Have You Seen? {April 7, 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: Body

Body Care, Soul Care: Ideas from the Instagram Team—”It can be challenging to nourish our bodies while serving cross-culturally. There might be new foods that require an adjustment, new ways of shopping for groceries, and resources that are no longer available. As we start off our discussion about our bodies this week, we asked our Instagram team to share their ideas, thoughts and struggles related to their physical care on the field.”

Life in the Body {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”This life is also more stressful than the comfortable life I left behind. I have more frequent headaches and tension in my shoulders to prove it. Though unpleasant, these can both be a gift if I recognize them as signs to let some things go, ask for help, or stop trying to live by my own strength.”

What is Your Body Saying to You? by Aimee R—”I was my first client, wading through the confusion and stress, finding out my body’s unique needs and how to fit these needs in the foreign environment that I was living in. As I navigated these needs, I grew in understanding how to worship the Lord with my whole self. I found myself living a much better version of myself with more energy, feeling good about my body image, having sustainable routines, feeling more balanced, and more familiar with local options of meeting these needs.”

How the Rapids Showed Me Beauty by MaDonna Maurer—”Life can be like a journey down a winding river. Rivers can be calm and smooth, but usually along the way rapids appear. Life is like that. Sometimes the rapids are exciting and fun, like moving overseas. Other times they are downright frightening, like an unwanted diagnosis.”

When the Body Speaks {The Grove: Body} by Joy Smalley—”The body is a beautiful part of who we are, and it is a part of us that is loved by God. It was intentionally made with purpose and beauty and ought to be honored and cherished as such. It ought to be enjoyed and pampered and fed, and when it speaks, we should listen.”

From Around the Web

TCK Lessons: No One Understands

Recognizing Courage in Your Daily Expat Life

Poets Around the World– activity pack for kids in celebration of National Poetry month!

When You Want to Want to Stay Longer

When Your Yes Impacts Other People

Filled with the Fullness of Your Own Everyday, Ordinary Life

Finally, Learning to Be Patient When the Waiting is Slow

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

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Psalm 38:4 My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear.

Do these words echo the cry of your heart?

Guilt over the things undone. The family we are leaving behind. The ways our children are affected by our choices. The moments when the heat overwhelms and we lash out when we should have loved.

What guilt burdens are you carrying, sisters?

Our posts this week will come from fellow travelers in this journey, women who understand and who are willing to be vulnerable and honest with you. Will you receive this as a gift to you, an invitation for you to do the same? You are welcome to respond through the comments, by linking up your thoughts on your own blogs at The Grove, and on Instagram with your images and words and the hashtag #VelvetAshesGuilt.

This community is a safe place to share the guilt that weighs heavy on you, to release those burdens to the arms of our loving Father and the care of your friends here.

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