Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [09.19.15]

Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 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 right here:

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come away for a bit? and explore the wonders of camping with man’s best friend

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oh, you know — just a way for fence to be friendly #whateveryfenceneeds

go make a splash this weekend!

yeah,  pretty crazy wonderful stuff everywhere #FaithStartsAsAWayofSeeing #1000Gifts

get some soul rest

 being a selfless gift like this dad? there’s a lot of every day ways to be a hero

so…did you know that?

everything you ever wanted to know about …

Agne Gintalaite

even garage doors can prove that  ‘Beauty Remains’ everywhere

#FaithStartsAsAWayofSeeing #1000Gifts

one pretty unforgettable journey

Eduardo Leal

okay, so maybe every community does need their own….

‘graffiti grannies’ ?! #MakeBeautyEverywhere

oh, c’mon…. who doesn’t love a really happy ending? (yeah, me too ;) )

 your soul needs a slow walk like this…

uh…. I usually break out into hives over numbers…

but actually — the elegantly interwoven fabric of mathematics. Fascinating info! #MamaToAKidinMathmaticalPhysics

Sebastian Erras

 life is always, always, always a matter of perspective – what we too often miss

#FaithStartsAsAWayofSeeing

He’s making good out of even the bad days. 
And God’s good plans are bigger than any of your messes, your regrets, your bad mistakes.

Because You say to the lost: Come.
You say to the Unlikely: Beloved
You say to the Battle Weary: Rest.
In a hard and beautiful world,
Your grace is the only pillowed relief for my tired soul
to rest in You making all things new.
And all the brave heaved relief & smiled their Amen.

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Collecting tennis shoes to help refugees – thank you, thank you, thank you 

“I know shoes may seem small, but God is big, and my prayer is that meeting this basic need will help encourage and heal broken hearts and show them the love of Jesus.”

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

And just how great our God really is.

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never, ever give up hope. Twins separated after WWII — reunited 70 years later 

Mary Anne Morgan

this is really beautiful: Seeking a Soft Heart

“My year of yes has been this: yes to pain. Yes to hurting and yes to letting God be enough. Yes to allowing others to walk in and out of the gates of my heart with their muddy boots even if it is scary. Yes to letting others love me in my brokenness. Yes to a soft and supple heart.”

you are not “just”…  a nurse, or just “fill in the blank”!

Instagram of the Week

… that day, on the tilting spin of a hurting world, you find yourself at Shiloh, Israel’s first capital, where the tabernacle of the Presence of the the Lord Almighty Himself lived among an unlikely people for over 300 years on this dirt — and you think about taking your beaten up sandals off because God’s one relentless hound of heaven & He comes over a thousand hills because He wants His home to be with the wandering & busted up.

Hannah knelt on this dirt here & she wept that she felt like an empty woman, an unwanted, unproductive woman.

Sometimes a heart has to howl to breathe.

Sometimes a woman has to walk away from the motions of everything else & lay down a million unspoken dreams at the feet of God.

Sometimes skies can feel like ceilings & prayers can feel like cruel jokes & no one ever really knows how many tears a field or face have known.

Turns out that feelings can flat-out lie & there’s a Lover who carries around a bottle to catch every tear & He cups the tear-stained faces because He longs to cup the impossible prayers we can’t even speak & pour Himself into the emptiest places that have been masked far too long.

Prayers can go straight up like honest incense anywhere.

And God, He welcomes the aching — and can be welcomed into the ache.

And miracles happen whenever the emptiest places are made into a dwelling place for God.

The sky right there felt like a begging invitation.

#IsraelListening #Shiloh #UnspokenBroken #1000Gifts

Join a farm hick on Instagram for a tour through Israel this week? 

this guy — is a hero to our kid, and today? today’s his day…

remembering his hero, his father…

speak HOPE…speak LOVE…speak LIFE

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Hey Soul? yeah, no matter what keeps hounding this week,
just feel how the love of the Hound of Heaven is closer —
His warm breath of blessing & comfort & closeness, right there close, even right now. Listen — listen to who He says you are:

“In Christ, you are complete, you are dearly loved, the Beloved, and you can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens you, and you aren’t who you were yesterday, you are being made new today and you are an OVERCOMER & a Conqueror today because of My love!” (Col2:9-10, Col3:12-13, Phil4:13, 2 Cor5:1, Ro8:37)

If you listen long enough to all the loud voices about who you should be, 
you grow deaf to the beauty of who you are — 
and who He’s making you right now to be. 

That’s all today: Nothing can overwhelm us today, this week, like God’s GRACE can OVERTAKE us.

#‎PreachingGospeltoMyself‬ ‪#‎Forward‬!

[excerpted from our devotions in our little Facebook community … come 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

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