Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [01.21.17]

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:  

Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks 

can’t ever quite get enough of the extraordinary that she shares again and again

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just in case you’re always wanted to know? the art of making mini donuts.

 he’s written 1,000 letters to strangers in every country for the last five years…come see what he’s learned

So what a shot this one turned out to be

Amos Chapple
Amos Chapple
Amos Chapple

 so a photographer visited the coldest village on earth – this will make you feel better about where you are

can’t help but love this dad

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Book lovers? I think you’re gonna wanna pay this store (previously a 100 year old theatre) a visit!

so? how is this possible?

Phillip Haumesser

this self-taught photographer shares what he’s learned along the way

because sometimes we all need to be rescued

Mary Anne Morgan

“So friends, be encouraged. Here comes the rain. After a season of drought or grief, your prayers are being answered by a kind and loving Father God. He has not forgotten us.”

she’s living against the odds: and making the moments count

Adam Biernat
Adam Biernat
Adam Biernat

just had to share: their 18 month trip to Iceland? anyone else really wanna go?

glory, glory, glory… I never get over how the whole world is full of His glory — and how my soul needs to slow & witness His wonder

at 3 years old? she read 1,000 books. at 4? she doubled that. I just love her.

a story of bravery, small steps, and raising awareness for all parents

you’ve got to meet him: Jim Ford. #beTheGIFT

Post of the Week from these parts here

Can’t. Get. This. Out. Of. My. Head: how to always make your life bearable: the 1 question you have to ask

kindness goes a long way…#beTheGIFT

one not to miss here…”for who can have victory over God? No one.”

Hope to the Nations:

2 Syrian refugee brothers: their music and their amazing story

why you need a reading plan & good books for a new year:

how you can’t be wrecked by what you’re ready for [#WRT]

So we dreamed up — a BOOK CLUB! Join us this year for #WRT: We Read Toge(s)ther: 1 year. 12 books. For such a time as now.

We can do this toge(s)ther — 1 year — 12 books. We are where we are for a reason and a purpose and now, now, is our time to make a difference, change our world, and join Him in changing the world. 

Steve McCurry

…and with reading & good books in mind? just had to share this one:

Striking photos of readers around the world

 Our year to BREAK FREE. Let’s do this…. want to do this with you:

The Broken Way Online Bible Study begins on Monday! 

Get access to all 6 FREE study videos + FREE downloads to get started

The Broken Way is a new FREE six-week online Bible study, where you will discover that…

  • wholeness and brokenness are not opposites
  • the abundant life you crave is found in the broken pieces of your life, and
  • you don’t have to be afraid of broken things, because Christ is redeeming everything.

Sign up for the study now and we’ll get started THIS week – Monday, January 23! I’ll kick things off with a FREE online event on Monday with all of our online Bible study participants. And we’re making the companion study videos available to you for FREE.  All 6 beautiful, raw, vulnerable sessions!

Register now and get the schedule, free downloads, and all the great bonuses you need to get started right away — Please be in with us? You’re needed and wanted and belong.

(And if you need a copy of The Broken Way — just for you: 50% off right now at B&N

Please click right here for all of the information you’ll need to sign up. 

This is our year — our year — to BREAK FREE!

There is freedom found when we lay our secrets down at the cross…

  [ Print’s FREE here: ]

…don’t ever get it backwards: Brokenness is always the beginning. Repentance, good brokenness, is the only way to progress in this life because growth only happens through the seed broken open. Have you ever stood in the majesty of an oak that didn’t come from a busted seed?
Jesus turns to our questions of why—why this brokenness, why this darkness?—and says, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”

There’s brokenness that’s not about blame. 
There’s brokenness that makes a canvas for God’s light. 
There’s brokenness that makes windows straight into souls. 
Brokenness happens in a soul so the power of God can happen in a soul.
The whole suffering world rings with the comfort of it,
how His nailed scarred hands cup our faces, hold our hurting hearts & He whispers: “I know… I know. Me too. Me too.”
We never cry alone.
Never, ever alone.

Dare to fully live!

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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