Have You Seen? {June 28, 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: Play

A Theology of Play by Renee Aupperlee — “I hope today that laughter can find its way to your lungs, no matter where you are or in whatever circumstances you find yourself. I hope that you can play without looking at the clock. Let the delight of our gift-giving, life-breathing Father fill your heart.”

So We Don’t Miss The Real Significance of Events {Book Club} by Amy Young — Author Carolyn Joudan is here! Also the plan for our next book, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

A New Kind of Playground + Summer Recipes and Activities for Kids by Ashely Felder — “We are staying in our new city this summer instead of going back to the States. Part of me cringes at the thought of trying to entertain my kiddos without spending a ton of money. So, below are some ideas to one, help keep us cool, and two, have fun! And, since I’m the “foodie” of the writers (I claim that name loosely), I have to include some winner recipes, too!”

Playing Can Keep You Out of Prison by Amy Young — “If you did a survey and asked people what are characteristics of folks in our line of work, what words would describe us? Hard working. Loyal. Dedicated. All honorable. But it’s not complete, is it? It makes me wonder what kind of gospel we are spreading.”

Play: A Small Manifesto {The Grove: Play} by Kimberly Todd — “You see, it’s possible to do something “fun” and fail to play. I do it all the time. I arrange a fun experience and then I stand back and watch, or I participate, but with one hand holding all of the tethers I won’t release.”

From Around the Web

Classic! The Shelf Life of Expatriate Clothes.

Here are 10 ways teachers can support TCKs and why “Inside Out” is the best TCK resource of the year.

5 suggestions for getting mentally prepared to move abroad.

Finally, a placebo effect we all need: the placebo effect of hope.

And Now for Next Week

Last year we had a week around the theme of Sabbath and took an honest look at how addicted to doing we tend to be. Each of us. It’s one thing to talk about Sabbath and another to practice it, isn’t it? In light of the tendencies we have, we are committed as a community to Sabbath together.


Did your soul exhale a bit at the thought? Ours too.

If you missed it last year, or just want to bathe afresh in these truths, our Sabbath week posts included:

We saw that the Creator has woven Sabbath into the very rhythms of nature.  Remember the tusk of the narwhal? If you have no idea what we’re talking about, prepare to be amazed at God. Again.

We talked about how to cultivate rest and play.

We shared about our deep need for rest.

We gave ideas for how leaders and those in our line of work can rest.

We talked about our addiction to doing, and had an enriching talk at The Grove about what Sabbath actually looks like in our lives–including Sabbath with young kids.

You could start to savor July’s book for book club, The Poisonwood Bible. 

If you’re interested, Shelly Miller hosts a Sabbath Society and on Fridays will drop a gentle email sharing about Sabbath. Journeying with her has changed my (Amy’s) orientation towards Sabbath. She is a gentle and kind guide.

This week we’re giving ourselves space to breathe and rest. There will be no posts. No Book Club, no meet up at The Grove. Just space to be quiet, to fill up again.


See you after Sabbath, friends.



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1 Comment

  1. Cecily July 5, 2015

    Thanks for sharing the post about hope.  I am in desperate need of some.  God knows.

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