
that holds them all and
we all whisper our brave
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.