Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.03.18]

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 her extraordinary 

okay, greasy pans in the kitchen this weekend just got a whole lot easier

… you know how sometimes you’re just taking small steps forward? Honestly? Those small steps can look like gliding on air

Why We Should Escape Social Media (And Why We Don’t)

a glimpse of the supermoon this week that comes around only once in a blue moon

um…. if you are not highly sensitive, you likely know someone who is?

What You Need to Know About Highly Sensitive People

 how a painting of Rembrandt’s was brought to full life in a shopping center? Art is everywhere

love this: this beautiful babysitter & what she did at her wedding?

‘I don’t believe in quitting’: Amputee trains for 5K to benefit breast cancer 

…so this is the plan: “It’s a fantastic experience to be able to give back to people who can never repay you. It does so much for your heart and your soul” #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

I’m with him: when you really, really love reading books to kids

“In a really sort of a simplistic view, the goal is that if one kid would pick up a book, that maybe otherwise wouldn’t have and they have fun reading it … That to me would be a good day.”

because some messages are just really worth celebrating #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay 

Megan Aguilar

C’MON! after a mom’s plea, birthday letters poured in for this teen with autism

LOVE: a million small gestures may be all we really need

 a young woman, now a firefighter herself, reunites with FDNY Lieutenant who saved her life when she was 6

so they’re on to something here: let’s take care of each other #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

an extraordinary story of survival: 

“Our bodies are these miracles, these works of art. And I think I used to look at my scars with a lot of embarrassment and I feel like I own them now, my scars, they show a journey that happened.”

glory, glory, glory

just amazed at what they’re doing here: “It’s all about doing something for somebody else”

#BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

Esther Havens for Africa New Life

Unbelievable. Undone. Heart completely uncorked.

The Farmer and I stayed up late last night talking about this one:

Why Every Girl (and her dreams) Counts — and what happens if they don’t

an extraordinary story: Rock climbing lets him forget he’s blind

“I no longer have that pre-conceived notion where I walk into a room and judge someone based on their looks, their clothes. It’s more about the personality, the connection…”

Esther Havens for Africa New Life

Esther Havens for Africa New Life

I’m telling you: Post of the week from these parts here

… 40 seconds & one astonishing little kid who left us entirely slack-jawed.

Wouldn’t have missed this for the absolute world

— because it’s flat-out changing my world:

How to Not Get Duped into Living The Fake Beatitudes

(& how a Kid in Africa Unexpectedly Moves a Whole World of Us to

The Attitude of The Genuine Beatitudes)

yes: she is able to be self-sufficient thanks to an assisted living community created to empower young adults with special needs

the journey of 82 years of separation between a mother and daughter & how they turned the world upside down to find each other

just — completely undone: February is American Heart Month, here’s the tiniest fighters:

the babies and kids who are born with congenital heart disease. These little ones are surrounded by incredible families, medical professionals and communities.

 Want the gift of light breaking into all the broken places, into all the places that feel kinda abandoned? 

These pages are for you. It’s possible — abundant joy is always possible, especially for you.

Break free with the tender beauty of The Broken Way & Be The Gift 

And if you grab a copy of Be The Gift?  We will immediately email you a link to a FREE gift of THE WHOLE 12 MONTH *Intentional* Acts of Givenness #BeTheGIFT Calendar to download and print from home or at your local print shop!  Just let us know that you ordered Be The Gift  over here.

You only get one life to love well.

Pick up Be The Gift & live the life you’ve longed to

yes, yes, yes: powerfully said — Stay in the Word

THIS! Jesus Has Come

on repeat: In Christ Alone

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…in the wait, whatever you lose, don’t lose heart — you never lose what lasts forever.

You’ve got to believe it: whatever is being lost momentarily, more is being gained eternally.

In the wait, if you shift the way you see — and see that the wait could make you into the person you’ve been waiting to become.

If you’re waiting on God — do what waiters do: serve.

Break free of your comfort zone and do something, touch someone, give something, help someone, pray for someone, serve someone, #betheGIFT for someone. You can’t be a world changer until you serve. In serving, you are served a feast of what you’re longing for. Because the One who loves you steadfastly, stood fast at the cross for you, so now stand fast for Him.

“Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms… Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help.” 1Peter4:10 NIV, MSG.

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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.