Have You Seen? {July 16, 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.

Ministry Rhythm Reminder

For the month of July and August we have one less post a week. Thursday morning (Asia)/Wednesday afternoon (EST) your inbox will be empty. Our Social Media streams will be quiet. As a community we will use these blank spots as a reminder we are practicing ministry rhythms together.

Last Week’s Theme: Savor

Learning to Savor by Jenilee Goodwin—”I often don’t have time to see the roses let alone smell them! Savoring does not come naturally to me. So many times, my brain is so full of things to do, places to go, events to plan, people to talk to, things to remember that I can’t even begin to stop, savor or enjoy.”

The Flower Garden of Love {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Our story picks up in Chapter one with Benfu, now quite old, discovering a baby girl abandoned near a place where he scavenges. We come to find out that she is the twenty-fourth girl Benfu and his wife Calli have welcomed into their home after being abandoned. I loved the way that Benful and Calli gave all of the girls flower names, planting them in their ‘garden.’ “

Pigeon Loaf, God, and Me by Renee Aupperlee—”The day I ate pigeon loaf I tried very hard to not taste it. It really was a gigantic slab of meatloaf, entirely made out of the meat from a pigeon. That just shouldn’t be a thing. The goal was simply to get it down my throat in front of my smiling host who looked delighted to serve it. I silently whispered the old prayer, ‘I’ll get it down, Lord, but you’ll have to keep it there.’ “

A Message to My Girls {The Grove: Savor} by Patty Stallings—”So, let’s make today different. Let’s walk together, hand in hand, on the ancient paths. Let’s linger by the still waters and gentle coves of restoration. Let’s confide in one another while we stroll on a path fragrant with My lovingkindness and truth. Let’s soak in goodness and life.”

From Around the Web

The Value of Intangible Things

Strong in the Broken: In This Tent We Groan

Lessons from Leaving: On Healing.

Finally, Keep Not Quitting

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

At Velvet Ashes, we love lists of 10’s or Top 10’s. I wondered if we had 10 Lists of Top 10 Things—I (Amy), after all, love a good number pattern. But we have more than 10!, Over the years, our writers have written 12 posts that are chalked full of goodness. In transition? Spending in the US? Want to thrive overseas? We’ve got you covered. Having trouble finding your niche? Needing to fight fear? Wondering how to be crunchy? We are here for YOU. Pour yourself another cup of coffee and have fun reading these lists. And guess what? This week we have more fun and helpful lists coming your way.

Get your own list ready and Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram using #VelvetAshesTop10, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

Enjoy reading through these:

10 Ways to Reconnect with Family When You’re Back in the States

Top 10 Things to Enjoy this Summer (on a budget!)

10 Ways to Thrive Overseas

10 Ways to Find Your Niche Overseas

10 Things to Tell Yourself During Transition

Top 10 Items to Include in an Overseas Care Package

Top 10 Podcasts

Top 10 Ways to Fight Fear

Top 10 Signs You Know You’re in North America, not Europe

10 Books I loved in 2015

She’s a Natural: The Top Ten Ways Living Overseas Made Me Crunchy

Top 10 Reasons I Love Remaining



  1. Ruth Felt July 16, 2017

    I’m glad you included ‘Keep Not Quitting” because I saw it last week and LOVED it. I think it’s going to be one I read a number of times.

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