Have You Seen? {March 18, 2018}

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: Change

When It Is Not Only Supporters Who Change + 1-Hour Dinner Rolls by Ashley Felder—”I’m used to places changing. And plans. Oh, the plans. ‘Plans can’t keep up with changes’ was on repeat during training before landing in our new home. What always gets me, though, is how much people change. Then, upon reflection, how much have changed.”

We, Like Sheep {Book Club} by Amy Young—”This line about did me in, thinking of you who are a bit lost in your own life now and long for God to intervene. ‘When a field becomes barren, sheep are unable to find safe, new ground on their own; they need the careful guidance of their shepherd.’ We do not have to find safe ground on our own, in fact, we can’t. God will help us.”

Staying Healthy Admidst Change by Lauren Pinkston—”The sheer unpredictability of a life overseas rewrites the story of our DNA in such a way that we come to expect the unexpected. We grow comfortable with the change. And I dare say we crave the surprises.”

Checking My Changing Perspectives by M’Lynn Taylor—”Like a healthy perspective, there are some things I do not want to change, and it can truly be a struggle to continue to hold on to the global awareness that I took for granted when I lived the expat life. I’m wondering where else my perspective has changed and hoping I can continue to stay connected to the great big world that lies outside of my own borders, so I can continually progress toward healthy perspectives.”

What NOT to Tell Yourself When Going Through Change {The Grove: Change} by Danielle Wheeler—”When you go through any kind of major change, not just moving your home, there is nearly always a death or loss of something involved. You lose a relationship or a dream or familiarity or competence or assurance. And it hurts.”

From Around the Web

4 Misconceptions about the Overseas Call

Emotionally Immature People in Risk

Life in 4 Suitcases, 22 Kilos Each

A Soul Minimalist’s Guide to Relationships

5 Tips for Leaving Well with Teenagers

Have You Read?

Honor the Grief, Honor the Goodbye

The Courage to Feel

Lesson From a Twisted Clump of Wires

Finally, Global Work: To the Glory of Me?

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

The funeral down the road has been going on for three straight days now, rhythmic music keeping me company and the monks’ chanting waking me each morning. It is loud, it is an inconvenience to my desire for peace and quiet, but more than that it is reminder that this life is all we have on earth. Death comes and loved ones mourn and remember- sometimes the long life well lived and sometimes a young life tragically cut short.

All around me I see spiritual death too.

Empty eyes, broken hearts, no hope. People yearning for eternity without knowing that is the hole they desperately want to fill in their hearts.

We are considering the grave this week, the days of darkness before light broke through. We are making space to mourn the losses we have experienced, the dreams that have been buried, joy crushed by both the tragic and the ordinary in the places where we live. We are also preparing the way to consider what God will resurrect out of the ashes, the life that He longs to bring out of death.

As we look ahead to Palm Sunday and Easter week, what is God speaking to you about death? Share your thoughts and pictures with us on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesDeath. Write a blog post and link it at The Grove, or join us in the comments.

There’s a place for you this week.

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.