Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.20.18]

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: 

Shannon @wanderingnotlost_
Shannon @wanderingnotlost_ 
Shannon @wanderingnotlost_ 

just captivated by all this wonder right here: glory, glory, glory

how they’re teaching their students about empathy? kinda brilliant

love this! This tiny pizzeria has served over 142,000 slices to the homeless

a college that’s helping single moms pursue their dreams, with help, support, and so much more

“I’ve learned that everyone has their own baggage…and we come here to work through it and build our futures”

The Joy of Overlooking an Offense just, thank you, @ScottyWardSmith

because he believes: life is life

“sometimes when no one is looking and people do the right thing? It kinda shows who they really are”

what this young cancer survivor selflessly did with her ‘Make-a-Wish’?

“I thought, ‘While I have the resources, why not make a difference now?’”

so excited about this new Bible and humbled to be a small part:

The (in)courage Devotional Bible, CSB is an invitation for all women to find their stories within the tapestry of the greatest Story every told–God’s Story of Redemption.

Featuring 312 devotions written by 122 writers from the community, each fits within one of ten reading plans that offer themes such as the SCARED BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL BROKENNESS, BETTER TOGETHER and more.

Karl Clifton-Soderstrom

cheering wildly: there’s a new program at this maximum-security prison outside of Chicago.

“I’ve been inside prison for seventeen years and in Stateville for three…but I am learning in class that there’s strength in being vulnerable.”

Justin Gallegos, a runner at Oregon with cerebral palsy, thought he was just finishing another cross country race. Little did he know who was waiting at the end of the finish line…

never, ever give up.

The Justice Conference is one of the largest biblical and social justice platforms, bringing together speakers and artists into gatherings designed to catalyse emerging works of justice around the world. And this farmgirl is just so humbled and grateful to be speaking at these events:

This week, I’ll be on my way to Australia for the Just Women Conference in Sydney and Melbourne. Just Women is an inspiring and beautiful event for woman who are passionate about making a God-shaped response to injustice.

And if you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, I’d love you to join me for an evening as we dig deep into our call to cross-centred hospitality and what this looks like in the face of big, global issues of injustice.

And at the end of next week, on the 27th, I’ll be speaking at The Justice Conference Netherlands in Barneveld, Netherlands. You can get more information on that event here.

We’re constantly tempted to think only of ourselves, but the Bible gives us a different song to sing…

always grateful for his teaching: The True Meaning of Success

so who knew!? this is the world’s largest thank you note…

love this! She Shaped Me: 10 Exemplars of Faith

Christian leaders reflect on the women from history who’ve influenced them

she’s sharing some good, good words for those trying to survive in today’s culture

How churches can better serve those who are single

she’s really on to something here: collecting what hospitals discard to help others around the world

Andris Barbans 
Andris Barbans 
Andris Barbans 

come along for a virtual tour of Iceland?just so beautiful

he opened his ‘house’ to everyone who needed a place to stay during the storm – so much good right here #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

Grieving mom brings strangers to tears with this act of kindness

kinda undone: this middle school football team? perfectly executed a most life-changing play…

He shares his story of his life from a criminal to a respected chef – and the power of potential in all of us

Survivor stories: Felicia Sanders on surviving the Charleston church shooting

“I was left here to tell my story to let the world know that God is real, God is real. If I can change a white supremacist’s life, somebody who’s thinking about going to shoot up a school or shoot up a church or shoot anyone, if I can change one or two of their lives, it’ll be worth it.” please don’t miss this one?

Post of the week from these parts here

when life gets a bit dark, try this secret

Stand firmly on the promises of His truth


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.

 These soulful, fresh devotionals dare you to take the only way forward your soul really longs for — The Way of Abundance.

Pick up your own Way to Abundance & start your journey to the abundant life 

on repeat this week: Nobody Loves Me Like You Love Me, Jesus

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… there might not be a bone in your body that wants to deal today.
And the kids might be darn grumpy today or you’ll get to church & then it’s somebody else’s kids falling apart & the pastor’s had a hard week & he’s winging it a bit & it’s all falling flatter than he’d care to admit.

And you’re straggling in feeling, honestly, a bit disheveled & bruised from a week that’s got you swinging on the end of a fraying, thin thread of faith alone, and it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing your brokenness bold for the world to see today, or if this is the week you, or anybody else, has it all together & is burying the brokenness under pressed & ironed clothes —
Every single one of us is The Busted who need a space of grace, every single brave, beautiful one of us is The Busted who need a space at the table to feast on great platters of grace & heaping dishes of mercy & brimming pitchers of hope, even for us.

Believe it: Our most meaningful purpose can be found exactly in our most painful brokenness. Brokenness happens in a soul so the power of God can happen in a soul.
By His beautiful, tender love — you are being beautifully, tenderly, made whole — wholly like Him…

So, let it happen, this swinging open of the doors of the sanctuaries, this making the Table longer, this laying out a spread of grace — The Busted who are the Beloved just coming together for a washing of wounds and a communion of refreshment and endless draughts of great grace.

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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.