Have You Seen {May 1, 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.

Here is another retreat option for you:

We want to introduce you to Azmera On their webpage they say: “Our mission is to impact kingdom minded women around the world, from various cultures, through restful, restorative, and nurturing retreats; to provide ongoing care, connection, and resources while allowing workers’ stories to be heard, held and honored; and to be a host of dynamic women involved in fair trade.”

Look for a retreat in person near you—the schedule is here. The first will be in Israel! Sign up soon to secure your spot. Their fair trade information is here. Know of any fair traders to add to their resource page?

Last Week’s Theme: Edge

A Mid-Winter’s Lament by M’Lynn Taylor—” It happens every winter here. Sometimes not as bad, but every time, the struggle to stay balanced on the edge catches up with me. I’m not talking about walking up to the edge of a cliff and looking over, I’m envisioning the precipice of Mt. Everest…the edge climbers tight-rope walk to the top where they take one misstep and disappear off the mountain for good…it’s a clear drop to destiny on either side.”

I Don’t Think I Fear . . . Until {Book Club} by Amy Young—”We finished What Women Fear by Angie Smith as we explore three final fears: Fear of God’s Plan for My Life, Fear that God Isn’t Real, and Fear of God.”

All the Scary Things by Anisha Hopkinson—”No doubt, many of you also serve in areas where safety is a continual concern. You’ve gained street smarts, learned to live with higher levels of stress, and, in a strange twist, found that all the scary things begin to feel normal – It’s just the way life is lived here.”

When I Would Rather Hit You Than Love You by Joy Smalley—”I really loved the people of my host country before we came. I mean, I prayed for them, I sacrificed for them, I fought for them and advocated for them, I spoke in front of groups for them! It was a God given love fueled by excitement at what the future could be. And then we moved here.”

What’s Your Tell? {The Grove: Edge} by Amy Young—”We have talked about faith crises and burnout. We take these edges seriously and want you and teammates to be seen, supported, and known in times of major edges that you may go over. You can go over the edge and be brought back. God can do it! But not all edges are catastrophic.”

From Around the Web

A fun quiz: What Kind of Homeschooler Are You?

Don’t miss this conversation between Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms.

Not just for the kids in your life: How to Make a Hula Hoop.

Stop calling it “Short Term M Work.” Here’s what you should call it instead.

The Great Battle of 2016 for Dar es Salaam (and the Soul of Amy Medina).


Finally, When Life is Less Radical Than You Imagined.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Let’s be honest here.  What does “fearless” really mean?  Is this what we’re called to?  If so, then how?  How can this be a reality for us?  For me and for you?

You’ve had some time now to sit and wrestle with the fear you identified during the Velvet Ashes Retreat.  How is that going for you?  Are you finding freedom and communion with Christ?

Our desire to be fearless wages a daily battle with our fears, doesn’t it?

What if the answer to fear is Fear?  What does it mean for us to “Fear the Lord”?

God made it pretty clear in his Word that he wants us to “fear not”.  So let’s continue our journey together this week as we seek to live in freedom from fear.  We’ve got some incredible posts in store.  Then join us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.  Bring your blog posts and Instagram posts to link up.  We want to hear your story.


  1. Tammy May 3, 2016

    Thanks so much for featuring Leslie Verner’s piece “When Life is Less Radical Than You Imagined” on The Mudroom! We appreciate it so much!

    1. Amy Young May 4, 2016

      Glad too! It was a great post . . . thank you for having such impactful content :)!

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