Have You Seen? {June 11, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Resilience

Four Things That Help Me Bounce Back by Kelly Delp—”In my first couple of years overseas, I quickly felt knocked back by life, ministry, and relationships. I’m still ‘in the game’, and along the way, I’ve picked up some things that have made me more flexible and adaptable. Here are a few things that have helped me maintain health and resilience overseas.”

Joy in the Spirit {Book Club} by Kimberley Conway Ireton—”In His death and resurrection, Jesus reversed the curse that Adam had brought upon the human race, drawing all people to Himself because sin was no longer a barrier. In His descent on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit reversed the curse of Babel, drawing all people together because language was no longer a barrier. All the things that separate us from God and from one another are eradicated by the work of Jesus on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds and lives.”

Because He Strengthens Me by Jenilee Goodwin—”Digging deep for resiliency means grabbing on to these verses. It means holding on to the promises. It means believing and trusting that God’s Word is true even for this. When I don’t feel resilient, He is there offering the strength, power and courage I need to face the challenges ahead. Returning, recovering and rebounding in His ability, not my own.”

The Resilience of Dying by Michelle Smith—”I am not known for being an optimist.  But when I think back to my expectations before I moved here, I can only smile (and sigh) at my innocent optimism.  I had lived overseas before, so I thought I knew what I was getting into.  I knew it would be hard.  I knew it would be harder than I expected.  But I had no idea how incredibly hard it would be.”

Resilient People Are {The Grove: Resilience} by Amy Young—”If you have been on the field any length of time, you know that not all people are resilient to the same degree or in the same way. While this might be a bit discouraging, the good new about resiliency is that you can become more resilient. You foster habits, spiritual practice, and thought patterns that will build your resiliency muscles.”

From Around the Web

Reeling or Rising? An Expat’s View of Safety After Attacks in London

Ask a Counselor: roll away the stone of shame

Strong in the Broken: Sick While Stuck

The theme is . . .


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is not just a comedy from the 80s, it’s our lives!

Who now doesn’t know how to travel like a boss? Use public transportation like an expert? Or pack a bag more efficiently than an efficiency expert.

This week we will be talking all things Transportation from the lighter sides to the heavier ones like safety.

Have you checked out our Instagram using #VelvetAshesTHEME (so this week #VelvetAshesTransportation). Daily we are featuring someone from around the globe. It is a chance to see a slice of a person’t life, see others who are doing what you’re doing, and have a chance to share a bit of your life! This week, let’s have fun with “Transportation.”

Join the discussion this week as we explore this paradox in the comments and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.


  1. Shelly Miller June 11, 2017

    Thank you for sharing my post in your weekly Have You Seen? roundup. I’m honored!

    1. Julia Martin June 14, 2017

      You are most welcome! Thank you for your piece! Blessings!

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