Have You Seen? {March 5, 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.

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for a special announcement about the Velvet Ashes Retreat!

Last Week’s Theme: Food

The Power of Chocolate Chip Cookies by Laura Bowling—”Baking overseas, as we know, can require a bit of creativity. Chocolate chips are a precious commodity often imported via the suitcases of friends and family, so I became an expert at chopping up chocolate bars to use in cookies. Shortening wasn’t easy to find either, so I began to exchange butter for shortening. These simple adjustments were frustrating at first, and at least once I thought, “Why can’t other countries have chocolate chips or chocolate chips for a reasonable price?” Yet the inconvenience of chopping up a chocolate bar or two was nothing in comparison to the end results of deeper friendships and a sense of belonging.”

Children of the Morning {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Also, what we really believe about everything always becomes clear in the end. We can talk about God’s love all day long, but without a Spirit revelation of His love at a deep, personal level, nothing in our lives will give evidence to the love of God. I could wax eloquent about God’s goodness and provision, but I still have a major hang-up about my kids getting sick.”

Taste Re-Born by Danielle Krouch—”I have found that food is like language. You can speak the basics and get by okay, but when you start to learn and try more, you discover how much you have been missing out on. To sit at someone’s table and be served a food in their own heart language deepens your experience and understanding of them and their culture.”

Welcome to the Table: The Serviette by Jodie Pine—”Eating is something so basic, so necessary and so everyday. It’s something that people from every culture can relate to and need to do. But at the same time it’s somewhat intimate. When you invite someone of another culture to share a meal with you, especially if it is in your home, you are opening yourself up to be known by them as you really are. You’re expressing that even though you’re different, you still can find things in common and be friends.”

When the Apple Cart is Overturned {The Grove: Food} by Amy Young—”I have learned how much food is woven into culture. Be it holiday baking or a favorite meal for a birthday to casually hanging out with friends, food is often the center. It is exhausting to have a part of life that is usually a bit player take center stage.It turns out that food, even in Western individualistic countries, is far more communal than I thought. My diet restrictions have impacted my family. It has impacted get-togethers and what I can and cannot eat. It makes all who come near me think through menus and restaurants and rituals. I wish I did not have to take so many on this path with me.”

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From Around the Web

Helping Kids Pray

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Today Is a Chance to Return to Your First Love

Burying the Alleluias

CULTURE SHOCK! (yes, it still happens at 6 months)

Starting Over in Running

Living Overseas and Fear: Learning to Banish Love’s Twin

Tree Horror

Hold My Hand

Finally… 9 Books to Read During Lent

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

You are cordially invited . . . we like those kind of invitations, don’t we? Usually it is to a celebration we very much do want to be invited to (unless it is some government function, and then all bets are off as to how “fun” it will be).

But God’s invitations, while often cordial, are not always fun. His invitations are less taken with our happiness and more taken with our character. He seems less interested with getting somewhere RIGHT NOW than in the journey.

This week we are going to look at the range of invitations that come with this cross-cultural life. What invitations have you bungled? Which invitations have you extended that reach deep into eternity? When have you extended an invitation and been rebuffed? What invitation do you sense God is extending these days?

And now an invitation we have for you! The Velvet Ashes Retreat has become an annual oasis in the midst of our full ministry lives. It is a chance to meet with the Lover Of Your Soul. It is a chance to heart from Him and allow Him to spend time with you, ministering to you where you are with what you need. At The Grove you will be able to register for the Velvet Ashes Retreat! The Father is eager to invite you to meet with Him.

Join the discussion around connection this week in the comments, on Instagram  using #VelvetAshesInvitation, and then at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. Bring your blog posts to link up.

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