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:
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
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?
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?
…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
“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
LOVE: a million small gestures may be all we really need
so they’re on to something here: let’s take care of each other #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
“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”
Unbelievable. Undone. Heart completely uncorked.
The Farmer and I stayed up late last night talking about this one:
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…”
… 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:
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.
These pages are for you. It’s possible — abundant joy is always possible, especially for you.
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You only get one life to love well.
yes, yes, yes: powerfully said — Stay in the Word
THIS! Jesus Has Come
on repeat: In Christ Alone
…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.
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.