Have You Seen? {January 17, 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: Thirsty

When You Feel Spiritually Dehydrated…Again by Leslie Verner—”A surgeon friend of mine had to adapt her water consumption in medical school so she wouldn’t have to leave during surgery. She became a binge water drinker. But in this season of life, I am learning to take small “sips” throughout the day to keep my soul hydrated. A Bible verse scribbled on a post-it note, a worship song in the shower, Bibles thrown open in every room, a proclamation of God’s goodness to my children, an arrow prayer for this friend or that need.”

What Wolf Have You Been? {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Thirsty. You’ve probably noticed this month’s themes are inspired by this book. In this chapter the unconfessed and discussed affair thirsted the life out of her. Amber was thirsty for connection with Seth, but it was a thirst that couldn’t be quenched as long as she knew something he didn’t know. When it is necessary to tell someone something? When is it wiser not to tell them? I’m not just thinking of an affair, I thinking of our teammates and local friends. I’m thinking of supporters and organizations.”

Get Thirsty by Patty Stallings—”We become attached to lesser affections, and our soul wanders into the barren places, dry and dusty. As we follow their siren call, our once subtle heart cracks and splinters.”

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned by Shelly Miller—”Sometimes we thirst more for preferred outcomes than we thirst for God. God took the Israelites to a place without water and my family to a place far away from my daughter for the same reason. He longs for us to believe Him; to believe that His plans for us are good because He loves us.”

The Servants Knew {The Grove: Thirsty} by Kimberly Todd—”Thirst is a sense. It’s a sense that’s heightened and developed by being foreign. So, we Velvet Ashes are poised to get thirsty. That’s a gift. Because becoming alien lands us squarely in the company of Christ’s favorites – the poor, disabled, minority students, beggars, children, women, sinners, servants, migrant workers.

From Around the Web

The 5 things I do to give my goals a fighting chance

This is one of the most difficult things in life, the unfairness of it all. It seems like things should be more even. It seems like blessings should fall in a way that looks less random, makes more sense.”

7 Keys to Effective M Presentations.


10 Ways Growing Up Abroad has NOT Prepared Me for College Life in the US.

In case you’ve missed Laura’s series, she’s reposting it. She was brutally attacked on the field and shares her healing journey.

Because it’s fun to learn facts about countries around the world. FACTS ABOUT MONGOLIA.

Newsletters Could Be the Key to Your Survival Overseas.

Amy Young published a book this week! Looming Transitions: Starting and finishing well in cross-cultural service. You can win a copy on Velvet Ashes’ Instagram. If you’re not following us, now is a good time to jump in!

Finally, The Radical Spiritual Art of Staying Put.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


If you look up “home” in the dictionary, you get the idea you can identify it by sticking a pin into a map. Such a simple word, a straightforward concept, until…

Until you’ve been transplanted into a faraway land that now feels familiar, among people with odd customs that now seem common.  Something shifts in your understanding of home.  It grows and deepens and widens and takes on the shape of people you love and places you not only dwell, but belong.

Go on this journey “home” with us this week.  Bring your posts and images to the Grove, and be in this place of belonging and understanding with your sisters.  See you Thursday 6 p.m. EST.


  1. T January 17, 2016

    thanks for these links!  i just had the feeling that i was reading a magazine that was completely suited to me!  i like reading an article by teen/adult tck’s every once in a while to help me in my parenting, but don’t subscribe to anyone.  thanks for doing the leg work for us!


    1. Amy Young January 18, 2016

      T, you’re welcome! We’re so thankful it’s valuable :). (that’s obviously the goal!)

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