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
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
“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…
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!
“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
brilliant – How do you know your calling?
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
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THIS! May we always remember every word of this one…
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.
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
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:
Joy is actually possible, right where you are.
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.
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.
The Reason for Christmas Day
…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
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.