Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [05.16.20]

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:

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start the weekend off with a walk under the stars

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wheelhousephoto on Instagram / www.georgewheelhouse.com
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wheelhousephoto on Instagram / www.georgewheelhouse.com
wheelhousephoto on Instagram / www.georgewheelhouse.com 
wheelhousephoto on Instagram / www.georgewheelhouse.com 

amazed at his work: wildlife photography like maybe you’ve never seen before

(oh, and love that he plants a tree for every print sold!?!)

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They met at a hospital during the height of the coronavirus crisis:

a woman who spent her 84th birthday fighting for her life and the certified nursing assistant who refused to let her die.

Inside zoos closed for COVID and the creative ways they’re coping

Ryan Johnson

An Open Letter to COVID-19

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.

Grab a cup of tea and sneak away to a quiet corner to feel His embrace, truth and unending love. 

…because we all need to smile

glory, glory, glory

Natural Macawood Ladle (handmade by the women of UPAVIM Crafts in Guatemala)

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?

 Wherever there is a place of Grace — we find more of Home. Come see.⁠

From Prison to the Olympics… what choice will you make?

When It All Still Hurts A Month After Easter

Amen!

How We Got the Bible: The Great Story of Sacred Scripture

“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…”

Water of Life…

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.

grateful for the work of BibleProject

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

Post of the week from these parts here

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:

3 Ways to be Safe in a Pandemic Reopening without Losing Your Mind: How to Survive this Virus: Chapter 3

Don’t Waste Your Sorrows – Psalm 126: a Meditation by Tim Keller

This month. May. What is needed now more than ever?

That we be the hands and feet of Jesus for each other, that we help be what each other needs, that we #ShowUpNow for each other, that we #BeTheGift to each other.

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?

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.

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:

One Thousand Gifts

Joy is actually possible, right where you are.

Take the dare to discover: Life is not an emergencyLife is a GIFT.
Life is too short to do anything but truly savor it — to count all the ways you truly loved.

 

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 — right into a profoundly abundant life.

 

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 Abundance — is the way forward every heart needs.

 

Be The Gift

Be the Gift is a tender intivation 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.

On Repeat this Week: Love Moved First

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…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.

 

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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.