Have You Seen {August 21, 2016}

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: Nest

Bird’s Nests, Eggshells and the Remedy for Our Desperate Reaching for Control by Jessica Hoover—”Back up a bit. Did you see it? The thing that saved my life was the pain. The thing that saved my life was the thing I couldn’t control. Somehow God was controlling it and while I balked and bucked under my limited understanding and scraping to make it all right He was orchestrating something far better. He was literally working to save my life.”

The Foolishness of God {Book Club} by Amy Young—”You could taste their delight in Lily, couldn’t you? And then her death. Oh the weight of the loss. It was powerful to read, because it rang true. I tend to avoid so-called Christian fiction because it is too neat and tidy. Too shallow. Too un-relateable. Not this.”

The Fight to Feed Our Souls + Brazilian Lemonade by Ashely Felder—”It’s also easy to push decorating or self-care back to the dark corner of our lives because there are so many other things to be done. I know, girl, I know. I do it, too. Don’t you think that’s what satan wants us to do, though? Fizzle out, slip into a depression, take our eyes off Jesus. He wants us off the field, so he’ll do what he can to make us miserable. I heard a sermon a while back that we have to fight for our time with Jesus. I think we have to fight for time to feed our souls in other ways, too. There will always be an excuse.”

When You Want a Beautiful Home and Don’t Have One {The Grove – Nest} by Danielle Wheeler—”If God cares about these things, it’s not wrong for us to care, too. But what do we do with the longing? The desires not met?”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesNest

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It’s been so fun talking about all things nesting this week! Our repost for #velvetashesnest comes from Becca @beneaththesouthernclouds who makes her home in the Himalayas. Love her heart for finding beauty in simplicity. And there’s nothing quite like the excitement of having dear friends come visit, is there?

“Just sharing a few snapshots from our house – finally getting everything really settled (partly because we have our first overnight visitors coming to stay with us for 2 nights! These are our best friends from our old city, so we are pretty excited!). I’m finding beauty in simplicity more and more these days – in life as well as our surroundings. Thankful for all these great local finds that make our room truly cozy and peaceful.”

What’s been your favorite local find??

You can always add #velvetashesnest to your past or present photos of your home!

From Around the Web

The Essential Need of Character Growth.

Meeting God’s Grace in Our Waiting.

Hearing the whisper to Go.

Did you see these two from Danielle? Announcing Our Change of Plans and 40 Realities of a Surprise Pregnancy.

Raising Little Travelers (and one reason you may not want to).

Finally, Holding the long view in mind.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

questions

If ever a lifestyle provoked questions, it’s ours. Questions from those we live among, family, supporters. Our own layers of questions.

This week we’ll look at how questions can help us better engage our supporters in understanding our lives, explore the wonder around us and within us, and bring clarity to our own thinking.

Join us by adding your own thoughts in response to this week’s posts.  Don’t miss The Grove where you can link up your own blog posts on this week’s theme.

Plus, we’d love to see your photos on Instagram this week.  We imagine you see a lot of things that make you ask, “What?!” and “Why?!” and “How in the world…?”  Tag your pictures with #velvetashesquestions.  Images will appear automatically in The Grove and one will be selected and featured in our weekend “Have You Seen?” post.

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