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:


come along? maybe we could all use a long quiet walk this weekend…


oh my heart: come meet a very special orphaned lamb


love love love this! a story of perseverance — and giving back


woah: this photographer zooms into the microscopic details of all kinds of objects


The Genius of Flight

Few sights in nature are as beautiful and wondrous as a bird in the air. This visually stunning short film explores the biological systems that make avian flight possible. In the process, compelling evidence for the purpose, foresight, and design on display throughout the created order is clearly and powerfully revealed.

Thank you, The John 10:10 Project


a comeback story of 2 athletes…

turns into one of the most memorable moments in sports history


this one may surprise you! Homeless Man With Arthritic Hands Rebuilds His Life After Discovering Keyboard App For Easier Typing

so what do you think of this keyboard he created?! The free app for Android and iPhones has over a million users!


You have influence: use it wiselyjust so good, Priscilla Shirer


oh my heart…


because we all need someone to believe in us and love us


Nine Years, 782,000 Words Later, South Carolina Woman Completes Handwritten Bible 

Caroline Campbell’s project aims to inspire Christians to learn Scripture and see disabilities as a gift to the church.


pause right here…one to share with a friend who needs to hear?


I never get over this personal friend, & heart sister’s, family story — the witness of their life has profoundly changed ours

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International 


Special Needs Parents Share 3 Tips for a Healthy Marriage When Disability is Involved


Truth is, most of us struggle with some kind of body image issue, something that makes us feel like we don’t quite measure up.

We could all use some good news and real truth about our bodies today:

The Good News you Need to Know About Your Body


Compassion is a deeply emotional word used to convey the strong bond between a parent and their child. In this video, we look at this rich Hebrew word, the first one God uses to describe Himself in Exodus 34:6-7.


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!


glory, glory, glory


Don’t be afraid to step out in faith


CeCe Winans: “It Takes Discipline to Follow the Spirit”


she shares some really good words here… thank you, Jennie Allen


Amen


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: Better


[ Print’s FREE here: ]

yeah, if we’re being honest here, the work gave us a bit of grief today,
and maybe the kids gave us some grief, Lord,
and yeah, maybe we’ll be bold enough and just say it out loud: we grieve a bit about how the day turned out, and how life’s turned out, and how we’ve lost people we love, lost some dreams, lost hope of real change — in us, in our people, in the way things have gone.

It’s okay to be brave & say that here: The worst grief is a hidden grief that cannot speak.
And You, Lord, You cup our chin right now, steady us with this deep love:
“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.
I’ll convert your weeping, lavishing comfort, invading your grief with joy.” (Isa.66:12,Jer.31:14MSG)

It’s okay — it’s really okay. The grief is simply proof that you’re invested in living & loving.
Grief is the guaranteed price we pay for love.

And in the grief & paying that price, there’s this enfolding comfort —
of knowing we are spending our lives on the best things.

[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.