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:
grateful for the beauty Jessica captures and shares with us
hold on for this one! truly amazing!
friendship through 10,000 miles…incredible:
because: “It’s good to give and always be kind”
The Hebrew word khesed is one of the most common descriptions of God in the Hebrew Bible, and it’s almost impossible to translate into any other language! This word is rich with meaning, combining the ideas of love, loyalty, and generosity.
Come along with the BibleProject as we explore this fascinating Hebrew word and how it shapes our understanding of God’s character
Saddle Up and Read
WOW! so love what she’s doing here: come see how she’s using her horses to bridge the literacy gap among children
Joni Eareckson Tada shares profound encouragement in the midst of her struggle with Covid…
please don’t miss & share with a friend
Vaneethas has an astonishing, Job-like story of how an existence filled with loss, suffering, questioning, and anger became a life filled with shocking and incomprehensible peace and joy.
I hold Vaneetha in the highest esteem… and cannot recommend this free online event enough:
please consider joining in online this Tuesday evening! Click here for more info and to register.
a calming visit on the beach with some friends
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 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 in?
Fear is a Liar
cheering loudly at this story: can you even?!?
beautiful words from a dad’s perspective about his son…
never, ever give up! What can we go do today?!
What do you do when your marriage seems unfixable, when your situation is impossible?
Sharing this today with deep tenderness and genuine empathy and humble understanding:
glory, glory, glory
A Powerful Celebration of Scripture! May it strengthen your own gratitude for it:
so many tears…watch what happens when people celebrate the translation of Scripture into their own language
5 STAR story right here: it’s really a matter of loving people
… classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:
(100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya)
Trust God’s Timing: God is in control
“Unbelief will block the channels of faith, it will rob you of joy, and, if undealt with, it will destroy you.”
thank you, Jon Bloom
one to listen to again and again…
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: Christ Be Magnified
Yeah, it may feel like Mount Everest in front of you.
But the deal is: Every mountain that every Christian ever faces, the Lord levels with sufficient grace: The Lord Will Provide.
You don’t have to climb mountains named I Will Perform.
You don’t have to climb mountains named I Will Produce.
Jesus flattens that mountain before you with His Grace: The Lord will Provide.
With enough strength.
With enough wisdom.
With More Than Enough of Himself.
More important than you trying to muster up sufficient grit and determination for the new year — is that you simply accept His sufficient grace and LIBERATION every day.
Every single mountain in front of you is named…”The Lord will provide.” Genesis 22:14
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.