Have You Seen? {December 6, 2015}

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.

Partner Team

Have you heard about Velvet Ashes brand new Partner Team?  This is for people who may not be overseas, but they believe in you and what God is doing in and through you.  You know the ones, those saints that come alongside you. Make a mental list of those people in your mind.  Would you consider copying and sending this message to them?

“Hi ________,

So you may have heard me talk about Velvet Ashes, the online community that I’m a part of.  It’s an amazing community for women serving overseas.  I can’t tell you all the ways that God has touched me through the daily posts, the Connection Groups, and the Online Retreat.  The Holy Spirit is truly moving here and bringing transformation and wholeness to women like me.

I know you and how much you have a heart to empower kingdom work across the world.  Velvet Ashes inviting people like you to join a special Partner Team that can come alongside the ministry to bless them with prayer and support.  I thought this might be something you’re interested in.  If you go to VelvetAshes.com and look on the right side of the site, you’ll see a “Join the Community” box.  If you enter your email address and check the “Partner Team” box, you’ll be a part of the team!

They are currently raising funds to cover the costs of their ministry for the coming year.  They are praying to reach this goal by the end of the year.  If you’d like to join in the Dream Big fund, you can do so here.

Thank you for all the ways that you bless my life and the kingdom.



Thanks, friends!  We as a leadership team have become convinced that we need to ask people to join in what God is doing here.  People want to be a part of this, but they need to be invited.  They need to be asked.  Thanks for helping us ask.

26 Days!  

Twenty-six days left in our Dream Big fun. Have you been praying about what God would you have to give?  We know there are many who will wait until the last minute to give.  But if God has moved in you to give, let’s not wait.  In waiting, it becomes easier to ignore (or forget) what God is stirred in us to do now.  Join our Dream Big fund. See update below.

Last Week’s Theme: Tradition

Naming the Missing Pieces of Our Souls by Elizabeth Trotter—”I hungered for a time in my life when singing to God was all that really seemed to matter. The desire I felt was so strong it almost knocked me over. It stayed with me all that week and on into the next. For a while it went with me everywhere I went. I missed the campy acappella music of my past so much that it hurt. Sadly, I can’t …”

A Burglar’s Christmas {Book Club} by Amy Young–We had a great discussion on Willa Cather’s A Burglar’s Christmas. There is an interesting twist on The Prodigal Son.

How to Begin and End Well by Jessica Hoover—”We end our year with the emptiness of our own need and we begin our year with the hope of Jesus born anew. The seasons of the year circle back on themselves and often we can track our moods and struggles through their path. In the Northern Hemisphere we enter the darkest days of our year and we’d be fools to do it without finding the North Star of Jesus steady to guide us, but we do, don’t we?”

How to be Anchored in Your Own Story {The Grove: Traditions} by Amy Young—”Traditions help place us in broader stories. They remind us of where we’ve come from and who has gone before us. They can anchor us to people and places. They create new routines and rhythms.” New to the field? Been here for a while? On home assignment? We’ve got something for you.

From Around the Web

When Change Becomes Your Norm.

Advent Calendar Idea Round-Upmany ideas for activities you could do with kids or local friends.

When tired feels like your theme song.

To the ones who think they’ve failed.

Traveler’s Bag-o-Tricks.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Maybe your knee-jerk reaction to this theme is the obvious. Jesus, follow the wise men and the humble shepherds to seek Jesus. Maybe you’re underwhelmed with the obvious.

And you would be right. But, in the rhythm of revisiting this story again at the turn of this new church year, maybe you’ll find Immanuel, God with you, where you didn’t notice him before.

Or maybe Seek is a dangerous word because you’re supposed to have found what you’re looking for. The certainties of your faith and their implications are supposed to be airtight. But, maybe the conditioned responses sound a little empty to you now.

“With my whole heart I seek you,” we pray and interpret the “whole” to mean entirely. I’ll seek you with all my heart, with an undivided heart. “Whole” also means intact, not damaged, broken or impaired. It’s sound, uninjured and unharmed. What is your heart condition this Advent?

Are you a seeker? Join us, a sisterhood of seekers, this week. Who, what, when, where, why do you seek? Bring your own blog post link ups to The Grove starting Thursday at 6pm EST.


  1. Ellie December 7, 2015

    “With my whole heart I seek you…. “Whole” also means intact, not damaged, broken or impaired. It’s sound, uninjured and unharmed.”

    Oh my goodness guys. Yes, that. God wants us (me) to have and “do” (be?) that. Sigh of in-held tension this weekend on letting God in to do that. Grr you’re good! 😉

    Thank you. Wishing I was perfect as always and not having to do this “change and better” thing! Haha! Hugs.x

  2. Kimberly Todd December 7, 2015

    Ellie, I so appreciate your comment. Tension-releasing sighs are the best, like a washcloth on the inside. I pray this week is a sweet one of letting God in to make you more whole.

    1. Amy Young December 7, 2015

      WAsh cloth on the inside. I LOVE that, Kimberly!

      1. Kimberly Todd December 7, 2015

        I heard that phrase in a kid’s yoga video about bunny breathing. =) It stuck with me.

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