Have You Seen? {January 6, 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.

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Last Week’s Theme: Pondering

A Holiday Blessing for All Who Wander by Esther Honegger—”This year I’ve slept in 21 beds in two continents and eight states. It’s been a nomadic, wandering life. I am grateful for the traveling, because many of those beds represent visits with friends and family, and I am thankful for the opportunity to reconnect with so many people. Yet I’ve also struggled with feeling “homeless,” wondering where I belong. Some of the places I visited this year I expected to feel like “home” as they once did, but I was disappointed. The places were still lovely, but the people who had lived there, the body of Christ who had inhabited them, were gone.”

A Little (Reading) Help From Your Friends by Sarah Hilkemann—”These days the sheer number of books available to us can be overwhelming! Add in the decision of e-book versus print, the complexities of finding time to read in our line of work, and the precious nature of suitcase space and it might seem all together too complicated to decide what to read next. Each person is different, and situations and availability vary, but this week I want to share with you some ideas for book inspiration and resources for your reading journey.”

To Be Like Mary by Julie Breuninger—”I want to be intentional in pondering God. To pause frequently, to absorb and understand the Word. To dwell on it. To consider it from many different angles. To have it become a part of me. To have my eyes opened to see how God is at work in me and in the lives of those around me.”

Learning to Ponder by Lisa O’Brien—”Surely God chose the right girl for the job! I doubt that my reaction to an angel telling me I was going to have a pre-marital, virgin pregnancy and that I was carrying God’s child would be one of somber contemplation. The more I think about it, the more I think if God had chosen me, I would have been more like Moses, trying to convince him I was the wrong girl for the task.

The Weaving of Joys and Sorrows by Laura Bowling—”All of our joys and sorrows are interwoven in His plan. The joy of arriving in a new country is coupled with the sorrow of leaving family. The joy of new friendship is tied to the sorrow of goodbyes. The joy of a child graduating from high school is followed by the sorrow of dropping them off at college.”

From Around the Web

Rockin’ New Books (By Female Authors) To Read in 2019

Live Your Calling! And Other New Year’s Propaganda 

Epiphany Around the World

When You Feel Rejected and Unseen

Marrying Across Cultures

Finally, When God Calls You Out of Hiding

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

The Christmas decorations are put away, special treats have all been consumed, and the rush of the season has been replaced with the expectancy and normalcy of a new year.

We spent the last two weeks of December reflecting on Mary’s heart as she treasured up all the experiences surrounding Jesus’ birth and pondered them. Maybe we aren’t quite finished pondering ourselves.

In January we want to continue to make this a space of reflection. This week we are particularly taking time to think about our journeys. Perhaps your journey to the field feels long and unending. Your journey might bring you back to your passport country this year for good. What has God been teaching you in the last leg or two of your walk with Him?

As part of this grace-filled space this month, we will have one less blog post each week, giving you Thursday (Wednesday evening EST) to carve out your own time to rest, pray, reflect on the week’s theme and ask the Lord where He wants to take you in 2019. We are grateful that you are here to walk this journey with us!

Share your comments and thoughts this week on the blog! At the end of the week we will have the Grove, a post that allows for continued reflection and discussion in the comments. You can also share your journeys with us on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesJourney.

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