Have You Seen? {March 6, 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.

Have you registered for the retreat?

Almost 170 people have registered for the retreat! We are so excited that several people also plan to host a group. If you’re interested in hosting, we have resources to support you . . . sign up to be a host.

You might wonder what does the suggested $10 donation goes to?

The cost of producing next years retreat! If there aren’t funds, we won’t be able to make next years and we want the retreat to be sustainable. If you’re in a position to donate $10 for someone on the field to be able to attend would you consider it?

We also believe it is honorable to invest in something others have worked hard on and by investing, you are yourselves are more invested. Your spiritual walk and overall well-being is worth a $10 investment, isn’t it? But it’s also worth you just showing up. No donation necessary!

Who can you tell about the retreat? If you haven’t registered, please do! It’s easy you can register here.

Last Week’s Theme: 

A Confession, A Celebration, and A Commission by Amy Young—See a preview of the plans for Connection Groups this spring! You can also see a complete listing of groups and times here (potentially one more Skype group will be added on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. EST).

Your YAWP for the World {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Fears disintegrate us. Fears keep us living parts of our lives in one space and parts in another. Instead, God wants to transform us back into our true, integrated selves.”

Announcing the 2016 Online Retreat! by Danielle Wheeler—Have you registered yet?! See what’s new, check out the promo video, get excited.

A Yoke of Freedom by Joy Smalley—”I’m sorry, but what exactly is light and burden-less about what Christ has asked us to do? Because, his burden has felt very weighty and very hard to me and as my faith and relationship with God grows it has been a frequent topic of conversation in my prayers. Um…excuse me God…this is not my definition of easy and this burden you have placed on top of me is wicked hard.”

It’s Time to Trade the Yoke {The Grove: Yoke} by Elizabeth Trotter—”There was a stronghold in my life, a particular set of sins I’d been unequally yoked to. So I stopped writing and started working hard with God instead. Except I wasn’t always working with Him; sometimes I was working against. I complained, I reasoned, I argued. I contended that I was right and He was wrong. I kicked against those goads, oh yes I did.”

From Around the Web

Happy Mother’s Day to some of you! It’s been a busy week at Velvet Ashes, here’s what’s happening in corners of the web.

When you just want to go home.

In light of our new book—If Fear Feels Inevitable, Try This Instead.

Adult TCKs and burnout.

Why M’s Need a Theology of Suffering.

Finally, Who has earned the right to be in your head?

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

FRIENDSHIP

A Chinese friend self-named for a World Cup player gaped at us. “How many friends do you have?”

“Well,” we hemmed back, “they’re not all friends.”

“But you call them up and have a meal together or stay in their homes when you travel?”

“Yes.”

“We Chinese call people like that friends.”

We Overseas Workers are a blessed group when it comes to networks of people we can tap for a companionable meal or a place to sleep.

In turn, we might gape at our local friends. “You’ve been friends for how long, a lifetime?”

We Overseas Workers are a bereaved people when we count the swivels on the revolving door of friendships.

This week we’re looking around and counting our friends, not to grade, catalogue or compete, but to notice how rich we are, and to give thanks to the One in whom all friendships start, grow, hold together, and heal.

We’re also noticing what it costs to make friends and let them go, or to watch relationships change.

And Connection Groups launch this week! We’ll hear a beautiful story about how friendships formed here can be a catalyst for personal change. Perhaps you’ll feel the nudge to participate this time, or maybe you can’t wait to sign up. Either way, from where I’m sitting, what I can tell you is that the mentors ready to facilitate these groups are Top. Notch. Their groups will be blessed to count them friends.

As always, we want to hear from you. How have you been changed by friendships on the field? What do you need from friends during this season? How does the revolving door of relationships impact what you invest in friendship? Bring your link-ups to The Grove beginning Thursday at 6:00pm EST.

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