Have You Seen? {May 17, 2015}

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.

We had a few technical glitches

So if you subscribe to Velvet Ashes posts and receive them as emails, you might have missed a few earlier this week. You can catch up on your reading by clicking the links below. It’s fixed, so you shouldn’t miss any more!

Last Week’s Theme: Transition

The Sound and Smell of Packing Tape by Joyce Stauffer — “But I don’t want the cry to be from a heart of discontent and complaint like the Israelites. I want a heart that cries to God and clings to Him as I wait and listen for His voice to lead me, knowing He is with me.”

Three Profound, World-Changing Truths {Book Club} by Amy Young — “In the final chapter, Robynn share three profound, world-changing truths she came to understand as she worked through her experiences and expectations. 1. God really does love me. He notices me. He sees me. 2. My pain …”

Wherever He Leads I Will Go, Maybe by Kimberlynn Boyce — “In a weird sort of way, saying ‘Send me, I’ll go,’ was a lot easier to do when we transitioned from life in America to life abroad. Since landing in our host country, I’m a lot less willing to raise my hand and volunteer for change. My cry has become, ‘Send me Your plans and I’ll consider going.’ It’s a request rooted in selfishness, doubt, fear, and disobedience.”

Transition Can Be Like a Jigsaw Puzzle by MaDonna Maurer  — “As the date of departure speeds up at an alarming rate the picture seems to come together, yet there are still some puzzle pieces missing, and they seem like pretty BIG pieces to me.

10 Things to Tell Yourself During Transition {The Grove – Transition} by Danielle Wheeler — “Here’s what I’m telling myself through the transition phase. These are my “labor mantras” that I am repeating to myself, that I need others to repeat to me. Perhaps you need them for yourself for whatever transition you are facing, whether that’s moving overseas, moving back, or experiencing other transitions.”

From Around the Web

This is one to share with family: Coming Home: 10 Helps for Parents of Expats.

I will miss about South Africa… what’s on your list?

In light of recent themes, Uncertainty About Your Future Might Actually Be Okay. “Our culture celebrates certainty and laments ambiguity.”

A timely reminder that Leaving in a Hurry Doesn’t Mean Grieving in a Hurry.

Two important reads from adult TCK’s God Can Heal Our Broken Potatoes and Longing for a Better Country.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Leaving. Just today my sister left. I hate it. All these leavings. All the not staying in one place emotionally long enough to feel settled. All this being left.

I hate it.

Part of what I hate is the guilt and shame that get birthed into leaving for the field or from the field or on the field. The preposition doesn’t seem to matter.

As we enter a week where we are going to talk about leaving, you might have leaving fatigue and think this is a week to bow out for a while. I’d invite you to stay engaged (yes, I hear the irony. I didn’t intend it, but these are the tensions we live with aren’t they?!).

Just this morning I read in Proverbs 3:

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
    Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
    Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people,
    and you will earn a good reputation.

Loyalty and kindness. Yes. That. Thank you God that as we talk about a subject that can get to the very deepest parts of our being — leaving and being left — you anchor us to you. God may we be a community of loyal and kind people. May this week and our discussions be a public act of tying them around our necks and remembering loyalty and kindness.

But leaving’s not all hard, is it? Some people and situations we are, truth be told, glad to have in the rear view mirror.  We want to hear your story.  Bring your link ups and your comments to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.

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