Have You Seen? {March 17, 2019}

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: Loneliness

One by One by Maria Mullet—”No matter life circumstances, loneliness can be a part of the story. We hear a lot about the loneliness epidemic lately.  Social Media often takes the brunt of the blame, and rightly so. But this is not a difficulty new to our times; since the moment Eve believed the lie and trusted someone else’s word over God’s, the characters in our world’s story have battled loneliness. None of us likes to stare that beast in the eye, but at some point, all of us do.”

Creating a Space for Stillness {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I’m naturally introverted and don’t mind time alone, but I try to fill that space with something: reading a book and pondering it, listening to music, watching a show, working on my endless to-do list. Even when I might be sitting quietly, my mind is going a million miles an hour, going back over a conversation the day before or worrying over a possible problem that may or may not come to pass.”

Loneliness My Old Friend by Joy Smalley—”For many years my best friends wouldn’t acknowledge me in public. We would play together in our yards, or translate books in our homes, but when we left the confines of our street, I’d walk a distance behind them. I knew that they were teased by classmates for knowing me, for being my neighbor and I was happy to alleviate their discomfort. Yet, that sense of loneliness didn’t ease inside my soul, but continued to relay messages to my child self.”

Loneliness’ Friends and the Gift that Makes Them Leave by Lilly—”When loneliness’ friends come and have a chat, I have a shocking gift of grace that surprises them and makes them leave: the life of Jesus in me through His Spirit. Christ lived his earthly life lonely yet without sin. When He was homesick, misunderstood, forsaken by his closest friends, He stayed away from sin by turning to His Father (Luke 22:42-44). His Father was enough.”

The Hidden Side of Loneliness {The Grove: Loneliness}—”Tucked in faraway corners around the world, we all have each other. We have this community of women living through similar moments and situations. Women who have a simple understanding of this deep, ever-present, sometimes consuming loneliness that accompanies our days overseas.”

From Around the Web

Does Any of It Belong to Us?

Fasting Makes Space for God

Rousing Yourself From Expat Lethargy

Spiritual Warfare Lullaby 

The Benedictine Sisters are Shuffling Toward Prayer

Finally, This Isn’t Where Your Story Ends

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash

We love watching transformation around us, don’t we?

Those fixer-upper TV shows and before-and-after pictures remind us that beauty can come from brokenness, that a few simple changes can open up a world of possibilities.

Our cross-cultural life marks us in obvious and sometimes hidden ways. We can look back at who we were before and wonder, “Who am I now? How am I different?” These questions can lead to confusion or rejoicing over the transformation that has come about.

Have you wrestled with the ways cross-cultural life has changed you?

How are you longing to change?

Is there an area of your life for which you are asking God for transformation?

We hope you’ll join in the conversation this week through the comments, and share your thoughts on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesTransformation!

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