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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get outside, breathe deeply, and enjoy your weekend

21 Places to Go in 2021 – is your favorite on the list?

because we all need hope

he captures birds in extraordinary ways

so who knew?!? How playing an instrument benefits your brain

what a great idea!

never, ever give up

Trusting God When Times Are Hard

To Keep Pain in Check, Scientists Say ‘Count Down’

3 incredible life stories: they’ve all endured life-changing tragedies but they never, ever gave up

Their stories are profound and will inspire you to live beyond your limit

Get More from the Bible This Year: Six Marks of Mature Reading

just so good: Say I Won’tdon’t miss this one & share with a friend

created in the image of God:

Italian Photographer Shows What Childhood Looks Like In Different Corners Of The World

What does it mean to say that God is slow to anger? In the Bible, God’s anger is a just response to human evil, which is motivated by God’s justice and love.

In this video, BibleProject explores God’s anger and justice in the Bible and shows us how it all leads to Jesus

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%.

“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 anythingThis 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.

(P.S. Print the 2021 updated Joy Dare right here under “Free Tools”

And P. P.S.: The little book that started this habit of gratitude for us — One Thousand Giftsturns 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?

yes and amen: Let there be peace on earth – and let it start with me

one to read again and again: Towards A Better Us In 2021

Behavior is always driven by whatever we desire most. For behavior to change, desire must be transformed first. It’s inside-out, not outside-in.”

glory, glory, glory

again and again: Truth I’m Standing On

thank you, Priscilla Shirer…

how discerning the voice of God can change your life, and set you on a clear path

Quiet time as a life-changing, intimate time with a close & personal God?

I’ve been doing this & it’s been flat-out changing my life in ways I never would have expected:

Revolutionize Your Quiet Time: How to Turn Your Quiet Time into a Life-Changing Time of Encountering the Living God (with Best Resources)

an electrician hardwired for kindness stepped up and changed her life

“It’s what you’re supposed to do”

Post of the week from these parts here

In hard days like these, on the day after Epiphany, after Three Kings’ Day, maybe this is epiphany — because we all need some wildly transformative & tangible hope:

In Days Like These: What Allegiance to the King Looks Like (About Nationalism, Syncretism, & Evangelicalism)

tears here…Your Heart, oh God, is all I Want

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 am thankful for the scars

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…yeah, it’s ridiculously tempting to think this time of year: “I am what I accomplish. I am what I weigh. I am what I achieve. I am what I do.”

But shake off that lie: Your activity for Christ does not give you your identity. You are not what your hands do. Your intimacy with Christ is what gives you your identity.

You are what your heart is. And your heart is held in His no matter what fails today, your heart is loved by Him no matter what any numbers say today, your heart is strengthened in His no matter how overwhelming things look today. Identity literally means “the same” — that regardless of changing circumstances, the core of you is unchangeable, stable, is the same.

When your identity is in Christ, your identity is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Criticism can’t change it. Failing can’t shake it. Lists can’t determine it. When your identity is in the Rock — your identity is Rock Solid. As long as God is for you, it doesn’t matter what mountain rises ahead of you.

You aren’t your yesterday, you aren’t your messes, you aren’t your lists. You are brave enough for today because He is. You are strong enough for what’s coming because He is.And you are enough for all that is because He. always. is.

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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

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