Have You Seen? {July 2, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Shelter

A Sheltered Faith by Joy Smalley—”A few years ago I found myself in a place of complete disillusionment with God and his call on my life. He had put me in circumstances that I could not thrive in. I could not cope well under the stressors and I was angry. I fasted. I prayed. Until one day, alone in the shower, I told God that ‘if this was how he treated his kids, I didn’t want to be one anymore’.”

My Lost (and Found) Self {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I like that phrase ‘my lost self’. Most of us at one time, or another, have experienced the loss of ourselves over what was not to be. A friend, whose 91 year old mother recently died, said the hardest part of the grief was having to grieve what was not. She had been a delight to her dad and a disappointment to her mom. Grief is often not only about what we have lost, it is also about what never was.”

Shelter is Not a Thing, It’s a Person by Beth Gregory—”Over the course of my childhood, my family moved three times. My dad grew up as a military brat and always thought he’d settle in one spot, but that’s not what happened. We moved, then moved again. Like my dad, I also thought adulthood would lead to mooring, but then I grew up and moved overseas and—well, the rootedness that comes with that life could fit inside my carry on.”

A Perfect Shelter in Seasons of Change by Danielle Ready—”I am not going to lie. There is a part of me that just wants to lose my lunch every time someone mentions the word transition! I know it is a long and gut-wrenching process that brings out all kinds of crazy! However, I am learning that it can also be a time of growth.”

In the Shelter of Each Other {The Grove: Shelter} by Karen Huber—”Oh yes, the Lord is our shelter, but how He works through His children to provide (and literally be) that shelter is a priceless gift and a great mercy for the weariness of the world.”

From Around the Web

Surprise! We Need to Learn from Christians from Other Cultures

Why I Can’t Care About Every Little Crisis (On the Challenge of Living in Two Worlds)

Seeking Rest

A World of Luxury

8 Observations About the First 5 Hours in America

Surviving? Thriving? How about Striving?

Strong in the Broken: Singing in the Storm

Finally, going into Sabbath week… How Meditation Saved Me From M*

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

From the very beginning, Velvet Ashes has been committed to practicing Sabbath as a community.

This is the week where we stop all of our activity. Writers put down their pens. Karen does not make one gorgeous image. Our social media teams do not post and comment and cheer us all on. Emails do not fly back and forth. And you, dear member do not have posts to read, comments to make, thoughts to think.

Instead, we will all rest, reflect, and connect with God.

Trusting that He will meet with us individually and corporately. We exhale on activity and inhale on being with him.

May the God who made you, made us with Sabbath from the beginning, bless you and keep you.

See you next week.

(P.S. Because for some people it IS restful and connective to be on Social Media, feel free to share using #VelvetAshesSabbath. How do you Sabbath? What rests and connects you?)

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