Have You Seen {August 28, 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: Questions

Handing Out The Questions by Barbara Kindschi—”I was on the plane flying back to the U.S. I floated in and out of napping, daydreaming and glancing at the movie. In six days I was scheduled to give an ‘update’ on my year in Asia. I’d been given one hour. Oh my, one hour. Such face to face moments are precious. I wanted my audience to ‘meet’ my friends and neighbors, to come into my classroom, to eat the dinner my students prepared, to see Hope shared in another culture– basically to join me! I wanted them to see and hear my life. How could that happen?”

My Heart is a Wound {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I have a proposal. City of Tranquil Light: A Novel by Bo Caldwell needs to become mandatory reading for anyone in our line of work. But more than that, it should be read three times: Before . . .  into living on the field . . . When.

The Answer to All the Questions by Elizabeth Trotter—”My journals are evidence of this incessant question asking; they’re littered with questions. They’re filled with their fair amount of lament too, and plenty of Scriptures-turned-prayer, but always and ever, questions. Questions like: . . . Then one day the nature of my questions changed. They swerved abruptly away from the search for more of God and careened dangerously toward the selfish: . . .”

Got a Decision to Make? {The Grove: Questions} by Patty Stallings—”Verbalizing thoughts to someone who is genuinely listening often generates a solution previously not landed on – even if you have spent hours mulling it over on your own – by broadening, deepening, and clarifying your thinking.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesQuestions

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This week we talked about questions, tagged our questions #velvetashesquestions and the repost comes from @amy_young1234 reminds us the importance this phase has in our seasons.

My friend Joann has lovingly drilled into me the importance of asking the right questions. I see the wisdom and value in slowing down in the question phase. Thanks Jo!

We would love to repost your image in our weekly theme tag. Please join in, and here’s a reminder that to feature your image you can tag a past or present image!

From Around the Web

Preparing Your Child to Learn a New Language at School.

The Mother of Modern M-Work?

9 Lessons We Can Learn From Corrie ten Boom (Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World: Book Two: Sisters, Corrie and Betsie ten Boom on sale for $1.99).

No, the safest place ISN’T in the center of God’s will.

The troubles we experience. 

For Every Wannabe M-worker (Assimilate or Go Home).

Finally, walk in the light you have.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


Doing a quick search for verses on “overcoming,” most refer to God being the overcomer. Too often though, we think we have to or will be overcomers. To a sense we are. To a sense we are not in the ways our supporters or culture (maybe even the voice in our heads) says we should be.

So, this week we are going to hold a small camp fire around the idea of overcoming.

What have you overcome this summer?

What does it mean to be an “overcomer” in Jesus?

What do you hope God will help you overcome in this season?

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 using #VelvetAshesOvercome.  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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