Have You Seen {July 24, 2016}

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: 


Hope it was refreshing! We will continue with an adjustment in rhythms through August. Instead of posts every day, Wednesdays will be quiet here. The thing about changing our rhythms, often legitimate reasons sneak up and try to pull us out of our commitment to change our rhythm. Last year we planned to alter our publishing rhythms to give some breathing space for the summer, but we kept getting great submissions. “Oh, just this week we’ll bend. This is such a good post we can’t deny our community!” Out of eight weeks, guess how many had additional great submissions?


Seven. On the one week we actually stuck to our plan, a fellow editor contacted me (Amy) concerned that the post hadn’t gotten live. We were so out of touch with our values, even we got turned around.

So, we had a serious chat. Is modeling rhythms, even when it is inconvenient, part of our values? Are we also going to try, along with you, to listen to God more than to “really great posts?” We are. Thus, we are publicly telling you Wednesdays will be quiet around here. We are going to practice what is means to be a people of seasonal rhythms who understand speeds other than full force ahead.

On Wednesdays, let’s collectively practice rhythms together.

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesSabbath

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We loved getting to see what Sabbath looks like for you on Instagram with #VelvetAshesSabbath. This week’s highlight comes from @jodiepine with this lovely photo and amazing quote:

“The human soul doesn’t want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard. The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.” Parker J Palmer

Moving Overseas?


Velvet Ashes has a new specially designed support system just for you! We know what a roller coaster this season can be, so we’ve worked hard to create a unique experience, one that we wish we had had when we were moving overseas! See details here.

From Around the Web

Going Home.

Back-to-School Shopping, Tanzania Style.

On Patriotism from a distance.

My Journey from Point A to Point B Was Not a Straight Line.


And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


Today we start a three week series: Get ready, Get set, Go! It is the time of year when we intentionally open our arms and say, “Welcome to those who are new to the field!”

While the articles will be geared towards those getting ready to go to the field, the truth is we are all getting ready, getting set, and going in some area of our lives.

What are you getting ready for?

What do you wish someone had told you when you were getting ready to move overseas?

If you’re getting ready to move overseas, what is going on in your heart and life right now?  We’re a community that is here for you, and we understand!

Bring your thoughts, photos, art, and stories as we explore “getting ready” at The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST. Don’t forget that throughout the week you can tag Instagram pictures #velvetashesgetready and you’ll be added to The Grove automatically. We will be waiting for you there.

1 Comment

  1. Sarah July 24, 2016

    What do I wish I had known 18 years and two countries ago? That loneliness was going to be my new best friend. Maybe it isn’t true for all, but I find that the expat community doesn’t cultivate deep meaningful relationships easily. We all have experienced the pains of good bye. It is easier not to allow those attachments to form. A wall of sorts goes up. And the locals? God bless them! They don’t get you and your mixed up culture and several languages.
    I have found that my most rewarding relationships are long distance with people I have crossed paths with over the years and felt an immediate kinship with. Currently I am suffering the result of having made a deep connection and bond with a friend of five years whose family is now moving on to another overseas field.
    Loneliness is my only constant companions!

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