Have You Seen? {June 5, 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: Carry on

When Staying is Hard + Roasted Chickpeas by Ashley Felder—”The woman who led these discussions had been on the field for fifteen years and I remember her speaking with such wisdom and grace about what we were to encounter in the coming months. It was hard for me to grasp her passion for this life overseas. As she explained the “honeymoon stage,” I thought to myself, pretty sure I skipped right over that. I’m a month in, and already disliking so many things about being here! How will I endure the two years we’ve committed to?”

The Path That Leads to Life {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Here is a bit more behind the scenes on the book—and thank you for caring about these details! Since I’d never written a book before, there were parts of the process I hadn’t thought of before, but would have enjoyed hearing from other people.”

7 Tips for Stayers and Goers by Elizabeth Trotter—”But as I began to contemplate this upcoming season of expatriate goodbyes, I couldn’t get the phrase out of my mind. So naturally I went to my mom and asked her to tell me everything she remembered about Hail and Farewells. Her answers blew me away with their spiritual applications.”

A Certain Man from Cyrene by M’Lynn Taylor—”I’ve recently struggled with the desire to do the good works God puts in my path. By saying “yes” to something other than my family, I’m throwing my whole routine out of whack. And, I’m a person who lives and dies by my routine. So it’s not pretty at all when it’s messed with. Even by God.”

For Those Who Carry On {The Grove: Carry On} by Amy Young—”After talking about change and re-entry, my soul was ready for less upheaval internally. One foot in front of the other. Step after ordinary step. Familiar paths, familiar teammates, familiar cities and markets. Familiar sounded good. Wasn’t carrying on supposed to be a lovely picture? Familiar? Calming? Idealized?! Wait, what?!”

From Around the Web

When Fear Almost Killed Me.

5 Life Lessons Learned from Cross-Cultural Life. 

Why Expats Hate June.

6 Ways of Coping with Sadness.

Why I Haven’t Unpacked My Toiletries Bag.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


Travel.  It’s what we do.  It makes for some of the greatest moments of our lives and also some of the most intensely stressful.  This week we’re sharing it all.  We’ve got crazy travel stories, the spiritual lessons of travel, plus great travel tips for singles and families.

We want to hear your stories!  We know you’ve got them.  Bring them to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. And please come with all your tips and advice!  You know you’ve got lessons learned the hard way, and don’t you want to spare someone else?!  We’re all in this traveling gig together, so let’s help each other out.

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