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:
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
we circled ’round this one
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.
Do the world a favor — and Be You! encouraging words for you here…
she gave the coat off her back… literally
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.
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 soon (!!) to celebrate how thankfulness has changed our lives.
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
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.
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
never, ever give up
again & again: The God Who Sees
Is Faith a Gift of God? Ephesians 2:8–10
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:
Francis Chan & Lecrae read Ephesians 2
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 here – The Prayer
…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
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.