Have You Seen? {July 15, 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.

Summer Rhythms

Every July and August we cut back one post a week. In the early days of Velvet Ashes we found ourselves preaching sustainable rhythms but never slowing down ourselves (other than the week of Sabbath). How could we talk about living within boundaries, about operating out of God’s abundance, about being more than doing when what we were so good at was doing, doing, doing. So we set out to live out this value and found out it is easy to talk about, harder to do! The first summer, out the eight weeks of reduced posts, guess how many times we gave ourselves a pass because a post was just too good not to share? God would understand, right?

Seven.

Yup, out of eight weeks, we only lived out our value 12.5% of the time. People, not good. We knew we had a problem and that you may have the same one. So every year we remind ourselves that these rhythms are important because they form us as a community. They remind us that we do not have to operate out of scarcity and hustle.

Psalm 65:9 says in part, “The river of God has plenty of water.” We believe this God, help us live it as a community. So, on Wednesday 6:00 p.m. EST when you do not receive a post, say out loud with us, “The river of God has plenty of water.”

Amen.

Last Week’s Theme: Fun

Hunting For Fun by Beth Tillotson—”Some days my mommy’s heartfelt stifled, trapped, too limited, frantic for escape—and why couldn’t there at least be just a small patch of grass within walking distance so our children could release their wild energy? It took a monumental effort on my part (you’re looking at Not Super Creative With Littles right here), but eventually, I learned that I had to hunt for fun.”

Welcome to Mulhoney, USA {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann–”Let’s talk about food! Anyone else feel hungry reading this book? Maybe that’s just me. I would love to try the sandwich that Hope invented called the Keep Hoping- smoked turkey, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and chopped salad greens. Food not only gives fuel to our bodies but nourishes our soul too, and that’s something Addie, Hope, and G.T. seem to understand and put into practice.”

Finding Fun on the Field by Sally Pim—”Finding fun on the field can be awkward. For me, it was also confusing and a little nerve-racking. It often looks different in our host country to what it did in our passport country. But the results of finding fun are the same. It helps you to love where you are, it connects you with the people you’re finding fun with, and it gives you a freshness as you step into each day.”

Is Silliness a Sin? {The Grove: Fun} by Jodie Pine—”Those once-serious, now-humorous prayers prompted a discussion about how our family practiced Sabbath in that season when our kids were 10, 11, and 13. We would devote the entire day to prayer, worship, listening to sermons online, reading God’s Word together, and getting time alone to hear from Him. Those were all good things. But we didn’t see the value of bringing fun into our Sabbath.”

From Around the Web

6 Ways to Support a Woman Experiencing Pregnancy Loss

When You Experience Pregnancy Loss and You’re Far From Home

In Japan, sweet spiritual fruit grows slowly

On Welcoming the Third Culture Kid

Let’s Never Stop Being Awkward

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Push-ups, burpees and jumping jacks, oh my!

Yes, my friends, this week we are talking about exercise. No, don’t run away just yet! This topic might make you cringe, turn away in shame or shout for joy. This is a theme for all of us as we think about the challenges and delights of exercise on the field. Some of us live in places with no sidewalks, gyms or clean swimming pools. Others deal with constant heat and humidity (running in 100-degree weather anyone?), or never-ending winter. How do you find ways to get your body moving despite all these hindrances? Come and share your ideas with us at The Grove and get ready to read the fabulous posts this week. Share your exercise endeavors or environment with us on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesExercise.

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