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:

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


for self-trained photographer, it’s all about the squirrels

we circled ’round this one!

she wrote a book to share hope with other kids coming behind her

Turns out the world is fascinating when you look at it from a close perspective: this photographer takes macro images of everyday items

pause right here for this Hymn Medley

he had a lifelong hobby of writing to newspapers and magazines: he’s seen more than 2,000 of his letters published of the 10,000 he penned.

Through his letters, he tries to bring Biblical thinking and opinions into the public square. Sometimes he’s able to speak directly about his Christian faith.

because we all need a hug

How to discover beautiful things in a broken world

 her words could literally change a generation, change the trajectory of our culture, change a whole world of broken toward hope

In the first pages of the Bible, we’re introduced to God and humans as the main characters. But there’s also a whole cast of spiritual beings who play an important role throughout the Bible, though they’re often in the background. In this video, we begin to explore these beings and how they fit into the unified storyline of the Bible.

Thank you, BibleProject

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 anythingThis 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.

(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.

What better way to kick off a new month than by renewing the life-changing habit of daily gratitude. You in!?!

it’s so often just a matter of perspective

11 Warrior Women With Unshakeable Faith

Parenting is difficult, especially when raising kids in a world that says only certain kinds of achievements are worth recognizing.

some good thoughts to ponder on raising kids well

Let’s resolve to put faith over fear today. Even when its dark and dim and when we cannot see, let’s choose to place our trust right here, where there is hope in the dark:

When We‘re Trying to See a Way Through

never, ever give up

Why Do You Want to Go to Heaven? Thank you, Jon Bloom

Priscilla Shirer on the best way to communicate with God

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

“I Never Thought I Could Have a Life Without Anxiety Attacks”

Courtney Smallbone shares her story

cheering for those helping others

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 this week: almost home

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

I don’t know how, but somehow?…maybe our hearts are made to be broken. Broken open. Broken free. Maybe the deepest wounds birth deepest wisdom. We are made in the image of God.

And wasn’t God’s heart made to be broken too? Wounds can be openings to the beauty in us.

And our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory.

Hannah tasted salty tears of infertility. Elijah howled for God to take his life. David asked his soul a thousand times why it was so downcast.

The thing is? God does great things through the greatly wounded. God sees the broken as the best and He sees the best in the broken and He calls the wounded to be the world changers.

Never ever be afraid of being a broken thing. And maybe—this is the way to freedom?

You’ve got to remember to just keep breathing—keep believing.

Brokenness can make abundance.

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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.