Have You Seen? {January 3rd, 2021}

You have a story to tell. And we want to hear it!

We love hearing from our community through guest posts, and openings for submissions for the first quarter of 2021 are posted! Read through the themes and descriptions, check out the guidelines, and ask the Father what words He might want you to share. Visit our Submissions Page for all the details!

Last Week’s Theme: Abundance

2020. The Year of Abundance? by Stephanie Prater-Clarke—”I’m pretty sure our minds have yet to comprehend this overwhelming journey of a year, but we now see more sharply the rigors, the pliability, and the grace it has demanded of us all. And as we hold our breath at the New Year that’s upon us, perhaps an exercise in hindsight is what we need to move forward a little braver, a lot wiser, and abundantly grateful.

Top Five Books in 2020 with Megan by VA Team—”I am so excited to join this year in sharing my top five reads of the year. I have loved reading since I have been little and thankfully that love didn’t end when I got older. I love jumping into stories and going new places with people I wouldn’t get to meet outside of a book.”

Is It 3:00 AM Yet? by Denise Beck—”I remember my husband whispering to me that night, ‘What if we don’t ask anyone but God to provide for us?’ We had departure dates and fundraising deadlines, we needed one time gifts, all looming over us and man, did that sound nice. Scrap all the trips and speaking engagements and stressful, humbling meetings where we asked friends and family for support.”

Where is Your Treasure? by Beth Barthelemy—”So much more could be said, for sure. And I’m confident this will be an ongoing conversation in our home. But what does it look like to lean into the abundance of love, the overflow of grace, so freely given us from God, in spite of our physical circumstances, whether we are in lack or plenty, or somewhere in the middle?”

From Around the Web

How to Reorient Our Lives: A Lesson From Jesus’ Earthly Father

Amy’s Top 10 Books of 2020

Intentional Attention: I See You 2021

10 Keys to Your Kids’ Emotional Health

Check out this Virtual Retreat just for university-age MKs and TCKs! It is coming up January 8-10, 2021. Learn more HERE!

Finally, Ordering Our Fears in the Storm

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Hope feels a bit audacious after 2020, doesn’t it?

Do we dare?

Whether you feel like you are overflowing with hope and anticipation as we start a new year, or you don’t even feel like hope is possible, let’s run together to the God whose very nature is hope.

Join us for the first conversations of 2021 over at the blog this week! You can also share what hope looks like in your life right now through your social media posts. Just use the hashtag #VelvetAshesHope!

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