Have You Seen? {June 24, 2018}

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: Alien

Forever and Always Foreign by Sarah Hilkemann—”When I am slow to understand how things work in my passport country or I get that strange look from someone who is actually speaking my language, I feel void of a place where I fit. The search for belonging continues in the places I feel I ought to be able to find it, and yet, too often I still feel like a foreigner.”

Their Hearts Were Too Full {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Public Service Announcement. Well, maybe not quite a PSA, I do have a question: Have you ever wondered how big Book Club is? I have! I know there are those of you out there who read the books and are a part of the Book Club but don’t comment (and that’s fine!). Others of you never read the books, but enjoy the Book Club posts. Also fine, wonderful actually. As we apply for grants, many want quantifiable data. The main data we have for Book Club is the number of books we have read. While that is an important piece of information, it is insufficient for the true heart of Book Club. Could you please take a few minutes to complete this survey? In July I’ll share the results. Thanks for your help! Now on to our book: North and South.”

Aliens and Strangers by Liz Kamper—”But little by little, week by week, year by year, it now feels like home. God has given us community, something we cried over and prayed about for years. We have a cozy house with comfortable furniture. We’ve added more kids to this tribe and all of them know Costa Rica as home.”

I Think It Is Okay to be an Alien by Erika Sawatzky—”And I wonder if allowing parts of me to go unseen is healthy. Maybe compartmentalizing my different and sometimes conflicting habits, convictions and personality traits is the wrong way to cope. So, I try to open up and am promptly hurt by a harsh reaction from someone who has no idea they’re being harsh. It’s just that they don’t understand.”

Belonging as Aliens {The Grove: Alien} by Amy Young—’God gives a face to the alien. In the Bible God does not merely talk about “the foreigners in your midst,” He names them and shares their stories, showing the breadth and depth of being foreign: Joseph, Esther, Naomi, Ruth, Moses, Abraham and Sarah, Daniel, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, Paul, Barnabas’

From Around the Web

Arriving “Home”: an Expat Paradox

Third Culture Kids, College, and Culture Shock

Transform Your Relationship With Your Teen with These 7 Mindset Shifts

Embracing Life From the Second Row

They call me sister…

Finally, One Important Question to Ask Yourself When You Feel Wounded

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Loyalty is the mark of a citizen.

Maybe you do not hold the right to vote in your current country of residence, or the idea of “home” is a most perplexing question. Instead of letting the confusion flood your heart with panic, this week we are looking up together. We are focusing on the ways that we pledge our allegiance to the places we love all the while knowing our true loyalty comes from being a citizen of heaven.

Where do you fit? Do you feel more like an alien than a citizen? We invite you to come to wrestle again with us this week. Write up your thoughts and link your blog post at The Grove, or share and respond to each other in the comments. What does it look like to be a citizen in your current season? Post your pictures on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesCitizenship.

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