Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.05.20]

Happy, happy, happy weekend! 
Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories 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:

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


47 years of marriage. And when he can’t be with his wife as she lays dying in a hospital room, the 81 yr. old serenades her with love from below her window.

Love always finds a way.

just stunning: 30 Winners Of The 2020 International Landscape Photographer of The Year Competition Have Been Announced and They’re Amazing

because we all need a friend to sing along with us

I’m all in with everything they do at World Relief, truly ALL IN

Give the Gift of Lasting Change this Christmas season!

Gift someone you love a membership to The Path and you can send a child to school in Sudan for a year, sponsor a training on anti-human trafficking awareness, provide seeds, tools and training for one farmer to start a vegetable garden and so much more.

By gifting The Path, your loved one will be part of a movement, an irresistible force for good and an agent of lasting change.

Let’s do this!?!

Spread hope, healing and transformation this holiday season by gifting someone you love a membership to The Path.

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it…
White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” (Tolkien)

“The Final Shore” captures a foretaste of what hope awaits us all on the Other Side.

Pause & let your soul exhale with wonder & hope

because we all need someone who still believes in us

Best of 2020: The Best “Good News” Stories of the Year

warning: they’ll bring a huge smile

Amen and Amen: O Come O Come Emmanuel

so we found this fascinating!

she captures the innocent momentsoh my heart!

… Teary smiler… there are all kinds of ways to be the perfect gift. #betheGift

3 Award-Winning books for the Whole Family this Christmas

The Greatest Gift (adult edition): Christian Retailing’s Best award, 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

A tribute to some of the families who’ve said YES this year…and a prayer request for those who are still waiting…

Follow Open Hearts for Orphans on FacebookInstagram, or visit the website to learn more about their mission to serve orphaned and abandoned children around the world. If you wish to take action and help more families say YES, you can do that here.

how he explores and captures our universe? it’s kinda jawdropping

because we all need to love

A third-grade teacher donated a kidney to her school’s custodian

“She’s our miracle, our angel…we’ll forever be grateful for her.”

what a story

never too late… to be this kind of parent, by His grace

always grateful for her words… she’s speaks here about humility, modesty and gratitude

please don’t miss these powerful words she shares

(interview with Kathie Lee Gifford begins at the 1 minute mark)

My eyes aren’t leaking, yours are. It’s the onions, really! Just. Beautiful.

So the beginning of Advent, & any talk of Hope, in a year like this one, make you want to kinda laugh & roll your eyes? Yeah, while we’re all kinda laugh-crying over 2020, this one question gives us the answer we’ve all been looking for:

Hard to Keep Hoping? The Secret to Finding a Way Forward (Or: First Candle of Advent- Hope)

Worth a listen as we consider how we can share the good news of Jesus. “Perry, Kruger, and Holmes reflect on how they all came to faith in Christ from very different places and perspectives before sharing ways in which believers can share the Gospel with people they meet.”

Post of the week from these parts here:

Someone told me that this Advent has felt more like a Lent — a grieving. How in the world does a weary world rejoice? Maybe this is where we start:

How to Not let Loss or Grief or Division Steal Your Merry Christmas This Year

tears with this one… O Holy Night

… yeah, holidays can be crazy hard & messy — & honestly, after this whole wild year, we can feel real tattered & messy.

My secret for getting through is this: The Secret of The Four

Hard Holidays? Every Woman Needs the Secret of “The Four”

Want to preach Gospel to yourself every day through December?

Free Stress-Free Holiday Sticky Notes for Your Soulright 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!

on repeat: Born on the Day

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

Our God refuses to give up on you.

Your God looks for you when you’re feeling lost,
and your God seeks you out when you’re down,
and your God calls for you when you feel cast aside.

He doesn’t run down the rebel.
He doesn’t strike down the sinner.
He doesn’t flog the failure.

No matter what the day holds, how the season unfolds, God holds and enfolds: “I am come to find you wherever you may be. I will look for you till the eyes of My pity see you. I will follow you till the hands of My mercy reach you — and I will still hold you . . . to My heart.” -Spurgeon

And that moment when your heart turns to His heart that’s turned to you? All your falls can turn into a falling into His everlasting arms (Deu. 33:27). 

~excerpt from The Greatest Gift

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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.