Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [06.28.14]

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Extraordinary photos around our world — because everyone needs a 5 minute virtual vacation

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Animal tracks – World Cup Edition – smiling!

Well, that’s creative — who was expecting this?

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National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest – beautiful!

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These sculptures? Created from recycled farm equipment?  — a farmer’s wife likes these (wink)

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Yes, THIS — a story of Joy:

“If you are in a pain-filled place where joy seems not only impossible but non-existent –” this.

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Abandoned places

Rustic beauty found in the decay —

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This 12 year old boy? “I want to end homelessness”

He’s making a difference in Detroit — amazed at his story.

And this has us smiling here —

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This, today:  The Beauty of Living in Glass Houses

“The secret to joy is meditating on God’s care — not earth’s snares.”

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School pairs autism students with senior citizens – and I’m nodding yes through tears.

“The students don’t see the age. The seniors don’t see the autism.

Both see — quite simply, the other person. Together they remind us that we each have gifts to give.”

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Pencils into vases? Must see –

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can’t stop thinking about what Jon Bloom said:

“How to Stop Procrastinating: What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing It”

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Why babies really need dogs

 Pondering this.

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From a picnic dweller dream to a haven for the scuba diver? This park in Austria has it all covered.

Gather the family?

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Striking photos of sea slugs in waters around our world

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YOU DID IT! TOGETHER, WE DID IT!

[How You Can Do One Small Thing Today To Make one BIG Difference: #EstherGeneration]

You amazing people who are the Esther Generation?

FULLY funded this project for our sisters in Rwanda!

“We are the Esther Generation who rise up and say for such a time as now

we will risk everything inside for our sisters outside of the gate.

Because there is nothing worth having inside the gate

when our sisters are losing everything outside of the gate.”

“Through the brokenness there is hope,

there is good, there is peace, there is forgiveness, there is love.

There is You.”

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[Post of the Week from these parts here]

A bit of Instructions on How to Live a Good Life: How to be an Artist, a Parent, a Creative, a Dreamer

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#exhale – the clearest waters in the world –

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What’s on the stack here at the farm:

Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

Tim Chester’s book thrums with the heart beat of Jesus, of the Gospel, of the Esther Generation — of being a difference right where you are. Powerful, convicting, inspiring, needed. Making notes and praying much.

 

 

Telling Secrets 

Re-reading a long ago favourite this summer.

Visiting the underlined places, the dog-earred pages, the places where he speaks my language all over again, all the secrets that need telling.

 

New and Selected Poems  by Mary Oliver

Quiet summer evenings with a  few of these on the porch?

Still everything, so I can know again.

 

 

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And for just $5 until July 1st:

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are …

a $5 gift for someone who needs their own summer read of hope? or maybe stock up on gifts — Christmas in July? 

 

This whole album literally played non-stop this week.

And when it paused — Shalom asked for it to be played again :)

Choked up every time through this song: When you’re at the end — you can begin again.

Can’t recommend this whole album highly enough.  (The Farmer’s got it on on replay.)

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Shaped by time — truly haunting and mesmerizing wonder.
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Hey Soul? So you get multiple choice today:
Busy is a choice.
Stress is a choice.
Joy is a choice.
You get to choose. Choose well. Deciding first thing: “My choice is you, God, first and only.” Ps.16:5MSG #PreachingGospeltoMyself

[excerpted from our morning devotions in our little Facebook community where every morning we share a word like this to encourage each other & #PreachGospeltoOurselvescome join us?]

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. 

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