Have You Seen? {March 20, 2016}

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.

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Last Week’s Theme: Art

The Art of the Long Way Round Jessica Hoover—”There is a heavy dose of disillusionment that I live with these days. I love motherhood. I love where I live. I love my husband. It’s the space in between all of those things that I don’t love. The space in between is all the other stuff. The dreams I still have. The hopes I still hold. The things I lie awake at night wondering about.”

It’s Not Your Fault {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Once trust is damaged, a common response is to look like we are participating in life, without truly engaging at the deepest level.”

My Own Story and the Twists and Turns It Took by Michele Womble—”When the kids were four, I noticed poetry and songs were gradually creeping in to my journals. Then they seemed to burst forth like a brook once clogged but now cleared of debris and running free with new purpose—making new courses for itself. God had not forgotten that dream either.”

Art as Spiritual Discipline by Velvet Ashes Team—Try Visio Divina (a Spiritual Discipline) using this piece of art.

How Did You Make That? {The Grove: Art and a giveaway} Amy Young and Lorien A.—Part of the Velvet Ashes Retreat is going to include coloring book pages from Meditations: Beautiful Bible Verses for Coloring by Lorien A. Guess what?! Because it’s Art week we thought it would be fun to talk to an artist from the retreat and give one of her coloring books away. (Winner has been notified.)

From Around the Web

It was a quieter week on the web, which is okay, isn’t it?

Letting Go of the Cross-Cultural Worker Guilt Complex.

The Language Learning Mother.

An Introvert’s Guide to Having People Over.

Finally, as we head into next week we offer A Prayer for Kindness.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


He washed their feet. He wept the anguished tears. He drank the cup. He took the blows. Suspended on the cross, He died in our stead. He shed the grave clothes and stood up to take His place of glory.

Do you ever wonder how Jesus remembers the Passion Week? What are His thoughts as He looks back? Has He thought the same thoughts all 2,000 anniversaries of His death and resurrection?

The Hosannas, the Last Supper, the last conversations with friends, the kiss of betrayal, the unjust arrest, the false accusations, the crowing rooster, the barbed crown, the mocking, the stripping, the horror of crucifixion, the last breath.

How does He remember these?

I like to think Hebrews 12:2 gives us a hint. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Champion on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.

This week our theme is Remember. May you be reminded daily of His love and commitment to you, demonstrated so clearly and conclusively during the Passion Week long ago. We will see you on Thursday (6 pm EST) at The Grove as we gather around the theme Remember. 

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