Have You Seen? {June 14, 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: Suitcase

What’s In Your Suitcase? by Lydia Rich — “Pack things that will help you feel at home. Before I had kids, it was easier to leave the photo albums and mementos packed away back in America. I wanted to keep them safe—all sorts of things can happen when you live overseas, and who knows if you will be able to fit them in your suitcase next time?”

My Genius Was No Longer Obvious {Book Club} by Amy Young — The conversation in the comments about Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan is not to be missed. (And watch the video to see fainting goats.)

We Are Suitcase People (and Experts) by Kayla Lemon — “My suitcase reminds me that I am a sojourner on this earth. I was not created for this temporal earth in this temporal body. My bags are packed, and I’m trekking through this life, headed for an Eternity spent with my Savior.”

Top Ten Items to Include in an Overseas Care Package by Jil Christiansen — “I realize I’m writing this for ex-pats, and we don’t need a reminder of what we miss. But far too often, when someone would ask, “What would you like me to send you?” I would have a brain freeze. “Oh, you know…” I would reply. No, they don’t know.”

Enough {The Grove: Suitcase} by Patty Stallings — “But as I have sorted and packed this time around, I am challenged by the word “enough”. Do I trust I will have enough of whatever I need? And not only things, but enough energy, enough time, enough space, enough resources, enough rest…”

From Around the Web

Our very own Jessica Hoover shares her son’s birth story.

If you’d love to have more ministry avenues, here’s an opportunity you can do right from home explained in video and blog.

Our exit from Burundi was like molasses falling steady from a spoon, sticky and slow. Lifting ourselves from the land was a process full of attempts to stay. After several years of struggling to call Burundi “home,” now I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the place that had taught me so many of my best life lessons. Oh, the irony.”

“I’ve been pondering my word for the year – faithful – quite frequently the last couple of weeks. The year started on a difficult note. Making the hard decision to leave Ireland early and sharing that information with others was …”

And the waves of worthlessness crash. And then I crash. Do you know the feeling? I wonder how many of us know the feeling. I wonder how many of us have drowned in this feeling. So now, I want to speak to the drowning ones, those gulping for air under the waves. To you, and to myself, I say …”

This is one for all of us to read: In Defense of Second-Class M’s.

Amy Young did an amazing interview series this week with our lovely Lauren Pinkston.  You don’t want to miss this look into Lauren’s life, work and wisdom.  Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


At Velvet Ashes, we’re all about living and walking with intention.  If you’ve been around here much, you know we like to delve deep and walk through hard things together in this place.

Sometimes, though, life needs a bit of random.  Right?

That’s what this week is about.

The theme?  Top 10… Anything!

We’ve got a bit of everything for you this week.  And we think you’re gonna like it.

The Grove this week should be super fun.  Bring your link-ups and comments on “Top 10… Anything!”  Meet us there beginning Thursday 6pm EST.


Photo Credit : Gratisography

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