Have You Seen? {April 21, 2019}

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: Redeem

Hold Fast to Hope by Joy Smalley —”Honestly, I think I’m just scared. I’m scared that Christ’s blood won’t cover my mistakes. I’m scared that his promise of redemption is limited and that he will turn his back on me. I’m scared he will leave me as a lost cause because, somehow, I have missed out on God’s best for me. Maybe in the back of my mind, I remember all those who could not be saved. I recall the hopelessness in others’ eyes and am drawn back to those moments of fear where there was no redemption.  When God’s grace did not protect.”

Discerning the Next Right Thing {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I’m a slow learner when it comes to paying attention to what is life-giving. I have focused for so long on doing what needs to be done. I’m a ‘serve behind the scenes’ kind of girl, so if tables need to be set up, or files need to be typed up, or the phone needs to be answered I’m right there to jump in and help. I have approached my ministry decisions this way too- what’s the need? What needs to be done? In the process I stopped paying attention to the condition of my soul.”

All Things by Hollie Rathbun—”A few years after my husband and I got married, we moved away from family to go to seminary. Both my husband and I were taking graduate classes and he was working a full time, minimum wage job. I was struggling as a mother and we were struggling in marriage. Neither of us were actively pursuing Christ daily like we should have been, and we were using busyness and the pressures of being adults in a demanding world as an excuse. Everything felt broken and I was hurting so much that I was unable to minister to my family well.”

I’m Going To Stop You Right There by Monica F—”I watched the counselor take notes, glancing up at me from time to time as I unloaded my life story- all the things I’d done, places I’d been, plans I had, and worries about the future. I fed her lots of information but held back my heart. I didn’t want her to know how exhausted I was, how much I ached inside, and how badly I missed our home in Asia.  However, I made sure she knew all about what I’d done for 15 years serving overseas and that this Sabbatical thing wasn’t really my cup of tea.”

A Living Redemption {The Grove: Redeem} by Maria Mullet—”In life, all of us take our turns trying to answer difficult questions. Deep questions like, ‘How can a good God allow pain and suffering?’ Or some far less weighty but born out of true frustration like, ‘Why on earth is it necessary for English to have so many verb forms?’ And then there’s this real stumper for me: ‘What is it about the Les Miserables story that you love so much?’ ”

From Around the Web

How To Build A Bigger Table

The Danger of Forgetting

Easter Books for Kids

A Letter to the Grandparents of My Third Culture Kids

Liberated from Fear

Finally, Drawing From a Dry Well

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

It’s here! We can’t tell you how much we’ve been anticipating this week’s theme “Shalom.” Announcing it this Easter weekend is pure joy.

Shalom – what we have because of the cross and resurrection.

Shalom –  the gift we receive and live into.

Shalom-  His intent for us: “peace, wholeness, completeness, fulfillment, security, harmony, well-being, contentment.”    

We invite you to join us for the highlight of the year for the Velvet Ashes community, our annual Online Retreat, NOW OPEN. Women in over 120 countries are retreating right where we are.

This week we’ll be walking in preparation for our Retreat. Together we’ll be diving into the richness of shalom.

Come ready to have peace redefined for you.

It’s not too late to join us for the Retreat. Access is open until May 28. The table is set. He’s inviting you to come.  

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