Have You Seen? {May 19th, 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.

Are you preparing for re-entry or recently returned to your passport country? Our re-entry toolkit is designed just for you! It features a class (live on May 22nd or view the recording) taught by Danielle Wheeler and Sarah Hilkemann, access to a private Facebook community, and our Returning Home email series. Check it out today!

Last Week’s Theme: Personality

On the Road to Self-Discovery by Maria Mullet—”Being imaginative is important to an ENFP, and following trends feels way too boxed-in for my style. Sometimes this is a great strength, and other times this plays out in ugly ways in my life. I needed an outsider to paint me an image so I could see that clearly, so I can recognize the reactions.”

An Author Interview with Kate Motaung {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”You have already heard from Kate Mataung, who shared last month on the theme of guilt. I’m excited for you all to get to know her more and find out some of the back story for her book A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging.”

When We Embrace Our Differences by Sarah Bliss—”Being autistic was the gift of an open door. God was welcoming me to embrace my differences, without shame, telling me that he had made me this way, on purpose, for his glory. My God is not a God who makes mistakes.”

Not Disqualified by Sarah Hilkemann—”So often I longed to be someone else. To have been created with a different personality. I found myself praying regularly, “Lord, I feel like you called me, but couldn’t You have made me more outgoing and less fearful? Where is my place?”

Nature vs. Nurture – Renewing the Mind {The Grove: Personality} by Joy Smalley—” The root of the word personality comes from the Greek word for persona, meaning “mask.” It is what we wear on the outer shell of our personal selves. It’s what people see. I like to think about it as the culture of a person’s core; it is what is seen, but it is not the sum of who we are.”

From Around the Web

15 Things I Want to Tell Graduating Third Culture Kids

I’ll Be Your Friend If You Let Me

A Spirituality of Abiding

When your child is anxious: a booklist and resources

Michelle DeRusha’s book True You is only $1.99 on Kindle!

Finally, On the Other Side of this Dusty Wardrobe

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by Paola Aguilar on Unsplash

Our relationship status does not define our worth. But married or single, a momma of littles or an empty-nester, these roles mark and shape who we are in significant ways.

Over the next three weeks here at Velvet Ashes, we are going to be carving out space to talk about these important topics: singleness, marriage and parenting. Even if one week doesn’t feel like it applies to you, I hope that you will come alongside of each other as a community to understand and support.

This week, our focus will rest on singleness: the joys and challenges, the freedom and sorrow that can be all rolled in to one. Single sisters, we hope you will find camaraderie in the posts this week, and space to share in the comments and on social media. We want to hear your hearts and your stories, no matter what age or stage of singleness you might be in.

Make sure you use the hashtag #VelvetAshesSingleness over on Instagram! What do you love about serving single? What has been super hard lately? We would love to see your images this week!

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