Have You Seen? {August 30, 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: Ask

When Someone Close to You Asks You to Ask for Help by Ashely Felder — “One day, about six months in, my husband cautiously, with words laced in grace, suggested I ask her if I could make copies of her recipe book. (A book she compiled of successful recipes.) My first reaction was a twinge of hurt. Then jealousy. Then I finally succumbed to the fact that it was a fabulous idea.

Dear Sidney, Kit would love a bagpipe. I would not. {Book Club} by Amy Young — “We’ll be jumping right in to  Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle. Small warning on a tiny bit of language. Which is to be expected working with gang members. This is in my top 5 books of all times and makes me want to be a better person. September 1: Preface – Chapter 2.” Come join!

A Season of Dependency by Jillian Kittrell — “Asking for help has never come easy for me. Living as an overseas cross-cultural worker has made it even harder. Regardless, I have to accept that this is my reality right now. This is where God has placed me. This is a season in my life where God wants me to have faith in the church and be reliant on their giving. Ultimately this is a season to be dependent on Him.”

Why Doing It On My Own Was The Way To Go (Wrong) by Lydia Rich — “When my husband and I made our first cross-cultural move as newlyweds, I thought I had everything under control. I had grown up overseas after all and was a seasoned international traveler. I knew how to carry my money so that a pickpocket couldn’t get to it, to never drink water from a source that I couldn’t verify, how to bargain like a pro, and how to bake just about anything from scratch over an open fire using whatever ingredients were on hand.”

Sweat, Spit Up, and a Time to Ask {The Grove – Ask} by Danielle Wheeler — “I can only attempt to explain the shift that occurred in my relationships with my neighbor and with these two house helpers during those eleven days. They knew I needed them. I was no longer the foreign white woman who had come to help themI let them see my vulnerability. I let them meet me in my neediness. And because of that our relationships took on sweetness and a depth that I had never experienced there before.”

From Around the Web

We got a shout out in Christianity Today this week in Farewell to the {Cross-cultural} Hero. Thanks to all of you for making Velvet Ashes what it is and for being invested in being real (to use the terminology from The Velveteen Rabbit. Anyone else just put two and two together?! Velvet? Velveteen?). Check out the CT article!

A great addition to the conversation we’ve had this week: Why {Cross-cultural Workers} are Childish and Ask For So Much.

For those who travel a lot, this has great tips for Living Well While on the Road.

Amy Medina asks a burning question in I Want A Daddy Too. How would you answer it? This is one of two posts this week that just won’t leave me.

Here’s the other one. Jenilee Goodwin shares their family travel adventure (and fear of lost documents!!!) from Europe to Africa. You’ll read it and understand! She also wrote a fun and true post on You Know You’re A Cross-Culture Mom When …

These are 9 noises that wake you in China. What wakes you in your world?

Finally, Taking Route is running a series on Moving Abroad and the latest installment is Getting to Know Your New City.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Last week we explored some of the asking we have to do. This week we’re going to look at the flip side: receiving.

What does it mean to receive well? How has the verse “it’s better to give than to receive” influenced you when it comes to receiving? Is it harder to ask or to receive?

For some of us it’s easier to receive on the little things, but the big gifts or gestures are hard. For others it’s the opposite: big no problem, but I don’t need you when I should be able to do it myself!

Once again, we have a rich theme to unpack! We look forward to what this week will bring.

Please 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 Receive.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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