Have You Seen? {December 27th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Gratitude

Searching for Gratitude + Pecan Pie Bars by Ashley Felder—”For us, God’s plans were to bring us back to China for this time. For others, it was to take them back to their passport countries. Neither is better than the other; the best is simply listening to His plans alone, forcing ourselves not to be jealous of the things we’d rather be doing.”

Top 5 Books in 2020 with Phyllis {Book Club} by Velvet Ashes Team—”As I began to ‘crawl out from under the cancer rock’ (Letters from the Land of Cancer by Walter Wangerin), I had a lot of time when I couldn’t do much yet, but I could think and read, so I did!”

The Resilience to Rejoice in 2020 by Lilly—”Maybe this year we have felt more of the curse than the blessings. But our God reigns, sister. He has come to make his blessings known as far as the curse is found.”

A Christmas Blessing by Denise Beck—”And like the shepherds, the only destination for those who hear and believe is the feet of Jesus.”

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Making Peace with 2020

Making Space for Both Sorrow and Awe

Finally, The Upside Down Kingdom of God

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

John 1:16 (NLT) From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

We aren’t talking about an abundance that comes from all we’ve done or accomplished in 2020.

No, this is the abundance that flows out of a heart connected to the Father. A heart clinging to hope in the midst of uncertainty, a mind steadily focused on what is true no matter what is falling apart around us. He is all sufficient. 

As we wrap up the year, let’s remind each other of the faithfulness of the Father and abundance that comes from Him. Share in the comments this week and use the hashtag #VelvetAshesAbundance on social media.

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