FGF 169: News to Make You Smile

Every week Doubting Believer brings you things to read, watch and listen to that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news.

A lifelong dream fulfilled

The dream of opening a bookstore is a not uncommon one–at least among people I know. Here’s a woman who made her dream come true.


Making for the Social Good

Y’all. There is a high school class out there called “Making for the Social Good” in which students make things that will have a positive impact on the world. How cool is that??? See what they did for a teacher’s husband. People ca be really awesome.


Income for Foster Kids Aging out of the System

SAN JOSE, CA – JULY 3: Veronica Vieyra, San Jose State University Class of 2021 graduate poses for a photograph on campus in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Vieyra is one of 72 foster youth to receive payments of $1,000 a month in Santa Clara county’s first guaranteed basic income pilot program. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

This is the best news of the week as far as I’m concerned. California has addressed a HUGE problem in our country–foster kids aging out of the system with no support, familial or financial. Can you imagine striking out on your own at 18 (or even after college) with no family support, no financial help and no help in navigating life as an adult? I am always for any program that helps make sure that kids who get the worst start in life have a chance to make things better.


Get some rest.

Have some fun.

Talk to God.

Connect with people you love.

Take radically good care of yourself. The world needs you.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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