Have You Seen? {December 2, 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.

Happy 5th Birthday, Velvet Ashes! 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 have had a great first week and raised $9,060.00! Make sure you head over to our Better Together page for live updates and to join in making your donation!


MAP Global is a support agency that exists for the callings of its individual partners. Providing all of the services of a traditional sending agency, MAP Global is different in that our org. chart is upside down with your ministry and calling at the top.  If you are entrepreneurial, pioneering and obediently following God as He leads you into new territory, MAP Global might be the perfect fit for you! Check out MAPGlobal.org for details and use promo code “Velvet” to receive 50% off of when submitting the Partnership Application.

Last Week’s Theme: Sleeping

Rest is Not the Absence of Work, It’s the Presence of the King by Elizabeth Trotter—”If we spend some time studying the world David lived in, we can find fresh meaning in the word rest. In the Old Testament, “rest” referred to a dwelling or habitation. More specifically, the settlement in Canaan provided rest to the Israelites. In ancient times in general, rest meant that the battle was over and the king was on his throne. Rest meant that regular rhythms could be taken up because the people weren’t at war anymore.”

What If? {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Looking back through the comments, I love that some of us have been reading here since the beginning, others for a season. I love this space. When I started the Book Club, I wanted it to be different than other online book clubs I had found. I knew that a virtual club where we cannot see each other and it would be easy to wonder, “Is anyone else reading this?!” we would have to do things differently. And we have. And it has worked! And we have read and commented and shared reading loves.”

How Our Family Prepares To Go To Sleep by Jenilee Goodwin—” ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ Psalm 4:8 has been a capstone in how we end our day as a family. A part of the prayers we pray at bedtime. A normal phrase to settle minds, calm fears and drift into peaceful sleep. This verse alone is powerful. But when you include the entire chapter, you have something extremely powerful and greatly applicable to our lives. Do you want to break it down with me? Grab your bible and a pen. We’re going to journey through verse by verse.”

Reny’s Story – Why We’re Better Together by Danielle Wheeler—”I discovered Velvet Ashes about a year after I arrived. I found myself looking forward to the emails that would slide into my inbox. More often than not I read them through tears, saying to myself, ‘These girls, they get me!’ Occasionally, I read the Velvet Ashes posts to my husband believing he would also appreciate them. Often, I couldn’t finish reading aloud; the tears were too many. The posts created an incredible feeling of connectedness as Velvet Ashes ministered to me – right where I was.”

When the Journey is Too Great {The Grove: Sleeping} by Kirstin Tatagiri—”I had been lamenting to him that I wanted to get up early in the morning to have time with the Lord before the day began, but my body was exhausted. Exhausted from the change of moving to a new city, being newly married, being the new person…all the newness. At times all I want to do is sleep. Sleep until everything feels right and good and normal.”

From Around the Web

How Should We Measure “Success” In Cross-Cultural Work?

Pillars and Bricks: The Values Clash of Expat Wanderers and the Homebodies Who Love Them

Family Factors in Attrition of Cross-Cultural Workers

Why It’s Critical To Separate Who You Are From What You Do

Look Back – How Reflection Can Help You Make Better Decisions (podcast)

How Remembering Reorients Us

Free Advent Printables for Kids

Finally, If Life Doesn’t Look like What You Hoped For

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Luke 2:8 “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

The shepherds were just out doing their thing.

Not far away, a miracle baby entered the world and this was no longer an ordinary day. Suddenly, it was glorious.

This season of Advent reminds us of waiting. We wait while we are carrying out our daily tasks, caring for children, making food, leading others. And while we wait, we watch. We watch over our loved ones and our partners, over the work of our hands and our hearts. We wait and watch- sometimes with hope, sometimes with expectation, other times just because it is what we have been doing day in and day out for so long we don’t know how to do anything else.

The Christmas season can be crazy, but this week let’s pay attention. It might mean slowing down to examine our hearts. What are we watching? What is going on in our hearts as we wait? There’s richness in store for us this week, ladies! Make sure you read along and comment, and join us at the end of the week for The Grove. Share your moments of keeping watch this week on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesKeepingWatch.

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