Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.15.17]

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:  

Esther Havens / Big Bend
Esther Havens/Big Bend
Esther Havens/ Big Bend

she captures the world like no one else I know



and the kids thought this was kinda rioutous — and memorable in a helpful kind of way

Craig Burrows 
Craig Burrows
Craig Burrows

so God gets all the glory here —  the invisible light that plants emit. stunning

huge smile

so we gathered ’round this one and had to share – who would have thought?

Chris Malacarne 
Chris Malacarne

what a story — one doctor delivers 3 sets of healthy triplets just weeks apart:

he credits the successful pregnancies each woman had with their sense of camaraderie & willingness to be there for one another. #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

maybe hold on? what a view from this glass bottom pool 500 feet above the ground

Sujata Setia 
Sujata Setia
Sujata Setia

anyone else with me? cannot get enough of this right here

we have boys who can’t stop talking about this: the roof over our head — maybe in our near future?

Skye Gould/Tech Inside

the most famous book in every state

you’ve gotta come see these instruments he’s made – 400 of them, with the parts collected from the garbage

really — beauty can be made from anything, anywhere

read this 3 times this week: 15 Little Ways to Deepen Your Relationship With Anyone

a place where forgotten happiness is awakened: so wish this was practiced everywhere

so psychologists studied: baking for others and the good it brings #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

A man who can break down and cry — is man who will break open his heart to let your heart in.

This choked me up this weekend:” “You hear a lot about leadership. How does God lead? How does the Prince of Heaven show us true leadership? He steps out Heaven, takes the form of the lowliest servant and kneels and washes the dirt off our feet.” ~Sally Lloyd Jones 

I just absolutely love these people: Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the beloved Jesus Storybook Bible – music, art and story come together onstage for an unforgettably intimate evening of worship and celebration. Join Amy Grant, Sally Lloyd-Jones and Ellie Holcomb for The Stories and Song Tour as they explore God’s narration, inspiring the audience to recognize the Master Story He is telling in each of our lives. 

beautiful: seeing in color for the very first time

a money experiment that may surprise you: unforgettable

The Power of Prayer, of our God: a story of survival that has doctors saying it’s a bonafide miracle

this one’s for every nurse out there – we can never thank you enough

Female missionaries have propelled the movement to bring Scripture to every tribe and tongue.

always remember: just keep swimming

deeply powerful:  thoughts on how to best start our days

a compelling interview with Simone Biles: ‘How my parents made a difference’ 

this is just so good — read several times: What Good Friday teaches us about cynicism

2 years after a huge act of kindness? he’s now found his calling #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

Keep returning to this: Hard Holy Week? What He Asked Us on Maundy Thursday Changes the World, the Church & Every Broken Heart

YES: We Believe

As Jesus Christ lies in the tomb, tomorrow is coming!

Post of the Week from these parts here:

… you know, it’s kinda hard when they call a week Holy Week — because a whole lot of things can go wrong. And can I just confess: I can be the woman who praises Him like a Palm Sunday when it goes my way — and who complains loud like a Good Friday when it doesn’t. Honestly, we all need space to be real:

When You’re Kinda Struggling Through Holy Week — and don’t feel holy at all –

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

 soon… and very soon… 

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…God cries because His people cry for things that won’t bring them more peace.
The people that praise Him quiet on Palm Sunday on the way into the city — are the same crowd that cry “Crucify” loud on Good Friday when it doesn’t go their way.
Don’t believe things can change? Just look at Palm Sunday — to Good Friday — to Resurrection Sunday. Always believe, always keep hoping — things can change.
And yeah — I can be the woman who praises Him quiet when it goes my way — and who complains loud when it doesn’t. This is what happens when God doesn’t meet expectations. When God doesn’t conform to hopes, someone always goes looking for a hammer. I can bang my frustration loud.
And it’s really true: what brings us more peace is always more praise.
There are days when Christ comes to me in ways that look as lowly as coming on a donkey and I’m the fool who doesn’t recognize how God comes.
God enters every moment the way He chooses and this is always the choice: wave a palm or a hammer.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday — and the only way to live a holy life is with palms open wide. To live given and hidden and surrendered — cross-formed.

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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

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