Have You Seen? {March 15, 2015}

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: Burnout

Burnout: A Retrospect by Robynn Bliss — “Somewhere in all of that cross-culturaling I think it was actually our theology that killed us. We had role confusion. We took on jobs that are God’s.”

Does the Word “Burnout” Erode Mental Health? {Book Club} by Amy Young — “Hudson Taylor entered a very different China than I did. What to learn from and emulate and what to read as historically interesting and informative?”

How Burnout Saved My Life by Aliyah Jacobs –“God wants me and you, not perfect, just ourselves. He longs for us to go over and sit with Him on a water tower far above the maddening crowd and enjoy the sunset of life with Him. He wants to loop His arm around you and that’s enough. God didn’t want me to pain but He took my pain and healed pain through it.”

How My Exercise Dread Died by Malia Heil — “When I do not prioritize my physical health, my body can hinder me from doing God’s work. ​Without sleep, I run on adrenaline and grumpy spurts of droopy­eyed fluster. Without exercise, I ache and drag through even the measliest of tasks.”

A Word to Our Weary Bones {The Grove: Burnout) by Danielle Wheeler — “I’m catching a vision. A vision for my life and yours. A dream of change for the current generations of women with feet in the fields, and a dream for those to come after us. So can I get a bit prophetic right now? Can I tell you what I see?”

From Around the Web

Though one of the hardest parts of life overseas, this article is one to bookmark for the time you are Grieving the Loss of Loved Ones from Far Away.

If you are an extrovert, live with one, or team with one, check out: Thriving as an Extrovert in an Isolated Place

Melissa Toews brought back memories with Cooking from Scratch: What I Wish I’d Known.

For those of you who are from or live in places that celebrate Mother’s Day here are two resources: 10 Ideas for Pastors on Mother’s Day and An open letter to pastors {a non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day.

Though this one helps Little Lives In Big Transitions: 14 Ways to Help Children Cope Better With Change, actually it helps Big Lives too.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

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We’ve just stepped foot into our spring series.  We’re on a journey to examine our expectations and to evaluate where we are in relationship to burnout.  Because we’re trying to figure out how to actually survive the Great Commission.

We believe in this Great Commission and the God who gave it to us.  But some days we don’t really know what our place is in it.

Some of us have flung ourselves out there into so many roles and responsibilities, we can’t keep it straight, much less find contentment and peace for our spinning head.

And some of us feel sidelined, itching for a chance, longing for someone to notice our gifts, to invite us to the table.

So what do we do?  Where do we fit into the Great Commission?  How do we find and balance our role as a woman?  As a mother?  As a single?  As a senior?

That’s what this week is about.

Join in the conversation this week, and bring your story to The Grove beginning Thurs 6pm EST.  And dive into book club on Tuesday as we discuss the book written for us: Expectations and Burnout: Women Surviving the Great Commission.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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