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:

From the majestic sky to the smallest wing, just flat out awestruck with the glory of His creation this week! 

because sometimes – we need to be rescued

what she said: all of this, yes

a powerful interview with Carrie Underwood and Cece Winans

please watch to the end

and then pause right here: Great is They Faithfulness

cheering! Girl Scouts from homeless shelter surpass cookie goal

the healing power of a loving child

reunions like these? never, ever get old

their 56 year old pet tortoise? yup, really. Come see:

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!

Print the updated Joy Dare here 

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!

The Enemy Believes God’s Words About You. Do You?

thank you, Priscilla Shirer

it’s true: someone buys $4,000 in Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards to pay for strangers’ meals

How do you trust God even when life isn’t fair and you suffer for no good reason? Job’s story invites us to consider what it means that God runs the world by wisdom, and how this truth can bring peace in dark times.

When Easter Doesn’t Fix Things

glory, glory, glory

God’s Timing is rarely our timing…

a mother’s final wish…

You never really know how grief will come or how hope will rise…but what she did here?

This is the kind of thing that could change everything:

When Grief and Hope are Unpredictable

I sat in a room in Nashville over a year ago now, with Ellie Holcomb and Sarah MacIntosh, and together we wrote a song. A song from the perspective of Mary Magdalene… a song about A Woman who was in the Garden on Resurrection, Rising Morning.

Who knew that a deep, unspoken pain of so many years — would be healed through this little God-breathed song that pulses with the heartbeat of the Father for His daughters, a song that sings Jesus sees us, Jesus wants us, Jesus rises for us — how can we not go and speak?

I would absolutely love if you, as one of the Rising People, called to be a part of this glory story — would Come and Join Us?

… classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:

using these items every day here on the farm

Your home and life can tell a story — that’s changing the story of the world. 

(100% of proceeds go to help fund Mercy House Global’s work in Kenya)

It can be hard to hope when suffering lingers and pain persists and the darkness only deepens. But what if hope isn’t found in a place past our pain or after our suffering…what if our pain is a portal and our distress is an invitation to something deeper than any platitude can offer?

Your soul needs to know this today:

Don’t Put a Spiritual Bow Over Your Brokenness

on repeat this week: The Blood is Still the Blood

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.

YES: Promise Keeper

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

Open your hand
to what grace lays into your
surrendered palm today.

It’s not meant to
Hurt you
Harm you
Harden you —
it’s meant to draw you into Him.

You can’t grow hard
When you’re pressed up against
His heart.
You can’t grow hateful
When you’re laying what’s painful
in His hands.
You can’t grow jaded
When your greatest treasure is Jesus.

So open your hand today —
and take His.

[excerpted from our little Facebook family … come join us each day?]

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.