Have You Seen? {August 26, 2018}

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: Enculturating

Fitting in and Standing Out in a New Culture by Natalie Seale—”Those first months and weeks in a new place are really difficult: we miss our families, we get easily frustrated, it takes time to settle into a new routine. We try to fit in, but we just don’t because something marks us as different. God’s love for us isn’t contingent on whether we can blend in with everyone else.”

Patches the Cat {Book Club} by Amy Young—”In this book, we are circling back over the fairy tales that Granny told Elsa, the fairy tales that mix ‘reality’ with ‘story.’ At first, the circling back and forth was confusing and drove me nuts and I didn’t think I was going to like this book. But then it hit me, how do seven-year-olds approach stories? They do not seem to tire of hearing the same story over and over. And as a part of the story is internalized, then they are able to move on to other parts of the story.”

Those Pesky Prepositions by Maria Mullet—”One day I was out on a walk, podcast in my ears. The guest said something so, so, so applicable to my current waiting state. She advised her listeners to stop thinking about waiting on God, and begin to think of waiting with God. Because He is in this process. He is here, in the waiting.”

Hard Like a Peach or Soft Like a Coconut? + Two Easy Chinese Dishes {The Grove: Enculturating} by Ashley Felder—”When we moved overseas, I was a young mama strapped with loads of self-righteous opinions. Doesn’t everyone think their culture is the best and does things the right way? I’m sure we can all speak to the fact that actually, other countries and cultures do some things much better than our home culture. It’s not only a humbling process, but one I think God rejoices in, knowing all of His tribes and nations are taking baby steps towards the perfect unity we’ll get to experience in heaven.”

From Around the Web

Rethinking Transition Time (it doesn’t have to be time lost) 

Is It Not Enough

Goodbyes and Skies- Signs of Letting Go

From a Mom Who Just Sent Her Oldest Kid Off to College

Advice I’m Taking From Myself

Goodbye 250

Finally, A New Normal 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

What a month, eh? If you’ve been on the field for a while, it’s been a time of reflecting on your first year (or a return to the field after a Home Assignment). If you’re new to the field, you’ve gotten a taste of the conversations Velvet Ashes has. For all, it’s been good to spend time exploring how coming to serve dances with making a home and enculturating.

This week we want to officially welcome those new to the field to Velvet Ashes! In all of the activity, you might wonder where to dive in and who might be your people. Great questions! This week is for you.

A special request to those of you who have been a part of Velvet Ashes, please comment this week and let our new friends know what you love about Velvet Ashes. Several years ago I (Amy) got to have tea with a Connection Group Facilitator in person. She told me that after the retreat she shared something she learned with her husband and that when they were back in the U.S. her husband shared it with their pastor. She asked him, “Did you just VA our pastor?!”

Isn’t that the best line ever? We’ve all been VAed in some way or another. Do tell!

And we have a special announcement for those of you newbies!! On September 7th at 9:00 a.m. EST, Danielle and I will be hosting a webinar just for you! Stay tuned for more details.

This week let’s share on Instagram where you are “Velvet Ashing” — do you read on your phone? In the morning? With coffee? Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesVelvetAshing and let us see! Don’t forget to stop by The Grove as we wrap up the week with words of grace and opportunities to learn from each other.

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