Have You Seen? {February 25, 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: Community

Permission to Connect by Sonja Maas—”Being on a new continent surrounded by new people and a new language is overwhelming. I was lonely and scared and I needed connection in my heart language.”

Sometimes My Enthusiasm Outruns My Ability {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Remember how much energy goes into re-figuring out what an attack looks like versus what spotting a new species of a bird?! It’s easy to laugh at Edgar, but I too have wanted to ‘get going!’ with an assignment, only to be frustrated and confused.”

Connecting Through Pain by Jodie Pine—”In our very first group call, I felt such a connection to these women. It was not from our countries of service, as all were different. In fact we were very different in many ways. Two married, two single. Quite an age range. But we were sisters, involved in global work, sharing the reality of life with chronic pain. What made the group precious was sharing deeply from our hearts what Jesus has taught us through and in our pain. Lessons learned in the fire.”

Expectations When Connecting by Megann Patrick—”Being a part of a Connection Group was different than I expected initially. I thought somehow because of us all being cross-cultural women, we’d have an instantaneous bond and would become fast friends. But, just like in real life, we were a mix of people with different interests, personalities, and schedules.”

Connecting When You Think You Might Not {The Grove: Connecting} by Caitlin Lieder—”Although our jobs were so diverse, although the age difference spanned decades, although we were experiencing different life stages in different countries, these women had Jesus in common. Each one of them was doing her part in her corner of the world to share His love with those around her and pour into the people God has put into her life.”

From Around the Web

Taking the H (hypocrisy) Out of HMA

The Truth About Cross-Cultural Work Is That It’s a Long, Hard Slog

Why Is ‘Work’ a Bad Word?

Don’t Forget the Things You Know Are True

Here In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Tending To Your Heart and Soul While Living Abroad– podcast featuring our own Danielle Wheeler!

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

velvet ashes sustain

Psalm 54:4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

When the days stretch on with endless monotony, the ants are taking over your kitchen and the heat presses in thick and heavy, He is like a breath of fresh air or a cool drink of water.

When the joys and sorrows feel like a roller coaster you would rather not ride, He is a steady rock, your calm in the chaos.

This week we will lean in close to the Father’s heart and share how He is sustaining us right where we are. What is feeding and nurturing your soul for the long days? How do you hold tight to joy when everything around you threatens to steal it?

Come join the discussion this week in the comments, and then let’s pour into each other at The Grove. Post your sustaining moments on Instagram this week using the hashtag #VelvetAshesSustain.

Also, registration for the Velvet Ashes Retreat will open this week! Make sure you stay tuned for the early bird pricing.

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