Have You Seen? {February 18, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Travel

Anxiety as Extra Baggage by Joy Smalley—”Since that experience, I have dealt with anxiety while flying. No matter how frequently I fly or how much time I invest in prayer, the anxiety has remained. But we all know how integral flying is to cross-cultural living and multiple times a year I fly internationally. I have, therefore, searched for and applied tools that help my fear of flying and have found some relief.”

Being at Peace vs Maintaining Peace {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Actually peace is different than maintaining peace. Christ is the Prince of Peace, not the Prince of Maintaining Peace. As a disciple of Christ, do I have peace? Or do I not really have the fruit of peace because I am trying to maintain peace?” (Winners of the books notified. Five more will win next week. Stay tuned!)

How Ethnocentrism is Lost in the Wanderer’s Heart by Lauren Pinkston—”People can hold different values and be equally valuable. This is what the wanderer knows. Because we’ve seen it work. And we’ve accepted that our ways are not higher or better, nor are our neighbors’ ways higher or better. People are people and different is just…different.”

When Traveling is Turbulent by Cosette Greeno—”I should have felt peaceful closing a chapter in my tiny corner of China and elated knowing I had a summer full of friends, family, and fun awaiting me back in the States. But all that had captured my thoughts and emotions was a paralyzing fear of something that had once brought me joy.”

Oh, the Places He’ll Take You {The Grove: Travel} by Karen Huber—”For a girl who longed for something magical, something other than the plains of Kansas, it’s hard not to call that a win. When I graduated from high school and was given that small board book proclaiming, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” never would I have thought, truly, of all those places, those nooks and crannies, the risks and the mistakes, the tears and the triumphs.”

From Around the Web

If you live in or near Costa Rica, check out Azmera’s retreat just for you!

How We Get Rootedness Wrong 

Where Love Leads

Cross-Cultural Risk and the First 23 Hebrew Words 

A Tale of a People-Pleaser {Discord}

Learn more about the Families in Global Transition’s 20th Conference.

Finally, The Beatitudes 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Velvet Ashes Community

Sisters, there’s room at the table for you. Pull up a chair and bring a cup of tea in your favorite mug. Sit with us and share your heart, hear the chorus of “Me too” because you are among friends, and these friends get you.

This week we are launching our spring session of Connection groups and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Registration will open on February 20th, at 6:00 pm EST.

These groups are an amazing way to find community from the comfort of your own home. Meet new friends from around the globe and ponder discussion questions each week that draw you closer to the heart of our Father.

The posts this week will help you understand the richness these groups have to offer if your soul is starving for connection, and you’ll also learn all the details that you need for signing up. This 10 FAQs about Connection Groups will help you get ready.

Come share your own stories of the ways your community has stood in the gap for you or the dreams you have for relationship through the comments and when we all meet together at The Grove. Share your sweet pictures with us this week on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesCommunity.

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