Have You Seen? {May 14, 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 Week’s Theme: Change

Hooked on Change by Joy Smalley—”And I’m a lot like my daughter. I’m a big fan of change. I enjoy it.  I like looking forward to trips and moves and reorganizing my house. I like new languages, new friendships, new experiences. When I don’t see change looming in the future I can feel restless and discontent in my soul. As much as this may seem like a good characteristic for an overseas worker, I am finding it to be a liability. Change has become my crutch. Instead of being a catalyst for growth, change has become my hiding place. It is how I self-deceive and run from the reality of relational dysfunction, emotional pain or spiritual dryness.”

Jealousy, Tradition, and Loneliness {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I’m thinking of Adam and Eve’s grandchildren. What was it like to grow up outside of Eden, yet so close to it? They had no personal experience of Eden and I would imagine that as the years went by, the reality of it began to fade. How is this book reminding me of the reality that was not intended to be my reality? The Shadowland I live in?”

On the Floor of the Closet with Jesus by Karen Huber—”I’m one year away from crying on the floor of my closet. Ok, maybe not a closet exactly. A wardrobe, built-in, with barely enough room for my winter coats let alone my sorry bum and a box of tissues. So maybe not the wardrobe, but definitely somewhere. Because this, I know, is how I cope with change.”

Change and the Last Page by E. Marilyn White—”And there He finds me. In my shame, trying desperately to pull those garden leaves over my nakedness. I can’t outrun my past. I can’t outrun my flaws, my addictions, my pain. But I also can’t outrun something more important: His vast, unfailing, ever patient love. I simply can’t outrun my God. He keeps finding me, even when I’m building my little carved idols of disorders and masks and control. He keeps walking in the cool of the evening, calling my name, calling me Beloved, until I hear him. And I say — quietly at first, because who wants to admit they need help? Not me! — Here I am.”

Tips for Transition Sanity {The Grove: Change} by Patty Stallings—”Wonderfully, transitions provide opportunities to recreate rhythms that are more sustainable and life-giving. But woefully, often there is not enough energy available to really think through options, so we fall into the trap of taking the path of least resistance. Which then becomes your habit and the next thing you know you are switching on nonexistent lights.”

From Around the Web

The Most Dangerous Thing About Being a Cross-Cultural Worker in a Hostile Country

Third Culture Kids in love: MaDonna’s story

3 Kinds of Selfies You Should Never Take

Home Remedies For Beginners

On Home and Keeping Place

I gave God my life but not my toothbrush!

6 Ways to Help Your TCKs Manage Their “Need for Change”

Asking the Right Questions

Finally, When it Feels Like a Long Road Back

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

We are in week two of our annual three week series on Change, Return, and Remain.

Return can be true to its name, can’t it? Re + Turn. Turning again and again.

If you were like me, when you were a little girl you loved to spin around. I can remember having spinning contests with my sisters before bed where we spun and spun until, giggling, we collapsed on the floor.

With aging, however, my inner ear can take only one or two turns before I feel nauseous.

Maybe you are invigorated with the thought of returning and like the little girls in the living room, can turn and turn. But maybe you are more like the person who is no longer enamored with turning and instead feel disoriented and sick.

Regardless, we are here for each other.

Interestingly, when we solicited posts on this prompt, we received multiple pieces that were letters written to themselves. So, this week, consider writing yourself a letter. How would you console yourself? What words of comfort and hope would you offer yourself? What would you remind yourself during this season?

Let’s share our letters at The Grove. I can’t wait to read the words of wisdom you have for yourself and us!

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

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