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:
deep breath and enjoy the wonder of your weekend in the new year
viral pets that are melting hearts
one not to miss: 30 Years in Prison For a Crime He Didn’t Commit
“I choose to embrace the good…”
inspiring: Teen relearns how to swim after losing eyesight
“This guy, he fist-bumps you, he gives you weather reports. Everybody in the community thinks they’re special and he only does it with them, but it turns out he’s doing it with everybody.”
smiling at this one!
Turns out, the most effective way to limit stress & maximize happiness, according to Harvard — is to have a habit of gratitude.
Study after study found? Nothing, absolutely nothing interrupts anxiety like gratitude. The research indicates that recording just 3 gifts a day is a kind of cognitive training, a way of reorganizing your brain around a focus on goodness, that it increases an individual’s positive outlook by 25%.
The way to make it a happy new year is to make the year about giving thanks because that gives you happiness.The way to fill this new year with happiness is to fill it with thankfulness to God.
“Whatever you do, do everything…giving thanks” Col. 3:17 God’s will is for us to give thanks in all things…because this is how we can live with joy through anything… This is the year to take the Joy Dare — which just gives you 3 prompts a day, to notice, find, feel the joy of seeing 3 ways God is loving you — and dare to give thanks in all things, dare to look for the good, dare to notice God’s grace, dare to pay attention to all the ways God love you.
And P. P.S.: The little book that started this habit of gratitude for us — One Thousand Gifts — turns TEN this year (!!!) and we have some big things coming this year to celebrate how thankfulness has changed our lives.
What better way to kick off this year than by renewing the life-changing habit of daily gratitude. You all in?
listen to these words… The Road, The Rocks, and the Weeks
sisters give birth 90 minutes apart?!?
yes, yes, yes… Priscilla Shirer: We’re Desensitized to Our Blessings
a look at the top photos from around the globe in 2020
Post of the week from these parts here:
this was the heartbeat of my 2020
deeply convicting…reading is growth
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: Father Along
Okay, Soul — it’s really gonna be okay today, this week, next year. Because in Him, whatever goes bad, He’ll work it for good. It’s what God does.
He turned water into wine; He will turn the broken into beautiful.
God’s line of work is transformations — so hold on to Him as your lifeline.
You can’t be undone.
No matter what went down yesterday, (this year) — today, (this coming year) is your very own fresh canvas and there really is hope: The future is as bright as the faithfulness of God.
He says to you Himself: “…don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new… There it is! I’m making a road through the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18 MSG)
Right now through your most unlikely desert places, God is making unbelieveable roads… you better believe it!
Yeah, you can go face the day and this new year with brave joy — God’s. got. your. back.
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.