Have You Seen? {July 26, 2015}

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: Health

When Balance Eludes You by Jessica Hoover — “I crave balance in my daily life. I stay at home with my kids and I struggle to find a way to play freely, work with focus, instruct with gentleness and take care of myself (read as get dressed). I often feel like I am a a professional plate spinner and the only thing I am balancing is the precariously placed plates overflowing with tasks I have to get done.”

Until That Moment I Thought I Could Pretend {Book Club} by Amy Young — Once again we had a rich discussion on The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Even if you haven’t read the book, have fun reading through the comments.

English Lessons in the Exam Room + Simple Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Bars Recipe by Ashley Felder — “As we walked away from the hospital, I broke down. Uncontrollable tears. Not only at the thought of this baby that was probably not going to make it, but also still so furious at those nurses. My sweet friend prayed for me and encouraged me as we walked home.”

Sometimes I Forget Who The Better Doctor (really) Is by Leah — “When I moved overseas, I thought a lot about counting the cost of leaving family and friends. I didn’t think so much about leaving my doctor. But this has proved to be one of the things I really miss about life in my home country.”

Forty Days {The Grove: Health} by Kimberly Todd — “Ash Wednesday dawned and I had a cup of green tea, and an incredible headache by the evening. Much of my everyday was anchored by my coffee habit, and truthfully, I hated the discomfort it created in me and my relationships to forego.”

From Around the Web

Great news! Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back “Home” After Serving Cross-Culturally by Melissa Chaplin is now available for purchase.

Bet you can relate to a marriage moment like this.

Burnout: How not to prevent it.  This list might surprise you.

For those who have returned to their home country, bravery and boldness might look like the exact opposite of what they do for those who have sent us. 

Open letter to trailing spouses (and the people they’re married to) by our Elizabeth Trotter.

For those who struggle with community on the field, this is for you.

 Little People in Transition: Keys for Sanity (part 1). Summer is the time for road trips … how about Road Tripping, Tanzania Style.

“Margin” seemed to be the word of the week on the web (say that three times fast!) here’s a post written about margin and our line of work.  Speaking of margin, How Can We Rest in A World Where There Is So Much Need?

Check out this 6-day renewal experience just for men serving overseas.  Spread the word to the men folk.  Registration for Traction 2015 is now open.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

enjoy

As we’re cruising toward the end of July, and this season is flying by. Are you enjoying it? Maybe not all of the yuck in life, but what you can, are you enjoying it?

We hope so. So, before we start a special three week series next week, we want to slow down, pause, and savor.

Enjoy means “to take delight or pleasure” in. Where are you taking delight or pleasure in your family? Your spouse? Your calling? Your home? Your neighborhood? Yourself? Your hobbies? Nature? If slowing down long enough to enjoy is not your natural wiring, may this week be an invitation.

I often associate Ecclesiastes with the word “meaningless”–and in all fairness it is used more than 35 times–but guess which book of the Bible has the most verses about enjoying life? Ecclesiastes! There are eight verses that talk about enjoying.

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

This week we’ll be enjoying nature, hobbies, books, people, space, quiet. And the list goes on. May this be a breath of life to your soul.

Connection is what makes any information meaningful. So, we’ll meet up at The Grove on Thursday beginning at 6pm EST. I (Amy) look forward to connecting with you over Enjoy.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth July 27, 2015

    I was surprised at the intro to “How not to burnout.” I had to scroll down to see the rest of it, but before I did, I thought to myself in a confused inner voice, “But the ‘Expectations and Burnout’ book said time with God helped prevent burnout.” Then I scrolled down and understood 🙂

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