Have You Seen? {April 12th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Hidden

The Fuzzy Line of Vulnerabilty + Breakfast Ideas (Share Yours) by Ashley Felder—”Who wants to post about when we lost our temper, cried buckets while grieving, or had a tough day where things just kept going awry. No, we save those thoughts and feelings for the Lord and for those close to us whom we can trust with vulnerability.”

Social Distance {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”At one point Eleanor asks herself, ‘If a woman who’s wholly alone occasionally talks to a potted plant, is she certifiable?’ That line brings out all of my feelings about this book. At first, I laugh a little, but then I stop because it’s actually sad. Eleanor has made me laugh a few times, but also tugs my heartstrings. I hope for a better future for her.”

Hidden Loss by Beth Tillotson—”In the days following the miscarriage I desperately ached to go home. I wanted to be with family, and I wanted to be far, far away from Cambodia (in my agony I think I blamed Cambodia for taking our baby from us!). Part of me wanted to stay home and never come back – which seemed like a heathen thing for a Kingdom worker to an unreached people to admit. Everything felt too hard and too heavy. I was tired in a way I’d never felt before – tired on the inside.”

Hidden Fault Lines by Alyson Rockhold—”Shame started to creep in when I didn’t have the answers, or when I feared that the answers that I did have would be judged. I just could not measure up to what my home culture expects of the perfect cross-cultural worker, and I was nowhere near what my host culture thinks a woman should be to her husband.”

From Around the Web

The End of All Things

The Culture Tree: Consider the Roots

When You Need a Miracle in the Messy Middle

Setting Boundaries in Close Quarters

Can I Cry with You?

Finally, Layer by Layer, God Heals

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

1 Corinthians 15:56-58 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

We celebrate, right here in the mess and confusion. Not because everything is perfect, but because the victory is won by our Savior.

The tomb is empty. We don’t hope in vain, we don’t trust in a god who is powerless.

We can be steadfast because He is our victory. The story isn’t over.

May you know His resurrection power in a fresh, intimate way this week, sisters.

Let’s remind each other of Truth this week. How are you moving from fear to victory, right in the messy middle of life right now? Share with us on social media using the hashtag #VelvetAshesVictory.

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