Have You Seen? {June 7th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Going

A Note to Self on Cynicism by Lilly—”If you had asked me 3 years ago if I struggled with cynicism, I would have said no. Not at all. But that was then, and this is now. And the truth is, I’ve found myself having cynical thoughts very often over the past year and a half. I can’t share on the internet all the ins and outs of my struggle with cynicism because there are other people involved, and some of the circumstances surrounding this struggle are not my story to tell. But I can tell you cynicism comes with a narrative.”

Not a Waste of Time {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”I grew up with stories from books, too. I also had stories on records – you know those big black discs with grooves in them that are read with a needle? The Three Little Pigs was my favorite. I loved to play it and hear the story over and over again. Children may not realize why stories are important for development, but they know that stories are good. Fairy tales, folk tales, fiction, or true stories – children can’t get enough of them. And not just because of their entertainment value. A good story stirs something up in us: empathy, courage, confidence, compassion.”

My Cup Runneth Over by Stephanie Prater-Clarke—”It was there in the Garden of Eden, in the circling of the wilderness, and in the sufferings of Job. It was evident on the tongues of the Pharisees, in the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin, in the piercing shouts of the crowd, and at the foot of the cross of Christ. It followed the works of the disciples, the journeys of Paul, and 2Peter 3:3 tells us it will be with us in the last days.”

Not As It Should Be by Monica F—”When you know how it SHOULD be, but it isn’t…well, it’s hard to resist complaining or just flat out giving up on humans. It’s easy to think the worst of others; to wonder, ‘What’s the angle?’ It’s hard to trust. It can be harder to trust God. When we left the country for a Sabbatical, I was at the point where I was so exhausted from everything- the hopelessness, the blatant corruption, and trying to maintain a “positive attitude”- that I was truly cynical. To put it frankly, it was like the last nine years of my life there was one big joke. Like I’d been tricked by God. I was so blinded by my disappointment in God that I couldn’t see all the good, all the love, all the beauty that was STILL so evident in my life around me and others.”

From Around the Web

The Blessing of a Weathered Soul

Help Your TCKS Express Themselves With Art and Play

Irritated Scars.

On Instagram: There are Questions that Need to Be Asked and A Love Like That

Finally, When All Is Bad, Remember What Is Good

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

What baking items should I bring?

Will my kids make friends quickly?

What if I fail at language learning?

The questions might be swirling before any suitcase gets packed, before those last hugs goodbye, before the plane takes off from the airport.

This is the season of preparation. This is the season of going.

And what a sweet season it is! The excitement and passion the Father has stirred up in you is beautiful. The energy you are about to bring to the field is amazing. We couldn’t be more excited for you!

There is so much waiting for you: joys and sorrows, pain and frustration and loneliness. But, for now, we want to be like that big sister that comes alongside and puts her arm around your shoulders.

This week, our posts will be all about heading to the field. Ask your questions, share your doubts and what brings on the nervous jitters. If that season of preparation feels like ancient history, we hope you will use this week to be reminded of all that the Father taught you in that season, and pass those words of wisdom on to the rest of us.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say this week. Join in the blog comments, and on social media with the hashtag #VelvetAshesGoing.

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