Have You Seen {April 24, 2016}

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: Hope

Hope has a Name by Lauren Pinkston—”I question my value. I doubt my worth. In essence, I live as an orphan. How can I love my new little girl so deeply, and care so immensely for her understanding of my love, when I have not yet cast off my own identity as an orphan?”

Not Under, Over, From or For but With {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Reading this chapter, I thought of three things: (1) How many of us are afraid we what we are doing isn’t significant enough or interesting enough, (2) The movies I’m drawn to — most of them have a theme of someone making a difference with their life. Latest favorite: McFarland USA, and (3) One of the best books I read last year: With by Skye Jethuni.

How To Not Be Overtaken By Fear by Caitlin Lieder—”When we moved overseas, fear grew in me each time I left our apartment. It grew if I needed to do something out of the ordinary, especially by myself. The dread of the unknown, of the possible faux pas, of doing it all wrong started paralyzing me. Before I moved overseas, fear never crossed my mind when I thought about shopping or answering the phone.”

This Word Called Hope by Corinne Carver—”It is difficult to find yourself in the midst of chaos, a raging storm, a mountain that seems impossible to summit… But yet you know what is true, you know that God has told you to trust Him, to rest in Him, to believe Him, to HOPE in Him.”

The Ideal Future {The Grove: Hope} by Patty Stallings—”The future we dream about reveals a lot about our hopes, values, and desires. One of my favorite life coaching techniques is the “Ideal Future”. This technique involves taking a dream or vision and imagining a specific moment in the future when that dream has become a reality.”

From Around the Web

A little something for everyone

The Seven Lies of Repatriation

Travel is therapy. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

3 podcasts

Everyday spiritual practices (you can stop listening at minute 40 if you just want the spiritual practices).
—An interview with a VA member Heidi VanDyken and her trust of God’s provision.
—An interview with Amy Young.

The Cult of Calling.

8 Ways for Expats Who Stay to Stay Well.

Navigating the first years of culture shock. 

TCKs AND AMERICA: Three Mindsets that Change Everything.

Finally, Your Worth Is Beyond Measure.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


During the Velvet Ashes Retreat, Corky—one of the speakers—talked about being afraid she would go over the edge. What would happen to her then? Wasn’t going over the edge to be feared above all else?

Her friend responded, “If you go over the edge, Jesus will catch you.”

This gave us, the editors, pause and we wanted to spend a week unpacking this idea of edge. Jesus spent time in the wilderness and was tempted and was pushed to the edge physically and spiritually. Later we know that part of his calling was to experience separation from his Father through death on our behalf. He too knows what it is like to go over the edge.

When scripture talks about us now being in Christ, how does that relate to this idea of edge. It’s going to be a rich week. Thank you for journeying with us as we walk up to the edge and look over. See you at The Grove, beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

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