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:
“I am sorry for all of the ways I have ever made you feel less that what God’s love proves you are worth” AV
so who knew?!? turtles and their shells
now this school is really onto something: cheering wildly
at 7 years old? he’s got it right #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay
Here’s is a quiz on words related to this laziest time of the year. How did you do?!?
because sometimes we all need a little bit of help
just had to share! 35 Photos of Harvest Mice Living Their Tiny Lives
bus stops — AND bees stops? what an idea!
He simply wanted to help. So he did what he could with what he had.
what can we go do today?!
What does amateur photography look like today versus 68 years ago?
In iconic locations, they recreated New York Times photos from 1951.
just — breathtaking
To a Grace Crafted Home — the kind of home you’ve always longed for.
100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya
they each found the friend they needed – from an accidental phone call
‘The Beating Heart of Jerusalem’:
Newly Discovered Pilgrimage Road Gives Glimpse into Life During Jesus’ Time
This woman right here is a woman who loves other women so well. And what she says here? Just kinda knocks it out of the park:
at 97? yup, he’s still working – must come see
Michael W. Smith discusses a recent interruption… but maybe there was a divine reason…
Is it possible to be totally free? Amanda Jane Cooper shares her story
Post of the week from these parts here
You can be okay
even when you don’t feel okay
because who you are
is not how you are.
Your heart can kind break more times than you can count
which only means
your heart has been made into abundantly more.
This can be your story — even when things aren’t okay:
The words “Agriculture is the foundation of manufacture and commerce” are written across the official USDA seal, but farming is not what most people think of when talking about successful business. A century and a half ago, 90% of Americans were farmers. Today, that number is 2%.
What has happened to farming in our Industrial Age? Farms may be struggling in modern America, but with the growing organic market and a renewed interest in agrarianism and localism, is there a creative way forward for farmers?
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: Build my life
…yeah, sometimes it’s bafflingly hard to know how to live through the stuff we’re facing & it’s crazy easy to just want Someone to hand us a map, a way, through everything.
So maybe this is it: 1. no matter what, 2. all the time, 3. no matter what happens, just these three things, because He says this is the way He wants us to live today:
“(1) Be cheerful — no matter what;
(2) pray — all the time;
(3) thank God — no matter what happens.
This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1Thess5:18
This. is. the. way. God. wants. us. to. live.
There’s your map through right now — because this way leads you closer to His heart.
Being intentional about being 1.Cheerful, 2. Prayerful & 3. Thankful — keeps the day from unintentionally becoming 4. Awful.
Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day,
our days *unintentionally* give way to grumbling.