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:
yeah, heart kinda melting here…maybe hug your loved ones today?
patient surprises her doctor with a special recognition…who can we go thank today?
it’s been a big tool to help them change: Freedom to Play — music as prison rehabilitation
can you even? …this 7-year-old with cancer? She’s making care packages for the other hospitalized kids... #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
just love this: a retirement home — for the young and old
learn more about how we can respond to the current refugee crisis
one woman and her truck? she’s changing lives big time #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” C.S. Lewis
coast to coast: the whole earth is full of His glory!
Just a magnificent display of His wonder!
the majesty of Africa’s largest owl
as a result of being bullied – she started in international organization to help people find their worth
fascinating research: How to make stress your friend #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
“just because a person is poor – doesn’t mean they aren’t rich in character”
Post of the week from these parts here
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You only get one life to love well.
on repeat this week: Reckless Love
… and so it turns out: When you hold your forgiveness ransom until someone pays you back & earns your love — you’re the one whose quality of life gets poorer & poorer.
I get it – there may be ashes… but there are risings everywhere & resurrections are our moment-by-moment reality & doesn’t this change everything:
Only the forgiving heart — gets to be a forgiven heart.
Only if the heart forgives the one who betrayed the trust you gave,
only when you turn & face & forgive the one who lied about you behind your back,
only when you forgive the one who let you down and stood you up,
forgive the one who shattered your reputation,
shredded your trust,
busted your dreams,
broke your plans,
and bruised your one boldly beating heart —
only when your heart forgives — can your heart be forgiven – forgiven of what you thought you would never do, forgiven of what you don’t want anyone to know that you have done.
And I’m learning it again & again: How can I refuse you the mercy that I have needed to stay alive?
How can I weigh what you’ve done against me as heavier and what Jesus has done for me as far lighter?
Because this is the thing: Remember what Jesus has done for you and you will always remember how to forgive.
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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