Have You Seen? {February 21, 2016}

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: Men’s Week

A Mother’s Value by Jason Ingle—”Years ago my father served as a Chaplin in a maximum-security prison. At that time he told me that greeting card companies donated dated holiday cards for the prisoners’ use. What kind of card was most requested? No, not Valentine’s Day cards! Mother’s Day cards!”

For the First Time, the Thought Brought No Delight {Book Club} by Amy Young—We finished the book and Beth uploaded more pictures of Barbados! This book was a favorite for many :).

A Letter to Singles by Jonathan Trotter—”We need you to lead. Your perspective is valuable, your needs valid, your abilities real. You see problems and solutions differently. We need your intellect. We need you to support us. Not like a cook supports the troops, but like a soldier supports a comrade. We serve side by side in this thing. My kids need you. And not as a babysitter.”

To Women Who Lead by Aaron Wheeler—”I can’t know how hard it is to feel constrained and restrained by the same tired, old ideas. I can’t imagine how discouraging it is to see your giftings, your passions, and your ambitions stifled in the name of tradition. I can’t begin to understand what’s it like to feel trapped because of the gender God gave you. But what I do know is that we need you.”

Staying in the Game by Tim Austin—”I wish life could be as simple as this 12-year-old’s decision between baseball and fishing. We all know it’s not. But life is very much about staying in the game…three lessons I’ve learned from baseball about cross-cultural life.”

From Around the Web

“Though I was once a stranger, and still am a foreigner, I am moved by the way this city welcomes me home.” Arrive with peace.

Great book review on Stephen W. Smith’s Inside Job.

“Hello Again” — The Unanticipated Bright Side of Perpetual Goodbyes.

There’s no such thing as the “deserving poor.”

SINGLE M’s AND BURNOUT.

Finally, Break This Habit, Change Your Life

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

fluff

Yup, fluff.

We’ve been digging deep and going far. It is good to dig deep. It is good to go far. But if all you do is dig, dig, dig and go, go, go, you know what’s going to happen, don’t you? You are going to get worn out and risk burn out.

You probably know the stats as well as we do, this line of work is known for chewing people up and spitting them out. We are all about changing that story line! So, after a season of going digging and going, we’re going to take a week to sit around the camp-fire and tell stories, roast some marshmallows, and recharge.

Fluff doesn’t mean worthless. It doesn’t mean wasting time. Instead it means smiles, and elbowing, and maybe a prank or two. Who knows. After being loved on and encouraged by the men, we’re loving on ourselves.

So come with your thoughts and link ups on “Fluff” when we gather at The Grove. We learned you can link up using Instagram! Play about with it this week and see what pictures you come up with. Isn’t that cool?! Use #fluff.  The Grove begins Thurs 6pm EST.

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