Have You Seen? {December 4, 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.

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Last Week’s Theme:

Starting New Christmas Traditions: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls by Ashley Felder—”Some years Christmas snuck up on us. I didn’t like that. I didn’t realize how inundated we were with Christmas stuff when we lived in the States. Although I don’t miss it all, I do miss some of it. It sure helped me get more in the mood to decorate my home, bake endlessly, and shop for thoughtful presents.”

A Special Plan for Book Club {and a Giveaway} by Amy Young—”So, when God whispered, “Amy, try something different this year in book club. Try reading one book about the church calendar while you read other books throughout the year.” I knew who should guide us on this endeavor: Kimberlee. Starting next week, Kimberlee will be here the first week of every month, sharing from her book and life about what is happening in the Church calendar.” Get her book here. Winners have been notified.

No team. No Starbucks. Just us. by Denise James—”Soon after unhitching our metaphorical horses, the two other western families who lived in our city went on home assignment. I went three months without having a face-to-face conversation with another believing woman . . . three months! That was an extremely lonely and draining season.”

Tell the Story, Then Ask. {The Grove—Story} by Danielle Wheeler—”Then we circle back to that question, ‘How? How are we going to have the resources to continue doing what we’re doing?’ God is the Sustainer, the Provider. But what is our role? What are we supposed to do? His answer has been simple: ‘Tell the story. And then ask.’ So that’s what we’re doing. We’re telling the story of what God is doing in Velvet Ashes. And then we’re asking for people to partner with us in making it possible for us to continue.”

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From Around the Web

Advent Activity Calendar.

The Shelter of the Golden Arches.

The Closer We Get To Moving “Home” The More I Want To Stay Here.

Come As You Are.

Waiting on the God Who Acts.

Retreats and events list.

Finally, 17 Books Your Girl Will Want to Find Under the Christmas Tree.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

rejoice

Though traditionally “rejoice” is the third week of Advent, we want our response to the Story that God has been writing throughout history, to be that of rejoicing. When it’s easy. When it’s hard. We want to be a person who rejoices, not necessarily in our circumstance, but in God.

In her book, The Circle of SeasonsKimberlee Conway Ireton writes, “During Advent, we are to be like my friend, joyfully aware of the presence of God in our lives. Like Mary, we are to wait actively, joyfully, and expectantly for the new life that has been and will be born into the world. And also like Mary, we are to be agents of this birthing. We are to bring the Light of the world into the world.”

Joyfully aware of the presence of God in our lives.

Yes, yes, yes our souls whisper. Some years joy oozes more than others.  Some years it seems that joy has dried up and may never flow again. If this year is one where joy is not coming easily, please still come and if you need us to help carry joy on your behalf, we will. Part of community is that we don’t have to be everything. And if this is a year that joy is flowing? No need to hide it! Enjoy. Rejoice. We need your joy.

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

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