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:

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash
Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash
Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

breathtaking views to wake you to the wonder of our world


what if animals were round?

oh my heart: 5-year-old fighting cancer uses sticky note art to make friends through hospital window

can you even?!? love, love, love everything about this story!

From Eric Liddell to Allyson Felix: Why Faithful Fans Are Drawn to Olympians

Christian athletes testify to the gospel in competition and beyond

she’s showing us how to cook sweat tea today… come along!

Don’t Miss the “Best Meteor Shower of the Year” According to NASA (!!)

Dad of 7 Shares Creative Hacks for Parents with Multiple Babies… couldn’t stop watching!

inspiring stories…

cheering loudly! students stepping up and doing great things!

cheering for kids doing good things: teen raises $12K to get homeless veterans off the streets

‘Shelters don’t provide the safe and caring environment that our warriors deserve’

you’ve got to meet her…this young scientist is forging extraordinary new roads

Born out of the pandemic – best job they ever had

maybe this is how it’s really supposed to be…

#BeTheGift #TheBrokenWay

Well, hello August!

“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 August 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. Click here to learn how you can get yours today!

found this fascinating: A sense of direction…Finding your way without GPS

how to really see where you are

How a Helpful Guy Saves Local Sea Turtles From Unnecessary Suffering

the love of a stranger was the start of something big

glory, glory, glory

ponder and then share with a friend: Let God Fight Your Battles

Post of the week from these parts here:

I don’t know where I was when the conviction struck me so hard it stung for days, the ultimate reason why I fail to pray…but this has revolutionized the way I pray:

If You’re Really Desperate for God to Hear Your Prayers For Real

every word of this is just so good…There is power in Your name…words to encourage you

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

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

Losses leave a wake
that wakes you
to the meaningfulness of what was,
& why it deeply mattered,
& what message you want to live now.

It takes uncommon courage to believe:
Losses take but losses give.
Every loss gives you
space for something else.

You bravely have to ask — what else?

No emptiness ever stays empty.
Empty places always fill.

And we choose what fills the empty places: anger, bitterness, distractions, hardness — or hope & dreams & love & legacy & more life.

Losses are only wasted if we don’t let them give us what they long to give us:
More love, more grace, more gratitude, more wisdom, more Jesus.

It takes uncommon courage to ask:

How might this emptiness be filled with more that’s fulfilling?

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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.