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 deeply – and go ahead and take that long walk this weekend


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Down syndrome stories: 21 things parents wish they knew

Veteran parents describe what it’s actually like to raise a child with three copies of chromosome 21.


In this video, we’ll explore how Jesus is the ultimate king and priest who invites humans back into Eden so that we can once again take up our calling as God’s royal priests.

Thank you, BibleProject


pause right here: To Be Heavenly Minded Is To Be MORE Earthly Good


never, ever give up


St. Croix Hospice
St. Croix Hospice
St. Croix Hospice

oh my heart: Hospice workers help couple in their 90s take the wedding photos they never had


…because someone needs to hear this today…


how 4 young men pushed elderly woman in broken scooter home in pouring rain? priceless


Don’t be afraid to step out in faith


Every year, volunteers at MCC hand-make tens of thousands of hand-made blankets and school kit bags to be sent with relief supplies to people in need around the world.

In this episode of Undercurrents, we hear how God was revealed to a young girl in a refugee camp 40 years ago through one such hand-made item.

cannot recommend this highly enough…


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


so good: how to seek God’s peace in crisis when our natural response is to act in fear


That thing you’re ashamed of?…That choice you’re regretting?…That mistake that’s sent you running and hiding in shame and fear? God’s love for you is bigger than even that, and He is offering you something greater today:

Why We No Longer Need to Hide


5 people share their stories filled with overwhelming pain and hardship – and tell how their lives were saved by Jesus and His love


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!
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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!


one to share with a friend: God is Good


Straight up, this whole story had me holding my breath, undone, because who hasn’t at once felt like faith wasn’t reliable…like being a Christian doesn’t really feel real and you wonder if your faith isn’t enough?

BUT THIS MAN’S STORY! Honestly, don’t leave the internet today without reading the incredible faith story that happened to this incredible man — because it’s a story that won’t leave you:

The Least Lovable: And the Unfathomable Mystery of God


glory, glory, glory


because we all need someone to believe in us


kindness counts… come see what she’s been doing


Why Periods Are No Longer a Red Light

Beyond grateful for the life saving work of Compassion International


believe and be encouraged: Almost Home


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: Run to The Father


[ Print’s FREE here: ]

I don’t know how, but somehow?…maybe our hearts are made to be broken. Broken open. Broken free. Maybe the deepest wounds birth deepest wisdom. We are made in the image of God. And wasn’t God’s heart made to be broken too?

Wounds can be openings to the beauty in us.

And our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory.

Hannah tasted salty tears of infertility. Elijah howled for God to take his life. David asked his soul a thousand times why it was so downcast.

The thing is? God does great things through the greatly wounded. God sees the broken as the best and He sees the best in the broken and He calls the wounded to be the world changers.

Never ever be afraid of being a broken thing.

And maybe—this is the way to freedom?
You’ve got to remember to just keep breathing—keep believing.
Brokenness can make abundance.

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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.