Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.22.17]

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:  

Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks 
Meg Loeks 

who doesn’t need a quiet exhale of all this? 

…yep, because we all need to be rescued

Akiko DuPont
Akiko DuPont
Akiko DuPont 

kinda wonderful: how a cat turned a grumpy grandpa’s life upside down

um, wow. who knew?

Monstrum

because it’s the weekend & we all need to go play: some of the very best playgrounds in the world right here

how to edit a photo in 5 minutes using Lightroom.

Don’t have that tool either? Still found this fascinating!

Bobbie Burgers 
Bobbie Burgers 
Bobbie Burgers

inspiring creatives to go make this weekend: how she creates larger-than-life abstract floral paintings

okay, so wishing we could do this for all the kids birthdays: what a perfect way to celebrate an 18th birthday!

wise words: Two Keys to Flourishing in the Digital Age

“We all seem to sense that — for good or bad — our smartphones are changing us, our habits, and our relationships.”

how these young student researchers are helping the visually impaired within a classroom

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.  

First Woman to Enter Boston Marathon? Runs It Again, 50 Years Later

Q Conference: Where Christians gather to engage the most difficult conversations in our culture – 

would love to see you here? Nashville, TN: April 26-28, 2017 – this is for everyone — moms, dads, nurses, teachers, pastors 

we loved this: a community celebrates what they created by working together: #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

You are cordially (scratch that!) CASUALLY invited to come in your sweatpants and join the Never Unfriended (sweatpants) book club. It’s free! And it’s totally casual. Sign up here to join us.

the whole earth is full of His glory  #HisBeautyHeals

Carol Quintanilha/Loiro Cunha
Carol Quintanilha/Loiro Cunha
Carol Quintanilha/Loiro Cunha

a welcome and beautiful interruption to a city’s normal day #HisBeautyHeals

it’s quite simple, yet extraordinary at the repair cafe: neighbor helping neighbor #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

photo: Meredith Richmond

She Fell Off a Cliff: a miraculous story of survival we had to share

serious soul fuel for the weekend – #youcandoHardThings

tears: on a mission to spread love to kids with cancer…  #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay

their words of grace and forgiveness shared here? please don’t miss

Post of the Week from these parts here

… it’s kinda a strange thing to hear that most kids want to grow up to be famous. And this one’s conversation to have when you’re bending low in dirt, planting small seeds, dirt under your fingernails:

3 Truths about Platform No One Ever Tells You & the Thing About Fame We Have to Keep Talking About

As a mama of a little Heart Warrior — kinda undone with this one:

“God has something big in store for me. I can’t wait to see where He takes me.”

An extraordinary story of love, sacrifice, and rebirth. #BeTheGIFT #TheBrokenWay


 

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

on repeat here this week: You’re a good, good Father – it’s Who You are

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…so, here’s the thing, God — just thank You for spreading
Your protecting shield over us at the end of this day.
Shielding us from the worry that keeps on pressing in,
from the fear that creeps in from behind,
from the dark that seeps up the edges. 
Thank you that right now, even now, You “spread Your protection over [us]… You cover [us] with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5
Just, really — thank You for shielding us tonight, so we can rest 
and not be worriers — 
because You are our protecting Warrior.
For we know that worry is practicing the absence of Your presence. 

And that might just be the best secret to a good night sleep:
lay all those fears & worries to rest in Him.

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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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