Have You Seen? {January 19th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Thy Word

Not My Own by Laura Cerbus—”Receiving the gift of an identity as a child of God, redeemed and beloved, means that everything else we seek to become must be first grounded in that identity. If not, we are only mimicking the builders of Babel, arrogantly seeking to make a name for ourselves. I am bought with a price. My redemption was bought with the precious blood of the Son of God. How can I give anything less than my whole self?”

When I Consider the Heavens {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Many people have a story of meeting God in special ways through nature, and it is often where they go to spend time with Him. I’m generally not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the outdoors and long walks make excellent prayer times. But I often wondered why I didn’t seem to have the same experiences that others did connecting with God through nature.”

Look and See + Homemade Brown Sugar by Ashley Felder—”Deep in my heart, I know the Lord will work it all for His glory. It’s what He promises. It’s just excruciating to see up close and so personal. Recently, He has opened our eyes to a sliver of what else He’s up to here.”

Under the Earth and By the Sea {The Grove: Thy Word} by Maria Mullet—”Our leader had us turn off our flashlights, and she led us through the story of another old saint who also found himself in a cave. Elijah. The great man of God. The caller of fire. The defender of truth. The raiser from the dead.  The one who could outrun the wind. The man so tuned into God that he earned the title “Troubler of Israel” from a wicked king.”

From Around the Web

Check out this podcast episode from Emily Thomas and Aundi Kolber!

Serving as the Broken

My Favorite Rush-Hour Hymns

This song: Jesus, Strong and Kind

Longing for Isaiah’s Light

Finally, Seeing the Full Picture When We Look Back

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Sacred spaces.

Are you picturing a cathedral rising to the heavens, stained glass windows telling the stories of saints and heroes of old?

Perhaps the kitchen sink has become the place you meet with God, hands in warm soapy water and heart fixed on your Creator.

Maybe it’s the train on that long commute into the city, your soul stirred by the words of a podcast sermon, silent worship, or the needs of the strangers around you.

Where do you go to meet with God? Or where does He find you?

What are some of your sacred spaces?

You’ll hear from women in our community this week as they share about the places that have become sacred for them over on the blog. Make sure you check out a special announcement coming in one of the posts this week as well!

Bring us along to your sacred spaces this week on Instagram, both the majestic and the ordinary. Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesSacredSpaces, and follow along to see what others are sharing!

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