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:
“Dreary cloudy days eventually end, and the gray skies part with silver lining to reveal the slice of heaven that was always there.”
because we all like to celebrate those who are rescued
Each year the arrival of spring triggers an explosion of color, energy and life as our planet awakens from the dormancy of winter.
This extraordinary season of renewal also serves as a powerful reminder of the most important event in history—the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
what a story…smiling through tears
for everyone: The Story of Easter
we couldn’t stop watching how this ibex defies gravity
cherish every moment with those you love
When Jesus had to fight through dark, staring right into the most incomprehensibly hard — what does He do? It may be the very last thing that you would expect…. & the very thing that can revolutionize your whole life.
CHECK OUT the whole story, see our completely newly designed blog site (!!!! we are sooo excited!) & to download The (FREE) Complete Joy Tool Kit … which is the perfect (yep, free!) accompaniment for Easter — trust us. It’s every beautiful thing we wished we ever had years ago?
As Jesus Christ lies in the tomb, tomorrow is coming!
Welcome APRIL! Could be an amaaazing month of counting gifts & finding joy—right. where. you. are!
No April Fooling here: All the research concludes that if you write down just 3 things you’re grateful for, you increase your happiness by 25%! Who doesn’t want that?! And giving thanks in all things is a God-command for our joy. Let’s do this thing!
Hang on the fridge for the whole family to take the Joy Dare too! Scavenger hunt for God’s glory!
And pick up a copy of the new 10th anniversary edition of One Thousand Gifts, and count all the ways He loves you, & fall in love with Him all over again!
AND, when you do, you get an entire FREE Joy Tool Kit which includes 5 exclusive printables: a “How to Always Find Joy” Frameable, a Daily Joy Map & Planner, a Family Gratitude Gift Jar kit, a 12-Month Joy Calendar, and a Daily Joy Compass. Learn how you can get yours today at!
Let’s explore the Gospel of Luke 19-23, and how it came about that the innocent Jesus ended up being executed as a revolutionary rebel against Rome. We’ll also see how Jesus was not at all surprised because He believed that his death would open up a new future for Israel, and for all humanity.
…whatever we are facing this season, this Lent, this end of one surreal year, never doubt it, Hope is actually here. So however hard this week is, this was Jesus’ hard week & He overcame & if we come to Him, we can too:
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What’s So Good About Friday? just so good…
There’s no sweeter sound than the sound of His voice. His voice is life. His voice is home. It’s the voice that holds all things together.
beautiful & meaningful Easter version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
glory, glory, glory
Just — why we can’t rush past today, the Other Holy Day, Maundy Thursday. Because this is what your broken heart, the world, the church needs most. Yeah, Hard Holy Week?
You’re so not alone… The World, The Church & Your Heart — needs what’s at the heart of Maundy Thursday.
His perfect love could not be overcome
After a surreal year of losses, and choking up here this morning, this kinda spilled all out: After a Crash & Burn Year:
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.
No one word has more radically changed my life — or saved me from ending my life — than that one word, and that rarely happens over the whole of a lifetime.
True, it was a word that once was all Greek to me, but it became the word that came before all the miracles.
And it’s the one word that unfurls Holy Week for me — and not just Holy Week, but all the days and weeks of our lives, making even the hardest things into holy grace.
“And on the night He was BETRAYED…
Jesus He broke bread & lifted it up & GAVE THANKS.’” 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
“In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”
The root word of eucharisteo is “charis”, meaning grace. Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks.
But there is more: Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, “charis.” But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word “chara,” meaning joy. Joy.
I breathe deep, like a sojourner finally coming home.” ~One Thousand Gifts
Eucharisteo — that one word that has taught me to see grace in all things, so I can give thanks in all things, has shown me the way to joy in all things.
On the night Jesus was betrayed — He gave thanks.
On the night when the prodigal sliced open your heart, on the night when you lost your job, when your person slammed out the door, and the toilet stopped flushing, and the dog gagged and puked all over the back mat, on the night when it looked like the dawn would never come again — there is always a choice, and why not choose what Jesus did?
Because when Jesus had to fight through dark, staring right into the most impossible situation of the Cross — what does He do?
Out of a universe of supernatural options at the tip of His fingers — what does Jesus do?
On the night when Jesus was betrayed — He gave thanks.
If Jesus can give thanks in that — you can give thanks in 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
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