Have You Seen? {March 26, 2017}

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 Call for Retreat-seeking Early Birds!

This week is your last chance to the the early bird special rate for this year’s retreat Receive: An Invitation to God’s Presence. Don’t miss the opportunity to register for a discounted rate. Saturday April 1 the registration will increase from $10 to $15. We are praying for you and looking forward to how God will meet each of you as you get away with Him!

Last Week’s Theme: Follow

The Freedom in Following by Lauren Pinkston—”I’m confident we could all jump into the comments below and share stories of how we’ve been misunderstood, misguided, or mistreated by local sending bodies. I’m sure we could air our grievances and make strong cases for the ways our senders “just don’t get it” or “can’t relate to us.” Can I just say that I’ve been there? I’ve had hurtful things said about me. I’ve had unrealistic expectations placed on my work.”

Purity Comes Out of Testing {Book Club} by Amy Young—”‘I suspect Jesus’ emphasis on service is what gave rise to the term servant leadership. Still, it is an irony that servant modifies leader rather than the other way around. Do we avoid the term lead servant because none of us really aspires to servanthood?’ Now that, my friends, is one to chew on. What do you think?”

Stone Piles by Brooke Roush—”Four years ago, we moved our family to SE Asia. With kids aged nine, six and three, we boarded a snow covered plane in Raleigh, North Carolina and landed twenty-four hours later in the equatorial heat of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While our luggage took a detour to Geneva, our courage arrived intact and our overseas adventure began.”

How Will Our Children Adapt? by Jodie Pine—”Our questions breeze right in through the open windows of our minds: fearful reactions can grip us with chilled anxiety, while sun-kissed, hope-filled responses enable us to envision a bright future. When we decide to enter into another culture, we truly don’t know how that choice will affect each of our uniquely-designed children. How will they choose to follow our host culture? Will they learn how to fit in and adapt without losing their sense of identity?”

7 Insights on Following from the Master Fisher {The Grove: Follow} by Amy Young—”Come, follow me. He extends the invitation. But what does it mean to follow? If you are like me, this verse and subsequent verses are so familiar I can inadvertently switch into autopilot. Today, let’s slow down and sit at the feet of our Teacher as he says to you and me, ‘Come, follow me.'”

From Around the Web

How to Know Who You Really Are

Coming Home

Leaving Happy or Leaving Well?

Theme #5: Lack of Permission for Personal Development and Care | Tending Scattered Wool

Church Staff Salary—How Much Is Enough?

How Living Abroad is Like Marriage

Finally, 8 Things Whole-Hearted Creative Women Do Differently

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Working, waiting, waning, withering, weak, worn.


Busy, bored, bruised, bothered, beat, burnt out, bone tired.


Whatever condition you find yourself in, God’s invitation is “Come and I will give you rest. Learn from me the unforced rhythms of grace.”

 Renew, rekindle, recharge, rejuvenate, refresh, recover.


Explore with us what it means to “rest”. Join the discussion this week in the comments, on Instagram using #VelvetAshesRest, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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