Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Let’s not let the everyday routines numb us to the miracle of living every day! 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. Never, ever give up…there really is hope, even for us.
Serving up only the Good Stuff for you & your people right here:
I miss you more
…deeply resonated with this, losing sleep & praying more, & failing but trying to be humbly faithful.
How Great Tho Art – like maybe you’ve never seen
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 a new month than by renewing the life-changing habit of daily gratitude. You in?
The Auroras (or Northern and Southern Lights) rank among the seven greatest natural wonders in the world. For millennia, they have captured the imaginations of anyone who has witnessed their ethereal beauty in the polar skies.
In this video the Mystery of the Auroras is an unforgettable exploration of why these incredible light shows occur, and what they reveal about God.
I’ve been thinking about it all week. This is a story you won’t ever forget. And your friends will thank you for reading it.
Everyone has a valid opinion. This one is worth taking the time to at least consider…
so who knew? This Incredible Animation Shows How Deep The Ocean Really Is
Always consider the source… and Randy Alcorn’s research here is invaluable and definitely worth prayerfully reading
Living with the Dark Winters in Sweden | Midnight sun & Polar night
come along for the most extraordinary virtual tour?!
Pausing & listening to the stories and struggles of others always opens the door to greater empathy and understanding…
and our world can always use a little more of that
grateful for those who share their hard stories to help others
Listen in as my friend Sheila Walsh and Max Lucado discuss that there is power in our scars because they are proof that God heals and redeems
The Lord is close to the broken hearted
found this truly fascinating: How does the Bible get translated into other languages?
Seed Company is at the cutting edge of bringing the Bible to people who have never had God’s Word in a language they understand.
a story of kindness, friendship, and the fear of being left behind:
a friendship takes flight — as a mouse that wants to fly and an injured bird cross paths
You know Les Mis? I was 13 when I first saw it on stage & when our oldest was 13 he read the whole book in 2 days & aren’t these the days now to dream of dreams again? And this is the Hope of Les Mis like you’ve never experienced it before. Just — wow.
You don’t want to miss this:
Don’t Limit God
Nick Vujicic has overcome life’s challenges through strength & hope found in Jesus Christ. Regardless of your limitations, you can find everything you need in Jesus. Please watch this one?
How the Promises of God Calm Our Fears
love his perspective and attitude and devotion to others…this one may surprise you
Christine Caine: “Choosing to Break My Victim Mentality”
“…some of us have received salvation, but we don’t walk in the light that is ours, beyond our past…I am no longer define by what happened to me…”
glory, glory, glory
Post of the week from these parts here:
…yeah, who knows how long we’ve got? Can somebody answer that? And, really, we just gotta know…will there be enough time?:
Am I Too Hard on Myself? // Ask Pastor John Piper
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: Run to the Father, again and again…
Here, let’s make this real, real easy today: Just focus on the good.
“You’ll do best by filling your minds… on the best, not the worst;
the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse…
Do that, & God, who makes everything work together,
will work you into His most excellent harmonies.”
That’s all today, Soul: Just Focus on the Good –
Focus more on living Truth than pointing out error,
Focus more on celebrating the beautiful than decrying all that’s broken –
Focus more on being a servant than on being right.
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.