Have You Seen? {February 17, 2019}

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: Children

Friends Like Family (a TCK Q & A) by Jackson Huber—”I am most thankful for the many friends God has given me these past few years, especially in my youth group at my local church. They are all great friends, with those older than me being like my older brothers and sisters, those younger being like younger siblings, and those the same age being some of my best friends. I am also thankful for the youth leaders at my youth group who have guided me through my teenage years and will continue to guide me for years to come.”

The Light Shines in the Darkness {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”The Thing is not new, and throughout human history, it has been fought. Mrs. Who quotes John 1:5: Jesus fights this evil, as light shining in darkness. Then they name others who joined the fight on our planet: artists, scientists, composers, mathematicians, even Buddha.”

A TCK’s Battle with the Question “Why?” by Isabelle Wheeler—”But God brought out good things from the bad things. Out of my Chinese school He gave me a Chinese friend. Even though she didn’t speak English and most of the time I didn’t understand her, we still became good friends. We would give each other little gifts every week at school. Chinese school was still hard, but God gave me the gift of a good friend.”

Family Bonds by Hannah Mathews—”But sometimes, when I am in a group of people I call family, I feel larger for it. To have such an extensive family, such a variety of history…it’s a large safety net of community. And on those days, I feel like the word doesn’t matter nearly so much as the love does, and if we have all learned to love and be loved then maybe it doesn’t matter that we can’t agree on the definition of family.”

From the Mouths of Little TCKs + 2-Ingredient Pancakes {The Grove: Children} by Ashley Felder—”I was hesitant to sign up for this week because my kids are young (9, 7, and 4) and I didn’t know what they could bring to the table of TCKs. Turns out, they’re hilarious, insightful, and see things I didn’t know they understood. Sounds about right for a TCK, right?”

From Around the Web

I Dare You: Buy the Flowers

What If Your Prayer Has Already Been Answered?

Expat Friends, We’re on the Same Team

Loving Well When Life Is Hard

Don’t Send Your Marie Kondo’ed Clutter to Africa

A Cracked Mug – Memories and Loss

The Pretty Little Lies We Tell About Motherhood

Finally, For the woman who feels passed by & a bit busted by life

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

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Velvet Ashes serves to encourage women in the trenches, the women who have gone, those who have returned, those who need a friend on the journey.

But we couldn’t do what we do without the fathers, brothers, husbands, and friends who go with us, lift us up, and stand in the gap for us.

We are celebrating these brothers this week just as they cheer us on. We will hear from guys in different walks of life as they share their wisdom, struggles and joys with us. We hope you will be inspired by their words, and stop by the comments to give them some encouragement as well! The week will wrap up with great discussion at The Grove.

Who are the brothers in your life? Let’s celebrate them this week on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesBrothers.

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