Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.19.20]

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:

Maybe the best way to begin this weekend before Christmas? Sit with her photos right here…breathtakingly beautiful every time

this right here: O come, O come, Emmanuel

Christianity Today’s 2021 Book Awards

People of the Book, know we were formed by the Word, and the words we read are soul formational…adding more of these rich ones to my stacks…

on repeat here: Agnus Dei / King of Kings at The Grove, featuring Brooke Ligertwood, Jenn Johnson, & Chidima Ubah

Amazing: Rare ‘Christmas Star’ will appear in the skies this month for the first time in 800 years!

“Humans”: Connecting with the world one photo at a time

“The power found in sharing our struggles is sustaining, if we’ll just give it a try.”

always one to revisit again and again

in awe of this fascinating collection! Here Are The 25 Winners of a recent Northern Lights Photo Contest

always love to sit with this one…

Send a free soundtrack of love to isolated loved ones in hospital, hospice, or care home

When visiting is restricted and your loved one is too weak to Facetime or talk on the phone, you can still reach them with the sound of your voice. Sound of Your Love is a new service that lets family and friends leave voice messages for isolated loved ones, which can be played back to them on a loop by a care worker from any phone. A soundtrack of love, right in their ear! yes, yes, yes!

Sign up for a FREE Sound of Your Love account over the holidays and let your loved one know they’re not alone.

must come read more of this story!

It started as a spontaneous pep talk. Then this Starbucks barista became a lifeline for a boy with cancer

“I don’t think I’ve done anything phenomenal…it’s something that any human being should do. Just be kind.” 

just so beautiful… Andrea & Virginia Bocelli singing ‘Hallelujah’

a Christmas to never ever forget — best when it’s shared with a friend

On July 11, 1926, James Allan Francis – a pastor and author – delivered a sermon to the Baptist Young People’s Union in Los Angeles. His stirring message ended with an unforgettable description of the life of Jesus. Francis’s words soon took on a life of their own. They were published and circulated widely, and today, nearly a century later, the impact of this short essay still resounds throughout the world.

This short film adaptation of ONE SOLITARY LIFE

Thank you, The John 10:10 Project

brilliant – How do you know your calling?

Nona Jones is a thoughtful voice to lean in and listen to

This Video of Children Playing “O Holy Night” is Exactly What You Need Today

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

You are trying so hard. And yeah, I get why you want to set the to-do list out front & center today. Or that huge problem that has to be overcome. But let’s just exhale slow and simply set up the day with this gentle soul-talk:

“I will focus on Jesus today, just Jesus. The secret of joy is always matter of focus: a resolute focus on the Father, not on the fears. And when I feel like I can’t touch bottom is when I touch the depths of God. If He gave His Son to save me, will He not give me everything I need? I will Behold Him everywhere today – and be held.”

Simply set your focus on the Lord — He’s got you today & you. can’t. be. shaken… ~ excerpt from The Greatest Gift

[ Want to preach Gospel to yourself? 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.]

THIS! May we always remember every word of this one…

A Bible for All

Explore God’s heart for His Word and for those still living without it. This 3-day devotional will grow a deeper desire for God’s Word in your own life as well as passion to end Bible poverty.

always humbled by the tireless work of Seed Company

beautiful…had to share

just so good: How God REALLY Sees You

yes, yes, yes: Messiah

one to listen to again and again…

yes, yes: Jesus really loves you

grateful for everything you’re doing, Spread Truth, truly…

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:

How to Have Yourself a Little Charlie Brown Christmas (About Fears, Heartbreak & Hard Divisiveness at Christmas)

let’s do this! let’s just give a little love

Books for Soul Healing:

One Thousand Gifts

Joy is actually possible, right where you are.

Take the dare to discover: Life is not an emergencyLife is a GIFT. Life is too short to do anything but truly savor it — to count all the ways you truly loved.

The Broken Way

What if Brokenness is the Path into the Abundant Life?
You don’t have to be afraid of broken things — because Christ is redeeming everything.
There’s no other authentic way forward — but a broken way — right into a profoundly abundant life.

The Way of Abundance

Journey into a deeply meaningful life with this devotional and take sixty steps from heart-weary brokenness to Christ-focused abundance. The Way of Abundance — is the way forward every heart needs.

Be The Gift

Be the Gift is a tender intivation into the next step of deeper transformation, less stress, more joy and abundantly more peace & purpose. You only get one life to love well…to Be The Gift.

The Reason for Christmas Day

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…on the cold nights here, when I feel like I failed hard, when I look around at all that didn’t get done and all that still needs to be done, when I feel too far behind that I can catch up now & everyone else has moved on, and it feels like I’ve missed the boat that everyone else got on, when I wish I had done a whole lot more right and a whole lot less wrong, on the nights when it feels like time is running through my fingers like water, and I can’t seem to hold on to anything before it’s gone—

On these kind of nights? I sit close to the heat of the hearth and the warmth of the flame — and I exhale slow & believe:

“Just like the cold can move you closer toward the fire, hard things can move you closer toward God.”

So, even now, all is well. All is okay. All is grace.

When it’s all said and done, all will be right — and if all isn’t right yet, then all isn’t done yet.

So let it all draw you nearer to God…
He’s drawn to you especially now — and with all these broken pieces, He’s drawing a masterpiece that will make someday make your heart burst into its own flame of praise.

~ from TheGreatestGift

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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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