Have you Seen? {April 23, 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.

We are thrilled to swing wide the doors of our 2017 Online Retreat!  We’re opening it early so that everyone has time to download the videos (if you’re internet isn’t fast enough to stream or if you’ll be in a location without internet).  You can also download and print off the Retreat Guide (or use digitally). In the Retreat Guide, there’s a list of simple supplies you’ll want to gather.

If you haven’t yet registered, you can do so at retreat.velvetashes.com. Then join us from all corners of the globe next weekend! Retreat right where you are. And don’t miss the chance to debrief your Retreat experience with the Velvet Ashes Team in a Live Chat conversation.  We have two times to choose from:

Sunday April 30 at 9:30pm EST – sign up here.

Monday May 1 at 9:30am EST – sign up here

We’ll see you there!

Last Week’s Theme: Wait 

Put on Hold by M’Lynn Taylor—”While enduring the forty-minute detour, I convinced myself I had been forgotten which quickly led to frustration. And there we have it: waiting is hard because after awhile, I begin to believe that I’ve been forgotten. Choose a scenario from my life when God has made me wait in faith, whether it be for healing or financial provision or a new job, I have floundered by believing the lie that I’m forgotten by my creator.”

No Need to Wait or Pray: The Next Five Books Are Here {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I am not a natural fan of waiting. But as Adele wrote, ‘Waiting is one of God’s immensely sweeping invitations. To wait expectantly and with open hands requires a relinquishment of control that gets at the roots of our motivations, fears and idolatries. It is where we learn that God isn’t a genie and that happiness is not a matter of God meeting our expectations. While we wait, we can sense the naked vulnerability of trust.’ What poetic truth: the naked vulnerability of trust.”

Waiting as Long as He Says by Danielle Krouch—”As our time in Cambodia feels further away and separated from our current life, I need to be reminded that God can look over the course of my whole life and see every single move I will make and how the pieces of my story converge into a much bigger one.  Sometimes I fear being lost, useless, and forgotten.  That is when I need to be reminded that I can trust Him absolutely—nothing is lost.  He sees intimately and knows us so completely that we do not need to fear that where He has us is wrong.  If He is truly a safe place to be, I can live expectantly looking ahead but also grounded where He has me.”

High Speed Waiting by Renee Aupperlee—”I’m learning that waiting is a good teacher … and a good mirror. I’m learning that waiting requires surrender. Waiting teaches me to bend my knee and submit to my King. Waiting opens up a unique space for conversation with God about the deep places of my soul. Waiting has shown me my stubborn heart, my pride, my self-sufficiency. I really do want things my way.”

Waiting Together {The Grove: Wait} by Amy Young—”So on Friday there we were, you and I, outside of his tomb. Waiting together. Waiting as a community. Waiting because our sin and the brokenness of this world came with a high price. Waiting because, surely, this isn’t the end of the story. Waiting in agony. And it wasn’t the end! If only we knew the ending of all our ministry stories before they begin.”

From Around the Web

Taking Route Podcast Coming Soon!

On Forgiving…

Missionaries, Ministers, Money, and Manure: Don’t Pile ’em Up, or So They Say

Calling, Purpose and Ministry Fit for Retention

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation

Three Cheers for Single Female Missionaries

Finally, THE NEXT STEP: A Lesson on Change from Indiana Jones

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Women all across are getting ready to spend a day of retreat receiving from God. Will you join us in praying over this time?

  • Pray for God to prepare our hearts. (Begin preparing by reading over I Kings 18-19)
  • Pray for protection from the enemy that doesn’t want us to have this time.
  • Pray for God’s spirit to move, whispering his unique message to each of us.
  • Pray that through this Retreat, God would be glorified, women’s hearts would be drawn closer to him, and kingdom work across the world would be empowered as women are renewed by God.

We are so excited to see what God will do in this time! We’d love to be praying specifically for you, so send your prayer requests to us here and our prayer team will pray for you!


  1. Peggy Franks April 23, 2017

    Hi all, just wondering how to download the music and videos? Last year there was a link but I can’t seem to find it this year. Any suggestions?
    By the way the retreat looks really great thanks to everyone for all the prayerful thought and hard work.

    1. Danielle Wheeler April 23, 2017

      Hi Peggy, there is a download button next to each video and music album. When you log into the retreat at retreat.velvetashes.com you’ll be able to see it. Let us know if you have anymore questions! We’re here to help!

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