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:
can you even?!?
couldn’t agree more: life is just better with friends
“Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why.
From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.
Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.
Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.”
we gathered ’round this one – they’re enduring the harshest conditions, often against all odds
good words right here: Talking Back When Shame Keeps You Silent
this restaurant employee? 5 star: “Be just a beacon for 10 seconds in their life. I think that’s what life’s all about…”
LOVE their vision here, yes, yes, yes: combining public housing with the mission of a public library
so maybe age is just a number?!?
Hay Man: love what he’s doing here… and why
reunions like this? never, ever get old…
you’ve got to meet him: an extraordinarily kind and giving man
smiling through tears at this: When I Pray for You
a most beautiful story of adoption
a salute to the little ones with big scars who are surrounded by incredible families, medical professionals and communities
a teacher who is using her story – to help her students find their voice #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
Post of the week from these parts here:
… right there with you as seemingly every single day can feel like this stream of tiny traumas piling up?
None of us are alone in any of this. Here’s to letting hope get into the folds of things:
this award winning choir director? just hoping to serve others the same way his mother served him
just, thank you, Scott Sauls: You will accurately discern what your real beliefs are about God when the storm comes
These pages are for you. It’s possible — abundant joy is always possible, especially for you.
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You only get one life to love well.
on repeat this week: Come to the Table
…make us brave enough to hold on to Hope, Lord:
Hope for the impossible, hope for the unlikely, hope for the unexpected, hope for the improbable — because hope is nothing else but the spine of faith.
We dream hope again tonight, steadied in the storm —
for Hope in You is the anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19).
For the One who watches over the storm around us,
is the One who makes peace within us…
and this is our hope come true.
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.