Have You Seen? {February 4, 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: Refresh

M A R G I N {A THINK TANK} by Lauren Pinkston—”I overload my schedule, treat my body and my mind like a production machine, and consistently say “YES” to things I know I don’t have the capacity to do. I berate myself with negativity if I don’t perform at a certain level, and at times I continue steamrolling through life as a mother of three living in a different country in the same way I did before I had kids and lived in the U.S.”

Get to Know: Michele and Sarah {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I, Michele, have been in Kathmandu, Nepal for five years. Before that I spent three years in India and before that ten in Indonesia. I started out homeschooling TCKs in Kenya. I have mostly been an English teacher, but in Nepal I have been called to focus on intercession and do so through a local church and an anti-trafficking network. I’m originally from Wisconsin in the US.”

Passing the Swamp by Abby Martin—”Maybe, like me, you also are passing through deep waters. Maybe you’ve fallen in the new country, new job, new language swamp. Or maybe you are in the middle of the mommy swamp, waist-high in cloth diapers or homeschool curriculum. (Or both! Bless you!) Are you in the swamp of chronic illness? Of international adoption? Of visa applications? Of running a non-profit? The swamp of language school?”

My Obsession: Chai Tea by Ashley Felder—”So I went back to my first love. I had to figure out a way to make it at home. I’ve made at least a dozen different recipes for chai over the past few years. This is a combination of some of those. It’s no replica of Oregon (oh, the day I figure that one out!), but my body yearns for it every afternoon while my kids give me an hour of peace. You may have to hunt for or ask for an ingredient or two, but if you long for a warm cup of spicy goodness to refresh you, you’ll make it happen!”

Coming Back to Life {The Grove: Refresh} by Kelly Delp—”We are a people who gladly sacrifice the things we held most precious for the cause of a resurrected Savior. And that resurrection means that all that has been dead in us must be brought back to life. I don’t know when it happens—I don’t know exactly when it happened for me—but one day you look at your life overseas and realize God is bringing back to life the things you thought were dead.”

From Around the Web

Independent Streak 

How a 40 Year Old Camel Changed My Life 

Repatriating is a Long-Haul Flight 

So You Want to Cross Oceans and Cultures. Are You Ready? 

Naming Your Grief—and Finding an Answer 

Come Grocery Shopping With Me 

Adoption books for third culture kids 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….


The February book is The Piano Tuner, so this month’s themes are inspired by this book.

Why is he going to tune the piano deep in the jungles of Burma? Stating the obvious, because it is out of tune.

We know what beautiful melodies our lives and work can make. But we also know the discord that can be experienced in us and with those around.

Sometimes the discord is unexpected. As we grow to know and love another culture, we might feel out of place in our own. This can be especially disorienting when people you used to “get” without question, haven’t grown to see the world the way you do.

Or maybe ministry life isn’t quite as glamorous or interesting as you thought.

Or God seems silent.

What do we do with the discord we experience? We trust that God is bigger and so we talk about it and anticipate the ways that he is going to work in and through us this week.

Join us in the comments this week for some reviving conversation, and share with us on Instagram with #VelvetAshesDiscord. See you The Grove where you can share thoughts and link up blogposts.

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