Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [11.2.19]

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:

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Esther Havens / Instagram
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Esther Havens / Instagram

no ones captures our world quite like she does


who doesn’t need a quick fix every now and then?!?

Instead of Lacking Trust: How to Have a Different Kind of Trust

 a candid and approachable case for believing in God when you really want to walk away

 kinda fun to watch?!?

wow: How a 17-Year Old Is Helping to Feed 12,000 Homeless People

tears: love, love, love this! #BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters The Heart & Molecular Structure Of The Brain #1000Gifts

…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!

Sign up now for the FREE One Thousand Gifts Online Bible Study, led by FaithGateway, and you’ll get access to the videos, and a whole bundle of free printables and goodies, too!

I hope you will join in this life-changing, life-transforming opportunity that could change the rest of your life!

just so grateful for the teachers who pray

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!

Joy’s Eternal Sunrise

Why Heaven Will Never Be Boring

Mountains of Cheese

The U.S. is the No. 1 most generous country in the world for the last decade

…that’s the conclusion of the World Giving Index, a ranking that measured how likely residents of 128 countries were to practice acts of generosity

running into moments like this? the best

On Letting My Kids Go, and Realizing They Were Never Mine in the First Place thank you, Scott Sauls

come see: Inside The Longest Flight Ever: 19 Hours, 10,000 Miles

Parenting Prodigals: Do you really believe what you say you believe?

this one is worth pondering

the wonder of it: Postcard From Patagonia: Creating a National Park

please don’t miss? One Boy’s Story of Fear and Hope

Beyond grateful for the saving work of Compassion International 

Jim Roberts, the man known as Mr. Playground, has been committed to building playgrounds for kids since 1998.

The 93-year-old is about to finish his 74th playground in Napa Valley, California, and has already set his sights on the next one.

The inspiring story of cancer survivor Casey O’Brien’s first snap in college

a story about the old friends…we forgot we ever had

Post of the week from these parts here

How to Finish the Year Strong: The Year’s Crowning 60 Days

This post is kinda absolutely everything right now.

Who doesn’t want to finish the year strong?


Hallelujah, You have saved me…


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This one-of-a-kind live webcast event will be filled with inspiration & fun & practical tools for THE MOST AMAZING CHRISTMAS!  Decor! Food! Music! Gifts! We have it all — and like you’ve never seen before — all telling the BEST FAIR & GOOD STORY to celebrate the Greatest Story ever told!


November is here!

Easy, doable ideas for *the whole family* to Give It Forward Today — to be the G.I.F.T. Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

And just for you, when you grab the “Be the Gift” book? Your farm girl here will immediately email you your own gift of THE WHOLE 12 MONTH *Intentional* Acts of Givenness #BeTheGIFT Calendar link to download and print from home!

Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

Pick up #BeTheGIFT  — Then receive your own #BeTheGIFT printable calendar by letting us know you picked up a copy of “Be the Gift” here

Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

Pick up Be The Gift & live the life you’ve longed to

on repeat this week: God’s Not Done With You

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…yeah, so the day can get itself all in a wad that this week’s gotta be killer amazing if you’re going to survive the pounding surf of everything coming at you —

So let’s just go ahead & kill that little notion right now. You don’t have to get it all perfect & nail it — Jesus already took the nails & finished it, so perfect’s been done & He’s handed His perfect over to you.

So — what if we all just forget right now about being Perfectionist Enablers & instead were Presence Enjoyers? Presence Enjoyers of God, Presence Enjoyers of People, Presence Enjoyers of His ridiculous gift of Now, Today!

Yeah, we’re all over Enabling Perfectionism. Because where real life is at? Is Enjoying Presence. Because, bottom line:

Perfectionism isn’t a fruit of the Spirit —
JOY is.

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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.