Have You Seen? {August 16, 2015}

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: Marriage Abroad

If Peter and Paul Got Married by Lauren Pinkston — “I was appalled. How could such un-Christian things come from his mouth? Did he even care about other people at all? Gah, Gavin! You know, sometimes I just want to light a fire under your butt so you’ll DO something. And then he said, Gah, Lauren! Sometimes I just want to put out one of the 1,000 fires you have burning at the same time and tell you to SIT DOWN.”

Reading Good Books Ruins You {Book Club} by Amy Young — “I think our lives are told in letters too. Between blogs, emails, texting, Facebook, and other forms of written communication, our stories are often shared in pieces and not clear narratives.”

When You Share A Bed With The Person You Need To Get To Know by Laura Collazo — “Moving to the Dominican Republic changed me. It changed my husband. Although we were experiencing these changes simultaneously, we weren’t changing in the same ways. And since most of these changes were taking place internally, it was really hard to recognize that we were becoming different people.”

Under-Qualified Marriage Advice by M’Lynn Taylor — “I don’t feel qualified to give marriage advice. However, when the going gets tough, I’m too far away to run to grandma’s house, so I run to Jesus instead and He reminds me of some really great advice I’ve collected over the years.”

When Your Marriage Needs Help {The Grove – Marriage Abroad} by Danielle Wheeler — “Is there anything else to say? Maybe just one thing. Maybe there’s someone out there that has tried, really tried to follow all the marriage advice out there. But you are still left with a marriage that is not what you want. You know marriage was never going to be perfect, but you didn’t know it was going to be like… this.”

From Around the Web

5 Tips for Newbies About Relationships with Oldies (From an Oldie)

“But Mom, They’re Cheating!” — “One day I suggested that I come on Friday afternoons and play with the girls, act as a mom-supervisor, or that she and I just play against each other. She refused. She said it would be weird and would make her uncomfortable, making her stick out even more than when I just come to pick her up.” Five ideas to help your kids navigate cheating.

Here are two posts related to our theme this week:

Has this happened to you? Years of right-living separated me from the cross.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

mothering tcks

We’ve talked about Serving Single and Marriage Abroadthis week we have the third and final week on this series as we explore the ups and downs, the joy and concerns, the hopes and fears of Mothering TCKs.

Patty was right on last week when she said, “We might be tempted to read only the posts that apply to our own situations.  But if we do, we’ll miss the richness of hearing the blessings and challenges of sisters who live a life different from our own.  Our community is strengthened as we grow in understanding of one another.  In other words, if you skipped last week, go back!”

Community starts by listening, doesn’t it? We know that like the other two themes, this one runs deep in momma hearts. You don’t have to hide your fears, but you also don’t need to camp on them. Together let’s hear from each other and God’s mothering heart for us, his children, doing his work.

And don’t forget to join us at The Grove beginning on Thursday, 6 pm US EST to share your own stories and insights as we gather around the theme of Mothering TCKs.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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