Have You Seen? {December 19th, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: Insignificant

Mary’s Everyday Obedience by Karli Von Herbulis—”That year, though, as I prepared to give birth, I found myself settling deep into myself and reflecting on what life must have been like for Mary. Did she have heartburn? Wasn’t she so sore after riding on that donkey for days? Was her family at all present or supportive of her during this season?”

Another Prodigal Son {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”The physical darkness of the winter season in the northern hemisphere is often used as an analogy to the spiritual darkness that Advent brings to our attention. The hours of daylight get shorter and shorter as December progresses. Plants and animals slow down their life rhythms, hibernating. Everything is dark and lifeless until spring arrives.”

Not Needed by Ashley Djokoto—”I’m the type of person who always has to fix the problems I see. I’m what some may say is a go-getter. I’m not a quitter, and I know I can help solve the issues around me, if they’d just let me. What God has been slowly teaching me, though, is that He doesn’t really need me or my help – ever. He’s perfectly able to fix the problems on His own.”

Desiring Significance by Laura Cerbus—”For me, it rekindled that desire I had felt years before: a desire to matter, to do something deeply significant. And, to be honest, I felt the lure of somewhere new, somewhere foreign, that often promises to erase feelings of insignificance.”

From Around the Web

Tending Your Soul with Joy this Advent

Building a Healthy Marriage on the Field podcast

Honoring and Supporting Single Workers podcast

The Perfect TCK Cookie

Finally, A Peaceful Christmas Starts Here

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Sometimes the week leading up to Christmas can be hectic, with ministry parties or team gatherings and trying to get errands finished so you can enjoy a fun day with friends and family.

It can also feel especially lonely and hard as you see pictures of Christmas programs and gift exchanges that you are missing, a reminder that the people you love are spread across borders and oceans.

We want to quiet the noise, the striving, for a few moments of reflection this week. Our blog posts will invite you to consider the birth of Christ our Savior, the hope of the world. The images will be simple with no text, further opportunity to stop and breath and let the wonder of a God who came near into your heart.

If you have a special nativity set that you want to share, we would love to see it! You can add your image on social media and tag us or use the hashtag #VelvetAshesNativity. We are praying for you this week.

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