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:

grateful he shares his extraordinary views with us here


intriguing: tagging the migrating whimbrel shorebirds

Buy It For Life: 40 Durable Products That Deliver No Matter How Old They Are

Inside the Pain… with Joni Eareckson Tada

think there’s not much to a water drop? Must come see what this photographer does with them! Couldn’t stop looking!

Dare to dream… don’t be afraid of living and loving one to share with a friend!

Struggling with challenges in your past or with the ongoing pain of the present?

This is a message of hope your soul needs today:

Your Wounds Aren’t Your Identity

Are you suffering from the pain of your past? Letting go of the hurt is one of the hardest things to do.


“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!

Trauma? Loss? Fears? This song on repeat here, cranked

If you have had a hard time connecting with the Bible or you’re simply hungry for a fresh experience with Scripture, this is for you:

Struggling to Read the Bible? Try These Two Things

we circled ’round this one:

Through extraordinary computer animation, discover how the more than 18 trillion feet of DNA in your body is organized, stored and processed

thank you, The John 10:10 Project

How to Help Orphans Without Adopting

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International

sharing from here on the farm: check here to be encouraged to keep company with Jesus

This and so much more at The Keeping Company

you’re never too old… at 81? come see what she’s done!

The Book Jesus Loved Most

What Unlocked the Old Testament for Me

glory, glory, glory

This is the one visual that moved me in the days after Labor Day, the days that kind of feel the relief of a second New Years, reset days, and, I guess, I was literally moved just because of the way she moved:

Time-Management to Keep Up: The Secret to Fresh Starts & Moving Forward

In the opening pages of the Bible, God gives humanity a gift that they quickly forfeit—eternal life that comes by eating from the tree of life.

In this video, we explore the meaning of this powerful image and how sacred trees play a key role throughout the story of the Bible. It all leads up to Jesus himself, who died upon a tree so that he could become a new tree of life for all humanity.

this one is really special: a beautiful story 12 years in the making

thank you, Priscilla Shirer: You Go Through More Because You’re Called to More

Post of the week from these parts here:

After Dad was unexpectedly and traumatically killed, underneath the daily rush of all the things, there was this tender miracle happening:

The Miraculous (Underground) Secret We All Need to Get Through Pain

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: Voice of God

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…at the beginning of a new week, and you can look up at the calendar today and exhale:

It’s okay to feel bone tired — you have One who gives His bone and His body for you and beckoned: Come Rest.

It’s okay to feel disillusioned — you have One who destroys cheap illusions of perfection and offers you His.

It’s okay to feel done — you have One who listens to the last nail be driven in and proclaims all the hellish things finished.

It’s okay to feel battered and bruised — you have One who storms your battles, takes back everything that needs a comeback, and proves His side won.

It’s okay to not feel okay — because you have One — who made you His one.

You have One who left the clamor of the 99, to find you, remind you, remake you, rename you, release you.

You have One who is more ready to forgive what you’ve done, than you are to forget, One who is more ready to give you grace, than you are to give up,

One who is more than ready to always stand with you, than you are to run. 

One who is a greater lover, rescuer, saviour, friend— than you have ever imagined Him to be even when your love for Him is most on fire.

Today, these worries, this world, may leave you feeling a bit depressed — but you have a God who is obsessed with you.

It’s beautiful how that goes: 
Whatever the story is today — it’s okay. Because we know the ending — and how it will be the beginning of the truest happily ever after.

Whatever the story is today — it’s okay. Because the Writer of the story has written Himself into the hardest places of yours and is softening the edges of everything with redeeming grace.

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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

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