Have You Seen? {April 28, 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: Shalom

An Easter Message of Hope by The Velvet Ashes Team—”Jesus, we can’t imagine your journey to the cross and the sorrow of your rejection. Yet you made this sacrifice for us, all of us who are undeserving of your compassion and relentless love.”

An Open Invitation to Rest {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I’ve heard myself say it so many times, and maybe you have too: I’m not very good at Sabbath-ing. When I pause to rest, my mind keeps going with the bullet points of tasks waiting to be completed, or I feel guilty for slowing down. It is hard to let go of all the burdens that weigh heavy in order to listen well, play well and rest well.”

Shalom in Real Life by Lilly—”Shalom is about more than just the absence of conflict. It is about how all that is broken in our lives will be made whole. The complexity of life’s moving parts guarantees that the harmony of our lives will at some point break down. The promise of shalom is that all of life will be whole, restored, and in a deep state of well-being.”

I Just Want PEACE by Danielle Wheeler—”Thus began this yearlong journey of diving into the concept of shalom. Friends, I can honestly say I am forever changed because of it. I will never think of the word “peace” the same way. The concept of shalom has reached the innermost parts of me. It has ushered me into new depths in my relationship with God, and it is permeating every aspect of my life.”

Ready, Set, Retreat! by Velvet Ashes Team—”It’s the highlight of the year here at Velvet Ashes this weekend! All across the globe, we are retreating. We are doing the Velvet Ashes Online Retreat, the spiritual Retreat that comes to you right where you are. Some of us are gathering in groups, some of us are doing a personal Retreat alone. It’s not too late for you to join us (access is open until May 28).”

From Around the Web

Finding Relief From Regret

My Most Valuable, Now-Renewable Asset (And Yours Too)

The True Purpose of Home Assignment

A Little Advice to My Pre-Expat Self

Finally, The Secret to the Battle You are Facing

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by Eduard Militaru on Unsplash

You’ve come down from the mountaintop of your retreat experience, back to the grind of every day life. What now?

How do we hear from God as we seek to discern the next step, the next move of obedience?

We don’t have all the answers, but we want to chat about it. How do you hear from God? What does listening and discerning look like when the fog feels heavy, the season confusing, the next right thing a mystery?

We will hear some honest reflections from women in the community this week through the blog posts. We welcome your insights and feedback as you share in the comments! Your stories are important to us, and you can also join in the discussion this week on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesDiscernment.

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