Have You Seen? {August 1st, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: Check-In

Brain Re-Train + Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Scones by Ashley Felder—”I’m prone to complaining. I balk and wish things were different. I compare with those that have it another way—a situation I’d rather be in than my current one. Because I know this about myself, I’ve been trying to re-train my brain recently.” 

We Never Give Up {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Yusra remembers, ‘I’m in my living room in Daraya, vowing to make it to the top. I’m staring in horror at the bomb in the pool. I’m diving into the sea, desperate prayers ringing in my ears. I’m falling asleep in a Hungarian prison. I’m pushing myself harder than ever in the pool in Berlin.’ What a journey for Yusra, her family, the others on the Refugee Olympic team.

When Rhinos Have Been Let Loose by RLS—”As I sat, snipping, gluing, deciding where each piece should go, I began to recognize just a little bit of where I was. Yes…it did feel like rhinos were stomping all over my life as it had been. Yes, it seemed that storms and fires were constantly screaming for attention, and that the path ahead was leading upward on an impossible pass.”

Emptying the Jug by Rachel Mutesi—”I don’t have time to sit in my emotions. But over the next few days those emotions spill out in ugly ways onto people I love.By the time I get to the weekend, there is no avoiding what I have known all along—ignoring what I’m feeling isn’t going to work. Nor does it demonstrate faith.”

From Around the Web

Three Key Communication Questions for When You Work with Others

Painbearing

I love the Olympics

On Instagram: Stillness and We Have All Things

Finally, If You’re Really Desperate for God to Hear Your Prayers

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

For the month of August, we are going look at our experiences as women in cross-cultural work and life. We want to lift up our voices in celebration of the unique perspectives we bring to areas like member care and training, wrestle with how to keep growing as we talk about sending organizations and chat about the ways we walk with women who return.

We are a diverse community of women with a rainbow of passport covers and theological backgrounds. We come with our different experiences and opinions. Our hope is that the conversations this month challenge us all to think and dream and pray. We want to listen well as different women share.

And we are starting with church.

Conversations are happening around the globe about women and church.

It can feel painful and controversial. It can feel fruitful and timely.

What has been your experience as a woman in the local and expat church? How is your current church experience challenging you to think in new ways?

Join us for the conversations happening in the Velvet Ashes community this month!

#VelvetAshesWomenandChurch

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