Have You Seen? {February 15, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Language

How Studying Chinese Changed My Life by Ashely Felder — ““Honey, I think you should study Chinese,’ my dear hubby said. Did he really just say that? The plan was to take a pause in teaching English, move to another city, and he would be the full-time student. I wasn’t supposed to be part of that. That wasn’t the deal.’

Do You Feel Alive or Dead in Your Life? {Book Club} by Amy Young — “As I relooked at this chapter for our discussion I was struck by how often the words beauty and alive were used. This is what I had loved about An Enchanted April, another of Von Arnim’s books. The longing to be alive and fully present in our lives.”

Here’s What Happened When I Failed At Language Learning by Kay Bruner — “I’ve always been disappointed in myself for my failure in language learning, but here’s a thing I just realized while I was writing. When I’m asked about language-learning, this story of failure is what comes to my mind. But you know what? Before we ever moved to the village, I had learned the trade language, very successfully.”

Cue The Heavenly Laugh Track. Cue The Heavenly Love Track by Amy Young — “Here’s the thing, we have two heart languages: a language of words and a language of emotional connection. And here’s the funny thing: God is going to call Words of Affirmation people to Gifts cultures or vice versa. He knows and speaks all variations of love. He wires us, gifts us and then, out of mercy that at times feels anything but, he expands us.”

 A Letter to Language Learners {The Grove: Language} by Joann Pittman — “For most of us, studying another language has been and will always be somewhat of a chore. There is the day-to-day sameness of classes and tutors and personal study; the never-diminishing stack of flashcards; the convoluted verb conjugations; the unfamiliar grammatical patterns; another tutor time to be planned.”

From Around the Web

Lighter Days by Danielle Krouch — “One day at church a sweet Sister came up to me, hugged me and said, “This will not last forever. There is an end in sight.  Have hope.”  As I walked out to the car, I felt lighter.  For the first time in a long time, I could tell myself that there was an end to this. I wasn’t going to live under this winter solstice of my soul forever.”

Remember by Joanna Swart — “Time passes so quickly. We forget the extravagance of loss. Forty nights of the moon keeping rhythm, swelling and diminishing and swelling again. Forty nights of not watching the cyclical changes. Forty nights of being gone. Forty nights of being fine and miserable and happy and aching with the ache of a phantom limb. Forty nights of barely seeing the sky once. Forty nights of a new life, of falling to sleep without a second look out the window.”

Jet Lag and Heart Lag by Rachel Pieh Jones — “Every time I come back to Djibouti or go back to Minnesota I feel shock. And then I feel shock that I feel shock. It has been twelve years, I should be used to the coming and going by now. I thought after a decade the transition would get easier but I find my heart lagging more and more behind my body.”

How to Survive an 11 Hour Plane Ride With Little Ones by Lysanne — “Well, I’m a survivor. But a little traumatized, I must say. That 11-hour plane ride with my 14-month old just about did me in – it was more stressful than the 5 months we spent in an African village with no washing machine or fridge.”

Advice From an Expert: How to Save the World And Destroy Your Marriage by Andy Bruner — “In my mind at the time, I thought our marriage was pretty good. I based that on the fact that we rarely had disagreements.  Isn’t a peaceful marriage a good marriage? Deep down, I knew that something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure what to do about it.”

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

comfort

We know these, don’t we?

Comfort food. When I learned to make tortilla and that ground pork could be used for taco meat and that cucumbers are pretty much just like lettuce (well, close enough, anyway), well let’s just say, I was comforted.

A comfortable corner in your home. As a youngish single woman (Amy) on the field who lived with uncomfortable furniture, I knew a corner had been when I started talking about “furniture fantasies.” Years later in processing the loss of the best couch ever I wrote three post: What a couch can mean, What happens when answered prayer becomes old wine skins, and  In which I miss the Answerer clinging to the answer. 

Just the right words when the tears can’t stop flowing or won’t flow at all. We are known, seen, and understood in that moment. Comforted.

Our own God names part of his essence, The Comforter. And he is.

This week’s theme is comfort.  So enjoy the week and we’ll see you at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST, where you can bring your thoughts, your art, your blog link-ups.

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