the glory of migration: Each year the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migration journeys in the insect world. They travel in order to overwinter in the warmth of Mexico and parts of Southern California. Born with an internal map that guides them based on the magnetic field of the earth, as well as the position of the sun and other possible cues, some travel as far as 3,000 miles to finally rest. On fragile wings they ride the wind doing what they were created to do.
always coming back to this one: now if he doesn’t make you smile a mile wide!?!
If you’ve already been loving on the benefits of a weighted blanket for yourself, maybe it’s time to think about getting one for the kiddo in your life!
because we all need help from a friend every now and again
what if animals were round?
sharing from here on the farm: check here to be encouraged to keep company with Jesus
cheering loudly! students stepping up for another in need
found this fascinating: A sense of direction…Finding your way without GPS
how to really see where you are
Hello and welcome, October!
“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 October 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!
In this video on Generosity, we explore God’s plan for overcoming our selfishness by giving the ultimate gift of himself in the person of Jesus.
did you catch the before and after?! she is all kinds of amazing and I absorb everything she says:
may it be so: “I Wanna Remember”
A few times a year, I leave the warmth of these home fires and these seven hearts I love deep, and gather with the Body to meet Him.
It’s our quiet offering and privilege, to come with you, and simply, humbly, go before Him…
inspiring: a homegrown journey about learning photography and defining his voice
Even during a pandemic, we have a duty to anticipate God’s goodness
glory, glory, glory
ponder this one? and then share with a friend who needs to know:
Let God Fight Your Battles
breaking free of secrets
going out of your way for someone is still the straightest path to an everlasting friendship
Take a stroll through some of the world’s busiest, most colorful markets and experience the wonder of how people in other cultures go shopping.
Unity in Truth Understood and Embraced: Ephesians 4:11–14
Books for Soul Healing:
Joy is actually possible, right where you are.
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.
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.
on repeat this week:
It’s been hard.
You know — a brutally hard year, an unexpectedly hard season, an endlessly hard road.
You know — you got that call and you heard the words that you prayed against, begged against, braced against. You found it hard to hear, your heart banging like a sledge hammer, trying to pound its way out.
Or…you never get a call at all. The silence of all that isn’t, and won’t be now, about drives you mad.
In the dark, in the middle of the night, it gets very clear:
He who is driven by fears, delays the comfort of God.
You can want someone to reach over and touch your unspoken broken, your thin bruised places, and smooth out the pain you can hardly speak of:
Suffering begs us to do anything to end our ache — when actually only God can.
It takes incredible courage to wait on God in what feels like a hellish place— and trust that love of heaven is holding us.
It takes courage to trust that the writing of one’s whole good and redemptive story takes time. Healing take longer than you think; the ways of God take longer than you want. It takes time, a lifetime, to turn the ache of our longings toward Him.
We can simply want our situation solved — when God simply wants to be our answer.
And the best situation — is always what makes God your best hope.
And no matter your situation today, there’s this truth that rises through the dark:
In the middle of things seemingly not working out for us — God is working out something in us.
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.