Have You Seen? {May 12th, 2019}

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 Week’s Theme: Social Media

The Noise of Social Media by Laura Bowling —”I knew that reducing the social media noise in my life would mean more than simply limiting the time I spent on it. I needed to remove Facebook from my life. Off and on over the years I deactivated my Facebook account to give myself some quiet. And once I permanently deactivated it, I found my stress level was lower, my sense of obligation to know everything about everyone went away, and I was able to focus on what was happening in my life in the present moment. Most days I feel as though I can barely build new friendships and keep up with the close friendships I already have. So removing one of the ways I stayed up to date with people relieved much of the ‘friendship pressure’ in my life.”

An Author Interview with Michelle DeRusha {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I became a writer at the same time I was stumbling my way back into relationship with God. The two – writing and faith – are entwined for me. Sometimes I say God brought me back to him through writing; writing was a way I wrestled through and processed some of the questions that were bubbling their way to the surface. And writing was also the way I began to understand the mystery of faith – the fact that not all questions have answers, at least in the here and now.”

Social Media, Lent and Literary Citizenship by Melanie Weldon-Soiset—”The first few weeks of Lent this year were lovely. Like last year, I made more time to reach out to individual friends, arranging coffees with local ladies and phone calls with those in other places. God reminded me to pay attention to where I focus my attention, especially regarding my prayer life. Yet God has also surprised me with heartwarming memories where social media previously enriched my life. Without Facebook, I wouldn’t have stayed in touch with several women I now consider close friends because of our common call to cross-cultural ministry. Some were my acquaintances in seminary several years ago. Mutual ‘likes’ of each other’s posts motivated private messages, which led to phone calls and even in-person prayer when we found ourselves in the same town. “

Social Media: is it a blessing or a curse? by Carly Isleib—”Simply put: social media was a part of my life that was not bearing fruit. It did not contribute to my walk with God, and even took time away from him. I was a mindless consumer. One post led to another and before I knew it, hours had passed and my eyes were strained. I would finish my browsing feeling like I had lost a small piece of myself. Feeling like I did not measure up to the standards I saw, I began creating new ones that looked nothing like Jesus. It became clear I needed to take Jesus at his word and ‘cut it off completely.’ ”

Tips for the Tightrope of Social Media {The Grove: Social Media} by Jenilee Goodwin—”I’m convinced that with a good grasp of our words, lots of prayer, a balanced approach and a determination for authenticity, social media can be a wonderful blessing to our life, work and family overseas. I believe that with all my heart. Something that can so easily be used for evil, we can reclaim and repurpose for great good. Yet, the scary, devastating frustrations of social media have come up so often recently that I thought we could tackle them together.”

From Around the Web

Serving Well – a Book, a Resource, a Shared Life

Big Girls Do Cry

Hard Goodbyes; Sweet Hellos

God is a Thumbdrive (and other childhood theology)

Read This Before Graduation

A Parent’s Language Lament

Finally, My Stones of Remembrance

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

personality prompt

We’re like a bag of Skittles candy, all of us women flung around the globe, displaying the most vibrant rainbow colors in our diversity. Some of us prefer a lingering cup of coffee with a friend, others come alive in a room full of people. Some of us plan first and others go with the flow of events as they happen. One of us is the peacemaker, another the entrepreneur, still another the justice fighter and another the scholar.

Our differences can push us apart as we bump up against each other’s humanness. Or, we can seek to understand and listen and hold tight to the beauty of the myriad of ways God chose to design us.

Our personalities influence not only our relationships but how our lives are lived out on the field. Do we compare and contrast, lamenting our wiring or that of someone else? How do we grow in living out of our own skin authentically as we seek to keep maturing into the likeness of Christ?

Our discussion this week centers around the theme of personality. What makes you uniquely you and how does that impact your life? How has that affected your time on the field? We can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Don’t forget that you can join us on Instagram for a personality party this week, using the hashtag #VelvetAshesPersonality.

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