Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.11.17]

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 & your people right here:

Yuichi Yokota 
Yuichi Yokota 
Yuichi Yokota

winter in Finland – anyone else wanna go too?

such otter fun!

yep, come meet the dog who stands on city corners offering hugs

The Plastic Road Concept: so what do you think?

Delta Rose Photography

once lost but now founddoes it get any better than this?

48 countries in 400 days: no words? just stunning

“Study of a Jaguar” by John Macallan Swan (Scottish, Old Brentford 1847–1910 Isle of Wight) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0


Claude Monet, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies (1899)

just had to share:

 You can now use 375,000 images from the Met Museum for free

shining a light on children’s journeys through foster care and the joys of adoption

Because what’s more important than any experience is being needed, wanted, & loved

Mateusz Piesiak
Mauro Tronto / Facebook
Cristiana Damiano

these award winning photos sorta took my breath away

a perfect match and so much more

so good: Don’t Be Afraid To Take Your Kids With You

just brilliant — the shoe that grows with you

can it get any more beautiful?

Boston Marathon bombing survivor engaged to firefighter who helped save her

I don’t know how many copies I have shared of the The Jesus Storybook Bible around the world in various languages, how many I have given as baby presents, how many nights I have read aloud from these pages. This the truest, richest theology in the most dancing, lyrical language. I never, ever tire of the wonder of these pages — and how every story whispers Jesus’ name. 

this brave young girl? stole the internet’s heart this week

you must meet Jose: come see why he gives back to immigrant families – what a story 

Our friends at Wycliffe Bible Translators’ have reached out to offer us a newly released FREE 7-day devotional — “Searching for Significance

Everyone wants their life to matter. In a material world, we are too often tempted to pursue this meaning through material means or earthly success. Each lesson in “Searching for Significance” reminds us to pursue meaning by living our lives in pursuit of Christ and according to Biblical teaching.

Wycliffe Bible Translators is the largest scripture translation organization in the world, with a widespread mission network internationally and in the US. They endeavor to have begun a translation of the Bible into every language by 2025 while fostering Christian community, providing educational material and fellowship resources.

Please click here for this free 7-day devotional: Let’s explore what the Bible says about your significance and worth — through the eyes of your Creator.

What if there was an evening that’s like handing you own keys to break free?

One night that’s a gift to you: to break you free from the fears, from the weight, from the pressure, from the stranglehold of all the things.

Think exhale. Think holy space. Think candles. Think more Jesus. 

Think music that sounds like the voice of worship and grace and the beauty of cruciform freedom: with Dove Award Nominated vocalist Best Female Artist of the Year, Christy Nockels.

Think gloriously, powerful moving words about breaking into the free that’s all yours right now: with Rebekah Lyons, author of You are Free.

Think of an unforgettable evening daring to take The Broken Way to abundant freedom.

Think of an evening lit with a door broken wide open to what you want most: freedom into more joy, more peace, more Jesus.  

ChristyRebekah and I, we’re so excited! Do we get to exhale relief & inhale breaking free with you? 

We’d love to meet you & live Broken Free

This farm girl will be humbly and gratefully looking for you:

what an idea, yes, yes yes

no truer words – wish I could share what she says here with every woman

“The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel”

“because everyone has needs”

a most incredible story of giving, giving, giving  #beTheGIFT

this football player was proud to be labeled ‘a nerd’. (please don’t miss this…)

one for repeat: Because He Loves You… 

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. 

And I found lots of great encouragement to spur you on!

Read 200 Books This Year by Making This 1 Tiny Change to Your Routine

and this:

3 Powerful Tips to Help You Read 100 Books This Year

and this too:

In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 books

Take the Dare, Join the Revolution, Pick Up The Broken Way

go ahead and live like you’re loved – His love has made you more than enough!

   [ Print’s FREE here: ]

I don’t know how, but somehow? –maybe our hearts are made to be broken. Broken open. Broken free. Maybe the deepest wounds birth deepest wisdom. We are made in the image of God. And wasn’t God’s heart made to be broken too? Wounds can be openings to the beauty in us. And our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory.
Hannah tasted salty tears of infertility. Elijah howled for God to take his life. David asked his soul a thousand times why it was so downcast.
The thing is? God does great things through the greatly wounded. God sees the broken as the best and He sees the best in the broken and He calls the wounded to be the world changers.

Never ever be afraid of being a broken thing. And maybe—this is the way to freedom? You’ve got to remember to just keep breathing —keep believing. Brokenness can make abundance.

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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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