Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.31.20]

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:

exhale and step outside this weekend

2 kindergarten teachers in the same house!?! fun days here

winning photos from the European Wildlife Photographer of The Year: linger here for a while?

10 Brain Tips to Learn Anything Fast!

You are cordially invited to join Africa New Life for Strengthen Hope, a virtual fundraising event on Thursday, November 12, live from Austin, Texas

This evening will include special ministry updates and testimonies, as well as a fun “Paddles Up!” opportunity to give in support of the work in Rwanda and a dynamic live auction that you can participate in right from your home—with INCREDIBLE auction packages to offer!

It’s a grace that the whole Voskamp family will be watching, and we hope you will be too!

Get your FREE tickets right here

this photographer captures humans and their cat look a-likes!

we circled ’round this one

It is considered to be one of the most thrilling displays of animal behavior on earth – a hundred thousand starlings in flight. These small birds gather into highly coordinated formations, while moving at speeds up to 50mph.

thank you, The John 10:10 Project

accidental coffee art(!?!) some very splendid foamy artworks

Women of Welcome launched three years ago with the dream of building a community of women dedicated to showing Christ-like welcome to immigrants and refugees. Thousands have joined the movement.

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells His followers, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Top 10 Reasons These Kids Love Christmas

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

Kindness matters

it was a grace to spend time with Kennesha Buycks this week! come listen in!

Wild days, 2020— but this has turned out to be truer than ever: 

Giving thanks isn’t a pollyanna game — but a powerhouse game-changer.

You all in? Ready to wake up to real living through a brutally hard year?

Save the date and sign up now for the (FREE) One Thousand Gifts Online Bible Study.

AND (!!!!), when you sign up? You’ll get FREE access to all 5 teaching videos, plus beautiful printables, gratitude notes, and other goodies! 
You don’t want to miss this!

2020 needs to finish strong & with a whole lot of joy & thanks to the Giver Himself!

C’mon. You in?

Over and over and stunningly beautifulHow Great Thou Art

USA Geologic 1932 Relief Map, created from a scan of the 1932 original by cartographer Sean Conway  for Muir Way.”

found this fascinating…Cartographer Transforms Vintage Maps Into 3D Relief Maps Showing Elevation:

The collection includes over 65 maps from the USA and International locations. They are printed on archival paper and inks.

it was a joy to join We Welcome Refugees this week:

Are we missing out on what God is doing in the world when we look away from those who are seeking welcome? Sharing our conversation on choosing welcome because our theology is best lived out in our hospitality

At a time when the need to resettle refugees has never been greater, it has been heartbreaking to see groups like World Relief needing to shutter offices and lay off staff across the country. As individuals and as the church, we have a responsibility to live out Christ-like welcome to all those in need.

This is why I am asking all of you to join me in having at least three conversations with family and friends about why you have been called to #ChooseWelcome. For the first 500 of you who join us we’ll also send you a “Choose Welcome” bracelet so that you can wear your witness of welcome and keep sharing with others this good news of the Gospel. 

Sign up here

How Do We Raise Kids Who Are Not Naive or Cynical?

How then do we shape their perspectives in preparing them for this world? What mistakes and consequences can be the result of this effort?”

Because He Loves You

one to share with a friend

never, ever give up…. just keep moving

She Lost Her Legs at 4, Now She Cares for 2,000 Patients

“Because I experienced serious pain when I was a kid, I hoped I could help others in pain.”

What a wild, crazy year that none of us could have predicted and yet here we are: My grandpa, he used to say: “Any dreamer can start strong — but only the strong finish the dreams.”

There’s still time to salvage this year — really, there really is — this is for you & your people:

How to Salvage 2020 & Finish Strong: The Year’s Crowning 60 Days

Going through some stuff? Well then, this encouragement is for youthank you, Priscilla Shirer

November is almost here!

Maybe in this new month, easy, doable ideas for the whole family to Give It Forward Today — to be the G.I.F.T. Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

And just for you, when you grab the “Be the Gift” book? Your farm girl here will immediately email you your own gift of THE WHOLE 12 MONTH Intentional Acts of Givenness #BeTheGIFT Calendar link to download and print from home!

Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

Pick up #BeTheGIFT  — Then receive your own #BeTheGIFT printable calendar by letting us know you picked up a copy of “Be the Gift” here

Love is a verb and that verb is give. For God so loved the world — HE GAVE. You only have one life — to love well.

Pick up Be The Gift & live the life you’ve longed to this year

Finally: Jesus the Messiah

can never get enough of this one

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: I Found My Freedom in You

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…yeah, we aren’t about to let anything steal our thankfulness today.
Because all of us folks down in the trenches know it:
If you let something steal your thanks?
You let something steal your joy,
And if you let something steal your joy?
You let something steal your strength.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength” Psalm 5:11.

Today Joy will not just happen. Today Joy will not just come unbidden.
Every moment Joy must be taken. Every moment Joy must be chosen. Every moment Joy must be RECHOSEN. Because His Joy is your OXYGEN.

So in the midst of our Big Things, our Ugly Things, our Hard Things, in the midst of All Things,
We give thanks to God — not because of how we feel
but simply because of Who. He. Is.

We’re on it, O Beautiful Lord & Giver of All —
The one thing we must pray to be great at is thanksgiving — because it’s the one thing that makes God great in our lives.

[excerpted from our little Facebook family … come join us each day?]

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.