Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [03.17.18]

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:

Mary Anne Morgan 
Mary Anne Morgan 
Mary Anne Morgan 

she captures life’s moments like no one else I know


how these backyard beekeepers are hoping to change the world  

so what happens when you combine marbles, magnets, and music?

You Must Fight Hard for Peace thank you for this, Jon Bloom

 we couldn’t stop watching this one!

one of the planet’s most remote locations, a vast wilderness accessible only by boat or plane: the landscape is extraordinary and the friendships are tight.

Do you want to welcome others in but get stuck because making food, cleaning the house, decorating, and facilitating conversation feels impossible—or at least too overwhelming, so why bother?

What if you had simple ways to overcome those obstacles and lean into the gift of opening your door? What if the how-to’s of hosting people in your home didn’t have to get in the way of the get-to of welcoming people into your heart and pointing them to Christ?

Sign up for this free 5-day email series from Jen Schmidt and (in)courage and say good-bye to your hospitality woes!

never, ever, ever give up

Lisa Holloway

this photographer captures all 11 of her children in one stunning heirloom portrait

just another snow day at the Oregon Zoo

how this church is loving their community? they let the homeless sleep inside, offer blankets, and so much more #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

oldest recorded message in a bottle recently discovered

kinda hard to believe? this 6 year old’s lemonade stand helps a family in a big way #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay 

I wish you enough…

so this story brought their courtroom judge to tears: foster parents adopt 4 sibling who wanted to stay together 

her quiet act of kindness gets noticed in a huge way

The Broken Road to Joy:

We don’t have to be afraid of our own brokenness or our own failures. We are actually falling into His arms, and we don’t have to be afraid of failure because Jesus’ arms never fail.

a most powerful story of the heart:

“I needed to clean up the messes that I made by being so stubborn. And I have ask anyone within ear shot to forgive me…”

you’ve got to meet him: Bob Rutherford.

This retiree is warming the feet (and hearts) of the homeless throughout Canada in big ways

challenges can be hard – but a little positivity and fearlessness can go a long, long way

The Unexpected, Surprisingly Simple Way To Never Miss Out on the Abundant Life [Pt. 2]

You can be okay
even when you don’t feel okay
because who you are
is not how you are.
Your heart can kind break more times than you can count
which only means
your heart has been made into abundantly more.

This can be your story — even when things aren’t okay

Post of the week from these parts here:

My Mama, she’d straight up tell you this story with no shame, though it kinda burns me up with embarrassment (Who DOES these things? Apparently, I do — for decades)
But it’s the story at the end that I tell about her, that had her brimming with tears of the gentlest kind.
Because really — who doesn’t really need to know the way to the abundant life?
These stories right here — are kinda my everything life-changing right now:

How to Stop Drinking Mud Soup & Other Messy Cycles: When You Just want to Figure Out How to Live the Abundant Life (Part 1)

a beautiful story of rescue and reunion

these best friends living in a Syrian refugee camp? show how anything is possible when you have a faithful friend to help you through

on repeat this week: Come to the Table

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… you are as able to take another step toward the life you want — as you are able to live Response-able. The Responsible are those who own how they are always Response-able — always able to have a response, determine their own response, and own that response.

What would happen if the scars you carry are what God uses to carry Christ to a scarred and broken world? For when you reflect Christ, you get to see the world like He does. This changes your world. This ushers you into the abundant life you long for.

And it’s how you choose to remember — that determines how the broken dismembered things in your life will be remade and re-membered.

You have to choose to intentionally remember God’s goodness, if you want your brokenness to be re-membered into wholeness.

The Remembering People — remember they are Response-able and they are Reflectors and they are the Rememberers that remember abundance is found only in His presence.

And remember today: The abundant life is found only in an abundance of God — and we can always have as much of God as we want.

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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.