Have You Seen? {April 2, 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: Rest

Goodness Gracious Stinks Alive by M’Lynn Taylor—”We left China mid-December, jumped head-first into Stateside Christmas road trips and celebrations and breathed a sigh of relief when January rolled around. We could finally start our sabbatical. However, we didn’t know that in a few short weeks a great opportunity for my husband would fall into our laps, and he’d end up starting a new job as I continued to sort out how to live in our home country where we hadn’t done the task of day-to-day adulting for almost a decade. It’s good to be starting something new and we’re extremely thankful for the way God is unfolding His plan for our next steps, but it’s not exactly the restful season we had in mind–unless we look at it another way.”

The Myth We are Indispensable {Book Club} by Amy Young—”The irony that we read this week about rest is not lost on me. God’s invitation to rest came in a week where God wanted to remind me (us?) that you don’t get all of your ducks in a row so that you rest. No, we are invited to rest in midst of reality. In part, this is why I hadn’t written. Like you, I had choices to make on my time and instead of trying to shove everything in and pretend that I could move along as if I could “do it all,” I chose to rest at night and not work.”

The Anatomy of Rest by Joy Smalley—”God’s got the world under control and has given us limitations for our own good and for his glory; when we rest we are embracing rest as an act of worship to a holy and good God. In the process our souls are restored and fused together to make for stronger character, stronger relationships and we can push forward with enthusiasm as we wait on God and watch him move.”

Trust God Enough to Take a Day Off by Rachel Kahindi—”Failure or refusal to rest not only wearies our minds and bodies, but spiritually, it sets us up for self-centered idolatry–our attention focused on what we need to do, rather what God is doing. Regular rest sets us up to trust God to keep things going while we are off the clock.”

I’m Done with Self Care {The Grove: Rest} by Patty Stallings—”In that moment, I knew I was done with self care. Somehow I had mistakenly concluded I was responsible for determining the care for my wellbeing. But I am invited into something far better: Leaning into and resting in God’s sustaining care for me.  Just to be clear, I am not opposed to what we typically label ‘self care practices’. Not at all. It’s not particular practices I am abandoning. It’s the notion that I am my own best hope for sheltering my wellbeing or that it’s all on me to ensure I am grounded, nourished, and rested. Because…”

From Around the Web

How to Help Your Children Love the Church–When You or Your Spouse Work There!

ROOTFULNESS: The flipside of the TCK stereotype

4 Ways Overseas Workers Can Heal from Rejection

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

What is it you may need to admit?

Both that which gives you joy (notice how sometimes we have a hard time admitting we love something because the “cool” answer is to find that part of the culture annoying) and that which is hard.

Do you feel you need to do it all?

Do you need more sleep or help or joy than you currently have?

Explore with us what you may need to “admit.” Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram using #VelvetAshesAdmit, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.



1 Comment

  1. Shelly Miller April 3, 2017

    Thank you for including my story in your weekly roundup! I love this community.

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