Have You Seen? {June 19, 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: Wait

Why Waiting Is Good for Me by Laura Bowling—”In my youth and naivety I assumed the waiting was over. What I learned, rather rapidly, was the waiting had only just begun. Understanding the culture, building new relationships, adjusting to a new role, seeking the next step after my time in Portugal finished – all required more waiting.”

Around the Rest of the World in 40 Days {Book Club} by Amy Young—”One of my friends has trained me to ask in a work of fiction: “Who is the Christ figure?” At the beginning of this half of the book I was going back and forth between Passepartout and Phileas Fogg, but I landed on Fogg because of his willingness to consistently pay for others with no expectation of them paying him back. In particular, when Passepartout was separated from the group due to Detective Fix tricking him and Mr. Fogg paid for Detective Fix.”

Waiting is Just Part of It All by Jenilee Goodwin—”What do you do if you are not good at waiting? What happens if waiting pulls you apart inside and drains the life from your heart? What do you do when the journey of waiting is never ending? What do you do when your brain says “Go!” but your soul needs time? What happens when in the process of waiting, life seems to pass you by? I’m in the throws of learning this with you, this intense yet valuable lesson of waiting and waiting well.”

A Letter for the One Who’s Waiting by Elizabeth Trotter—”Dear sister, Beloved one, You in the waiting, This much I know: There are no shortcuts to healing. There are no shortcuts to wholeness. For we can’t know God as Healer without first being wounded. And we can’t know God as guide without first being lost.”

Let It Grow {The Grove: Wait} by Kimberly Todd—”I find it much easier to wait for plants to grow than for the fruit of the Spirit to grow, in myself and others. But gardening novices like me have a naïve view of what it takes to get a harvest worthy of the labor and resources it requires. Those that depend on their produce for their livelihood or their sustenance know that waiting is hard. It’s active and engaged, aligned with the needs of the plants and the soil, and attentive to a variable climate.”

From Around the Web

Resource: A Spiritual Life Inventory.

This Side of the Ocean – Roots.<

When God is silent.

In preparation for next week, Morning Meditation — Selah.

Finally, With June As Your Teacher.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

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Whether the lullaby we sing to comfort a crying baby, the first concert we got to go to, Gregorian chants, or the worship band at church, music is one of the good gifts God has given us.

Bring your thoughts, art, and stories for Music to The Grove beginning on Thursday at 6pm EST. We’ll be waiting for you there.

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