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:
get outside and inhale deeply this weekend
Can you even?!? Happy snow day!
[ From Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute and giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. ]
you okay? because, yeah, sometimes we just need a hug
Kid President went off the air for a few years… so what happened while he was gone?
they’re headed out again to celebrate kids all over the world doing good things who deserve to be celebrated and heard and applauded
…because everyone responds to love
the wonder of it: watch a Salamander Grow from a Single Cell in this Incredible Time-lapse
okay, this made me literally smile a mile wide!….
… and you know how I love my Typewriter keyboard? (I mean! Listen to it! How can I not love that sound?!? 😍)
Honestly, in these strange days, I’m getting flat out desperate for a reprieve of REAL FUN.
In days like these, fun in your life is something we simply cannot afford to miss out on and this is a direly needed breath of fresh air:
a calming visit with friends in Big Sky Country
cheering loudly: 10-year-old boy clears snow off cars for hospital workers
“I was thinking they’ve been helping us a lot through this whole pandemic, and I figured why don’t we help them, you know? Some of them say, ‘Thank you so much,’ and I’m just really happy to see them happy… We want them to be able go home and see their family after a long day of work.”
over & over: I Thank God
The Lord is working in the ashes… please don’t miss this life-changing video…a true miracle
You are invited you to be a part of this holy recovery story. Please consider joining Mercy House Global as we ask God to bring beauty for ashes.
We are SO GRATEFUL to God for His protection. No one was harmed and all moms, babies and staff were able to get out. It’s a true miracle.
Please join us and pray for peace and provision in this tragedy. Everything has been destroyed …
Mercy House is launching fundraisers in phases to help begin the recovery process. They know that this won’t be quick or easy… but believe God is in the ashes and so and that’s just where they want to be.
Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. They provide for the rescue of pregnant girls in Kenya and provide a home for them.
… classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:
(100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya)
inspired by true events… full of empathy and hope
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.
come along? glory, glory, glory
Perspective & encouragement for anyone who is feeling the disappointment of Simon – “I’ve worked so hard and didn’t catch a thing.” (Luke 5:5)
Post of the week from these parts here
So — to be honest — I’ve sat with this burning in my bones for more than a month or two— & today I couldn’t hold it back anymore:
Father, remind me You’re here…
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: The Gospel
Nothing is more necessary than finding God and falling in love and deeper into Him.
Because — Love decides.
Love decides everything.
What you are in love with decides what you live for.
What you are in love with decides what you get out of bed for.
Fall in love with the One who fills your lungs with this breath and all these people and this sky and all this light, all this glorious light.
You have to fall in love because this will get you up and keep you going every day.
And Love isn’t about agreeing with someone, it’s about sacrificing for someone.
Love decides everything — which is another way of saying, Sacrifice is the essence of everything.
Go fall in love with grace and mercy and the only One who has ever loved you to death and back to the realest life — because the world is begging us all to get out of bed and sacrifice for someone hurting, for someone different, for someone forgotten or marginalized, to hold the hand of someone who doesn’t look like us, to lean in and listen to someone angry and grieving and doubting the likes of us, to give a bit of ourselves to those who feel like they aren’t given much real space at the table.
Read the headlines, read your news feed, and then defy the dark and go fall in love with kids raised in different neighbourhoods than yours, fall in love with God in the faces that tell stories different than yours, fall in love with people who think and live and walk in circles far different than yours. Sacrifice for someone so your sanity, your joy, your fulfilment isn’t sacrificed.
Sacrifice will always leave you the most satisfied.
Fall in love, stay in love, stay sacrificing, and you live the most satisfied.
What you are in love with in your life — decides everything about your life.
Love decides everything.
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.