Have You Seen? {February 11, 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.

A new resource you helped with

Remember last year when we were asked to participate in a survey? Even if you don’t remember, we helped author Alice Young (not her real name for security). She took all of the data she collected and wrote: Dragging Baggage: A Guide for Those Struggling on the M Field. “This study book is a transparent look at the struggles people face on the field. It is jam-packed with real-life stories, challenges, data from cross-cultural workers all over the world, and a chance for the reader to apply self-care either on their own or with others. The heart and hope of this book is that many struggling Ms or overseas workers will not feel alone in the struggles they face and start towards understanding and healing in some deep areas of their hearts.” It releases on February 18th and can be preordered here.

Last Week’s Theme: Discord

A Walk in Discord by Jenilee Goodwin—”This is real life. A walk in discord. An adventure in forgiveness because of the discord. A lesson in learning to sleep in peace through the discord. A journey of trust, hope and remembrance from one walk in discord to the next.”

The Relationship Between Harmony and Discord {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I have to admit that at times, the story felt slow. But I think this is intentional. I am so used to someone getting on the internet and quickly finding information. Or getting on a plane and within a day or so being in another whole part of the world. But true change? True change comes slowly. This first section brings to mind the saying, ‘The soul travels on a ship, but we live in a world that travels by plane.’ “

Being in Tune by Spring Davis—”Like my sister’s piano, I needed some tuning. The fine tuners weren’t good enough. It took months, but I was put in the place of seeing my own sin. Strings were moved. I had to repent. I had to realize that living in fear was creating an unpleasant sound. I lacked trust in the one who created me, and I was attempting to make my own music.”

Safe in the Arms of the Father by Raven Cruz—”But knowing and experiencing the comfort the Psalm offers is my battleground. My mind wants to understand that a + b = c and to review it 63 times to make sure that it never changes and that it is 100% reliable every. single. time. The discord between my mind — wanting to make perfect sense of it all and the truths that are deep within me – and my soul leaves me weary.”

Honouring the Full Catastrophe {The Grove: Discord} by Karen Huber—”You know that feeling, where your head and heart don’t align. Where you know God is good, but… When all you’ve been told, all that you know to be true no longer seems to… work. For me, it feels like the clanging cymbals of life and faith in a messy, fallen world. Or, as a wise man once said, ‘the human story is dissonance (or worse).’ Isn’t that comforting?”

From Around the Web

Creating Place

One Simple Way to Bless TCKs

Alice Merton Sings about Her Rootlessness—I Wonder If She Knows She’s a TCK

Developing a prayer life that goes beyond ‘popcorn prayers’

Essay: Showing Hospitality While You’re Suffering

Finally, The Dark Pits of Life.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Velvet Ashes travel

Ladies, we are experts at navigating airports, packing suitcases to just within the weight limit, and tucking in treasures for the lonely days. We know how to cross borders and cultures, handle jet leg and keep kiddos occupied on long flights. Travel is in our blood.

This week bring your horror stories and triumphs of travel success! We want to hear your tips for easing the chaos that can come with navigating various modes of transportation, and the ways God has met you in those unexpected moments in the window seat at 36,000 feet.

Let’s have some fun!

Hang out with us in the comments and at The Grove with your linkups and thoughts. You can post all the pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #VelvetAshesTravel.

We can’t wait to hear what’s on your heart (or in your suitcase)!

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