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:

deep breath: enjoy all your beautiful moments this weekend

the kindest surprise

Meet Stella… a dog who talks

an extraordinary way to love

can you even?! at 89 – what she’s doing?!

so this store owner in hides crosses in furniture so every home has ‘a blessing of some kind’

fascinating: The story of tap dance, step by step

10-Year-Old Refugee, Once Homeless, Becomes National Chess Master: ‘Very Happy’

yes! Gospel Song

Stranger’s act of kindness calms boy with autism

God Calls You To Stand Outjust so good…thank you, Lisa Harper

Before and After Photos Reveal How Much a Smile Changes a Person’s Aura [Interview]

The books of the Old Testament prophets are packed with dense poetry and wild imagery. In this video, we’ll learn how these prophetic books contribute to the storyline of the Bible and why it’s worth learning how to read them more attentively.

Thank you, BibleProject

amazed: She started out as the school custodian. Years later, she’s its most beloved teacher

Not Made for This World…thank you, Joni Eareckson Tada

Joy Prouty

Is forgiveness in the face of deep pain and injustice even possible? What does loving your enemies look like in the face of tragedy?

You don’t want to miss this story of brutal loss and beautiful hope:

How to Forgive When the Unthinkable Happens

never, ever give upAre you striving for success, or what really matters?

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!

you are not hidden, you are not hopeless…I will send out an army to find you in the middle of the dark

When Grace Troubles Us More Than It Amazes Us

glory, glory, glory

because we all need someone to come along beside us

Jesus breaks every chain

Whatever you are struggling with today —whatever fire it is you’re walking through — you don’t want to miss this powerful message of hope:

Even If: Finding Hope in the Furnace of Mental Illness

Ephesians 3:7–13 …Gospel Ministry Before Angels and Demonsthank you, John Piper

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 invitation 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.

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

… so yeah, some of us had a pretty rough day, God.

BUT — for folks like us, there’s no rough day, rough season or rough road that can beat us up so bad that it steals our wallet full of thank-yous. We’re the folks who can still say at the end of hard days, 
thank You, Lord, that there’s not a tear that falls on earth 
that isn’t caught in heaven.

We’re the brave who keep in the game because you keep us in Christ and we can stand in the midst of the impossible & thank You for a faith that passes the test of discouragement — 
because You part our Red Seas & have us pass through an ocean of overwhelm & keep going, on the strength of You.

We’re the people at the end of the day who can say: 
Thank You for being the pillowed
rest into which we can sink real deep & find a Peace that passes all understanding —because no matter what’s overwhelming us, underneath us are Your everlasting arms. 

And no way, no how, You won’t let go —
You won’t let go of us.

In the name of the only One who
loved us to death, to life…
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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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.