Have You Seen? {July 28, 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: Baggage

When You Hide In Your Baggage by Sarah Butterfield—”I grieved my high school graduation like it was a death: never again would I see these friends in this place, and I cried enough tears that summer to fill the Rhine River. I faced my future as bravely as I could, knowing that a college education was the key to achieving my career goals, but it made my departure no less heart wrenching.”

The Pain {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”It’s easy to be critical of neutralizing love in order to create a world without pain. When I sit with this for a minute, however, I realize that this is a natural human response. After experiencing emotional pain, we withdraw. We are reluctant to be vulnerable again, even if it means that we won’t be able to experience love. In the midst of the pain, love doesn’t seem worth it.”

Here, Hold My Bag by Karen Huber—”The thing about moving and living cross-culturally is we leave so much behind. Maybe even everything. We say goodbye to the person we thought we were, the future we thought we knew. We separate the wheat from the chaff in our soul, strip ourselves down to the basics, discover the raw material of who we are and what we need.”

The Burden of Baggage {The Grove: Baggage} by Joy Smalley—”Baggage is one of the practical and tangible parts of cross-cultural life that consumes us. Every move we make and every visitor we host brings an array of old, battered luggage coupled with newer, gently used bags. They all pile up in the backspaces of our homes, gathering cobwebs, to be brought out as the next new adventure begins.”

From Around the Web

New podcast episode from Taking Route- All About Expectations

Instagram moments: Good Things are Coming and Fun Posts about the Enneagram

Holding Plans with Open Hands

Time Heals

Dying to Self

She did what she could

Finally, Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Invitation

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…


If we gathered all of your travel tales, stories from airports and train stations and tuk-tuks around the world, they would be enough to fill an entire library of volumes. You have confidently mastered security lines and subway schedules, but still have to deal with canceled flights and changed plans, all of the unexpected sides of travel that cause headaches in the moment but adventurous stories later on.  

Travel is part of our lives for those of us to have lived across the globe, crossed borders or even just work across the city. It is necessary and frustrating at times, but also a gift.

How has the Father worked in your heart as you have traveled? What cool stories of provision has He woven into the thread of your movement from one place to another? Do you have stories of traveling moments gone terribly awry that caused tears at the time but you can laugh about now?

These are the stories we want to hear this week! Our posts will feature some terrific tales and life lessons, as well as important tips to help your traveling days go more smoothly. Share your own stories and tips on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesTravel, or stop in and add your thoughts in the comments on our posts. You can link up your own blog posts at the end of the week on our final post as well!

Just a reminder that we are following a slower rhythm in July and August, featuring one less post each week. We hope you will fill this extra space with rest, refreshment and all that is life-giving to you!

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