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:
this panda doesn’t realize she’s given birth to twins… a beautiful plan was made to help them both survive
all creatures great and small: This abandoned ant colony revealed how genius these tiny creatures are
can you even imagine the wonder of this!?!!
We can’t wait for the new (in)courage Devotional Bible to be available on October 1st! (Here’s the devotional I wrote which will be included in this Bible: Give Thanks for Storms)
But you don’t have to wait until October to peek inside — sign up here for a FREE sampler! You’ll receive two full books of the Bible (Esther and Romans), several devotions, reading plans, and more!
a special place for all of the book lovers out there
in this back-to-school season? a salute to the many unsung heroes
consider joining me here next month? The Justice Institute Immigration and Advocacy
The Justice Conference believes that every Christian should pursue justice as a consistent lifestyle. At this event, we will teach you the practical steps to advocating for better national policy regarding immigration and other issues that affect marginalized people groups. Learn more here.
there are birch trees everywhere in this city: more than 18, 700 of them! come see why…
this woman pays for stranger’s coffee — and never expected this #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
…because kindness matters
just too good not to share? he’s capture the beauty of nature in mirrored reflections
tears: how one man’s anonymous act of kindness rippled in huge ways #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
he captures mountains in a different light
family grateful beyond words: teacher is donating his kidney to his 12 year old student
“I know God has a plan, regardless of the outcome”
The Grace Case offers you a beautifully inspiring way to not only experience grace, but give grace forward. Will you join us?
This Night-Out themed box will be filled with gorgeous fair trade treasures, each hand picked and designed by Ann Voskamp, that will bless you and enrich your life. Every item is hand-crafted by a beautiful sister artisan on the other side of our world– You are apart of her story when you buy her creation, create a job for her, and share her story with others.
All profits from your box directly fund Mercy House’s transition home in Kenya, where young, teenage mothers and their babies have been rescued and their lives are being changed by God’s Grace, community, education, job skills training, and so much more. Because embracing Grace always changes the world. Touch her life, her story, all while receiving amazing treasures!
Veteran gives young diver a lesson in courage
they’re inspiring their community by filling one basket at a time what can we go do today?
kinda undone: we all need somebody to talk to
Post of the week from these parts here
you’ve got to meet her: she offers a slice of hope for the homeless #BetheGift #TheBrokenWay
How do you live a genuinely abundant life?
In sixty vulnerably stories, the tender invitation of The Way of Abundance moves you through your unspoken broken — into the abundant life.
on repeat this week: God of the Impossible
…just for today — DO. NOT. WORRY.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matt6:34MSG
Just for today: Be a prayer warrior — not a panicked worrier. You either leave your worries with God . . . or your worries will make you leave God.
Worry is just the facade of taking action — when prayer really is.
Bottom line — keep breathing deep and give your worries to God — He’ll give you His peace.
His Word gently lifts our chins:
“The Lord bless you & keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you & be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you & give you peace.” Nu.6
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.