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:

sharing some extraordinaryily breathtaking views for your weekend

…and if you’re looking for a few more cherry blossoms? come and rest right here

listen to this one! they make a really clever and good point here!

because we can all use a serenade every now and then

she has the most fascinating lens on nature: such extraordinary photos!

If you are a collector of bits and pieces you will love!

Have you ever been disappointed when God closes a door? Maybe you’re facing a closed door today. But remember God is always in control. He has a plan, and he’ll lead you through it. Sooner or later, He’ll open the right door for you. And when you go through that open door, you’ll give thanks for the ones He closed.

Paging all story lovers! A podcast must-listen!

Every week Out of the Ordinary Books unpacks a different book and explains how it applies to your life and can help you make sense of your story too! 

What exactly is the role of humans in the story of the Bible? Why does God care so much about us as powerless, created beings, and why are we compared to babbling babies in Psalm 8?

In this video, we explore a fascinating biblical poem and discover deep insight into God’s purpose for humanity and all creation.

thank you, BibleProject

a man with cancer – and a cat that never left his side

I’m counting down the days till the May 1st livestream where we can experience the The Faithful Project stories and songs LIVE for the first time!  This will be a special night that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Recently, our little song, A Woman, a seeing song, a healing song, a telling song, was invited to the Today Show and Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb got to go and speak and tell the glory story of Jesus’s rising to millions. They got to go and speak of a project that we are all part of, called The Faithful Project:

“Highlighting God’s faithfulness to women throughout Scripture and all the way to present, Faithful collects stories, lyrics, photos, and art created and curated by some of the most thought-provoking and influential Christian artists and authors of our time.”

I would absolutely love for you to Come and Join Us!?!

⠀⠀Purchase your ticket to the livestream right here!

#FAITHFUL  #CompassionLIVE

Four sisters on a top-ranked basketball team…

and that’s not the best part of their story… an extraordinary story of hope

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!

some gentle approaches to teaching children how to listen

When the Pastor’s Wife Feels Like a Fraud… relatable for all of us

Our culture is wrestling with no shortage of issues. In a moment that desperately requires faithful Christian leadership, are you prepared to lead well?

Be equipped and encouraged for the season ahead when you participate in the Culture Summit hosted by my friends at Q Ideas. Over two days, you will not only receive incredible education and insight—you will have the opportunity to connect, engage and imagine how you can lead well in the year ahead.

It would be a grace to have you join us April 22 & 23, in person, virtual, or on-demand at this incredible event. Check out the full lineup of topics and presenters + use code “Voskamp10” to get 10% off when you register here.

Amen and amen. Good God Almighty

Family wounds, physical or emotional trauma, past shame or rejection — all of these can distort our view of God. Yet none of them is beyond redemption and healing through the love of God in Christ.

Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families

Recently on Better Together, CeCe Winans discusses how to let go of control.

Join the conversation as Laurie Crouch, Lisa Harper, Alex Seeley, and Allison Allen join CeCe Winans to discuss that it takes discipline to follow the Spirit.

Honestly, parenting is downright the hardest thing & how do you work through the mom guilt & shame? Real relief right here:

Working through Mom Guilt & Shame? Relief’s Here:

never, ever give up

an amazing story of strength and healing and hope – she had a secret and the secret had her

“no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind”

at 13? he wanted to build strong character by stepping outside his comfort zone…so he went and did this

Post of the week from these parts here:

Across the calendar & hurting headlines & mushrooming to-do lists, anxiety can clamp down hard on a heart…

So what is the answer to much anxiety? Maybe it starts here:

A Way to Battle Anxiety

glory, glory, glory

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: You are The Lord

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…if we’re honest, it can feel like life’s got us in a really hard place right now — but on the inside, where God is making new life, we’re free. It can feel like we’ve lost — but not a day goes by without His unfolding grace that. makes. us. win. this. race. It can feel like the night has won — but nothing can ultimately steal us from the One Who is.

He held us, when we didn’t want to hold on,
He loved us, when we couldn’t love ourselves,
He carried us, when we didn’t know how to carry on.

Today whenever you feel like you may break, God will help you up, God will hold you up. God’s within. Bravely let Him carry you on. 

The bottom line, and the finish line, is simply this:

The God who has carried you till now can be trusted to carry you till you’re through this mess you’re in… right through to the very end — which, then, on the other side, will be a perfect, forever beginning.

[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.