Have You Seen? {February 23rd, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Safety

Let’s Talk About Stress, Baby by Joy Smalley—”As I have struggled to understand myself and have looked honestly at my choices, behavior and inadequacies, I recognize that I have contributed to the pain my kids experience. The more I know, the more I grieve and yet there is always hope in the knowing. It is in the knowing that reconciliation and healing are found. It is in truth that we are set free and as parents we can bear the burden of sorrow and we can make the sacrifices required to face the truth. In this way our children can see God in the midst of their heartache and, in so doing, our children will be able to bear up under the burdens of the future.”   

Danger {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”I am sure many of us in this cross-cultural community have had friends, relatives, and church members from our passport countries cancel their trip to visit us because of a single event in our host country that made international news. They constantly ask us, ‘Is it safe?!’ But, as I like to point out to those who know me well, we didn’t cancel our trip to visit churches in the US after shootings took place in churches in more than one state.”

Finding the Grace Givers by Gina Butz—”These are my people, I thought. We all need to find our people. Our people are the ones who get it. Who’ve been there. Whether it’s the experience of living cross-culturally, having been through a similar stage of life, or just knowing what it’s like to be the new kid on the block, we need to find the people who understand.”

Confident and Safe in Him by Lilly—”Sometimes I don’t know which side of myself will come out when I am with others. I never laugh as much or as readily as I do when I am with other Dominicans. But then, there’s this American side of me, with concerns, passions and more importantly, a way of life, that Dominicans don’t always get. Then there’s the people I meet overseas who only have this current side of me. They have no idea of gifting, past experiences, and what has shaped me. With every new swirl of my heart, there is a needed knowing that must happen. I don’t always feel safe around others if I don’t feel known or that I know them well.”

From Around the Web

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Check out this workshop on debriefing for TCKs

Finally, You Have Not Been Forgotten or Overlooked

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Habakkuk 3:17-18 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.

Even though the visa didn’t come through.

Even though sickness came.

Even though support is low.

Even though this season feels barren.

Yet, I will celebrate His goodness.

What would your “even though” list look like?

We are so excited this week to launch registration for the 2020 Velvet Ashes Retreat! You will hear stories from women who have experienced the power of celebrating God’s faithfulness in every valley and on the mountain tops. There will be a few extra posts this week because we have so much goodness to share with you!

This week only you can take advantage of our early bird pricing which starts at 6:00 PM EST on Sunday, February 23rd, until Saturday, February 29th. Click on the button below to learn more about this year’s retreat and watch for the opening of early bird registration!

What are the “even thoughs” in this season, and how are you clinging to the hope found in our Father? Share with us this week on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesEvenThough!

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