You don’t have to look hard to find it…there really is goodness all around us, surrounding us, just waiting to be discovered. So, we went gathering. Our hope is that your weekend will be filled with courage, faith, hope, a little bit of laughter, and a whole bunch of love. YAY! It’s Friday! Let the goodness begin…
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• Need an anthem to pump up your courage to face the hard stuff? We’ve got one for you. “Overcomer” by Mandisa. This video is going to make you cry happy tears. It features Robin Roberts, Scott Hamilton, and Gabrielle Giffords. So, so inspiring. And the song is awesome too. Buy it here.
• And if after listening to that song, you still aren’t feeling courageous in the face of what life is throwing you, watch this TED talk by Amy Cuddy. Did you know that standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t feel confident can have an impact on the chemical levels in your brain?
• This vignette photo from The Nester’s Instagram feed stopped us right in our tracks because this canvas is so simple and stunning. It features lyrics from the final verse of the song, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” which is one of our absolute favorites. (If you want to hear the full song, you’ll find a bunch of awesome recordings if you Google the title, but we’ll save you some time and share our favorite version with you. Is there anything better than a glorious choir singing a glorious song?)
We give thanks to God not because of how we feel – but because of Who He is.
• For every story we hear about professional athletes that might make our heart sink a little, here’s a story that will restore your hope. Meet 5-year-old leukemia survivor JP Gibson, the newest player for the Utah Jazz.
• We were humbled and awed by the story of Jenna and Dan Haley this week. On finding out their unborn son Shane had a terminal birth defect that would only allow him to live at most a few days after being born, Jenna and Dan created a bucket list for Shane so they could spend time making memories with him before he was born. They achieved everything on Shane’s bucket list before he was born yesterday, and then passed away a few hours later. Their ability to find hope in a heartbreaking situation is so humbling and powerful. Perhaps their story will come to mind when you or someone you love might be struggling to cling to hope.
• This post had us laughing out loud yesterday. If the appearance of treats from the “neighborhood ghost” on your doorstep strikes fear in your heart, you’ll be laughing out loud too.
• Words are powerful. And one of their greatest powers is making us laugh. You’ll love this video of author B.J. Novak reading his new book, “The Book With No Pictures” to a group of elementary school students.
• Last week, we shared a story of some firefighters spreading love to a family they helped. This week, we found a great story about a policeman choosing to show love and help a woman who needed a car seat instead of issuing her a ticket. You’ll love this.
• Finally, here’s a song from Multiply Goodness author Hilary Weeks that we want to get stuck in your head over the weekend. “Say love. You never know who might need it.” We hope that’s just what you’ll do this weekend – say love to everyone you meet.
We’re so grateful for your support and encouragement! It’s so delightful to log into our social media sites and see you sharing our pictures and posts and encouraging friends to like and follow us on social media.
We hope you’ll feel inspired to multiply goodness this weekend, and when you do, we hope you’ll share your experiences with us.