Have You Seen? {January 20, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Numbers 

12 Days of Expat Life by Rachel Kahindi—”But what is normal life, anyway? Moving overseas, we experience different seasons, different holidays, different work schedules (*cough* no discernible schedules), unpredictable everything. A quick way to improve my weekly rhythms before moving overseas, such as menu planning, is simply not possible in my host country. Still, there are a few things that stand out as normal in my expat life.”

Go with Your Gut {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”As I read over these chapters, I wondered if there are certain types that are more drawn to overseas work, or if our expat/worker culture values certain types. The descriptions of type 8 left me thinking, ‘That sounds like the ideal cross-cultural worker!’ And I’m definitely not an 8, yet here I am. I know deep down that each type brings its own set of strengths and weaknesses to our line of work- and I would love to hear more about what you think those are as we discuss each week’s section. Do you think that agencies and other expats can value one type’s strengths over another?”

The Enneagram and Me by Kimberly Todd—”Shepherd, my ten-year-old, is intense. He was born wide-eyed and reaching. His energy is boundless, and his drive for stimulation and interaction is bottomless. He’s magnetic, and it’s easy to be drawn into his field. But him and me? Our poles repelled all too often. I imposed the limits, and he fought them. That looked like defiance on his part and rigidity on mine. He reached for me first (as he should!) to share his adventures and all his words, but bumped into the bottom of my barrel before he even got the plug secure in his. Impasse. Exhaustion. Fear. Anger. Shame. Repeat.”

Count Your Blessings One by One {The Grove: Numbers} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Do I have enough support coming in this month? Will I survive the next 214 days until home assignment? Will these people interested in becoming a disciple continue to follow, and will they multiply? Will this be the year of a dream fulfilled, our family grows, or two become one? Our hearts can be consumed with the numbers, counting up worries and staggering under the weight of them all. It is hard to stop analyzing, figuring, running it all over and over in our minds. I don’t know about you, but for the sake of my soul and my mental health, I need to start counting something else. I need a worry reset, lest I get mired down in the pit of anxiety.”

From Around the Web

Welcoming Broken Cross-cultural Workers Back

I think I know best … um, maybe not

How Counseling Can Help You Find Wholeness

Our Confidence is in the Shalom-Maker

3 Biggest Surprises about Hosting “Strangers”

Teaching Kids About Diversity Through Dignity, Value, and Respect

Finally, Hope Sustains when Optimism Fails 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?

Most of us start out the year with the very best intentions to try new things, steward our resources well, focus on what’s important, and improve our health. Do we know what a healthy version of ourselves looks like, in body, soul and mind?

This week we are tossing around the conversation ball on the topic of health. This is not an invitation for self-criticism, but rather an opportunity for reflection. What are the warning signs you might be heading down an unhealthy road? Have the views of the culture in which you work impacted the ways you view health? How have you learned to care well for your whole self?

Also get ready to share fun tips, recipes and ideas as we meet up in the comments of each post this week, and wrap up the week at The Grove. Add your favorite pics of your health journey over on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesHealthy!

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