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:

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exhale: maybe today is the perfect day for a long quiet walk?

maybe the best way to travel these days?!?

inspiring: mower mission reaches 50 states

helping those who need it most

one of the very best presents

because we all need to be encouraged

sharing from here on the farm: These carefully curated quotes from various Christian thinkers are the perfect addition to your daily routine of prayer, meditation, and devotion. They can be framed, pinned to a bulletin board, or tucked into a journal or Bible. Check here to be encouraged to keep company with Jesus

This and so much more at The Keeping Company

what a story – never, ever give up

In this episode, Russell and Beth talk about how both staying and leaving can be tremendously difficult and tremendously sweet.

They share honestly about how painful and disorienting it can be when the people in your inner circles suddenly seem to turn against you.

this one is just too good to miss: Be a Point of Light

We all need extra love and comfort sometimes, especially if you’re a kid going through a difficult time

must come see what she’s doing!

In this video, we’ll explore David’s role as a priestly king and his failure to live up to this calling. The story of David ultimately points to the arrival of Jesus, the true royal priest who will bring the blessings of Eden and restore humans to their divine calling.

thank you, BibleProject

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!

A social experiment was conducted asking people to say what they can’t do.

But then, when the question was turned around to their loved ones — their answers told a different story.

Encouragement for Beginners: How to Strengthen a Soul in God

in case you need to be reminded too? Thankful for the scars…

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…

it would be a grace to meet you at one of these upcoming events!

Ever find it hard to pray? Searching for the perfect way, the perfect place, the perfect time, the perfect words? Prayer matters more than anything else, so we have to figure this out:

What Do We Pray When We Don’t Have the Words?

Trusting God in the Midst of Suffering: Meet Sherif

As a child, Norah often went hungry. Her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school. But when the desperate family learned of a local church that helped children in poverty, Norah’s life changed forever.

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International

The Power of Hope: Dare to Believe

glory, glory, glory

a most unexpected mission: the next best thing to the hand of God

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t really belong, that you’re not enough…ever struggled to recognize the beauty that is your life…these words of hope are for you today:

How Your Heart Should Respond When You’re Told You Don’t Belong

Priscilla Shirer joins Laurie Crouch and Holly Wagner on TBN’s Praise to discuss prayer, hearing the voice of God, and growing in our relationship with Him. Let’s listen in as they discuss different ways that we can actively pursue growing closer to God as we learn to pray intentionally.

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: Wait on You

[ Print’s FREE here: ]

…you know how you’re sticking with it & doing that hard thing? You’ve just gotta know, you don’t stand alone, you don’t walk alone, you don’t go alone:

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength” 2 Timothy 4:17

And nothing can happen today that will stop Him from sticking right there with you & giving you strength to do this thing. 

There is nothing to fear today — 
because there is nothing, not mess-ups, not distractions, not less-than-hoped-fors, nothing in the universe that can happen today to separate you from the loving hands of God. 

There is nothing to fear no matter what — 
because there is nothing, not sickness, not pain, not diagnosis, Not Even Death, nothing in the universe that can ever separate you from the loving hands of God. 

There is Never. Anything. to fear — because there is Nothing in the universe that can Ever. separate. you. from the loving hands of God. 

So Go Live Brave! His Love Makes You Brave!

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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.