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:
best pool party ever?
we gathered ’round this one
an unmistakable & unlikely bond: he saved the life of this condor who fell from the nest as a young chick. He took care of the bird until he was able to return and live in the wild – but apparently the bird hasn’t forgotten his Good Samaritan – and he flies back and visits him every now and then
had to share? free printables for dad!
all of this…at 91?!
so she’s on to something right here
gorgeous in every way: please don’t miss some of these beautiful “Letter for the Lord” free printables
Such a great way to focus on God’s Word with a new verse and printable for every day this month!
“Love one another with great love”
you’ve got to meet him:
he sews the stars and stripes onto American flags for a living, as he advocates for those with learning disabilities, like himself, to find employment
an extraordinary act of love #TheBrokenWay #BeTheGIFT
this dad’s beautiful gift? he chronicled ‘first day of school’ for all 12 years
“For the first time in nearly a year, I sat and began to type the words of my heart. The words turned into pages and the pages turned into a story and as I wrote it for you, I was writing it for me, too, and the Lord was graciously reminding me of all the beauty and all the Truth He has shown me through both the joys and the sorrows of our last many years of life.” Katie (Davis) Majors, author of Kisses from Katie
the one’s for those who feel like they don’t belong
when you get to the end of yourself and have to completely rely on God
they channeled an insult into a victory
… sometimes you leave home in the dark looking for home. Who knew that looking for home always begins looking through the dark & refusing to be afraid? Keep walking through the dark & you’ll find home. Ask Abraham.
Truck’s loaded up. Farm’s asleep and the wide open road lies ahead. The next couple thousands of miles is about #findinghome — finding a #tinyhouse & bringing it home, back across the country, to the farm, a #tinyhouse that knows a home isn’t about impressing anyone but pressing hearts into the safe arms of God. A tiny house that knows we don’t need more space like we need to make space to be more. A tiny house that offers the invitation & relief to come and be small.
Sometimes what seems small is the most meaningful of all — when seen through the lens of God.
Playlist set. 40 hrs of cross country roads & the ocean ahead — and a #tinyhouse calling our name, begging for us to bring it from the ocean back to the farm. We may have once been lost but now are found— and are always finding home… even here, right where we are.
… they said, at the beginning, that God’s Spirit brooded like a winged bird above the waiting earth, and even now what makes a country great is the greatness of its Maker, the God who rides its clouds, who waters its broken open & thirsty ground.
No matter how the winds and loud voices of this moment move, all of creation testifies:.
You touch the sky when you stay grounded in the Word.
He is our always & only & forever home.
1335 kms & 12 hrs behind us as this bunch of farm kids keep hauling a beat up Dodge pickup west. Bye Chicago & Des Moines & we’re headed right for you, Omaha.
… hey ‘Merica, with His glory glancing off a thousand hills from Nebraska to Wyoming, with your thousand church steeples pointing brazenly to the Giver of all, with your truckers hauling tirelessly across the spine of your backroads, like grace can be delivered in worn Levis & kind smiles under trucker caps —
you remember whence your help comes from, you remember that He alone is worthy, you remember that when one of you is busted a bit, you all are, & you will all bust it out so everyone is okay.
You remember that strength comes from staying on your knees, that the only way to stand tall is to stand on His Truth as the only truth, that community is made of cookies delivered to next door neighbors & reaching out across backyard & racial fences & living broken & given like bread & this world is beautiful when we believe the best — & what does it help to believe anything else?
You remember that: Love only wins when we lose our lives for others. Love only wins when we die to self so He gets the victory. Love only wins when we live given.
For God so loved the world… that He gave — and our home is always found in givenness. Be it thanksgiving, forgiving, caregiving — the life giving way is always living given.
These farms kids are dreaming big this week and are driving a new tiny house across the country, from Portland, Oregon back to the farm. Follow our crazy dream this week on Instagram.
tears here: a special father’s day song for her dad who is fighting cancer
God absolutely is.
10 things God is: with John Piper
You will not be the same — guaranteed.
Post of the week from these part here
the whole earth is full of His glory
After viewing a wide range of their Bibles at their gathering center in Oklahoma, I could not be more excited about this, could not be anticipating this more: Museum of the Bible is a 430,000 square foot museum opening in Washington DC — just blocks from the Capital and the National Mall.
When it opens in November 2017, it will be the most technology advanced museum in the world — and it’s sole purpose is to get people engaged with the Bible.Join me in a movement to honor the Bible, and add your name to Museum of the Bible’s One Million Names campaign!
The Museum of the Bible’s One Million Names Wall will display the names of one million people who honor the Bible — please, be one of them, add your name to the wall? By adding your name, you are leaving a legacy and sharing your commitment to the Bible with the world.
As you make your declaration, you will be entered for the chance to win a trip to tour the museum with me (and really, you could not tour this museum with anyone more excited) before it opens to the public!
Let’s experience the emotion, inspiration and thoughts provoked by the impact, narrative and history of the Bible.
Museum of the Bible will fly you and a guest round trip to Washington D.C., provide a hotel stay for two nights, & schedule a pre-opening tour with you, so this Bible-loving farm girl can tour the museum with you. There is no entry fee or donation required to enter this drawing, but you must register to win before June 30.
…it can feel like life’s got us in a prison — but on the inside, where God is making new life, we’re free. It can feel like we’ve lost — but not a day goes by without His unfolding grace that. makes. us. win. this. race. It can feel like the night has won — but nothing can ultimately steal us from the One Who is.
So! “…we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, *not a day goes by without His unfolding grace.*” 2Cor4MSG
A grace that holds you when everything is breaking down and falling apart—and whispers that everything is somehow breaking free and falling together.
The bottom line, and the finish line, is simply this: The God who has carried you till now can be trusted to carry you till you’re through… right through to the very end — which, then, on the other side, will be a perfect, forever beginning.
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.