Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories 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:
Each year the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migration journeys in the insect world. They travel in order to overwinter in the warmth of Mexico and parts of Southern California. Born with an internal map that guides them based on the magnetic field of the earth, as well as the position of the sun and other possible cues, some travel as far as 3,000 miles to finally rest. On fragile wings they ride the wind doing what they were created to do.
come see…photos sure to bring a smile: Nursing Home Residents Enjoy Very Special Guest When Visits Are Restricted – a Miniature Horse
oh, my heart…must come see this
amazing! thrilled for him!
like maybe you’ve never seen? Check some of these incredible underwater photographs from the 16th annual Scuba Diving magazine photo contest
words Dr. Tony Evans recorded several years ago – still meaningful to every one of us today
“Gratitude interventions are exercises designed to increase your focus on the positive things in your life. One intervention involves writing down a list of things you are thankful for each day. We found the gratitude journal is a simple, inexpensive intervention that can have a significant impact on changing employee behavior for the better.”
“Wherever you are, count your blessings, collect gifts, count it all joy.” ~One Thousand Gifts (More than a MILLION of us have already stepped into the life-change of this experience right here!)
YES, cheering here: “There are so many hidden treasures in people who we as a society have a tendency to overlook…”
we circled ’round this one
… new classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:
(100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya)
My Suffering Feels Meaningless — What Can I Do? thank you, John Piper
have you thanked a nurse recently? a beautiful story about nurses who stayed
Christine Caine has profoundly changed my life and I couldn’t love her more.
She’s the realest deal and this will be a life-changing weekend:
it’s not just a bucket of baseballs… it’s a binding force that is now bringing 3 generations together
may it be so: our first priority should be to run to Jesus…
thank you, Priscilla Shirer
“The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ proves God’s sovereign and glorious intentions.”
on repeat this week: The Gospel
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.
over and over: To You
Look, this is going to get real personal: You are seen & known.
You aren’t just another face in the crowd, you aren’t just left fighting your battle, trying to slay your giants, forgotten & alone on the backside of nowhere. You aren’t just a number — your name, your name is engraved into the palm of His hands.
He knows you —He knows that thing you can’t say out loud, He knows the soreness of the hidden wounds you’ve been carrying around on the inside, He knows the weight that you’ve been lifting & trying to pretend isn’t even there. He wrote a love letter to you about it all; He didn’t just write the Word–He wrote it for you … He wrote it to you — personally.
He wrote your name on His hand — personally.
He whispered, “I am Love — for you… & I love all the world — but don’t ever think that’s just some blanket statement — I come to you & wrap you personally in My love.”
This all gets real personal — because God is real & personal & He draws near to you today and says: “You, YOU are my Beloved — You are held & upheld, you are cupped & carried, you are wanted & wooed — you. are. not. alone.
It’s always beautifully, intimately, real & personal:
Knowing God is love —
is not the same as knowing:
God Loves 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.