Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [09.12.20]

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:

she captures life’s moments like no one else I know


she gave up “normal life” for wildlife photographybeautiful work

deeply movingBOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

“…even if I save just one person, that’s one person less that will suffer…”

what a brave traveler!

These are hard, big days for our kids, for us, and they, like us, need very real images, very tangible truth, of God’s closeness and care to fight the fear and ward off trauma.

We need to read again and again how God is the Good Shepherd who protects us, who watches over us and guides, again how God soothes and nurtures us like a Mother Bird who protects us under her wings, how God is bigger than storms and we are Never Alone but Always Loved.

Read more, and get the FREE Scripture Printables:

3 Big Truths to Raise Resilient Kids (& Be Resilient Ourselves) & What We All Need To Wing Through 2020

The Great American Lawn…not what you may think

This is the best thing I’ve read on the internet in a long time. Can’t afford to miss this one. Deeply convicting & discussing here as a family with broken wide open hearts:

‘Conservative’ Biblical Theology Begets ‘Liberal’ Loving

so yeah, anything is possible

Older Women, Young Churches Need You

a life-changing moment for these students:

‘9/11 Kids’ Doc Tells Story of Kids in Classroom with President Bush that Morning

Immersive Outdoor Exhibition Projects Van Gogh’s Paintings Onto Giant Shipping Containers

Three Teenagers Changing the World for the Better

watch to the end? through the ads?

“… I was that person who was invisible. I never spoke unless I had to…”

Kids in Poverty Adapt to the Strange New World of School at Home

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

Maya Angelou’s story of her traumatic childhood and how it changed the trajectory of her life

grateful for the people who loved her through it and never gave up

Spectacular Winners of the 2020 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest

how this mother and adopted daughter dealt with others’ assumptions

Gifts from God

neighbors loving neighbors, yes, yes, yes

Post of the week from these parts here

You trying to figure out kids & school & upended plans & a pandemic & a direly fraught & hurting world too? How do we raise resilient kids & be resilient these days ourselves?

This kinda miraculous story blew our minds, captured our hearts, & showed us & the kids how to be resilience & safely wing it in 2020:

3 Big Truths to Raise Resilient Kids (with a Free Printable) (& Be Resilient Ourselves) & What We All Need To Wing Through 2020

Ephesians 1:11–14

Hostile Enemies Made One in Christ

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: Battle Belongs

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

This is the truth I’m learning in my weary bones right now:

Growth is always and only a work of God. Love is a fruit of the Spirit — never the fruit of your own labors. There are no real leaders in the body of Christ — only actual yielders to the Person of Christ.

And I whisper it to all my unspoken broken places in me:

You aren’t the one who failed, the one who struggles, who missed out, you aren’t the one who got it all wrong, got filed on a shelf, got the pink slip, you aren’t the one left on the sidelines, left behind, left ashamed, you aren’t the one who isn’t enough, isn’t included, isn’t remembered, you aren’t the one who is XY or whatever terrible Z you whisper to yourself at 3am.

Whatever has happened doesn’t define who you happen to be.
The truest thing about you is that you are the one whom Jesus truly loves.

So then what does that mean for us in the middle of all the things?
That the way the faithful grow is that they choose to be wooed by God.

But how? How do we move the idea into practice?

Make it a practice to daily count all the ways He lavishly loves you
not because counting blessings is a cliche practice,
but because counting gifts is how you practice waking up to the love your whole life is longing for.

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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.