Have You Seen? {April 5, 2015}

He Is Risen!

Happy Easter and 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.

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Last Week’s Theme: Scars

 It Wasn’t Nails That Held Him to the Cross by Michele Perry — “Scars remind us of where we have been, they don’t have to dictate where we are going. What’s behind us doesn’t have to define us when we let it refine us.”

Author Sue Eenigenburg Joins Us Today {Book Club} by Amy Young — “Being proactive to talk about expectations before the explosion is essential. Developing the ability to say no to some things in order to say yes to more strategic ways of using our gifts are vital to M women. When saying no to some opportunities you are expected to say yes to, taking the time to talk through reasoning is helpful for team and organizational leaders.”

Beautiful Scars {Does Such a Thing Exist?} by Laura McLain — “But His comfort isn’t simply for me to absorb myself. Instead, God’s comfort is given to me so that I can then comfort others. My scars aren’t meant to be hidden. No, they are meant to be shared.”

Remember This When the Ache Returns by Jessica Hoover — “God has healed so much of the hurt. He’s patched my life together with mothers and fathers who don’t share my DNA. He brought my motherless heart full circle with a daughter whose eyes reflect back to me something of my mama. It’s been so much sorrow and joy all bound up together.”

Shame and Offering {The Grove: Scars} by Amy Young — “Shame will say, ‘Too bad you didn’t have a nice abscess on your arm, that’s more respectable and can be talked about in the light of day. Too bad you made it worse.’ Shame goes for the jugular. God says, “Dear child, see your scars as an offering.”

From Around the Web

It’s a treat to hear two of our regular contributors on podcasts this week. Jessica Leigh Hoover shares on Feathers about her time in West Africa and Emily Thomas is on Mud Stories talking about her first marriage to an abusive man and the ways God met her as she needed to escape back to the U.S.

Four moms enrich the web this week with these posts:

Elizabeth Trotter continues her series exploring the ideas in Timothy Sanford’s book “I Have to be Perfect” (and other Parsonage Heresies) with three more lies: I’m different, I can’t trust anyone, I can ruin my parents’ ministry.

Plus 40 Must-See Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever.  We guarantee there are some ideas here even the most seasoned travelers haven’t thought of!

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


“Team.”  The word can fill you with longing, dread, or joy.

Team is when the different shades of the personality rainbow come together for a common goal.  The overseas team takes on a unique intensity as you become each other’s colleagues, each other’s family-away-from-family, and sometimes each other’s neighbors and only available community.  For better and for worse, you ride the waves of cross-cultural life together.  You inevitably see each other’s weaknesses.

It can get crazy messy, tearfully hard, and incredibly beautiful.

What has been your experience with team?  What is God teaching you through team? Write your story and bring it to The Grove beginning Thurs 6pm EST.

We’ve got a rich week ahead, friends.  And we’ve got a feeling that some of you out there that really need it.


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  1. Elizabeth April 6, 2015

    Emily’s story was so powerful! I cried buckets over the escape story. God is so good.

    1. Elizabeth April 6, 2015

      And then I cried again, when God used her so powerfully on her former anniversary.  Wow. Beautiful. (I had to listen in little snippets of time.)

    2. Amy Young April 6, 2015

      I know! :)! I knew bits and pieces of the story, but I’d never heard the whole thing. That escape story … wow. And then to continue it with the anniversary too. I’m so glad you liked it Elizabeth 🙂

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