Have You Seen {April 10, 2016}

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.

Our worldwide online retreat is next week! Choose a day or half day and experience a personal spiritual retreat that comes to you. How many countries do you guess have someone who will be participating? Guess :). The answer will be at the bottom.


Last Week’s Theme: Crave

Fleeting Moments of Perfection by Jessica Hoover—”The problem is it is a moment. I’ll blink and three weeks will have gone by. The temperature will creep high and the humidity will creep up until sleeveless shirts, sprinklers and a thick slathering of sunscreen are a necessity for a trip outside. Perfection lasts but a moment. I can feel my soul deflate at the thought.”

Are You Afraid to Die? {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Hypothetical situations are much easier to navigate than real ones.”

A Craving Worth Satisfying by Valerie Browne—”The act of craving isn’t actually a bad thing. It simply means to long for something or to desire something eagerly. It’s what we are craving that determines if it is good or not.”

The Desert Shall Blossom by Emily Hamilton—”Even though we all experience deserts, our default assumption remains that deserts are, without exception, bad. Whether a desert of transition, depression, anxiety, ambiguity, or unfulfilled longing, deserts are experiences to avoid.”

My Pillow Has Four Corners {The Grove: Crave} by Kimberly Todd—”I felt guilty for sleeping so much, and thought I needed another dose of self-discipline. Turns out I was doing just what I needed to be doing because that energy for enjoying a new culture and learning a new job came from those long hours I logged.”

From Around the Web

Things that look different now that we are on the field. In a similar vein: On becoming Mozambican: 3 things that have changed about me. 

The Grace to be a Good Idiot.

Traveling with kids: the sleep factor. 

Have you heard of Kids Books Without Borders.

This one is fun: Use Your Trash, Change Your Perspective.

The Gaping Hole in the Modern M Movement: Part 1 and Part 2 (Hint: fall in love with the Psalms afresh)

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

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This is it!  Retreat time!

We currently have 787 women from 102 countries getting ready to commune with Christ in a personal spiritual retreat.  Are you one of them?  If not, register here.

Ideally you’ll want to take a full twenty-four hours to experience the retreat.  But if that’s not possible for you, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out!  You can space it out for what works for you.  Watch a few testimonies each day.  (They are incredible.)  Set aside a half hour to an hour for two mornings to do the Scripture meditations.  There’s an exercise video for you that is an amazing worship experience.  Then there is a powerful hour session video to conclude with.

A few ladies and I (Danielle) got to retreat together this weekend (to make sure it’s all ready for you!), and let me tell you, it exceeded all our expectations.  So many tears.  The Spirit of God was so present.  Our word for our time together was “connected.”  We left feeling so connected to God and to each other.  Every woman described it as exactly what she needed.  One woman said it was life-changing for her, a true break-through.  She went home and canceled her plans for the evening so she could tell her husband all about it.

All that to say, God has created an indescribable experience for us.  We want you to be a part.  He has renewal and hope and change he wants to bring you.

This week, the posts will prepare our hearts to commune with Christ.  Each of the Velvet Ashes Leadership team is going to be writing this week.  At The Grove and throughout the weekend, we’ll be sharing our retreat experiences and processing together.

This is the pinnacle week of our community this year.  Here’s our invitation to join us and commune with Christ.


  1. Ruthie H. April 10, 2016

    So, now I am very curious – how many countries will have women participating in the retreat? I never saw the answer. Excited for next weekend! 🙂

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