Have You Seen? {January 10, 2016}

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: Eden

This Side of Eden by Danielle Krouch—”But after just one word from His lips, the long dreary hours and the heartaches are forgotten. All the past is blotted out in the presence of the Living Present and the Eternal Future. The Garden is a reminder of what was lost, but also what will be. It is not lost forever. And in this in between time, we have reminders of His presence and beauty.”

The Speed The Soul Travels {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Reading Wild in the Hollow  by Amber Haines feels like a book that travels by horseback. It’s good for my soul and even better to be invited (I almost said forced, ha!) to slow down and read it in smaller four chapter pieces throughout this month. Amber takes us through vast portions of her life, but is able to do it in such a way I don’t feel lost in the journey. Instead, my soul feels it has found a traveling companion.”

Where We Have Gone Sideways by Kirstin McGrath—”Our preoccupation with wanting More is our capacity for relationship with an infinite God gone sideways. Of course we are wired to want More, know More, see More – because we are wired to know and love One who always is More. He is the divine More. The inexhaustible deeper and deeper still.”

What You Need When You Have Been Uprooted by Elisa Pepall—”I feel like a repotted young tree, in new soil, new environmental conditions, and pruned back in order to survive the transition. Familiar places under which I received shade, close friends, 2nd mile church, routines and rituals of Cambodian life, are no more. I have been uprooted.”

Eden Is My Catnip {The Grove: Eden} by Amy Young—”Our cat Patches was one cool cat. Until . . . catnip entered the picture. If he caught even the faintest hint, he was absurd. Gone was his cool swag as he made the pathetic mewing sounds and gladly followed anyone with catnip to the nearest brown bag where he could roll in it like a fool. Eden is my catnip.”

From Around the Web

Shepherds Mustn’t Over Protect Sheep.

Cross-Cultural AT&T: Opa! and True Dat.

You can’t give what you don’t have. So true.


When You Go Long Term.

Rest. To Love. We need to read these kind of messages again and again. So, please do.

Why Resolutions are Important and Needed! 6 Anchor Possibilities to Help You This Coming Year.

Finally, by Amber Haines, author of the book club book, If Love Is the Only Goal.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


I (Kim) am super excited about the line-up this week. We’re debuting a new writer, loving book club, hosting a guest that we haven’t had in awhile, hearing from an editor outside of The Grove, and linking up to drink up each others’ thoughts on being Thirsty.

And that’s kind of funny because this was a theme that sat empty for a good while. It was the last kid on the sideline waiting to join a team. We took it to the streets asking guests to come in so the table would be full.

There’s some poetic irony in there, no? Thirsty was parched, and when her cup got passed around, it ran over.

Come to The Grove (beginning Thursday at 6:00pm EST), you who have a post, come and pass the cup, and you who have no words, come and drink freely. Cheers, friends. It’s going to be a good week.


  1. Phyllis January 10, 2016

    Hah! The subtitles for the Russian in the commercial are wrong (on “Cross-Cultural AT&T: Opa! and True Dat.”). There’s the fun of knowing several languages.

  2. Ellie January 11, 2016

    I’m liking the combination of “shepherds mustn’t over protect the sheep” and “you can’t give what you don’t have”! Both and. 😉

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