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:
because kindness matters… first play of the game: High School Football Team Manager With Autism Scores Touchdown
because we all need to love… and be loved
well if this doesn’t make you smile...
Choose gifts that share God’s comfort and joy this Christmas season!
Your Christmas gift can make a difference for people around the world, like Kazagobou Apouri who lives in Burkina Faso. A solar lantern, which costs $9, provides all the light he needs to study in the evening.
Run to the Father… again and again and again…
so amazed at these: 50 Of The Best Photos From Our #Animals2020 Contest To Brighten Your Day
Pie art: One baker’s delicious designs wow!
“It’s been a great way to keep my mind off the pandemic and do something for others…everybody likes a cookie and everybody likes a friend!”
yes, yes, yes – could not agree with her more
exhale… a beautiful site for every book lover out there
fascinating: The Glow Worm Caves of New Zealand
can you even?!? warms my heart so happy! had to share…
what she said:
“He is Kind…letting God be the master because He brings joy“
worth pondering: Recovering The Lost Art Of Encouragement
despite the circumstances…let your gratefulness flow
WHOA. Only 5 Mondays from now until Christmas Eve? And if you’re feeling just a tad weary at the end of a long year, this is the simplest & easiest way way to breathe some sorely needed wonder into the season:
Messiah… Baby born to save us all
3 Award-Winning books for the Whole Family this Christmas
The Greatest Gift (adult edition): Best Devotional of the Year, ECPA, 2014
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (Family Edition): Best Inspirational Book of the Year, CBA, 2016
The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: Best Devotional & Gift Book of the Year, CBA, 2019, (pop-up edition with your own 14 inch tree, 25 days of readings, 25 day advent flap calendar, hiding all 25 Biblically inspired ornaments! For any age)
When our holidays are about Staying in the Story, being with Him —
Hope finds us again — and we have ourselves The Greatest little Christmas yet!
truly incredible story! guaranteed to take your breath away
Distraught & depressed, he jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to end his life. His powerful story serves as a reminder that we’re not alone… & how committing to #beheretomorrow can change your life…
this, this, this, please watch?
build a culture of prayer: why is why we are on our knees every morning as a family, going around the circle in prayer, because prayer is our fuel, our work, our passion, our calling
Post of the week from these parts here
…honestly, this may be my all-time favorite happy story ever & in a year like this who doesn’t need this crazy unlikely secret to happiness?
(Warning: This is guaranteed to make your day — this whole wild season — a whole lot better. Promise.)
believe it: It’s Gonna Be Ok
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: No One But You
…& this is the day we get to rejoice in, we get to be glad in, that we get to choose radical gratitude.
The practice of giving thanks—the daily, intentional practice of thanks — eucharisteo —
this is the way we practice the presence of God,
this is the way we stay present to His presence.
and it is always a practice of the eyes.
We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see.”
Giving thanks to God ushers one into the very presence of God. Literally count your blessings — and literally see Who you can count on.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving” and experience that in His “presence there is fullness of joy” Ps100:4, Ps.16:11
Gratitude will always move you past gates & into the presence of God — and in His presence is fullness joy! There are three small keys to open the door to joy: “Thank. You. God.”
Joy is always possible as long as thanks is possible — and there is always, always, always something to be thankful for!
Deep breath–it’s going to be a pretty amazing day: You get to decide how joyFUL you’ll be because you get to decide how grateFUL you’ll be.
We will GIVE THANKS for new mercies, we will GIVE THANKS for amazing grace & we will GIVE THANKS to our God who is always GOOD & we are always loved & there is always, always, ALWAYS something to be THANKFUL FOR. ~ from One Thousand Gifts
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.