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:
you know you need to exhale & enjoy all this wonder
because it is ALL kinds of beautiful:
One of the greatest joys of my life was to share these Bibles
he’s a one of a kind artist – who’s learned how to leave his mark
Don’t. I. Know. It. So grateful for the love of a nurse…
cheering loudly for him:
because some kinds of happiness need no words
sometimes the best way to honor someone – is to do something honorable
9-year-old boy pays off entire school lunch debt for his class after saving his allowance #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
come see how he’s learning to embrace his disability: amazing
An experiment with joy
Happy Father’s Day
Don’t hold back. Tell them now. Why are you grateful?
an extraordinary invitation to fly
…as a mama of a child with a heart defect & another with Type 1 diabetes —
they’re creating a positive change in Haiti
a loving community? makes all the difference
“His answer is ok, be weak, so I can be strong.”
Post of the week from these parts here
…okay, these are tender times, and in the midst of a lot of pain and unspoken broken, maybe this can’t really wait:
YES: agree on Jesus
Maybe in this month of June, we all just need the gift of Joy… a bit of Hope? To stand together — FOR each other — knowing that an act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than any sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.
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: Good, Good Father
…yeah, when you’re the mother of four sons, when you’re wanting to raise up real men, when you’re reflecting much on fathers and what it means to be a real man, this #MeTooWeToo awakening in the church is not about somebody else…it’s about us. And it’s about time, right about now, for us to stand up and say hard and holy things to all our sons right now because this can’t really wait.
Because real Manhood knows the heart of God for the daughters of His heart.
And unless a man looks to Jesus, a man doesn’t know how to treat a woman.
When God decided to pull on skin and make His visitation into the world, He didn’t show up in some backroom of an inner boy’s club or insert Himself at a boardroom table with all the power brokers.
What God chose as best was to make His entry point into the world through the holy space of a woman, to enfold Himself inside of a woman, to be held and nourished and cared for by a woman that’s the jolting truth of how God loves women with His honor.
Christ never beat down a woman with harsh words or lusting eyes or sneering innuendos, but He stepped in and stopped a broken woman from the abuse of angry men
Christ didn’t degrade women in His talk, but He made women heroes in His stories. He invited a woman with a coin and broom to reveal the truth about the Kingdom of God . That’s how God loves women with His words.
Christ didn’t demonize women but He accepted the presence of a woman reviled by the self-righteous, and He welcomed the rejected though he lost the respect of the religious. That’s how God loves women with His grace.
When Christ stepped out of that black tomb, He still didn’t choose to first manifest Himself to prestigious officials, religious leaders, the Twelve, or to any man in any position — but instead He revealed Himself first to the women, He entrusted the veracity of His resurrection to the testimony of the women, He offered the privilege of proclaiming Christ as the risen Savior to the women, though no court at the time would accept their testimony. That’s how God loves women with His regard.
And know this…there are more than a few good men.
There are more than a few good men rising, more than a few good men doing hard and holy things, more than a few good men who elevate women because they’re about elevating Christ.