Have You Seen? {February 26, 2017}

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: Connect

How to Fight Being Tired, Frustrated, and Discouraged by Cindy Sefiane—”Don’t you wish you could find a kindred spirit among the limited amount of expats around you? (Or maybe you just wish there was another expat nearby.) Wouldn’t that make it not so lonely? Are you tired of trying to make your husband fill the role of being your “girlfriend” too? (I mean really how many times do you have to hear him say, “I’m sorry I am listening, but I don’t get it.”)”

You’re More Than You Thought, Not Less {Book Club} by Amy Young—”One of the aspects of this book I am loving is the beautiful language. It either reminds me of truths I know or invites me to view my own life and the times we live in from another angle.”

5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Connection Groups by Bayta Schwarz—”As we shared our stories, we bonded. There was such freedom to be real, to share the hard things about re-entry, as well as the hilarious stories. There was understanding and acceptance. There was laughter and there were tears. Feeling normal and understood was maybe the greatest gift these women gave me. They spurred me on, encouraged and inspired me. We were in this together. For those few weeks, we were an expression of God’s care for each other. There was something truly beautiful about that.”

Throwing Caution to the Wind as I Connect to Myself, the Father and the Unknown by Bianca Pipe—”I am beginning to realize that so much of life is about connecting. Connecting with a new season, connecting with a new culture and connecting with people who were once strangers; and the Father has shown me so much of this, but more than anything, I am so grateful that He taught me to connect with Him.”

Why Connection Matters More than Connection Groups {The Grove: Connection} by Amy Young—”Right now I’ll tell you how little I care about Connection Groups and how much I care about you connecting to God. To yourself. To others. God is the God of Connection. He is the God who is going to keep pursuing you to be connected in the most holistic, holy way. We have become so used to disconnection, we don’t even realize it wasn’t meant to be our norm.”

Instagram Highlight ADD

From Around the Web

An Open Letter to the Kind People in My Host Country

Questioning Your Calling

For the times when you ask, “What good is that?”

Pushing On a Dream

On wounds and healing communities

Travel Essentials

Dumpling Recipe

Azmera’s Bolivia Haven Retreat (March 15-18, 2017) has a few spots left. Check it out here.

Finally, Withering Into the Truth

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

What subject can we spend hours on?

If only the answer that came to mind related to ministry or our own spiritual formation. Instead . . .

The actual answer?


Part of me wants to apologize. A bit embarrassed by how the stomach leads more than other organs. But then I remember all the focus on manna, how much space was given in the law to food, how Jesus’ first miracle involved drink. Apparently God loves to talk about food too.

So, this week, as image bearers of the Ultimate Cook in the Kitchen, the Best Baker, and the One who Loves Flavors we are going to savor the topic of food.

Join the discussion around connection this week in the comments, on Instagram using #VelvetAshesFood. We will be at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up. Let’s see what you’re eating—both cooking and eating out—this week!

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