Have You Seen? {June 3, 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: Returning 

Returning Stronger Than Before by Jenilee Goodwin—”It is that weaving of softness and strength where I’m finding myself a bit feistier than before we moved overseas. This last season of home assignment has been a season of personal challenge. A season of feeling God speak to me directly about my soft default and how He wants to empower me to be used in new, stronger ways. I often encourage friends when they come to me to speak up! Stand for truth! Let God use you in powerful ways!”

Knowledge and Practice and Get to Know Phyllis {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Today we finish up with the final (short) section in Scouting the Divine and reflect on it and Humble Roots, I appreciate how one book (SD) explored God’s word and the other (HR) fleshed out how one of God’s attributes for us (humility) can be lived out. We need both, the deepening of our knowledge of God + the deepening of the lessons in our hearts and behavior.”

Stopping the Stink and Finding Fresh Air by Melissa Chaplin—”The smell of a green, old-fashioned Expo marker consumed my home office. It was all I had on hand. My husband and I had just moved back to our childhood hometown unexpectedly—our own re-entry—and I was trying to make sense of it with a used whiteboard and a stinky marker, probably last uncapped in the 90s. Scattered across the board were my dreams and hopes for this new season, along with—if I were being honest—my grasping for significance.”

Returning Home by Kimberly Kolb—”But saying yes has its costs. Obedience has its costs. Returning to the states for good would mean giving up everything here – leaving the home I have built here. I do love my home here. But returning here after a visit home to the states means leaving my family, the people I care about most. Home will always be where my family is. But home is also the life I have built here.”

8 Practical Tips for Returning and Furnishing Your Home {The Grove: Returning} by Danielle Wheeler—”Today I wanted to share some practical issues involved in returning and setting up home when your return from the field. I don’t know about you, but while all of the heart transition stuff was going on in me, it was the 5,001 practical decisions involved in re-entry that put me over the edge and had me crying in Wal-mart.”


From Around the Web

Death is right around the corner. So live!

FB Live Video: Toxic Missions Environments, Is it You or Them?

Risk and the Cross-Cultural Worker: An Interview with Anna Hampton, Author of “Facing Danger”

Family Mottos – Good Mottos to Live By

Leaving Poorly: A Whole New Set of Options for Departing Expats

Two Challenges That Homeschooling Families Face on the Field

Six pitfalls to avoid when welcoming cross-cultural workers on home service

Finally, Rooted: Learning to Love Where We Live

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

velvet ashes furlough

furlough (fûrˈlō)
n. A leave of absence or vacation, especially one granted to a member of the armed forces.
n. A usually temporary layoff from work. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

We call it different things, but most of us in overseas work have packed up everything or sold our few possessions, stored furniture and purchased plane tickets to travel back to our passport countries for a short time. We are suspended between two worlds, the two places we have called home. It can feel like a whirlwind, a welcomed break or an obligation, a breath of fresh air or something to push through until we get back to our routines.

Are you preparing for furlough this summer? Just finishing up time in your passport country? Whether the word brings excitement or dread to your soul, there’s a place for you here. You can join the conversation through the comments this week or at The Grove. Share your furlough experiences on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesFurlough.

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