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:
we circled ’round this one!
How food banks are rising to meet an increasing need – as they hand out hope
and speaking of hope — must come see!
From starting a new life after prison, to piano lessons in a new world, we hear from program participants, volunteers, staff, and others, who face each day with courage and hope.
Most of the stories will be from our local programs here in Ontario but we may occasionally jump out to stories from across Canada or even internationally. And though most of these stories were written and produced in 2019, before COVID19 became so central to our lives, we believe these stories – and this podcast – are coming at just the right time.
smiling and cheering loudly: Heroes thanking heroes
love, love, love!
HOME — it’s the constant beat in all of our hearts. Maybe Home is one of the most powerful words we know?
And THESE DAYS at home? Maybe these days at home require a little extra GRACE? Wherever there is a place of Grace — we find more of Home.
around the world: How Everyday Heroes Are Fighting Coronavirus
smiling through many tears here…
had to share…thank you, Sam Allberry: 3 Precious Words for This Troubled Soul
Norway’s fjords: glory, glory, glory
I’m telling you, this woman, is a kind of brilliant and her words never fail to ignite
a group that heard of a new and stepped up to help – they’re lighting candles in the darkness
“As we move further and further into the unknown during these unprecedented days of the COVID-19 pandemic, may you secure your hope more firmly to Christ and Him alone.”
thank you, Joni Eareckson Tada…Broken to Comfort the Broken
a powerful, life-changing interview
Trusting God in Difficult Times – Habakkuk 1: a Meditation by Tim Keller
Post of the week from these parts here
Frankly, this was brutally hard to just say out loud but there isn’t one of us who doesn’t have to figure out how to survive this virus.
I mean: No one wants to cry fire too soon — but only fools keep smiling blithely when their hair is on fire. This isn’t a drill. We practiced our faith for days like these.
God Of Revival (Songs From Home)
Honestly? April this year kinda feels like everything happening is a very sick, bad joke. I think we sorta cancelled the whole April 1st thing. But you know what absolutely cannot be cancelled right now? What is needed now more than ever?
Because actual lives depend on it.
Right now, we all desperately need to be the gift to each other. To stand together in solidarity—FOR each other—knowing that an act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than the spread of any pandemic, more powerful sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.
Dare with us? Let’s spread kindness, start a bit of a movement, a giving, generous, caring, broken and given and transforming revolution that turns things around.
Could there be a more beautiful way to live your one life in times like these? Dare with us — to take a daring path to the abundant life!
Easy, doable ideas for the whole family to Give It Forward Today, even in the midst of COVID 19—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. WE CAN #SHOWUPNOW, DO THIS THING AND #BETHEGIFT! ~~Download the Free COVID-FRIENDLY #BeTheGift Calendar under “Free Tools” here: bit.ly/StickyNotesForYourSoul
AND CHECK OUT SHOWUPNOW.com right now — to turn this thing around in all kinds of ways right now
Can Imperfect Christians Please a Perfect God?
Books for Soul Healing:
Joy is actually possible, right where you are.
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 — right into a profoundly abundant life.
Journey into a deeply meaningful life with this devotional and take sixty steps from heart-weary brokenness to Christ-focused abundance. The Way of Abundance — is the way forward every heart needs.
Man of Your Word: I am Who You Say I am
“We are — we always are.”
“But — I don’t want to be living through this kind of history.” I look up at him.
“But HIStory — is whose story?” He smiles.
40-ish days of quarantine.
Half the planet locked down behind their doors to escape a strange & novel
The head of the UN food agency just released news that 30 countries are on the brink of a “famine of biblical proportions.”
The worst swarms of locusts in a quarter of a century are devouring the crops of East Africa.
Unemployment the equivalent of the entire work force of 23 states.
Covid particularly preys on those with diabetes and cardiac defects. Which is to say, our son and our daughter. And even if and when we lift a lockdown, doesn’t lockdown a stalking virus.
No one wants to cry fire too soon — but only fools keep smiling blithely when their hair is on fire.
When your world is on fire you burn a path straight to the only Living Water and you throw yourself into the only well that can make us well.
Now isn’t the time to be dozing through the fire alarms when whole floors of the building are engulfed in flames. If every single one of us was fighting through fiery battles before, we are all now in one protracted and hellacious inferno, battling for our lives.
I’m standing in my kitchen on the 40th-something day of quarantining.
And I murmur it at the kitchen window.
“But Lord, where would we go? No one but you gives us the revelation of eternal life.”
In the middle of quarantining, there is nowhere to go and there is only One place to go.
And I leave my Bible open on the counter all day, starved for the only real food, for the only Water that quenches and extinguishes all the flames of these surreal days.
This isn’t a drill. The world’s on fire. And you fight fire with fire — with a more passionate love burning in your bones.
We are living history — and we get to live HIStory.
And early in the morning, the kitchen floods with all this light, all this light lighting everything, for such a time as now.
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.