Have You Seen? {June 26, 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: Music

Let Music do the Praying For You by Karen Huber—”Truth be told, I am weary; perhaps it is the long obedience in the same direction, the yearning for home, the way I am prone to wander. . . . So in these days, like the days and months and years that came before, let us sing. When our prayers cannot be expressed in mere words, let the music do the praying for us, let the Spirit intercede in Song.”

Treading on Life’s Banana Skins {Book Club} by Amy Young—If you haven’t started this PD Wodehouse book, it is not too late! The number one repeated comment? “I’ve been laughing and laughing my way through this and then trying to explain to my bemused family members what’s so funny.”

An Interview with Eine Blume“If I start comparing myself I become paralyzed and depressed. It’s completely unhelpful. Picasso said, ‘All children are artists. The problem is how he can remain an artist when he grows up.’ I feel like the words ‘no’ and ‘I can’t’ are the limits. Comparison and perfection are the enemies of creativity. Kids are brilliant at playing without making value judgments.”

The Greatest Song You’ve Never Heard by Julia Martin—”Just like a musical arrangement, life has light, airy movements that carry you into the feel of a youthful frolic. It has overtures which speed ahead moving the piece along. Some parts are so soft, so sedate that you are lulled into serene submission. Then suddenly the loud timpani burst forth shocking you, alerting your senses.”

The Psalms: A Soundtrack for Life {The Grove: Music} by Jessica Hoover—”Of all the ways God would choose to communicate some of the deepest hallmarks of the human experience and the saving Gospel He chose music. From the depths of despair and fear David writes songs. From the heights of praise his lyrics soar proclaiming a God of Sovereignty and great mercy. It’s no wonder that our modern hearts utilize music to narrate our lives.”

From Around the Web

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO YOUR OVERSEAS TOOL BELT.

7 Thoughts for Graduating TCKs.

The Secret Life of Walter, a Cross-Cultural Worker (who need to write a newsletter).

Do You Have An Addiction to Comparison?

Just for fun: Why Are They Lining Up?

Finally, In a Land of Small Wonders.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

read

It’s summer! (or winter!) Either season is good for reading. Whether you are sweating under the sun or AC or cozying up with a cup of something warm, this week is for you.

How did your relationship with reading change when you moved overseas?

How has God met you in unexpected places when you read? God loves a good story, an unexpected plot twist, beautiful language, and the hope a book will never end (a foretaste of what’s to come?). He lives in the pages of science and history. His heart is seen on the pages of theology.

The word become flesh and dwelt amongst us.

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

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