Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [01.16.21]

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:

The heavens declare the glory of God…

grateful for the beauty Jessica captures and shares with us

hold on for this one! truly amazing!

friendship through 10,000 miles…incredible:

penpals for 70 years!

Project Kindness: families leave super tips, spread kindness

because: “It’s good to give and always be kind”

Loyal Love:

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

Young Man Overcomes Illness by Learning Skills From a Near Lost Art: Watchmaking

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

she captures the ordinary in extraordinary ways

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

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 in?

Fear is a Liar

cheering loudly at this story: can you even?!?

Uber Passenger Looking to Put ‘Good Out in the World’ Helps Driver Graduate Twice

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:

The Number One Thing that Saved Our Impossible Marriage

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 

Grateful for the tireless work of Seed Company

5 STAR story right here: it’s really a matter of loving people

… classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:

using these items every day here on the farm

Your home and life can tell a story — that’s changing the story of the world. 

(100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya)

Trust God’s Timing: God is in control

All Who Believe Battle Unbelief

“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:

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: Christ Be Magnified

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

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

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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

Share Whatever Is Good.