Have You Seen? {July 30, 2017}

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.

Ministry Rhythm Reminder

For the month of July and August we have one less post a week. Thursday morning (Asia)/Wednesday afternoon (EST) your inbox will be empty. Our Social Media streams will be quiet. As a community we will use these blank spots as a reminder we are practicing ministry rhythms together.

Last Week’s Theme: Water

Trust the Water to Hold You by Elizabeth Trotter— “We have trouble trusting God to hold us up. We have trouble trusting Him to catch us. We’re not sure He’s going to keep us from sinking. But this God of ours, we can trust Him. He is strong enough to hold us. He’s right here with us, and He’s trustworthy and trustable. We don’t have to be “prepared to sink,” as that struggling swimmer of mine claimed. But first, we have to breathe. We have to relax. We have to trust.”

When the Music Never Really Left You {Book Club} by Amy Young— “Everything in China was based on tradition, but unfortunately she was severely lacking in remembering most of the lessons her Nai Nai and Ye Ye had tried to teach her about the many symbolisms of each dish.” We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Where we know a right answer exists, but we just don’t know what it is. Ah, and time stops!”

Steadfast as the Water by Carol McNaughton— “White sand beaches, streets of Western bars and restaurants, yet another hotel under construction. These are not the pastoral scenes I idealized as a little girl dreaming of being a cross-cultural worker. When I signed up for the seemingly perfect service role, this is not at all what I imagined. And yet, to this broken yet beautiful place I have been called … or at least it is where I am.”

Meet Me at the Sea {The Grove: Water} by Karen Huber— “Today, I need to see the sea. In Ireland, we tend to talk about the rain. It’s always somewhere hanging about, just waiting to ruin a perfectly good picnic or nearly-dry laundry on the line. My Irish friends often apologize for the weather, wondering why we’d come to such a wet, gray place. It’s not the rain, I tell them. It’s the sea.”

From Around the Web

All. The. Things.

The Sanctification of Singleness

Both and Neither: Exploring My Third Culture Kid Identity

Finally, Unity prayer for multicultural teams

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Share.

Yes. We love this word. We live this word.

We came to share the hope we have. We came to share our lives.

It turns out sharing goes both ways. We have not only given, we’ve received. Some has been welcome and fun. New forms of transportation. New dishes. New holidays. Now, because they have been shared, no longer foreign, but familiar and ours too.

But we have also seen injustice, poverty, heart ache up close.

This week we will camp around the idea of “share”—what we share, what we didn’t mean to share, and what has been shared with us. How have your experiences informed how you now see “sharing?”

All this and more.

Tag a picture related to “share” and, wait for it, share on Instagram using #VelvetAshesShare. Also join the conversation in the comments and at The Grove, Thursday 6 p.m. EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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