Have You Seen? {August 5, 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: Relax

When Relaxing Seems Elusive by Lilly—”It seems ironic to me that as I write this article on relaxing I am thick in the middle of a transition. We are in between countries, having left our home and getting ready to move to a new one. We landed back in the US and hit the ground running doing all kinds of work to relaunch. As a mom of three young kids living in transition, I am T I R E D.”

When It Feels Like the Darkness is Winning {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Some days despite all your valiant efforts, it feels like the darkness is winning. It’s not necessarily those moments when the heat is unrelenting, the internet won’t stay on long enough to finish the important email, or the gas runs out just as you are cooking supper (although, YES, those are frustrating). It feels more like you are losing the battle, the enemy is pulling ahead and you wonder if the heaviness will lift or whether truth will prevail.”

Naptimes Are Important by Liz Kamper—”God gives us the gift of rest, the gift of time with Him, time enjoying things he made, time with our family and friends. I can always find something that needs to be done. Please tell me I am not alone in this sickness. Honestly, I have had to learn how to rest while there are still things left to do, which is something my host culture has helped me learn. Here are a few of the ways I’ve learned to rest on a daily and weekly basis.  Maybe you’ll find something that will help you as well.”

The Routine of Relaxing {The Grove: Relax} by Laura Bowling—”I probably shouldn’t be giving advice about how to relax because I’m fairly horrendous at it. Relaxing, for me, takes work. I can rarely make it through watching an entire movie at home without becoming antsy or getting up to do a chore. From the time I get up to the time I go to sleep, my mind is constantly scrolling my to-do list for work or for home. Finish this project, clean this room, make this meal, and so on. For the last half of 2017 I was exhausted and barely had enough energy to make dinner at the end of the day.”

From Around the Web

Sentimental Means “Settled”…and I Don’t Like That

Beating the Drum for Cross-Cultural Care: An Interview with Neal Pirolo

How Long Is the Trip?!?!

God’s Provision.

Friday Favourites: Summer in the USA

God Sings Over Me in My Mother’s Language

Discerning the Reason for Tears

The Countdown to Good-bye 

Finally, American School Day 1

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Welcome! We are starting a four week “Welcome to the Field” series. We will look at key pieces of life on the field: serving, homemaking, enculturating, and Velvet Ashing. (See what we did there? Captured the different sides of life and how “verby” life on the field is.)

Are you new to the Velvet Ashes community? Have you just arrived to a new location of service? Picture us holding a big sign with balloons and a list of all you need to know to thrive. This month we are starting a new series to help you settle into fresh rhythms, do some soul-searching about expectations and provide you with an orientation so you can feel even more at home in this space.

First up, serving! We don’t just show up in our new home across oceans and borders and serve like it’s a once and done kind of thing. We are in this for the long haul, giving space for the process of what God wants to awaken in us, all He wants to do through us- and maybe even in spite of us.

What did you think serving would look like? What has it actually looked like for you?

What advice would you give to someone new to a life of ministry?  Especially in their first year?

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favorite brew, and let’s chat. Come by each day and comment on the post, and use The Grove to tie everything together and share your own thoughts by linking your blog posts. You can also keep the conversation rolling on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesServing.

P.S. Can you let your organization know about this series? We would love to help them help those they serve!

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