Have you Seen? {April 16, 2017}


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: Forgive

This Grace in Which We Stand by Rebekah Hilderbrandt—”There’s a danger in being honest with yourself. A danger that the honest version of you is grubbier than you would ever dream. More broken. More fragile. More vulnerable to attack, belittlement, shame, and sorrow.”

The Invitation to Pass On These Chapters? {Book Club} by Amy Young—”What I have been circling around after reading this chapter—and the above quote on the lack of certainty helps—is how to maintain relationships when you don’t earnestly believe you are wrong, but others do. When you have taken a stand that can be misunderstood or interpreted differently. When you have not done so lightly or without counsel and prayer. When you don’t believe you are wrong . . . but in those moments when the air hangs or the eyes are averted or communication wanes, others hold their beliefs equally earnestly.”

An Adventure in Forgiveness by Jenilee Goodwin—”The topic of forgiveness can quickly become overly heavy and difficult. Sometimes, by just hearing the word, my memory kicks into full gear. The heart-pounding emotions of yesterday’s hurtful events can sap my energy or re-break my heart. Without much prompting, my mind flies down a spiderwebbed, dusty, dark tunnel to places I might not want to see or be ready to process.”

Forgiveness: The Mirror Image of Love  by Elizabeth Wangari—”My siblings and I were deeply hurt by our dad when we were growing up. He broke our mother’s heart by taking up a mistress and bringing her into our home. He also constantly insulted us and our mum, and in the process, our love for him turned to hatred. Anytime we would meet to talk about family issues and the discussion around our dad came up, the wounds would reopen afresh and everyone would disclose their negative feelings.”

Just Get Over It Already {The Grove: Forgive } by Karen Huber—”I didn’t just need to forgive my peers and my leaders, I needed to forgive myself. As much for my mistakes as for theirs, I needed to let God wipe me clean, too. Friends (for that’s how I see you, on the other side of this screen and world), I don’t know the hurt you’re holding on to. But if confusion, anxiety and anger are your travelling companions as of late, perhaps unforgiveness is up there on your shoulders, just waiting to be set down. I don’t believe it’s a spiteful act, the carrying of these bitter boulders. I think maybe we just misunderstand.”

From Around the Web

TransitioningIt took less than 24 hours in America for me to feel like a complete idiot.

Homeschooling For A Season

Facebook Live with Jonathan & Elizabeth Trotter

5 Things You Can Do When You Feel Like a Failure

10 Funny Videos to Help Explain Missionary Life

Creativity Abroad: Turning Global Family Facts Into Practical Connections

My New eBook: A Self-Care Plan for Global Workers

What are we wearing?

On motives and controlling narratives

Ask a Counselor: My child is LGBTQ. What should I do?

A Third Culture Kid’s Story of Faith

Finally, The Sweetness We Find in Unexpected Friends

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

In Invitations From God by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun she asks, “Describe the feelings you experience when you have to wait. What do these feelings reveal about the way you think life should work?”

This week we are going to do just that . . . Maybe God will encourage you in ways you have grown when it comes to waiting. Maybe God will reveal areas He is ready for you to look at more closely during the retreat (Have you signed up? It is easy, just click the picture below).

Adele Calhoun shared a few roadblocks when it comes to waiting. Notice if you bump into (crash through?) any this week:

  • An inability to lay down my agenda and go with what is happening.
  • An addiction to hurry.
  • Cramming too many things into the time available.
  • Unrealistic deadlines.
  • The inability to take the long view.
  • The inability to see the present as more than a crack between the past and the future.

Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram using #VelvetAshesWait, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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