Happy, happy, happy weekend!
Come along with us here because who doesn’t need a bit of good news?

Let yourself smile, be crazy inspired, laugh, love & really live the gift of this life
just a little bit more this weekend
Serving up only the Good Stuff for you & your people right here:

how she captures motherhood? takes my breath away every time
beyond grateful she so willingly shares her breathtakingly beautiful life and art with us here

their responses here are sure to tug at your heart

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when seven siblings were suddenly without parents, what this family did here is just amazing

talk about tugging at the heartstrings!

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what a beautiful way to #BetheGift to foster care families

What Every Mother Wants Most: More than Enough Grace

FREE Printables for Mother’s Day:
A Truckload of Grace, A House of Prayer, a 10 Point Parenting Manifesto

All Three Free Gifts have profoundly impacted my 25 years of parenting —

so I just really wanted to wrap it all up & give to ((YOU)) as a free gift from my mama heart to your brave one — or for your own mother — a deeply meaningful gift that you don’t have to go out anywhere for, or spend any money on — kinda perfect in strange days like these — and it’s exactly what every mama want the very most:

a 10 Point Parenting Manifest for JOY (regardless the age of your kids),
everything you need to literally make your house into a house of prayer (especially needed in days like these)
and a printable that gives every mama what she wants most: a Truckload of Grace.

Download them all when you sign up/sign in to our whole library of free tools and Sticky Notes for Your Soul

mothers all over the world are doing whatever it takes to provide for their families

after fires destroyed their homes, this family is doing something special to help kids feel safe and at home once again
a true story of what it looks like to #BetheGift and give the gift of hope

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supporting women who struggle with infertility…such a powerful reminder that a woman’s value and worth is not based on whether she has children, and our identity is not rooted in being a mom
This is such a difficult weekend for so many women, and I want you to know that I hold your stories and your hearts so tenderly this weekend.

all the happy smiles

Post of the week from these parts:

When Being A Mother is Kinda Hard & Tender, You Want This Most For Mother’s Day

Honestly, you don’t have to know what you’ll do when it happens, when the kids grow up, buy you a Mother’s Day card, while they tell their friends, their therapist, and their kids, that you got so much wrong.

You just have to know that you’ll humbly own it.

Because they aren’t wrong. . .

No matter their age or your regrets: You can tenderly own that you took some wrong turns and it’s never too late to simply turn toward the Light.

Life always turns on the turn.

And it’s worth writing down by the kitchen sink: Parenting is never about how your kids turn out. It’s always and only about how you keep turning toward your kids and their Maker.

It’s okay: Motherhood is never about training your children to be good so they won’t ever fall — it’s about letting them see you fall in love every day with a good God.

And even after you’ve fallen hard  — they see you keep falling hard for God.

Simply: The work of every parent is to give the best they know how now — and the work of every child is to forgive their parents the best they can now. Our work will look different, but we both have growing work to do.

There is always grace coming to meet all of us. . .

when she couldn’t carry her own baby, and her sister stepped in and offered such a selfless gift?!
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you don’t want to miss this sweet story

ok, this is just too cute!

love this!

a beautiful tribute to a mother’s unending love

on the stack at the farm…

“Fire doesn’t claim the end of the story; it’s not the end—it’s only beginning
Fire doesn’t claim the end of the story; it’s not the end—it’s still being written…”

You & I — Can we go for A Walk along the Water This Weekend?

You saw that it’s now available?!?!
the WayMaker study guide + DVD sessions

plus online access to all 6 sessions when you pick up the study guide + DVD bundle

This study guide has everything you need for a full Bible study experience, including:

The study guide itself – video teaching notes, group discussion questions, personal study and application of the life-changing SACRED habit, and a welcome letter from Ann for introducing each session.

An individual access code to stream all six video sessions online (included with all study guides)

And the physical DVD (with the DVD bundle only)

For Our Tender places, For our Hard Stories, For All of Us looking for More than a Way Through, but a New way to actually Be, a New way of Life

[ Print’s FREE here ]

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.

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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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