Have You Seen? {July 1, 2018}

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: Citizenship

Where I Ought to Have Been Born by Karen Huber—”We may feel like exiles from time to time, but we are all under the same skies, walking the same lands, within the same hands of the Father who built them. We’ll sit and rest here awhile, plant gardens and raise families like the children of Israel in Babylon, united in our shared calling beyond these hemispheres: to a home we’ve not yet been to, but will return to all the same.”

“Oh Mr. Thornton, I am not good enough” {Book Club} by Amy Young—”And I am so glad to have read and really digested this book through our weekly discussions. I can say without a doubt I am all the better for reading this book with you and not by myself. So, thank you!”

“What’s Mac-and-Cheese?” Finding Belonging as an Expat Family by Jessica Billinger—”Suddenly, I knew. I knew that this feeling has resided in the heart of every mother of a relocated family. Even ones who bring their family to new shores to escape tyranny feel pain in their hearts when they see their kids willingly accept the country they live in and seemingly abandon the country of their passport.”

Thoughts On Citizenship from Around the World by The Have You Seen and Facebook teams—”God still calls us to glorify Him in everything, including citizenship. We can do this through appreciating the ties we’ve had with that country and through remembering where our true citizenship belongs: the Kingdom of God.”

Asking the Right Question {The Grove: Citizenship} by Amy Young—”Today we finish our two-week series that has been like a two-sided coin on belonging. Last week we explored the side labeled ‘alien,’ and this week we have taken a closer look at the other side of ‘citizenship.’ Truth be told, many of us now exist on the narrow space between them. We are edge people.”

From Around the Web

On the Yoga Mat As It Is In Heaven

4 Ways to Avoid the White Savior Complex Overseas

Making Conversation with Cross-Cultural Friends

On Being Young and Christian in a Buddhist Village

Staying Healthy Overseas: 8 Ideas for the Mom

25 Things They Don’t Put in the Life Abroad Brochure

Finally, When you’re waiting (and when the waiting’s over)

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Inhale. Exhale.

Sabbath is the gift of space God has given us to pause and breathe. Our bodies find rest and our souls do too. This coming week, we as the Velvet Ashes community are going to do just that- rest.

Our writers, editors, social media teams and network around the globe will be still. No posts will go out, and we can just sit together to listen to the Father’s gentle love, find moments for the things that are life-giving and remind ourselves about the importance of rhythms of rest.

As we keep walking out these Sabbath rhythms, through the months of July and August we will have one less post a week to remind each other that there are seasons and patterns, time to work and time to pull back.

God’s grace over your Sabbath week, friends!

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