Have You Seen? {May 24, 2015}

Welcome to Have You Seen?  We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Last Week’s Theme: Leaving

How Did You Know It Was Time to Leave? Ashely Felder interviews Lisa Ingle — “What lies have you had to combat about leaving? You’re wrong. You’ve failed. You haven’t heard His voice. The reality? Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Announcing Our Next Four Books! {Book Club and Give Away} by Amy Young — “Summer is a time for light-hearted reading (though one of these is not the most light-hearted, I’ll admit). We’ve got two memoirs and two novels and all kinds of fun planned. Without further ado, here’s our summer and early fall reading series!”

Finding the Courage to Leave by Emily Smith — “Only I couldn’t cut it. I couldn’t live up to the expectations put on me or the expectations I put on myself. I had failed. I was ashamed. More tears followed, but now they were healing tears. God is not a god of shame, but of infinite compassion. I could hear God’s gentle voice saying …”

What Would You Tell Me? by Danielle Krouch — “You see, we were long-term people. We were in this for the long haul and there had never been much of a question about it. I had struggled for the last five years with our life in Cambodia, but I knew this was our calling, and I waited out the doubts and depression. There was no question that we were staying.”

Leaving Is Your Birthright {The Grove: Leaving} by Amy Young — “God, in his infinite mercy, kindness, and love has woven leavers, stayers, and those who were left throughout his word. The bible doesn’t just tell us who God is, it tells us also who we are. Apparently he doesn’t see people as long- or short-termers. He doesn’t see leavers and stayersWe are described as beloved children.”

From Around the Web

From Kelly Carpenter, one of our Connection Group Mentors: Project Parenthood Online was born out of a desire to bless and serve both expecting parents and parents of small children, ages 0-3, in hopes to inspire and encourage them on their parenting journey. The motto of Project Parenthood is to “maximize your parenting in minimum time.” Every resource is designed to be used in under ten minutes, for all the busy and on-the-go parents out there! www.projectparenthoodonline.com

This interview with Eugene Peterson is one to be read by us all.

For those times when our stories don’t make sense. My Story for His Glory:: Love is writing our lives (Part 1) “A month after this I was in the hospital and my thread was shredding and kept shredding. I had no idea about my story and if, when it was all over, I’d have anything left.”

Here are five ways to impact your TCK’s attitude.

Looking for summer reading ideas for your kids? Or yourself? Here’s a great list compiled for the cross-cultural crowd: Family Stories from Around the World.

Elizabeth Trotter has A Conversation With Timothy Sanford, Author of “I Have to be Perfect”— we should all join in this conversation. Prepare to be rocked and encouraged.

“The last two weeks I’ve been in the midst of a mini re-entry after spending a couple weeks in South America traveling/volunteering. I’m noticing them again, those themes from reverse culture shock that seem to be the same no matter how long or short my time overseas has been.” Themes from a Mini Re-entry

And Now For Next Week…

The Theme is…

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All this talk of change, of leaving and re-entry.  All the goodbyes and send offs for those God is leading to a new chapter.

Do you ever wish that you didn’t have to be the one to stay behind and wave them off?  Do you ever wish you were heading into a new chapter, but instead you’re the one still at the same old plow, plodding ahead in the same old field?

Yes, leaving is hard.  But staying can be too.

This week is for you.  The posts this week are here to help you through the hard work of staying.  Just as we honor and affirm those in the leaving process, we honor and affirm those that are staying.  We celebrate your story.

Because staying, friends, is something to celebrate.

Bring your stories and thought to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.  And if you’re the one leaving, you’re gonna want to hear the stories this week too.  We think it will help as you say goodbye to those who are staying.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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