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:
(oh, and love that he plants a tree for every print sold!?!)
Inside zoos closed for COVID and the creative ways they’re coping
grateful for the work of Samaritan’s Purse
a nurse that went above and beyond
God hears you, God sees you, and God loves you because you are His.
This is what our aching hearts are crying out for. My dear friend Elisa Morgan and Eryn Eddy of So Worth Loving – showing women their beauty and worth every day – are the voices of the new God Hears Her Podcast.
…because we all need to smile
glory, glory, glory
Turns out? All our homes tell a story.
Every blanket, every spoon, every plate, in every home — began somewhere in the world, was made by someone in the world, and somehow changed a bit of the world —
for better or worse.
And the welcome mats under our feet, the steaming mugs in our hands, the full bowls on our tables, could all tell a grace story — a story of fair trade, a story of life change, a story of saving, Gospel grace.
And THESE DAYS at home? Maybe these days at home require a little extra GRACE?
From Prison to the Olympics… what choice will you make?
“The way in which God brought about the Bible is the story of his providence in history, played out over thousands of years. And by understanding what God had done over the ages, we will see that it is reasonable and justified to trust that the Bible in our hands is a translation of the trustworthy words of Scripture.
We could talk about ten reasons why to trust the Bible. But it may be more effective if we understand the larger narrative of the history of the Bible…”
this video explores the “water of life” theme through the biblical story and how it leads to Jesus, who presents Himself as the one bringing living water to a world that is desperately thirsty.
Quarantine at the Edge of the World: Portraits from the Arctic
he’s devoting his life to love the next one God calls to be placed in his path
just too good to miss: I have come to remind you WHO YOU ARE
Yep, it’s wildly tempting to keep asking when we can just go back to normal. Maybe there’s a far better question? One that gives you the tools you need to not lose your actual mind through this pandemic but successfully navigate the reopenings:
Don’t Waste Your Sorrows – Psalm 126: a Meditation by Tim Keller
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.
Could there be a more beautiful way to live your one life in times like these?
WE CAN #SHOWUPNOW, DO THIS THING AND #BETHEGIFT!
Download the Free COVID-FRIENDLY #BeTheGift Calendar under “Free Tools” here: http://bit.ly/StickyNotesForYourSoul
AND CHECK OUT SHOWUPNOW right now — to bring new hope to this new month!
The Hawai’i Blessing… just so beautiful
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.
On Repeat this Week: Love Moved First
…carry this with you all this week: Success isn’t about being amazing…it’s about being obedient.
Before you blink and your one life’s a tendril of smoke, a memory, a vapor, gone, know this: you are where you are for such a time as this — not to make an impression, but to make a difference. Break free of your comfort zone today and do something — touch someone, give something, help someone, pray for someone, serve someone, #BetheGIFT for someone.
What really matters is living a life that is good on the inside — not one that just looks good from the outside.
Today and through the week to come — only move with compassion. Go slow enough to be moved with compassion: “When [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion.” Matthew 9:36
Do whatever He puts in front of you and do it with great love — this is what makes any day, any life, anybody great. Miracles keep happening in the mundane.
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.