Have You Seen? {February 5, 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: Home

Heading Home by Kate Motaung—”Like the cloud of witnesses described in Hebrews 11, I should be longing for a better country — a heavenly one. And truly, this is my prayer — not only for myself, but for my children as well — that the instability of our living circumstances would ever remind us that we are strangers and aliens here, that this earthly tabernacle is not our true home.”

Live With Hope When the Battle Rages {Book Club} by Amy Young—”And here in part four she shares how we can live with hope when the beautiful battle rages. Isn’t that lovely? Live with hope. I am grateful she didn’t wrap it up with a tidy bow and say we can ‘live with victory’. Though, we know Jesus is the victor! Somehow, ‘with hope’ meets us where we are—whether obvious victory or not. Regardless, we can have hope.”

Another Untold Story by M’Lynn Taylor—”I was 15 weeks pregnant and still battling ‘all day sickness.’ My husband had left on Monday morning on a school trip half-way across the country  and wouldn’t be back until Friday, which left me with my two young sons whom I could barely care for by myself between the nausea, exhaustion and moaning on the couch. At least the older one went to school every day and the younger one was at home with a babysitter while I trekked two miles round-trip to language classes each morning.”

The Question Heard Round the World by Amy Young—”Now part of me gets that our final hope is not here on earth and that heaven is our ultimate home. But, I don’t think we’re supposed to mark our time on earth like we are prisoners counting off the days on a long sentence. We are not here by accident or to do penance and this sense of home runs so very deeply.”

My Heart is Sad {The Grove: Home} by Danielle Wheeler—”Clearly, home is a complicated issue for us. I know that you all understand that.  So can we take a moment to share our stories about home? Because when we know that we’re not alone, it makes the journey lighter. Let’s create a space to share, knowing that here we’ll be understood.”

From Around the Web

Dear Supporter, There’s So Much More I Wish I Could Tell You

Poem: Back In the States

Re-Thinking Our Capacity

Parenting in Less Simple Times

I Miss Safeway

In Praise of the Nice Girl

Scenery, Machinery, People- Rethinking Our View of Humans

Photo Contest Winners

On Vulnerability, Bipolar and the Fight

Need an Idea to Celebrate the 500-Year Anniversary of the Reformation?

I am An Immigrant

Fanny Crosby Enrichment Guide and Playlist for Your Gutsy Girl (remember Amy from book club a year ago? She’s back!)

And finally, The Life-Changing Work of Making Dinner

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Do you feel like you don’t know how to talk about racial issues?

Do you not want to talk about racial issues because the tensions surrounding these issues are so high, so polarizing, and so politicized?

And yet does your not heart beat fiercely for these issues?

We know what it is to be the minority, the outsider, the foreigner. We keenly feel the lines that divide race. Sometimes we bear the privilege and sometimes the prejudice.

We see the racial injustices happening in our world. Fear and division ripple across the globe. Sometimes you feel so helpless, it’s easier to remain silent.

But we’re going to talk about it. This week we’re placing these issues in the middle of our table. We’re providing a safe place to talk and process among a group of like-hearted women. We’re going to talk freely and graciously. And we’re going to see where God takes us.

Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up. We want to hear your experiences and your thoughts!

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