Have You Seen? {December 25, 2016}

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.

Isn’t that what love is all about? Continuing the story of God at work in our world. On this Christmas weekend, you can be a part of Velvet Ashes continuing on. We are so grateful to the many who have. Rejoice with us to be over 50% of the way! Have you helped to Continue the Story?

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Last Week’s Theme: Love

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus by Polly West—”This Christmas, whatever you are carrying in the waiting, bring it to the manger. Open wide the womb of your heart to receive the Prince of Peace, God’s greatest Gift of Love, and let God birth something new within you. In your waiting, find hope in Jesus, the One who came. Hold tightly to Him who is come, and who will come again. Remember and believe once more in the God of promise.”

How Christmas Came {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I found the author’s style ramble in the best sense. She’d throw in details as if they were just coming to mind. The only problem was that my brain wasn’t sure which details to pay attention to, and which to just let float by. Why would the name Santa Maria be an imposing name? Is it because Mary would always be watching?”

Unwanted Gifts by Jodie Pine—”Through God’s deeper-than-we-can-imagine love, enshrouded in mystery, He offers us other gifts as well. Some of those gifts are answers to our prayers and just exactly what we wanted (the gift of a spouse, a friend, a child…) Other gifts come in packages that we feel much more resistant to unwrap (a broken marriage, betrayal by a friend, infertility…) One of the gifts God has lovingly chosen for me is the Gift of Pain through migraines.”

Merry Velvet Christmas {The Grove: Love}—”Today and this weekend we’re throwing a celebration on Instagram. In all our little corners of the globe, we’re letting loose with the wonder and joy of Christmas! So come share a glimpse of what Christmas looks like for you. Hashtag your image with #VelvetAshesChristmas and it’ll show up here. If you’re reading in email, click here to come see the pictures of Christmas around the world and join in with us! Whether you’re in your home country or abroad, share your Christmas joy with us. Let’s enjoy watching Christmas unfold in this beautiful community all around the world!”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesChristmas

So many beautiful hearts shared how they celebrate Christmas all over the world! Visit #velvetashesChristmas to see more beautiful images full of love and Jesus.

We would love to share @sarahkcrane image with you and if you’re still celebrating keep tagging the celebrations.

”Tis the season to celebrate with those you hold dear. Thankful to count these kids as some of dearest ones. And oh did we party!

From Around the Web

Snakes Simply Don’t Belong in My Children’s Bed.

WHEN YOU FORGET YOU’RE NOT THE AUTHOR OF THE STORY.

SURRENDER & TRUST THROUGH INFERTILITY.

Investing in Traditions That Travel Well.

Can God Save Your Life?

Thank You, Dear Shepherds.

The Twelve Days of Expat Christmas.

Ten Things I Love About Christmas Far Away.

To Anyone Who Struggles at Christmas.

A Christmas you can carry with you.

Finally, Presents or Presence: The Difference in Listening Well.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Sitting to write this, I became curious about the root of “prepare.” In my hunting, for an answer, I was moved by the definition:

:  to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity 

:  to put in a proper state of mind 

:  to work out the details of

As we come to the end of one year and prepare to turn the corner into a new year, which part of prepare stirs in your heart? Do you sense that God is getting you ready for something? Is the preparation more in your mind? Is God preparing you to work out the details of a new stage of life, calling, location, or project?

Let’s dialogue throughout the week about “prepare” in the post comments, and let’s share on Instagram.  Share a pic of what helps you to prepare and use #VelvetAshesPrepare. Then at the week’s end, we’ll see you at The Grove.

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