Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [01.04.20]

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:

Kyle Fredrickson 
Kyle Fredrickson 
Kyle Fredrickson 

exhale right here — and enjoy your weekend

so much kindness

for every reader: 8 Bookish New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Improve Your Reading Life

now how’s this for efficiency?!?

love: A man donated his kidney to his wife of 51 years after finding out he’s her perfect match

let’s go! this restaurant serves pizza – and so much more!

Here are some good news stories you may have missed this year

It’s a story she credits for saving her life – please don’t miss

Rural Colorado town tries innovative ways to attract teachers

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!

Turns out sometimes you don’t need New Year’s resolutions — like you need SOULutions — for a new you.

So these free printables? The practice of following this roadmap — it became a lifeline to my year last year. Because I figure that unless you can daily see your Life SOULutions…. maybe the year can end up to be more of a dissolution of your life.

And maybe sometimes you need Framable SOULutions — to frame up a new year, a new you. A No Fear New Year

a local family surprises police officer —

with a stuffed animal that resembles his K9 that recently died

couldn’t agree more: 12 Ways to Commit to the Year of the Bible

because sometimes? we lose our way

Life happens. Hurt & hard times happen. Healing can happen too.

Books for Soul Healing:

One Thousand Gifts 

Take the dare to discover: Life is not an emergencyLife is a GIFT.
Start counting gifts and find joy — right where you are.

The Broken Way 

What if Brokenness is the Path into the Abundant Life?
You don’t have to be afraid of broken things — because Christ is redeeming everything.
There’s no other authentic way forward — but a broken way.

The Way of Abundance 

Journey into a deeply meaningful life with this devotional and take sixty steps from heart-weary brokenness to Christ-focused abundance. The Way of Abundanceis the way forward every heart needs.

Be The Gift 

Let your brokenness be turned into abundance.
Be the Gift invites you into the next step of deeper transformation, less stress, more joy and abundantly more peace & purpose. You only get one life to love well…to Be The Gift.

thank you, Scott Sauls: New Years Resolutions, Slow Progress, and the Grace of God

so who knew?! all about the art of harvesting mussels

God Behind Me, God Before Me

Looking Backward and Forward by Faith

come meet the first black star of New York City Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ – and she’s only 11

a bus driver that goes & loves way beyond his duties

just really beautifulin so many ways

Post of the week from these parts here

How To Stop Procrastinating (Free Guide): Do that Hard Thing in the New Year

Never underestimate His faithfulness…glory, glory, glory

2020 is here!

Maybe in this new year, 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 this year

on repeat this week: We all bleed the same…Father, open our eyes to see…

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

Dear Lovely You,

who doesn’t want to do that hard thing in the New Year,
who doesn’t want to get on the treadmill,
or go for a run,
or sort through the closets,
or tackle the garage, or the piles of paperwork,
or the project that’s hanging over you like a ton of bricks,
or do that big thing that feels like an impossible thing—

okay, yeah, boy, do I hear you.

Hard things just keep calling you because you’re meant to answer to higher & better things.

You’re meant to do hard & holy things because they are the next thing—to get to the best thing.

You’re made to do hard and holy things—because there’s no other way to get to the happy & holy things.

You know how we wrote it up there on the chalkboard in the kitchen years ago, & we all memorized it? Well, it’s true, & it’s hard, but there’s a brave hope in it:

Life is Pain — and you get to choose: either the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Disappointment.

Nothing happens without discipline. No music gets played without discipline. No games get won. No finish lines get crossed. No freedom gets tasted. And you want that.

Yeah, look, we had a kid who scored in the 99.7 percentile on the ACT, & that’s all well and good & all kinds of extraordinarily wonderful, but it’s like my Dad always said:

Brilliant doesn’t matter, if you can’t get out of bed.

Talent doesn’t mean a thing, if you let Fear be some terrorist that takes you hostage.

Potential doesn’t add up to anything, if you get addicted to perfectionism because perfectionism is slow death by self.

Fire your perfectionism & your procrastination will quit too.

Because here’s the thing:

You’ve been given a gift—& you’re the person who is trying to be present to this present moment, & do the hard work of unwrapping your gift, your talent, your vision, your God-given dreams.

So as we look ahead into this New Year,
we may pierce our shoes,
& the road may wear us right down
…we’re just the prodigals
stumbling back into His presence,
back into the only air that is not toxic: grace—the only air we can safely breathe this year…

and He catches us with His nail scarred hands & holds us with the only thing that can ever hold us: His arms of Grace.

We are not held by a standard of perfection—because we are held by His arms of Grace.

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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

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