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:

my world kinda slows and rests when she invites us into her world…

to fathers near and far… thank you

because we all need a friend

when friends step in – life gets better

Like Father Like Son: a Tribute to Fathers… never give up

Holding onto hope and beauty in the midst of darkness and pain just might be our fiercest battle, especially when a war for our mind is raging.

Don’t miss this—Beauty has a story to speak into your life today:

A Story of Hope from out of the Midst of Darkness

Breathtaking off-grid Mountainside Farm: and the community that stepped in the help

then/now and before/after

… you’ll want to share this one with a friend. Fascinating!

50 Interesting Comparison Images That Will Give You a New Perspective 

a wedding out of the ashes… only possible with the support of a town full of love

Turns out? All our homes tell a story.⁠

Friends, tomorrow we celebrate World Refugee Day!

World Refugee Day is marked on June 20th each year to celebrate the courage and resilience of the tens of millions of people forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution. Each Grace Flame soy candle pictured here is lovingly hand-poured by Muna and her mother Nadja, Syrian refugees resettled in Houston, Texas, in 2019 after fleeing war in their home country.

Will you help us celebrate our refugee artisans?! When you support our artisans by purchasing their handmade items, not only are you providing dignified jobs — you also are making a statement — Refugees, we welcome you. You. Are. Welcome. HERE. We are using these items every day here on the farm…they are as sweet as the soul that made them.

Come look at all of the classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:

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

stunning… worth your time to check these out: Winners Of The Nature TTL Nature And Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2021 Have Been Announced

a quick word of truth with Beth Moore

The (really good!) Story of a Devoted Father and His Boys

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

tears: Happy Father’s Day… say what you need to say.

Devastating Mercy

How Jesus Redeems Our Failures


In the story of the Bible, God is depicted as a generous host who provides for the needs of his guests. However, humans live from a mindset of scarcity and hoard God’s many gifts. In this video, we explore God’s plan for overcoming our selfishness by giving the ultimate gift of himself in the person of Jesus.

grateful for the work of BibleProject

do you prefer to be verified by man than validated by God?… listen in

every word of this… Believe For Itshare with a friends who needs to hear?

some real encouraging words for those missing fathers and spouses this weekend…

Placing God First

As co-founder of We Welcome Refugees, and as a family who personally welcomed and supported a refugee family from Syria and a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we, as a family, are looking forward to World Refugee Day this Sunday, June 20th, which is an internationally recognized day designated by the U.N. to honor refugees around the globe. 

As advocates for those refugees fleeing crisis, it is Christ-like for us to take time to hear from refugees. We have so much to learn from our sisters and brothers who have stories to share — and those stories are some of the most powerful I have ever encountered: 

I Went to the Border: Crisis at the Border & Loving The Stranger Like Christ (World Refugee Day)

Did you see that golden buzzer the other night? The one that felt like manna falling out of the sky for our own hungry hearts to learn how to honestly lament and taste the healing presence of God? I am undone by the reverberation of the Holy Spirit in every beat of Jane’s thrumming heart—the ones you will hear in these unforgettable, haunting words, as you lift and rise with her:

How To Meet God at Your Lowest

“The note that I’ve been given to sing in the orchestra of life is short and insignificant, truly, but I want to sing it well,” she said “I want to sing it well.”

Dysfunction to Dynasty – Ch. 4: Al & Lisa Robertson: how they chose to fight for their marriage and discovered all things are possible with Jesus Christ.

How do you breathe in a world where your father no longer breathes? How do you navigate the world when your father’s hands have fallen like the hands of a compass falling?

I never realized how much safer the world felt because my Father was in the world too:

I love You, Dad: When You Love Your Father, When You’re Missing Your Father

glory, glory, glory

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!

Why Do You Want to Be Loved by God? // Ask Pastor 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.

on repeat this week: Wait on You

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

It’s been hard.
You know — a brutally hard year, an unexpectedly hard season, an endlessly hard road.

You know — you got that call and you heard the words that you prayed against, begged against, braced against. You found it hard to hear, your heart banging like a sledge hammer, trying to pound its way out.

Or…you never get a call at all. The silence of all that isn’t, and won’t be now, about drives you mad.

In the dark, in the middle of the night, it gets very clear:
He who is driven by fears, delays the comfort of God.

You can want someone to reach over and touch your unspoken broken, your thin bruised places, and smooth out the pain you can hardly speak of:

Suffering begs us to do anything to end our ache — when actually only God can.

It takes incredible courage to wait on God in what feels like a hellish place— and trust that love of heaven is holding us.

It takes courage to trust that the writing of one’s whole good and redemptive story takes time. Healing take longer than you think; the ways of God take longer than you want. It takes time, a lifetime, to turn the ache of our longings toward Him.

We can simply want our situation solved — when God simply wants to be our answer.

And the best situation — is always what makes God your best hope.

And no matter your situation today, there’s this truth that rises through the dark:

In the middle of things seemingly not working out for us — God is working out something in us.

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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.