Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.20.21]

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:

just too beautiful not to share…step outside and exhale this weekend

found her stunning photos on Instagram this week —

“God has opened my eyes to His amazing beauty and how very much He loves us.” ~Lucy 

because we all need to be encouraged

can you even?!? THIS, this, this: A single mom shared her financial woes on TODAY. A viewer found her to offer help.

“I was just inspired by her perseverance and the fact that she had two jobs, and I said to my husband, Owens, ‘I saw a lady this morning that just is such a great role model for everybody…’, She’s working so hard to be a good parent and to provide for her family. She really touched my heart. Parenting to me is the most important vocation any of us can be blessed with…”

so who knew?!? In search of the humongous fungus

Ruurd Jelle van der Leij

Wildlife Photographer Reveals How Elegant Birds Look a Lot Sillier From the Front (!!)

we circled ’round this one

… as a transracial family of a beloved Asian Daughter, we felt every word of this for everyone who cares about racism in these pandemic days

BibleProject teaches us about The Book of Proverbs…

Proverbs is the accumulation of wisdom from generations of godly insightful people. It promotes a life of virtue and “fear of the Lord,” so that you can truly experience the good life.

yes: 6 Weekly Prayers for Children in Poverty This Lent

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

Do the world a favor — and Be You! encouraging words for you here…

she gave the coat off her back… literally

#BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

they’re stranded on separate shores, waiting for land crossings to open: perhaps their situation, will illuminate your blessing…

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.

(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 soon (!!) to celebrate how thankfulness has changed our lives.

You in!?!

A Place Called Earth

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” -CS Lewis

he nearly died in a car accident months ago — and is using his second chance at life for good in Texas this past week …

by rescuing 145 drivers who became stranded during winter storm Uri.

because we all need to be found: How Penguin Moms Find Their Chicks in the crowd

Even now, you are entirely safe to open the palm of your hand & let go — it’s the only way to keep going, the only way to keep joy’s flame going. 

You can hear it right now, in the dark recesses of the worried places, your very own invitation this Lent, to let go of all you’re gripping tightly — so you can feel the freedom of knowing He has you in His grip and is never letting go. 

That is all now: Let go — and let Love Himself come fill your open hands. 

Come join us on Instagram or Facebook —

for a Living Lent: 

a Lent that does more than believe in Jesus — 

but lives in Jesus.

come along for a virtual visit? glory, glory, glory

Am I Really a Christian?

Lessons from John Owen on Assurance

never, ever give up

again & again: The God Who Sees

 Is Faith a Gift of God? Ephesians 2:8–10

Favourite Easter Resource: Resource: Lent Wreath available here

Post of the week from these parts here

So just before Ash Wednesday, I leaned up against a window sill and wept, sick of the cult of personality, sick of supremacy (of anyone, over anyone), sick of celebrity, sick of sin, sick of hypocrisy, sick of the sin in me.

And come Ash Wednesday, there is this desperate need for an entirely different life-giving way:

About Celebrities & Living Small: A Lent to Repent & Live in the Universe of Jesus

Francis Chan & Lecrae read Ephesians 2

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 here – The Prayer

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…it’s Ash Wednesday — and maybe, if we’re honest, it feels like there’s been a lot of burned down hopes & dreams & we’re walking through a whole lot ashes lately, and in the midst of our honesty & brevity maybe all we can murmur is just “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit with us” (Psalm 51)
And in the midst of our honesty and repentance, there’s His Gentle Word: “God will supply every need of yours” Philippians 4:19

You don’t need to be perfect,
You need to simply feel His perfect love. 
You don’t need to be in control
You need to simply be in Christ.
You don’t need to be more —
because He is all you need. 
Revel in how loved you are today. 
Yeah, sure, you’re infinitely messier than you dare admit but that doesn’t change the Truth one bit:
You are infinitely more loved than you ever dared dream. 

“Do you think anyone can drive a wedge between you & Christ’s love for you? No way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred —
absolutely NOTHING can get between you & God’s love because of the way that Jesus has embraced you.” Romans 8:31MSG

That’s Real Love today: Jesus. has. embraced. you. 
So no matter what Hallmark may be selling today, Jesus wraps you close: You are infinitely more loved than you ever dared dream.
Feel the forever embrace of that.
It’s sorta the greatest relief: You don’t have to be awesome & do everything today.
You simply have to believe that the One who is Awesome loves you through everything.

Full stop. That’s it. Takes the pressure right off! 

“Make yourselves at home in My love.” John 15:9 MSG

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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.