Have You Seen? {July 21, 2019}

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: The Great Outdoors

Places to Play In and Pray In by Monica F— “Through nature, God speaks to us, listens to us, teaches us, heals us, provides for us, and restores us. It is in nature that we might even wrestle with God and come to a moment of understanding and revelation. We all know Scriptural accounts where God ministers to and ‘meets’ a downcast soul in nature. I believe God invites us to ‘get away’ with Him in nature- however that may look- tending a garden, going for a trail walk, or escaping the city for a beach retreat.”

The Sameness {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”Sameness can simplify our lives and make us efficient, but it also takes away so much. Life isn’t just about productivity, is it? How do you balance sameness and variety in your life?”

Pruning Season by Laura Cerbus—” And then, when we moved, I suddenly felt stripped bare, like a pruned tree newly transplanted. My full branches and treasured blossoms were trimmed until I was little more than a stem with several short stubs. Most of the roles I had played were no longer an option, and I floundered. After all those roles were taken away, who was I?”

When Nature Speaks {The Grove: The Great Outdoors} by Jenilee Goodwin—”Our surroundings tell us something about where we are, what time of year it is or what holiday is around the corner. But, as women living overseas, we know that the seasons and the coinciding feelings change depending on where we are in the world.”

From Around the Web

Concrete Words: Finding Meaning in the Everyday

When Cross-cultural Workers Return Broken

Kindle deals to check out: Falling Free and Party of One!

When Re-entry is Hard

Demons in their Suitcases- MKs and the Occult

The Waiting Place

Finally, Some Rules are Meant to Be Broken

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Hard-shell. Roller. Duffel bag. Backpack. Tote.

If there’s one thing we know as global adventurers, it is how to pack a bag. Our skills have been refined as we use up every inch of space while still keeping as close to the weight limit as possible. We know how to play suitcase Tetris so that nothing precious is left behind and everything survives the long journey.

We don’t just bring our suitcases with us to the field, but we also carry other kinds of baggage to. Failures and losses, childhood trauma, the scars of broken relationships or faith crises that have marked places in our past. We bring our cultural identity, our religious traditions, our worldview.

What do you do with this kind of baggage?

This week join us for some fun! Make your list and share your very best packing tips, your favorite luggage brands that stand the test of time, and what absolutely must be in your suitcase every trip. Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesBaggage on Instagram to join in! But also don’t hesitate to take the conversation deeper, to think about the baggage that might be weighing heavy. You can share your thoughts and join the conversations this week in the comments as well!

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