Have You Seen? {March 12, 2017}

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.

Your Opinion Needed

If you have been or are working on a team with married and single people and haven’t filled out the survey yet, please do so and encourage your teammates to send in theirs as well! Completed surveys can be submitted through March 31, 2017.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • Help organizations, leaders and teams get a realistic picture of what some of the issues are that mixed marital status teams face.
  • Discover how organizations can improve orientation and training for these teams.
  • Gain, as well as examine, ideas that might prove helpful to teams to understand and work well with each other, and
  • Learn how team relationships can flourish and team ministries can grow in fruitfulness.

Remember, it will take about 30 minutes and needs to be completed in one sitting. Results are anonymous and will be compiled to help us identify challenges facing married and single persons working together on teams across cultures and to discover factors that would enhance healthy team relationships. Click here for the link.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. ([email protected])

Thank you, Sue Eenigenburg

Last Week’s Theme: Invitation

A Command Invitation by Julie Breuninger— “Interesting to have a command and a request in the same sentence.  A command invitation.  It seems to be a contradiction in terms. A command focuses the attention on the giver of the order while an invitation shifts the focus to the recipient.”

Back in Tune by Kimberlee Conway Ireton— “We rush and run and work and strive and grasp. And all the while, we are growing more and more deaf to the harmony that sustains and undergirds our lives, the Heart that beats the pulse of outpouring, generous love though all that is. The flow of love is restricted, constricted, even stopped in us…because we will not stop to listen and be loved.”

The Two Dreams that Taught me the Invitational Heart of God by Renee Aupperlee— “What I love about the Asian culture where I lived, however, is that invitations are frequent and generous, and often filled with unexpected surprises. Somewhere along the way, we had to learn to laugh at the unexpected, rather than flip out that the invitation had turned out so drastically different than our expectations.”

Stay for a Coffee by Kelly Delp— “One of the first things I learned about French culture is that it is sloooow. If a culture has a love language, the love language of the French is unmistakably “quality time.” Which works out well for me, because I am 100% a quality time kind of girl. What living in this culture exposed in me, however, is that as much as I love quality time, most times, I would really rather avoid it.”

Your Invitation to the Retreat (Registration Now Open) by Danielle Wheeler— “Our prayer is that this is not our invitation to you, but God’s. More than anything else, the Velvet Ashes Retreat is about you encountering the presence of God and hearing his gentle whisper, his unique message for you. Every aspect of this Retreat is created with that intention.”

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From Around the Web

Ask a Counselor: Three Dysfunctional M Marriage Patterns 

Living Well Abroad: 4 Areas to Consider

Please Ask Me the Non-Spiritual Questions

Passages Through Pakistan

Safety Not Guaranteed


Still Pretty Foreign

Finally, God Doesn’t Guarantee Success

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

What does it mean to participate? In the book club we will be looking at Chapter 1 in Invitations From God by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun: the invitation to participate in your own healing. Jesus asks a man, “Do you want to get well?”

The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it?

What does it mean to participate? Taken to one extreme, we say yes to too much and give more than we are asked by God to give. Taken to the other extreme, we may be like the man by the pool who seemed to have given up hope.

Can I really ever learn this language?

Will my aging parents be okay if I leave?

What about all of the children I did not help today?

Grief is too exhausting.

This week we will spend time exploring the idea of “participate.” Join the discussion around connection this week in the comments, on Instagram  using #VelvetAshesParticipate, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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