GNO: Amalia LaViolette’s Favorite Things

Amalia LaViolette is a singer and small business owner. She books gigs for her many groups: Caroling St. Louis, Connie & Amalia, The Jeweltones, and Terminally Hip. She is also a Weight Watchers leader and the mom of 2 children and a greyhound, and the wife of Richard.

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GNO: Lynn D. Morrissey’s Favorite Things


Lynn D. Morrissey is author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer and other books, contributor to numerous bestsellers, and is a professional journal facilitator (CJF) for her ministry Sacred Journaling, speaker, and soloist. She’s passionate about encouraging transparency in women through reflective journaling.

Lynn lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband Michael and grown daughter Sheridan. You can contact Lynn via email or on her Facebook Page.   Continue reading

GNO: Christan Perona’s Favorite Things

Christan Perona is the Director of Communications at Central Christian School, a racially and socio-economically diverse Blue-Ribbon school in St. Louis. She is involved in the racial reconciliation and diversity efforts of Greentree Community Church and speaks to various group within and beyond her church about the redemption of the Gospel of Christ. Christan (sporadically) writes about practical theology when the inspiration hits and time allows ( She and her husband, JD, have two children.

It’s not something I do often — think about my favorite things. I have a hard time identifying what my true favorites are in most areas because there’s so much I love. So much I crave. I used to think it was an affection for change, but I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the truth — it’s a restless heart. One thing I’m looking forward to about eternity with Jesus is for my strivings to cease. Can any of you relate?

I love beauty. I’m not referencing the super narrow, ever-changing definition of beauty that’s been offered to us in the 21st century. You know, those definitions that tempt us all to “stand out” by being the same, by following the guide of what’s “in style” for our clothes and make-up and homes and cars… you get the picture. You can’t escape it.
I’m talking about beauty that calls to the deepest parts of our soul when we see it (or hear or feel or taste it). There’s a feeling that reminds us we were made for more that’s incredibly hard to describe. And while it leaves us longing for Heaven, this feeling whispers that our Father sees us, and knows us, and wants us to experience beauty here in this world, too. What a gift. Which leads us to my favorite song.
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GNO: Linda Gurney’s Favorite Things


I’m a freelance musician (piano, clarinet).  I have been widowed ten years, have three grown children (two are married) and am a new grandmother of 3-month-old Adelaide!  I love old movies, playing tennis and pickleball, and have survived breast cancer for two years.  I love the women of Central Presbyterian Church and am honored to participate in Karen Brown’s “Girls’ Night Out”!

This is a wonderful topic, to write about things that we love. That is to say, some of God’s sweetest gifts in our lives! Continue reading