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:
well how about that!?!
…because we all need to be encouraged!
…as this stunt kite races through the sky, its erratic path becomes a metaphor for how the unpredictable nature of life’s ever-changing circumstances can define our relationship with God.
can you even?!!? warms my heart so happy! had to share…
In the opening pages of the Bible, God gives humanity a gift that they quickly forfeit—eternal life that comes by eating from the tree of life. In this video, we explore the meaning of this powerful image and how sacred trees play a key role throughout the story of the Bible. It all leads up to Jesus Himself, who died upon a tree so that He could become a new tree of life for all humanity.
you’ve got to meet him: an extraordinary principal “doing God’s work”
this hero educator works a second job to helps struggling students
using these washcloths every day here on the farm…they are as sweet as the soul that made them. The set of 2 washcloths in gray or bright cream is exquisitely soft to the touch. Hand woven with the gentlest yarn, the cloths are perfect for handling your most delicate dishes and serve-ware.
(100% of all funds not only empowers artisans around the world, but partners with Mercy House Global to support several homes for young women and their babies in crisis pregnancies in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya)
Craft a home that embodies your values: classic beauty, heirloom quality, fair trade — Grace all around
they’re proving that you’re never too old to make a lifetime commitment
“Parents, we get to pray—starting with thanksgiving. We can loudly thank God for our children, at home and in the church. Let’s start there and never end; let’s stand up and sing thanksgiving through the years of parenting.”
Amen and amen: Sowing Truth and Trusting God
“When our children see this in our lives, it’s going to make a believer out of them…” thank you, Priscilla Shirer
“Whatever you do, do everything…giving thanks” Col. 3:17
God’s will is for us to give thanks in all things…because this is how God knows we can live through anything.
All the research concludes that if you write down just 3 things you’re grateful for every day, 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 it!
Take the Joy Dare (3 prompts a day to find 3 gifts) – and hang it on the fridge for the whole family to take the Joy Dare too! Scavenger hunt for God’s glory!
Print the month of June Joy Dare, and the entire year of Joy Dares, right here
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” Who knew 2% of anything could be so inspirational!!?? click here to get the back story on this…
Straight talk with Phil and Kay Robertson: how they went from fighting each other – to fighting for each other and learning to be happy. They share some really good words here…
Make Christianity Beautiful Again thank you, Scott Sauls
what a story – she shares her amazing story and some really really wise words
her incredible story has been shared in more than 100 countries…
Have any worries? Fears? Anxiety? Concerns? Anything keeping you up at night?
The next time you feel worry or fear overwhelming you, try this:
How to Turn Your Panic into Praise
Life is so short don’t let all the distractions get in the way of spending time with God and realizing what’s most important in your life!
Jesus delivered a sermon 2,000 years ago that changed history.
Here’s a glimpse into the filming of The Chosen.
Have you ever had a turning point in life? Be encouraged as Michael W. Smith shares his experience as a wayward son and how, through it all, both his heavenly and earthly father never gave up on him.
Post of the week from these parts here:
… so it’s been a hard spring. Cold and wet. As if the sun’s been hiding, grieving a heartbreaking world.
But we can relax into an easy smile when we trust, because maybe this is the thing that can reshape our whole world:
because kindness 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!
glory, glory, glory
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.
Are Our Enemies Spiritual, Human, or Both? // Ask Pastor John Piper
on repeat this week: When We Fall Apart
Come close here– It’s going to be okay…
That Mount Everest you’re climbing today? God is greater.
Those obstacles you’re facing right now? God is greater.
This storm you’re weathering through? God is greater.
Today, just hold on to these three words, your refrain for the climbing, the overcoming, the pressing through wind: God. is. Greater.
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.