Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [05.05.18]

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:  

Matt Trivett 
Matt Trivett 
Matt Trivett 

your free invitation to exhalehe captures the outdoors like no one else I know  


because we all need a friend

so, did you know? They’re saying: children prefer to read books on paper rather than screens  

how reading in the NICU is helping with family bonding

Show them God

how about a trip to the ballpark? to meet an umpire in the making

8 Feel-Good Stories Of Strangers Helping Someone They Didn’t Know  

could not love her more: Raising World Changers… you really can change the world

the young man with a plan to rid the oceans of plastic? his massive project is launching this summer

because we all need a purpose: come see how this program works to combat loneliness and depression in the elderly

WW II veteran to graduate 68 years after leaving college: “I found out without friends, this old world wouldn’t be worth living in.” 

when it’s time to go home

How Far From Home
How Far From Home
How Far From Home

anyone else in? come walk these fields!?! breathtaking

just a beautiful collective of tenacious women of a certain age, who are making an impact by fixing roofs for local residents in need #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

Jessica Rudeen/Facebook

his selfless actions on a recent flight? “I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life”

the dog that never stops hugging

deeply encouraged & cheering wildly: her blindness doesn’t stop her — she’ll be competing in an international triathalon

“My father was just a country farm boy. He didn’t have any special training or anything. He just believed God.”

What does it take to live for 100 years? The research is in: some predictors of a long, healthy life

why we need to believe in someone

Post of the week from these parts here:

Honestly, if we don’t do something like this right about now? Not only are we failing to advocate for the worth of our daughters — we are failing to believe in the work of our sons.

We really can do this:

Why Now is the Time: 7 Ways to Teach Our Sons, Our Churches, Our Communities to Respect Women #EndMisogyny

stunning transformation…and deeply moving

Growing up labelled ‘educable mentally retarded’ did not stop him – don’t miss this one

What do you do when you wake up and feel like you’re not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?

In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness.

Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?  These tender devotionals dare us to embrace any and all brokenness as a gift that moves us closer to the heart of God. 

This gentle book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul. 

Order Your Way to Abundance Here

on repeat this week: Be Still

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… there isn’t one of us who doesn’t need people who believe that the broken are the most beloved, that the busted are the brave, that the limping can still lead. It’s always the vulnerable heart that breaks broken hearts free. The world has more than enough people who live a masked insecurity.
It needs more who live a brave vulnerability.
We in this vulnerable communion of brokenness and givenness, will simply keep surrendering again to love because God is love and this is all that wins. No matter what the outcome looks like, if your love has poured out, your life will be success-full.
Because in the end: What matters most is not if our love makes other people change, but that in loving, we change. What matters is that in the sacrificing to love someone, we become more like Someone. Regardless of anything or anyone else changing, the success of loving is in how we change because we kept on loving.
Am I brave enough . . . to live not afraid of broken things? It takes great trust to believe in the smallness of beginnings.
So today? Let’s Be brave. Your bravery wins a thousand battles you can’t see because your bravery strengthens a thousand others to win their battles too.

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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

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