Have You Seen? {July 3, 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: Read

One Day’s Results: Re-Wiring your Brain and a Book List by Danielle Krouch—”I don’t believe it’s only fiction that is beneficial. As you will see in the list I’ve made below, there is a mix of non-fiction and fiction. These are books that I have read or re-read in the past year, so they are the ones most recent in my memory. So picture me with a tray full of these 10 books, handing them out to you during a long journey. Breathe them in deeply and enjoy.”

One Cannot Make an Omelette Without Breaking Some Eggs {Book Club} by Amy Young—”In our previous book, Around the World in 80 Days, we discussed who the Christ figure was. Today I would also like to talk about another aspect of good stories: the external and internal journey the ‘hero’/main character goes on. Because the Jeeves and Wooster books are a series, the internal journey will not be as great as say for Walter Mitty (movie) or Kit in The Witch of Blackbird Pond (our February book).”

Five Books That Spoke to Me Overseas by Gina Butz—”God blessed us with many life-giving companions in our journey overseas, and for that I’m thankful. Some of those companions were in paper form. If you’re looking for some encouragement as you minister abroad, maybe these will hit the spot.”

What I’m Reading: Frederick Buechner by Rachel Hicks—”I wish I’d discovered him sooner in my faith journey, but maybe I wasn’t ready before. Frederick Buechner (pronounced ‘Beekner’) is one of those authors who says what you think your heart would say if it could speak its deepest truth. And maybe it takes several decades of life—of God’s mysterious working in us—before those truths begin to crystalize and we can recognize them.”

Mind Act Upon Mind {The Grove: Read} by Kimberly Todd—”Mind Act Upon Mind reading is different. Author David I. Smith calls this kind of reading ‘charitable.’ The ‘greatest of these’ kind of charity – LOVE. It’s reading with soft and vulnerable receptivity.”

From Around the Web

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Cross-cultural servants are supposed to suffer . . .  So am I allowed to buy an air conditioner?


Several articles this week mentioned home: 5 Favorite Things about Our New House and My China Dream Home.

How is/has your time overseas prepared you for the next adventure in your life?

Finally, June in Books (by Kimberlee Conway Ireton).

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


Before we left for our first assignment, a friend advised us to take a lot of photos in the first couple weeks, noting that it doesn’t take long before people stop noticing the uniqueness of their surroundings.  “Amazing” becomes ordinary. “Wow” turns into ho hum. “Hilarious” is hardly noticed.

I doubt any of us would consider our lives dull. But when is the last time you stopped to take a good look around you and soak in the color of your life?

May you pause a moment each day this week and enjoy the wonder-filled life you live. We’d love to see your color on Instagram this week, just tag it: #velvetashes.

And bring your thoughts, photos, art, and stories as we celebrate color at The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST. We will be waiting for you there.

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