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:
YES, YES, YES: Amen. Tears here… just so beautiful…
How Great Thou Art
When you’re forced to face your biggest fears
Preaching about faith is a lot easier than living it at times. Come listen in as Lisa (on left) talks with Kelly (on the right) as they discuss several significant life challenges. Kelly has quite the story you won’t want to miss…it will encourage you, right where you are.
Some love stories last even longer than life itself. For six years now, at 94, he’s visited his late wife’s grave every morning at 6:30 a.m. sharp.
“God will tell me when I’ve had enough.”
A new discovery confirms this about butterflies …amazed! love this one!
they’re living off the grid on their own homemade island? yup, really!
The word ’emet’ is a common word used to describe God in the Bible. It can be translated as “faithfulness” or “truth.” So when the authors say that God is “full of emet,” they are saying that He is trustworthy and faithful—we can trust Him. But trusting isn’t always an easy thing.
Hey, you feeling it too, the whirl of all the distractions? Crazy how this one simple action help us focus our eyes and hearts on what really matters most:
she vulnerably shares her powerful story…
When everything Hannah staked her identity on was taken away from her, she felt like she had nothing left. Then, the truth changed her…
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%.
Make it a practice to daily count all the ways He lavishly loves you not because counting blessings is a cliche practice, but because counting gifts is how you practice waking up to the the love your whole life is longing for.
oh my heart: this one’s for those who adore their 4-legged friends
As children and families living in poverty around the world continue to face multiple layers of crisis even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Compassion’s local church partners are right there with them.
God may allow hard things in your life, but they are never intended for evil. Suffering, and your response to it, serves as a platform for the saving of many lives. Keep the Gospel on your lips, and pray for the people watching you as you face trials with courage.
thank you for this, Joni Eareckson Tada…
What It Means to Become One
just – wow. Humbled by their love and support…could we do this?!?
There are still over 1 billion people without the complete Bible in the language they understand best. But God wants everyone to know Him personally…
It is Seed Company’s mission to translate the Bible into every language of every people group, to the ends of the earth. Thanks be to God for their work.
honestly – stop everything and watch this one: NO words.
His story reminds us to never, ever stop trusting God’s plan for your life…
Post of the week from these parts here:
…so about all the talk of love this time of year? And your love story can feel like not enough? Not as passionate as someone else’s? This weekend? START HERE:
How to Wildly Flirt & Stay Deeply in Love: A Guide for all the Old Lovers (& for all who want to someday be the Old Lovers)
YES, yes, yes! 1 Corinthians 13 – like maybe you’ve never heard!?
thank you, John Piper
The beginning of Lent is Wednesday, and we as a family are considering what is meaningful to us this year and what gives us strength – the former being intimate traditions with loved ones, the latter being Christ’s incredible gift of salvation.
If you are searching for a way to observe Lent and practice a season of thoughtfulness in anticipation of the much-needed joy of Easter, there is still time to purchase a Cradle to Cross Wreath for your family. You can start a new tradition with your loved ones, or gift one to a friend! We have a handful available here and – Lord willing – we can get those to your doorstep in time to use for the first few days of this beautiful, contemplative season.
Thanks Be to God
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: I’m Praying to a God Who Listens
…a thousand ways the winds blow hard.
Stay, Soul, just stay on Jesus.
Let the winds hurry on, let the worry blow away. In the still, you’ll know His will.
Breathe slow — stay anchored in His love, so no storm can sting, no wind can move you:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in You.” ~Isaiah 26:3
Stay, stay on God. Feel the weight of His love, the gravity of His goodness, let the closeness of God weigh you down in the blasting storm, so you simply stay unmoved.
Stay the mind on God, and there is no storm in the world that can move you from the peace of God.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts & your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Pray for a peace that passes understanding —
and pray for an understanding that brings peace.
Peace isn’t the absence of the dark.
Peace is the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of the dark.
Rest in His peace tonight.
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.