Have You Seen? {January 15, 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: Passage

Salt Flats by Jenilee Goodwin—”Few people attempt to live or work in the flats, instead seeking areas with better access to fresh water, farmable land and food resources. Recently while reading, I realized that the salt flats are in the Bible. The words spoke volumes to me because I could so vividly picture the disparity between the two pictures Jeremiah is describing.”

We Follow a Gospel Plus Nothing {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I appreciated that Mary said the goal of spiritual warfare is changed lives (kindle reference 170) and she starts with us. How we have been changed. Love that. She wrote, ‘Because our raw roundedness is the primary opening the enemy uses to attack our souls. Our own bent toward filling the gaping hole will continue to lead us to darker and more insidious situations as we claw at significance.’ (222) Goodness, even just today, I bet you have seen holes at work in yourself, your marriage, your family, your team, your organization, you home country, your host country . . . or in all of them!”

A Very Present Help by Danielle Krouch—”A few months ago, I found myself in a similar position–except this time it was not on the back roads of Phnom Penh. I was having a period of intense spiritual darkness and doubt. I was questioning everything that I believed about God and it terrified me. The way was dark and undesirable and I didn’t even know how I was going to get out. And then, in His great, abundant mercy, He heard my cry and pulled me out of the darkness. His Word was the truck I had to follow out of a confusing, oppressive space.”

When the Connections Appear to Dim by Julie Breuninger—”‘Your father has Alzheimers’ – that was the diagnosis given to us several years ago.  The weight of that statement struck our hearts with dread and a heaviness of grief as we processed that this man we loved would lose his connection with us and with the world around him. As we left that appointment, I had a couple of minutes alone with my father and asked him if he understood what the doctor had said? He replied . . . “

Recounting My Ways {The Grove: Passage} by Patty Stallings—”Like a personal debriefer, God came alongside as I recounted my ways in this valley. The question I wanted Him to answer was, “Where were You?” The tone of my question wasn’t doubt. I knew He was there, but I also knew my weariness had often caused me to miss seeing Him. I longed to gratefully acknowledge His presence, especially in those moments He was quiet, simply present, waiting, not forcing conversation.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesPassages 

So many wonderful passages of scripture have been shared with week! Visit #VelvetAshesPassages to view the rest of the images shared. This week we would love to share Jenilee Goodwin’s (@jenilee220) image and passage with you.

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deut 1:21 NIV

From Around the Web

The Measure of Success.

My fight song. 

2016 Reads List.

How Do I Make Goals for 2017 When I Know I Can’t Meet Them?

Oops, I went home for Christmas — How to readjust to life abroad after a quick trip “home.”

The Real Reason We Are So Tired.

You are Not Alone.

More Than a Nice Girl.

Looming Transitions the Audiobook is here! (and how it was made)On sale for $5 until January 2oth.

9 Steps to More Ethical Fundraising.

Finally, Creating a family worship night. 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Living out of a suitcase has left me a bit discombobulated. I can’t find my keys, recall where I laid down that book, remember why I picked up my phone. Knowing such unsettledness is part of transition helps. Sometimes.

The thing anchoring me is practicing those spiritual rhythms and practices that root my soul into Jesus, grounding me in truth and hope.

God infused patterns and rhythms into most every aspect of creation. He’s most definitely infused them in us! Finding and living our personal rhythms is one of the practices that makes life – and transition – sustainable and enjoyable.

What spiritual practices have you found to anchor and enrich your soul?

Join us at The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST and tell us how you are being shaped through your spiritual practices. And don’t forget to share a photo that captures your practices on Instagram using #VelvetAshesPractice.


  1. Kelly Delp January 18, 2017

    Oh my gosh I just saw that you linked a couple of my posts here! Thank you so much!!! 🙂

    1. Amy Young January 20, 2017

      Happy to!! This is Amy . . . I’m going to email you with a question 🙂

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