Have You Seen? {March 22nd, 2020}

Webinar Series From GRC and Velvet Ashes

Do you ever feel like something just isn’t right? Are you dissatisfied with your ability to thrive in your current circumstances? In this webinar “The Antidote to Shame”, Licensed Professional and Mental Health Counselor Curtis McGown will discuss shame as the underlying root for many felt challenges and lead you to find practical ways to improve.

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Last Week’s Theme: Hobbies

Floundering to Find a Hobby on the Field by M’Lynn Taylor—”Knitting was a popular pastime with the girls, and they would keep their hands busy and warm during class by constantly working on their latest project. Since the outdoor temperature hovered around 50 degrees Fahrenheit and we did not have the luxury of indoor heat, I’m still not sure if the knitting was a hobby or a necessity. Perhaps it was both!”

Misreading the Signs {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”When I’ve read a situation incorrectly or have to apologize to a friend for being in the wrong, it can be easy to want to shift the blame off myself. Why is it so terribly hard to admit when we’ve made a mistake? I was rather amazed that Emma was so honest with Harriet about her fault in the situation.”

What If You Just Stink at Hobbies? by Sarah Hilkemann—”The work we do is so important. We want to keep doing it longer than next week, and that means letting go of a bit of our control. Yes, I think when we say we don’t have time for something as fun and frivolous as a hobby, it means we are gripping the reins of our lives a little too tightly.”

Hobby Hunting by Regina Chari—”When I moved to the field, my rhythm of life slowed down enormously: my evenings were slower than before, and I began to think of ways to fill my time. Everyone I spoke with agreed that a hobby is ideal, that we shouldn’t work all the time. Creating that space to rest, to enjoy and to decompress is key to longevity in cross-cultural life. I tried all the things many people are so good at.”

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And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

We plan our themes here at Velvet Ashes several months in advance, having no idea what will be happening in the world. Our planning team listens to the Lord for the direction He wants us to go, we look at different conversations already happening in our community and are always amazed at what comes out.

Perhaps in light of everything happening with the spread of COVID-19 affecting so many of us in one way or another, talking about the theme of Pleasures seems strange.

But maybe the Father knew we needed to pause in the midst of the fear and uncertainty to remember the gifts.

What are the bright spots poking through the darkness right now?

Are you finding creative ways to care well for your neighbors, your family, those who are most vulnerable, and yourself in these times?

Are there things making you smile even in the midst of the craziness?

Let’s hold tight to hope together, sisters, as we celebrate the sweet pleasures He gives us this week. You can join in virtually to the conversation by commenting on blog posts and sharing what brings you delight this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesPleasures.

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