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:

in awe of her work and the beauty she creates

we’re cooking up fresh boiled peanuts today if you’d like to join in!?

Study Finds That Your Metabolism Doesn’t Drastically Slow Down Until You’re 60

I am…

You teachers are heroes and soul shapers and generation strengtheners and we’re passing you a cup of hot tea and giving you a standing ovation! So well done, so. well. done.

stunning! Photographer captures sun and moon silhouettes in the most creative ways!

Heavenly Fire: The Mystery of the Auroras… an exploration of why these incredible light shows occur, and what they reveal about God.

Cat’s Meows Lead Searcher to 83-Year-old Owner Who Fell Into Ravine

Are there times it seems God is asking too much of you? Perhaps it feels that your trials will overtake you. But as Joni reflects on a favorite song, she considers how trials are actually blessings. For it is through life’s hardest challenges that you are forced into the arms of Jesus.

amazing at this miracle: Local Ham Radio Hero Saves Friend’s Life Hundreds Of Miles Away

completely amazed: come see how he draws the world from his memory

pause right here…what’s not to love?!

one to share with a friend who needs to hear? The Purpose of Your Pain

God Can Redeem Your Family History

the power of love…


“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

…when your son, in a heartbroken world, captures this gilded moment of light, down at the river farm, that reminds you that your heart can still break for all the beauty in this old world too.

never, ever give up: Keep Praying

What’s Happening in Afghanistan? Stories from Believers on the Ground with Jennie Allen and Pastor X

From Jennie Allen: “What we are witnessing right now is the decimation of the country and people of Afghanistan. The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians that they are targeting to hunt down and kill. But these believers are not hopeless… I’ve had 3 conversations this week with my friend Pastor X and his team that have changed my faith. History has shown that persecution grows the church and you guys… these Jesus followers on the ground in Afghanistan are still on mission, hopeful, and willing to die for their faith.”

Thank you, Sam Allberry: The truest thing about you is that you are the one whom Jesus truly loves.

In this video, we’ll explore the “water of life” theme through the biblical story and see how it leads to Jesus, who presents himself as the one bringing living water to a world that is desperately thirsty.

Haiti Earthquake: To Weep and To Hope

Ainsley Earhardt shares her story of faith

real beauty in a breaking world: love in action

thank you, Priscilla Shirer: How to Trust God to Multiply What He’s Already Given 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: Where I’m Standing Now

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…prayer isn’t about getting what you desperately want,
but about getting more of the One Who desperately wants you.

What if we bravely lived what we humbly pray:
Your kingdom come —
not our kingdom.
Your will be done —
not ours.
Your story be written —
not our way, but Your way, because You alone are The Way.
Because you alone are God — and we are not.

And our problems fade in the light of Your gentle face, Your tender embrace….

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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.