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:
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…everyday since COVID shutdowns — she climbs to the top of the church steeple to play Amazing Grace on the church bells.
Because no matter what Grace never stops coming to meet us
helpful ideas here: 11 Minutes of Exercise a Day May Help Counter the Effects of Sitting
cheering loudly: Chicago 7-year-old raises money for hospital’s pandemic gear
“I want to do it until coronavirus is over…it feels like I’m helping a lot of people.”
now this is good news: Grandmother graduates college with her granddaughter
cheering for them! job well done… so well done
…now talk about baptism and new life in Christ!
… a baptism in Russia!
“If you want to see the best in people, be as generous as you can and as nice as you can…you get to see a side of people you don’t normally see.”
thank you, Rend Collective! You are a family fave! Bring on the jolly!
… it’s the onions, honest! If this doesn’t inspire you, check your pulse #BeTheGift
he just keeps bringing it!
…thank your mail person for helping us all stay a little closer to each other in a crazy year #BeTheGift
…Yeah, we could all kinda light things up on a year where everything seems a bit off #BeTheGift
Oh my goodness — this may be the best yet. You’re crying, I’m not crying.
Post of the week from these parts here
…yeah, sure, the holidays this year can feel more like divisive days and who is singing peace on earth on the street corners right now —
but if in the crazy of 2020, your soul would love some practical ways to unpack legit peace:
What Finding Real Peace in 2020 REALLY Means (Because it’s Not Escaping To Somewhere Else & We All NEED it Right Where We Are)
Amen: You don’t have to wait until the storm passes before you can have peace, joy or hope. When you realize that Jesus is with you in the storm, you can TAKE HEART in the midst of the inevitable challenges of life.
…yeah, it can end up being mighty hard some days to scrounge up much peace when you’ve wrecked what you desperately wish you could fix. Ask me how I know.
But there’s a way for all of us who are carrying unspoken broken to find the relief of peace this season:
just so beautiful… Silent Night
Free Stress-Free Holiday Sticky Notes for Your Soul, right here: No Stress Holiday Manifesto
For mirrors and sinks and dashboards, for pockets and walls and office cubicles. For this Christmas.
Each card is an affirmation, a prayer, for each day this month.
… it kinda comes today like a whisper in the midst of all the noise:
What was intended to tear you apart—God intends it to set you apart.
What has torn you — God makes a thin place to see glory.
The places where you’re torn to pieces can be thin places where you touch the peace of God.
No matter what tries to tear you apart, God holds your heart.
No matter what bad was meant to harm you, God’s good arms have you.
You can stand around your Christmas tree with a family tree as messy as Joseph’s, with cheaters and beaters and deceivers, with a family like Jacob’s, who ran away and ran around and ran folks down.
But out of a family that felt just like a mess, God brought Jesus, the Messiah. God always brings good out of bad. God always turns hard things into good gifts.
~excerpt from The Greatest Gift
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.