Have You Seen? {July 18th, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: The View from Here (Local)

Seeds of Hope by Kelsey Akugizebwe—”I’m thankful for this small village and how they planted a seed of hope in my heart as I watched them love their people in their own time of need.”

Gifts of Kindness {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”The new-found friends wait for each other, give advice or share information they have acquired. In the midst of the hunger and fear and danger, there is kindness and care and compassion.”

Trusting the One Who Holds All Things by Jen Lill—”We learn what we can where we are, serve those around us in whatever capacity we are able, and trust the God who has shown up every day for the last year and provided well.”

Puzzle Pieces by Rachel Kahindi—”Often the whole picture is not for me to know. God knows the big picture, and he fits pieces together – one of which may be mine, and the other pieces are filled in by his work in other people.”

From Around the Web

Please Pray for My Alex, and I’ll Pray for Yours: When Your Children Don’t Believe

On Finding Your Why

Music: Truth I’m Standing On

Instagram: Shaken by a Change? and God Who Turns Bitter into Sweet

Finally, Choosing to Be Whole Instead of Fake

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

We could each start with a blank piece of paper or journal page and fill it up quickly with our experiences from this last year. And then if we dig a little deeper, we could pull out the emotions, the losses, the triumphs, the grief.

There is power in naming.

We name our joys and turn them into praise to the Father who gives such good gifts to His children. We name the sorrow and let the Comforter meet us there in the grief. We give voice to the anger or the sense of injustice over all that is not yet right and good and healed, naming but releasing the hold any bitterness might have on us.

What needs to be named in your heart?

We believe there is hope found in recognizing what our bodies and minds and hearts are holding.

Share what you are naming this week on social media with the hashtag #VelvetAshesNaming, or in the blog post comments!

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