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 & your people right here:
You teachers are heroes and soul shapers and generation strengtheners and we’re passing you down a cup of hot tea and all giving you a standing ovation!
‘Cheer dad’ roots for his cheerleader daughter
so who knew?!?
this photographer visited 16 countries and shares some extraordinary here
when someone believes in you…
Over 14,000 people recently shared about various aspects of their prayer lives
anyone else wanna try this too? soup that’s been simmering for 45 years!
we really do have a lot more in common than we think
a fascinating story & stunning footage:
He Grew Up in Antarctica — And Now He’s Leaving and telling his story
…yeah, we aren’t about to let anything steal our thankfulness today.
Because all of us folks down in the trenches know it:
If you let something steal your thanks?
You let something steal your joy,
And if you let something steal your joy?
You let something steal your strength.
Our friends at FaithGateway have graciously chosen One Thousand Gifts as their next FREE (!!!) online Bible study, beginning November 18th and leading right up to Christmas. They are inviting us to walk all over again – or maybe for the very first time? – through the discipline of counting gifts and finding joy – right. where. you. are!
I hope you will join in this life-changing, life-transforming opportunity that could change the rest of your life!
how this grandfather is crocheting – to help others feel loved
honest answers from children about families
you’ve got to meet Lamont Thomas… all good
when it’s a daily battle to see ourselves the way Jesus sees us
“There is power in prayer. Prayer breaks chains. Prayer sets back the darkness. Prayer moves God, and when He is moved, He moves mountains.”
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: Known
I knew a woman once who waited for the perfect day,
the ultimate raise,
the long applause,
the mountain retreat,
the magic number,
the noticed thanks,
the wanted affirmation
that never came—
& for far too long she had no idea that it could just be:
the cotton bedsheets pulled up & made smooth in a messy room,
or even the cup of cold water tipped at her lips that slipped down like the perfect answer
or even this regular moment with her heart drumming
like a wild anthem within her,
because on any old day, even this one, it is never too late, all she had to do was write down these smallest slivers of grace in her everyday because:
Gratefulness isn’t hard.
Forgetting to be grateful is what makes life hard.
All she had to say to herself for the last 60 days of the year is: ‘Keep your eyes open to the gifts all around you — that you get to open if you just pay attention.’
That woman who waited far too long was me.
But the last decade of my life has had the last moments of each day spent in giving thanks, writing down the day’s gifts, & I can testify for living it:
If you aren’t noticeably grateful with what you have right now, why think you’d be noticeably joyful when you have more?
A life that is meaningful — starts with a heart that is grateful.
All the great lives start with a habit of gratefulness.
And everywhere now, you can see it— there’s light catching in the trees, glory sparking right through to the very end. #1000gifts