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:

how about a peaceful beach walk to bring in Memorial Day weekend

never, ever give up

oh my heart: How tulips helped 2 women form a unique friendship — love, love, love this

because we all need a friend…

community care and love changes everything…

A woman who lost her son five years ago is keeping his memory alive by encouraging others to spread kindness — one random act at a timecome see what she did

When a father says I’m sorry…

25 Amazing Winners Of The 2021 Milky Way Photographer Of The Year Awards

found this interesting: The Evolution of the Home

High School Runner with Cancer Crosses Finish Line with Help from Her Teammates, arm in arm… must see

Acclaimed worship leader Darlene Zschech tells her story of overcoming cancer, church planting and God’s presence in life’s ups and downs.

Handloomed Cotton Throw Rug
Grace Crafted Home

So, one of our farm home’s favorite rugs? Comes off a loom we as a family donated to previously unemployed grandmothers in Nairobi, Kenya, to give them dignified work through Mercy House Global to support their vulnerable families.

The Farmer & I love these hand made rugs, in part because?

All our homes tell a story.⁠

Every blanket, every spoon, every plate, in every home — began somewhere in the world, was made by someone in the world, and somehow changed a bit of the world —⁠ for better or worse.⁠ ⁠The welcome mats under our feet, the steaming mugs in our hands, the full bowls on our tables, could all tell a grace story — a story of fair trade, a story of life change, a story of saving, Gospel grace.⁠ 

And our “Miujiza” Cotton Throw Rug, in our Fair-trade story, Grace Crafted Home, tells SUCH a story!

Miujiza means “miracle” in Swahili and this hand-loomed cotton throw rug is nothing short of a miracle for families I have personally met in Kenya.

And THESE DAYS, our homes? Maybe these days at home require a little extra GRACE?⁠

 Wherever there is a place of Grace — we find more of Home.

yes…Faithful God

Why Is Listening So Hard?

Listening well means more than hearing. It means slowing down, asking good questions, and bending our attention to love the person in front of us.

The Prodigal – Getting out of a rut takes the help of someone else. But when one of their own was trapped in drugs and deception, it took… a family.

Dysfunction to Dynasty – Jep Robertson: on Drugs and Deception

Honestly — this is worth several reads.

Who is your genuine friend who thinks very differently? This is worthy of deep consideration

glory, glory, glory

7 Strong Mothers Whose Love Is Fiercer Than Poverty

Brenda Crouch bravely shares her story of overcoming the abuse she suffered as a child and an adult

Lisa Harper discusses finding joy and peace in God, even when our worlds seem dark and hopeless. Listen as she encourages us to let God guide us, even in our toughest seasons of life. God will never leave you.

How to Read the Bible:

a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

Thank you, BibleProject

Resource: Wooden prayer hands coming to The Keeping Company

Post of the week from these parts here:

You ever want a different story, one without pain or suffering, ever want the drama and trauma of your story to stop, your story to turn a page & all your heartbreak to be overturned?

Tuck this in your pocket for the days & pain that make no sense & you just want hope to hold you:

Why Do We Suffer: When You Want to Avoid Suffering, But The Suffering Won’t Stop

Ephesians 3:7–13: A Plan No Mere Man Can Accomplish

Preaching, reading, thinking, praying can only get us so far. God must open eyes, awaken souls, enlighten minds, and answer prayer. Thank you, John Piper

Um… So? My sister, two of her daughters & our farmgirl, Shalom, are all running in the To Write Love on Her Arms 5k to raise awareness and funds for mental health.

Every dollar raised will support TWLOHA’s mission of providing hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.”

Throw in with our family? Support our team by making a donation! The process is fast, easy, and secure.

Our family thanks you: Thank you for standing up for real hope. Thank you for moving with us for something that matters.

And if you could join my family this week, I would just absolutely love that? My brother, sister and I, this whole week, starting Monday, are joining the Sunrise Challenge:

The Sunrise Challenge fundraiser invites Canadians to wake up with the sun for one week (May 31-June 6) while raising money to support the groundbreaking mental health research and suicide prevention initiatives happening at Canadian Association of Mental Health. By rising together and rallying our friends, family and co-workers behind the cause, we can change the way the world sees and treats mental illness.

Would you join my brother, sister and I and rise with us and support our team in mental health research this week? I’ll be sharing my sunrise pics all week over on IGand rise up and join our team right here.

Talking to Jesus

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.

on repeat this week: The Gospel

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Regardless of what Instagram or all the glossy ads are shilling: 
All your suffering isn’t some unique anomaly, suffering is the universal experience of all humanity. 

Suffering doesn’t mean you’re cursed, suffering means you’re human. 

The question isn’t “Why is there brokenness and suffering in my life?” — but “Why wouldn’t there be suffering because such is life in a broken world?” 

Buy the lie that your life is supposed to be heaven on earth, and suffering can be a torturous hell. But accept and expect that life is a battle, then suffering isn’t a problem but part of earth’s topography to cross on our way to heaven. 

There is no point trying to *question* suffering, the point is how are you going to *answer* suffering. 

The question never is if you understand the why of your suffering — and the answer always is how are you going to stand up and walk through your suffering. 

You don’t have to know the reason for your suffering — you only have to know your response through the suffering.

And this has to be my response to suffering: Surrender. 

Surrender and bravely open your arms cruciform and welcome whatever comes. 

Our openhanded welcome
to whatever comes
invites healing wellness to come.

Surrender to His Story and welcome the Author Himself and whatever Word He brings.
Wellness comes as we welcome the Word and whatever line He writes into our story. 

God’s promises never claim we won’t be afflicted; He promises we will never be evicted from God’s presence.  

This is always enough.
I wrap this comfort around myself when my aching heart forgets again and again. 

[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.