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:

too beautiful not to share with you…exhale deeply as you rest and restore this weekend

woah! Man builds an entire village for his little outdoor friend

stories like these?! never, ever get old…love love love this one

come along for a quiet visit? and a glimpse into a life on a tiny Scottish Island in the Outer Hebrides. Last Autumn they spent an entire month living and working on Vatersay, a tiny island of 90 people, a 5 hour boat journey from the Scottish mainland

what’s not to love here? had to share…

how about some Red Eyed Gravy?!

because she’d kinda the best

At age 70, Yankees fan gets to live out her dream of being a bat girl

Six decades after the team said no, Gwen McLoughlin served as a bat girl for her beloved New York Yankees

“You know when they say dreams come true? This is it…”

oh, these words…Scars in Heaven

What is the Neurocycle, and how can it combat grief, burnout and stress?

Communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist Dr Caroline Leaf explains how this method works

Believe Who God Says You Are

Our favorite farmhouse #FreeTrade Resource: set of 3 Ceramic Bowls

… classic loveliness in our Fair Trade store, Grace Crafted Home:

using these ceramic nesting bowls every day here on the farm…they are as sweet as the soul that made them. Always have the perfect bowl with this set of three nesting bowls. Every piece in our Grace Crafted Home collection is Fair Trade and brings dignity to the artisans who created them. The art of making clay pottery is as old as human civilization. This age-old tradition of making clay pottery still exists in Nepal. Despite all the influences of modernization and development, the potters of Kathmandu Valley still find their livelihood on their potter’s wheels. 

Your home and life can tell a story — that’s changing the story of the world.

(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

reunions like these? tears every time

To All Who Feel Empty

An Invitation to the Bored and Disappointed

glory, glory, glory

Well, hello JULY!

“Whatever you do, do everything…*giving thanks” Col. 3:1

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 #JOYDARE too! Scavenger hunt for God’s glory!
Print the month of July Joy Dare, and the entire year of Joy Dares, right here:

And 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!

full stop: powerful teaching from Francis Chan for every one of us…

Dysfunction to Dynasty – Ch. 6: Reed Robertson shares his deeply personal story…

In this short video, Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein and her husband, Kurt Klein, share their experiences of liberation and meeting for the first time.

because someone may need these words today: Trusting God in the Darkness

You Already Have What You Need, Now Let God Work

she can preach! thank you for these words of truth, Priscilla Shirer

One Surprising Reason for Pain // Ask Pastor John Piper

Why Abel Never Lost Hope During His Cancer Battle

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 

Psalm 148 is a call for the whole cosmos to praise God. In the climactic conclusion of Psalm 148, we read that Israel should praise God because He has raised a horn for them. But what’s the deal with this horn? And why is God lifting it up? In this video, we explore how Psalm 148 fits into the overall story of the book of Psalms—the story of God’s promise to raise up a king who will bring victory to Israel and rescue the world.

Thank you, BibleProject

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: His Name is Jesus

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

The world will say they will love you if you are beautiful—but the truth is you are beautiful because you are already loved.

Because He who is Love loves you unconditionally.

Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things.

The world has enough women who live a masked insecurity. It needs more women who live a brave vulnerability.

The world has enough women who are trying to do it all—spending everything they’ve got to be found in the crowd. It needs more who are doing the only thing that is necessary—spending time at His feet, being found and known by Him.

We need more women who would rather be beautifully sacrificial than perfectly artificial.

Don’t let Hollywood define it; let the pages of Truth define it: Romance is a long sacrifice.

Say that quiet to yourself at the mirror, over the stove, over the toilet bowls, and let your soul feel the caress of God who knows: Romance is a long sacrifice.

And then it will happen to you, like it happens to all the women who are soul beautiful and loved:

For a beautiful countenance—count blessings.
For beautiful lips—only speak words that make souls stronger.
To carry yourself with poise—carry each other’s burden.
For the most beautiful shape—simply live with one hand receiving all as gift, and other hand giving away the gifts. You becoming the shape of a gift—
Becoming the shape of a Cross.
Go ahead, Girl, run your hands wild through your hair and smile unashamed and be at peace in the fullness of you and pour your beauty out like an alabaster perfume:

Beauty doesn’t live in your skin.
Beauty lives in the lining of your heart.

[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.