Have You Seen? {June 6th, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: Doing Community

A Tight-Nit Community by Megan Ingvoldstad—”I even joined in on occasions. I would sit on a hard wooden bench as the woman above me searched through my hair. I was pretty confident they wouldn’t find anything, but it didn’t matter. It wasn’t really about the lice (or hopefully lack thereof!). I was there for the fellowship, the laughter, the relationship.”

All Children, Except One, Grow Up {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—” I determined that I would read them anyway, and I discovered for the first time the difference between the Disney version of a fairy tale and the original. It was also the first time I preferred the written story over the movie. And when I started to critique film adaptations of books.”

A Letter to Fresh Off the Plane Me by Emily Miller—”Host country friendships will change. There will be So. Many. Goodbyes. And so many hellos. The rhythms of coming and going in the expat world will exhaust you, but don’t let it harden you. Keep your heart open to new relationships – God ordains the crossing of paths.”

The Scarlet Letter that Led to Community: Infertility as an Expat by Gwen Elm—”At that moment a silence passed between us, and neither of us had to explain anything. Though we were from different corners of the world, and there was so much about each other’s lives that we would never understand, we both understood this grief, this longing, this desire, and this shame.”

From Around the Web

Debriefing at Your Fingertips

A Childhood Erased

On Singleness: You Are Not Forgotten

Finally, When You Want a Different Timeline and the Story is Hard

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

Sometimes obedience looks like packing bags and buying airplane tickets, in one direction or the other. And sometimes obedience means staying.

When you are the one who stays, it can feel lonely and confusing. It can be exciting to persevere and see fruit or dark and hard.

Have you wrestled with this question: “Should I stay?”

We are sharing stories this week of wondering and longing. These women’s words are gracious and encouraging. We hope you will join us on the blog and on social media this week as we talk about staying.

#VelvetAshesShouldIStay

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