This weekend? Feels like we are walking into new hope, new change, new possibility!
Some real hope in these days — for us all to the real, sustained, needed work & more of the real Kingdom of God to come into a hurting world. 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:
“The whole of the life — even the hard — is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.” ~One Thousand Gifts
Big Universe. Bigger God.
deep in the woods, this mailbox stores letters dedicated to fathers who’ve passed away…
In honor of Indigenous People’s Day this past week: Acknowledging and bearing witness to the people who came before
yeah, you & me both
When you’re really done with that comparison thief robbing you of joy? You want to be unafraid to be you too?
The moment you trust in Jesus’ story of rescue, God comes near and won’t ever leave
The Story Maker animated children’s film is a Spread Truth project aimed at helping children understand the metanarrative of Scripture and also help them share the Gospel story with their friends and family.
“He’s just the perfect example of how a little act of kindness can go a long way.”
We rise as one, we will not give up
you’re so not alone…How Do I Find Freedom From Worry?
glory, glory, glory
…let it be known, in You alone, my joy was found
We’re coming to you in your living rooms with a
one-day, digital event!
You are a leader. Whether you’re a mom, a boss, or a Bible study leader, you are influencing others around you. Let us equip and encourage you to continue using your influence for God’s glory with our annual leadership event, IF:Lead.
We want to personally invite you to pull together a few friends in your living room for a day of dreaming about the days ahead with this sisterhood of women God has given us called IF:Gathering on August 15. Tickets are on sale now! Invite your friends and join us online in August!
Leading with Empathy – (Latasha Morrison from IF:2019)…had to share, her words are just so needed
please don’t miss this one!
Recent protests are sparking questions from children. Not shying away from those conversations is the first step in raising an anti-racist child.
As of June 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade. From its orbit in space around the Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years.
how simple human presence is the cornerstone of caregiving
learning here from this honest conversation…thank you, See Hear Love
Choosing Joy & Faith While Living With Incurable Cancer
so good…The Story I’ll Tell
thank you, Maverick City Music
We got a room for our 26th.
Just one small room in our little tiny house, back in the woods here on our farm, one small room to pour a cup of coffee together, watch the sun rise, light dappling through the stilled quiet of the trees.
Turns out? You don’t need much & you don’t need to go far. You need what my therapist said:
You need someone who will stay in the room.
You need your people who will stay in the room when you’re losing your stuff & your ever loving mind, when your whole fragile world is crumbling, when you are at your very worst, because they don’t care what hits the fan, they care about you & they’re gripping your hand.
Every life needs Lifers.
what is God doing?
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this one-armed archer is aiming high
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: There is a King
…you made it to the weekend. And you can feel the wearying of it: Our minds process 105,000 words a day — the equivalent of 2 complete books — about 550 pages of words — but how many pages of His Word do we read, digest, meditate on, sit with, incarnate?
God’s Words alone never fall to the ground and evaporate (1 Sam. 3:19). God’s Word always literally, concretely, take up space in space — the only question is: do we make space for His Word in us?
God’s Word never goes away, passes away or falls away —- but is always given to show us The Way.
When God speaks — He does not speak hot air, or heated opinions, or highfalutin commentary. God’s Words are the only words that create reality, shape reality, remake reality — all other words risk being fake realities.
So as we head into the weekend, let’s cling to this & remember: God’s Word is the only thing that never falls apart — and holds us when we are falling apart.
Quiet all the other voices around you today — and listen to God’s Word about you…open His Word & hear Him tell you He loves you.
Never let the noise of the world around you,
drown out God’s Word about you.
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.