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:
a Christmas never to ever forget — when it’s shared with a friend
‘Anybody need a grandma for Christmas?’: Craigslist ad touches hearts
can you even?!!? extraordinary ice caves in Iceland… these and more, must come see!
the story behind ‘It Is Well With My Soul’
kindness is contagious… let’s be kind
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!
some really clever wrapping ideas – so who knew?!?
so we gathered ’round this one!
the very, very long wait: for those gifts you just can’t wait to give
every year right about now: The Thrill of Hope
THIS: anything really is possible
because we all need someone to believe in us
never, ever give up
yes, yes, yes: Messiah
… to be honest — well, sometimes you just have to get really real about your marriage —
because maybe this is meant for somebody right now:
Light of the World: this one never, ever gets old
…yeah, it can end up being mighty hard some days to scrounge up much peace when you’re a liar, a thief, a cheat. When you’ve wrecked holy things of home and hearts, crushed your priceless people with expectations, been a hypocrite in more than a thousand wincing ways.
Ask me how I know.
But there’s a way for all of us who are burdened by brokenness to find peace this season:
Amen: The Reason for Christmas Day
Hard family stuff at Christmas? Yep, right there with you.
Kinda heartbroken over some unspoken broken? Yeah, that.
Where in the world is a bit of the real Christmas Spirit? Yep.
How a Charlie Brown Christmas like this is just for us:
When Hope Came Down
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: His Name Shall Be
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.