Have You Seen? {July 22, 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.

A blessing on your work

If you can’t see the blessing video, you won’t want to miss it. Watch it here, and be blessed.

A reminder of our annual Summer Rhythms, where together we practice being formed as much why what we don’t do (have a Wednesday/Thursday post) as by what we do. The needs are never-ending, friends. God has not asked us to be the solution to every need we come across, he has asked us to be his hands and feet.

Last Week’s Theme: Exercise

Let’s Make a Plan! by Joy Smalley—”I have been exercising for almost a decade and I have come to believe that it can be a profound spiritual experience as it nurtures both the body and the soul. It has become my place of solace and has served to increase my capacity physically, spiritually and emotionally. It clears my mind, lowers my anxiety, lifts my depression, keeps me strong and my immunity high. I’ve found that focused discipline in one area can yield discipline in others and in a cross-cultural life that drains so much energy, exercise has been a life-giving stress reducer that draws me to Jesus.”

Release Hope {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”In the soul-sister way of women on the move, we get Hope. We get boxes and suitcases, finding a place for the few things that stay constant in the midst of transition, and longing for connection in a sea of new faces. As we jump back into Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer today, I feel like reaching through the pages to squeeze teenage Hope’s hand. ‘You are brave, girl. One step at a time.’ ”

Running with the Goats by Emily Smith—”I have tried to explain what it means to run in the heat. Living on the equator and near the ocean means there is no time day or night that I could run without high heat and humidity. Several of us in my school community have commented on the glorious cool running weather we had been having. It was 28C/82F and about 80% humidity. The ‘feels like’ temperature was much higher.”

Keep Starting Over {The Grove: Exercise} by Kelly Delp—”I am not an athlete. I am the opposite of an athlete. No one in my family—immediate or extended—is known for their athleticism. When I was growing up, my family used to vacation with another family we were close to. Their daughters were close to the age of my sister and me, and they were athletes. Every morning of vacation they would go for a miles-long run in the blazing sun, and come back and do resistance work. I would sit on the couch and eat crackers while I watched them.”

From Around the Web

Do you miss China?

Food Quiz Answers

Take Two Verses and Call Me In The Morning

I am Peculiar Here, Might As Well Embrace It

Finally, Beauty That’s Hidden in Plain Sight

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Maybe they were among the first words you committed to memory in a new language, tidbits of culture and wisdom passed on in story as you learned the fine art of homemade tamales or dim sum or harvesting rice.

Perhaps they don’t make any sense from your home culture perspective or maybe they shift everything into focus.

Sayings have the power to capture our imagination and open up the door to understanding. And sometimes they are just plain hilarious! What are your favorite sayings in your culture? This week we will be exploring the beauty of these words and phrases through our posts and comments, and then at The Grove. Tag us this week in your Instastory as you share a memorable saying or use the hashtag #VelvetAshesSayings.

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