Have You Seen? {August 9th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Welcome to Velvet Ashes

The Welcome Mat by Alyssa Rooke—”The group started right during the time that I was experiencing home sickness and felt lost and as if I didn’t have a purpose. I quickly found that I was not alone. By responding to silly and light-hearted as well as deep and thoughtful posts, I was able to identify with the struggles and the joys of women serving in a variety of different roles.”

A Place Without Coordinates {Book Club} by Bayta Schwarz—”It feels hard to capture the atmosphere of this book. Hauntingly beautiful. Deeply moving. Searingly painful. Incredibly sad. Full of warmth, love and hope. These are just some of the words that come to mind. What would you add?”

Hope as My Identity by Ruth Callaghan Do Valle—”It made such a difference that I would be able to do the retreat from ‘home’, as a toddler, our family setup and our finances wouldn’t have allowed me to go anywhere else and I was able to use a birthday gift to pay for the retreat which really sealed the deal.”

Unlikely Places by Denise Beck—”In circles where they could speak freely, they listened to women share fears about their upcoming births. With calming tones, they spoke words of wisdom that were passed on to them from the midwives that had gone before. They loaned and borrowed strength from each other. Each time it passed back and forth, it connected them a little more.”

From Around the Web

The Day We Didn’t Go Home

Thrive is launching new daily devotions for overseas workers!

Entering Well for College/Adult TCKs

Dealing with Budgets and Multiple Currencies

Finally, Learning to Look Forward and Press On

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

You know that moment when the video you’ve been streaming stops to buffer? You can’t control when that little circle will stop spinning, when your movie or show will resume. You just have to wait.

Whether you live in the land of fast internet or not, we all know what it is like to be in a pause season. Many of us know this in 2020 more than ever before.

Home assignment plans put on hold until flights start up again. Fundraising in limbo because churches aren’t sure what will happen with their budget this year. Uncertainty and waiting have become our close companions.

Does it feel like your life is paused? What is the Father teaching you in the waiting?

In a season when many people are normally heading back to school, heading to the field, or returning to regular ministry activities, we are going to explore how to deal with plans on hold and all of the unknowns of the waiting seasons.

Join us for the conversations this week on our blog posts and on social media! We’d love to know what’s on your heart. Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesPause and tag us @velvetashes!  

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