Have You Seen? {January 13, 2019}

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.

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Last Week’s Theme: Journey

Journeying Through Trauma by Joy Smalley—”Last week my Mom bought me a necklace, a beautiful, expensive, silver necklace of a sword. Because healing from unresolved trauma is not about making the world less dangerous or painting a false image of safety, it is about standing tall, shoulders back, and becoming a little dangerous ourselves. Armed with weapons to fight the evil and suffering that we will inevitably encounter in the future, becoming people that others rely on to bear the weight of crosses that we all carry.”

What’s Your Number? {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”If you identify with either one of those experiences of loving personality discussions or not so much, I hope you will find your place this month as we discuss ‘The Road Back to You’ by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. Don’t give up just because you don’t want to be put in a box, or can’t figure out your type. We need each of you, to help us understand your perspective and remind us of the beauty and diversity of the ways God has formed us and how He continues to do so.”

The Call of God by Jodie Pine—”But those plans to never learn a foreign language and to never leave America changed, as God unexpectedly moved hearts and opened doors. Charly left for China, right after graduation, for two years of language study. I gave up medical school, we got married, had our first baby 13 months later, and as a young family of three, we embarked on what would become a 20 year journey in China.”

This is not a Dead End {The Grove: Journey} by Karen Huber—”This was my first exposure to the Dead End, and I was terrified. Like, hiding on the foot of the car with a pillow over my head scared out of my mind. Since I had the ability to read, I’m assuming I was school-aged, a proud big sister, and already a pro at these trips. But this was one step too far for my tender head. I was sure we were about to meet a fiery death or a cliff’s edge. Whatever a dead end was, I did NOT want to experience it. Of course, we didn’t die. We arrived at our destination and eventually, safely back home. And I learned that dead ends likely won’t result in death, but merely in the end of one road, and if we look close enough, the beginning of another.”

From Around the Web

Deserts Can Bloom

Clenched Fists and Heart’s Desires

Read. Pray. Stretch. Breathe. Cook.

10 gifs that sum up a global worker’s life

Finally, When Silence is Hard

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

What are you counting these days?

The numbers in your newsletter to help supporters understand your work? The amount in your bank account? The times you are in up in the night to help a sick child, or the days until your next break? The creatures that have wandered through your yard in the last week?

The numbers can overwhelm, burden, and crush us under the weight of them. They can lead to comparison and envy. Or they can give hope and joy.

As we continue to think about our journey of life and faith, our daily lives overseas and the ordinary gifts of each day, this week we are exploring the counting that happens in our hearts and our minds. We’ll have some fun posts and some serious ones, opportunities to dig deep and the chance to ponder. We are continuing our slower pace this week with one less post (if you are counting them). Join us at The Grove as we wrap things up and reflect on the week. Post your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesNumbers- what are you counting?

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