Have You Seen? {June 30, 2019}

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: Re-entry

Three Truths for Skydiving by M’Lynn Taylor—”Re-entry was like jumping out of a burning airplane holding (not wearing) a parachute. Don’t get me wrong…we did everything in our power to “leave well.” I promise I’m not the person Amy Young writes about in her book Looming Transitions who left sprouting potatoes behind in her bed. (true story…you should read it…Amy’s book is amazing!)”

My Very Own Dust Pile {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Maybe that’s what I love most of all about this book. Valancy finds that balance between pursuing life, pursuing dreams, but also finding contentment in the little things. She finds delight in relationships with people who truly care about her. She doesn’t completely scorn all worldly goods but enjoys a pretty gown and impractical shoes. She gives space for her family to come around and decide what they will rather than completely giving them up. She chooses to live.”

Secure in the Fog of Re-entry by Beth Tillotson—”Too much. That’s how I would describe our messy, emotional, draining, clumsy, ongoing efforts at resettling. When we finally landed back in our home state of Nebraska, I expected the relief to be immediate and refreshing. And it was – it felt absolutely sublime to be home. Sublime in a weird way, but still – fabulous! What I didn’t expect was how everything felt so blurry, like walking through a thick fog, or how difficult it would be to shop at Wal-mart and pick out shampoo. I didn’t expect our oldest, Caleb, to keep asking, ‘Can we go back to Cambodia? Yeah, let’s go back today!’ I didn’t expect all my favorite familiar places and spaces to feel awkward and not quite like home. (What is home anyway?) I didn’t expect the tiniest thing, whether hard or exciting, to feel monumental and overwhelm me with a confusing mixture of panicky and too tired and numb and smothered. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d ever be admitting out loud to my husband, ‘I don’t think I want to go back.’ “

Surviving College Re-entry by Joy Smalley—”When we come back for college we are still young souls. As much as we’d like to believe we know how the world works, we are still naïve. While we have a more expansive and different worldview filled with painful experiences and unique adventures that give us a perspective, it is still an immaturely formed perspective on the world and of God and our place in society among friends. After all, how mature can an eighteen year old be? But when we come home for college we are thrust into the pool, sink or swim, and we will find a way to swim. It may look awkward at first, but we will catch on. We will observe and learn the appropriate strokes, becoming one with the many.”

Let the Grief Waves Come {The Grove: Re-entry} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I stood there in the grocery store produce section, crying over mangoes. They were the wrong color. I had been back in my passport country of the United States for a few weeks, but home assignment was morphing into a permanent relocation. The door was shutting on my time in Cambodia, and the reality of all I was giving up was captured in red mangoes, rather than the bright yellow ones I had grown to love.”

From Around the Web

What Kind of Legacy Will We Leave Behind?

For All the Things That Never Should Have Happened

Me, Myself, and I: Staying Grounded While Single and Living Abroad

9 Ways MKs Can Navigate Their Grief

Finally, What Does It Look like to “Wear Love”?

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

sabbath
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Here in this Velvet Ashes community, we know how important it is to rest. We know the value of feeding our souls, and we love the concept of Sabbath. Several years ago we decided to do more than talk about it, and we started an annual rhythm of taking an entire week off.

That’s right, this whole next week (June 30th– July 7th) this space will be quiet. We won’t have blog posts or emails going out, there won’t be conversation happening on social media or in book club. We are joining you for a Sabbath week.

We pray this week will be rich for you, for all of us!

The rhythm continues through the months of July and August with one less blog post each week (Wednesday evening/Thursday). Use this extra space to nourish your souls!

What might your Sabbath week look like? Go for a walk. Read a good book (get started on the July book club pick, The Giver). Play with your family. Make a good meal. Read through the wisdom of others’ thoughts on the topic of Sabbath from our archives.

We’ll come back together after this week to talk about the theme of Vacation! The Grove Word prompt will be live over the weekend as we get back into the swing of things. Happy Sabbath week, friends!

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