Have You Seen? {January 22, 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: Practice

Making Prayers out of Beads by Kimberly Todd—”In An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor makes the point that there are real things we can do to pray. Prayer beads have become an altar for me. A line of one of my favorite prayers says, “Wing me through earthly forms to Thy immediate Presence.” Prayer beads are a tool. Handling them, I bring my body to prayer. Moving from bead to bead, I engage my mind. Slowing, listening, practicing, I encounter God, spirit to Spirit.”

When What You Need Is Something Else {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I do have two pages of notes, lots of Kindle reference points marked, and stars all over my notes. I’m going to give a brief thought for each chapter and want to continue the discussion in the comments.”

Let Music do the Praying For You by Karen Huber—”The before-Ireland days were long ones, lending time to many, many songs. In those days, Sara Groves did my praying for me, Waterdeep my liturgy. My corporate worship consisted of my tears, a baby’s coos, and my Midwestern musical allies singing me towards patience, towards hope, towards obedience.”

Art as Spiritual Discipline—”Yet another great tactic of the enemy of our souls. Believe this lie: Art is for them, or her, or the very talented, not for you. Not for your soul. Thankfully we have a God who says, ‘What a bunch of nonsense. You are made in my image and as imagebearers you were made for art. You need it to feed your soul.’”

Creating Space for God by Patty Stallings—”My part is to create space for Jesus in every conversation, in every decision, in every interaction. To let Him be who He is. In me. Simply let Jesus be who He is in my being and in my doing. I don’t need strength and wisdom and compassion. But I desperately need the God who IS strength and wisdom and compassion to be who He is. In me. In my weakness. In my lack. I can’t turn water into wine. But I can bring the jars of water to Him.”

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When we’re traveling and moving and our rhythms are out of whack, I struggle mightily with consistency in prayer and being in the word. I need a set time and place to make it happen. But, I believe there’s grace in there for me, and I’m pretty pleased with my new space to meet with Jesus in our house of the next 11 weeks. A screened in porch in a tropical garden is a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and listen to the Lord. ??? If you’ve been struggling with consistency, I encourage you to start by simply picking a time and picking a place! And if you have pointers for how to thrive spiritually when circumstances make it hard to keep a routine, please do share. Even in the 11 weeks we’re here we have 3 scheduled trips out, so I need to figure out how to travel and not miss these much needed moments of peace and rootedness in my days.

From Around the Web

Playing Catch Up.

The Best of 2016.

There is Enough.



An Unforgettable Date.

Getting to the Upside of Hard.

Finally, Stand at the Crossroads.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

We all long for it. Doesn’t matter where you live. Doesn’t matter how old you are. Doesn’t matter if you are a cheese eater or not.


Do I hear an amen?

Between travel, time changes, loud environments, sun that sets too late or rises too early, spiritual warfare, sick kids, hormone changes . . . interrupted sleep can mess with us like almost nothing else.

God does not want us to function exhausted. Last year during the Retreat (have you marked your calendars for this April?) we looked at Psalm 23 and learned that the grammatical tense is that we are constantly laying down in green pastures. We are continually being restored.

But sometimes it doesn’t feel that way, does it? And sleep plays a big part. This week we want to share our sleep stores, successes, and struggles.


Join us at The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST and tell us how you’ve been sleeping recently. And don’t forget to share a photo that captures your practices on Instagram using #VelvetAshesSleep.

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