Five Finds Friday // Dec. 18

Five Finds Friday is a fun link-up hosted by two of my favorite people (Holly and Taylor) where we share things we love from around the Internet. Enjoy!

Oh, and a few upcoming things you might be interested in...

  • I'm writing a letter to 2015... I'll share that on December 30 just before this wild year ends.
  • I'll tell you all about the #OneWord365 I chose for 2016 on January 1!
  • The full recap of ALL THE BOOKS I read in 2015 goes live January 4!
  • And then, last but not least, my #RAD52in52 bucket list for 2016 will be published on January 6! Here's last year's if you want to check that out.


The second of the Christmas throwdown videos from work is here! Who knew people could be so opinionated about Christmas cookies (or the lack thereof)!

Crosswalk Christmas Throwdown Pt 2: Best Christmas Cookie?

The editors and staff at all love Christmas (some obviously more than others), but that doesn't mean we all agree on how to do it! In this edition of the throwdown, we debate rolled out sugar cookies vs. all other options!

Posted by on Tuesday, December 15, 2015


I'm basically obsessed with all things from Consider the Wldflwrs-- minimalistic, beautiful, timeless...what's not to love?! These three pieces are all under $50 too. I wouldn't hate it if any of these showed up under the tree for me...


This mulled cider from The First Mess looks AMAZING. Except (let's be real) I would spike it. But even so... YUM.

Mulled Pomegranate Cider with Vanilla + Rosemary


How Do We Get Past All This Outrage?

This post from my dear friend Cara Joyner is graceful and wise and so needed right now, in this Advent season when our world is breaking more than ever and the fear feels so real and close.

In the spirit of Advent—the anticipation of hope and the bright life that broke into a bleeding world with perfect love—let’s agree to be people who flood the darkness with light. Let’s set out to meet great grief with pure love and unmovable truth.
— Cara Joyner


What happens when you pray to lay down your life with a welcome larger than weapons, with an incarnational hope larger than any imagined hells, with a brave faith larger than any beastly fears?
— Ann Voskamp

how fears can strangle Christmas — and how to crush all that fear

Oh look, another week where Ann Voskamp is here in my feels... we should just make give the woman her own column in this weekly gathering-up of links. This post (like everything she puts into words) is a beautiful story of laying down a life, of choosing faith over fear, even when the world is trying its very hardest to scare us.

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