Have You Seen? {December 16, 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.

Interested in submitting a guest post to Velvet Ashes? Make sure you check out our Submissions page to see what themes we have coming up and the spots we have open!

In five years, Velvet Ashes has grown into a community of 7,000 women spread across more than 120 countries. There are approximately 137,500 English-speaking women who are serving cross-culturally. That’s a lot of women who could use a virtual shoulder of understanding, a bright spot of camaraderie, and bucketful of resources. And a lot of women in need of the strength we find together.

We truly believe our community is “Better Together”. This year’s campaign goal is to raise $25,000 to fuel the impact of our not-for-profit organization in the coming year.

We are excited to report we have raised $10,837.00 so far! Make sure you head over to our Better Together page for live updates and to join in making your donation!


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Last Week’s Theme: Fear Not

Finding Life in the Tension by Joy Smalley—”A couple months ago I was diagnosed with PTSD. I didn’t want to accept it. I wanted to be stronger than that. I wanted more faith than that. But the body doesn’t lie. The mind can creatively form narratives that protect us from the truth, but the body remembers what it has experienced.”

On Want and Abundance {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”We often seek to fulfill the Want of others out of our Abundance, an attitude that says, ‘I have more than enough, so let me share.’ The miracle in this story is that, by combining the man’s Want of family with the boy’s Want of everything, they now both rejoice in Abundance.”

Do It Scared by Sarah Hilkemann—”Fear doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Even in the situations that feel impossibly hard, when anxiety threatens to hold us captive, we can encounter the King of Kings who meets us in our fear and gives us enough courage to take the next step.”

Meet Jayna Gallagher + An Amazing Giveaway! by Danielle Wheeler—”Today for our final Better Together post, I want to introduce you to another special lady. Some of you will recognize her as our retreat leader in 2017. What many of you may not know is that Jayna Gallagher now plays a vital behind-the-scenes role as a Velvet Ashes board member. We want to share her story with you and let you know about an incredible opportunity she is offering.”

Seeking, Not Fearing, Glory {The Grove: Fear Not} by Lilly—”I realized recently I am fearing the loneliness of homesickness that happens around Christmas. This is our 4th Christmas overseas as a family and our 1st in our new host country. We are not only far from our families but also without a strong community because we have only been here about a month and a half. We are also currently dealing with some health issues that limit us greatly…especially in terms of hospitality and eating with people.”

Will You Share Your Story of How Velvet Ashes Meets a Need For You? by Danielle Wheeler—”This community exists for and because of you. Your stories, your struggles, your triumphs and, most importantly, your dedication to something bigger than yourself. We hope you’ll join our Better Together initiative by sharing your story with your wider network. By shining a light on your own story and asking for support, you can help us achieve our audacious goal of supporting 2,000 more women like you in 2019.”

From Around the Web

What do you focus on when you are afraid?

Hannah Anderson’s newest book All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment is currently $1.99 on Kindle! We read Anderson’s book Humble Roots in Book Club this spring.

HOMENESS- Finding Home in a Mobile World

I Looked For Joy In the Wrong Place

The Key to Being a Human Christian

Looking For a Place to Land

Finally, Let Go to Make Room for Something New

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Luke 2:14-15 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased”. When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about”.

An encounter with glory. A decision to go.

Sound familiar?

Our stories mirror this cold night when the shepherds were out in the field, walking out obedience by laboring in safety. Heaven came down in the form of the angels’ song and these guys couldn’t remain in the place of ordinary any longer.

Going might feel like second nature in this community. We nod our heads and say, “Of course. It is just what we do.” But sometimes going means saying no to something in order to say yes to something else. It might mean stepping across the street to meet someone new when your energy is wearing thin. Going might be returning to your passport country.

So sisters, let’s go. Let’s encounter the King of Kings and hear His prompt to follow in the direction He is moving. We have lots in store for you this week as we explore this theme, and we hope you’ll join us in the comments. The Grove is a place where we wrap up our conversations at the end of the week, and you can also link up your own blog posts related to our theme. Share your pictorial insights on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesLetUsGo.

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