Have You Seen? {May 20, 2018}

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: Leaving

Surrendering Opportunity by Kaila Johnson—”That night, in the heart of the city I loved, in the middle of the misty lights of London, I surrendered. The avoidance stopped and acceptance began. My prayer no longer was about making a way to stay, but repeating the words that Jesus spoke,’Not my will, but yours.'”

Fields Don’t Lie {Book Club} by Amy Young—”When Margaret and Leif helped Joe and his mom can all of those tomatoes, I thought of all that we have learned about tomatoes in Humble Roots and the difference between knowledge and wisdom. (Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit?) Also the difference between homegrown tomatoes and store bought as they relate to humility, the ways God works in us.”

Made in China by Kimberli Tundevold—”I am leaving a place that I have called home for 13 of my adult years. Although, I have called several cities ‘home’ within this one country, the country itself has been a source of growth and has blatantly woven itself into the fabric of my being.”

The Not So Pretty Side of Leaving by Heather Jedrzejczyk—”I am a natural born perfectionist. Someone who hates quitting in the middle of something. The thought of not completing my term and leaving for what I thought were selfish reasons weighed heavily on me. I kept thinking, ‘No, you don’t deserve to be happy. You need to stay for the mission.’ I continuously searched for someone else’s opinion to make me feel better about the decision to resign and return early.”

A Rubber Duck Lesson on Leaving {The Grove: Leaving} by Sarah Hilkemann—”But there’s grace for the paradox and there’s space for God to gently cup my face in His hands and soothe the ache of transition. He allows us to grieve unmet expectations, hurt, and mistakes we sure wish we could change. Then He starts to wash away the grime and reveal the joy as we allow Him to heal our hearts.”

From Around the Web

5 Common and Fun TCK Quirks

How to Return Overseas from Furlough (in 55 Easy Steps)

Summer: The Expat Season of Goodbye

Free Resource: Buddhist Prayer Guide

My Mother’s Day Surprise

Tips for Strengthening Families in Transition

Journey to a Foreign Homeland

I work for Jesus, but I still wonder if He really loves me

Finally, When We Are On a Pilgrimage Home

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

A blessing for the one who is staying:

May you find comfort as you say goodbye to friends and teammates as terms finish and you remain.

May you find contentment in the constant, in the everyday gifts as days march forward.

As you keep hunting through the import grocery stores for a taste of the familiar, weaving through traffic and adding new words to your vocabulary, may joy overflow.

In the places that feel dry and cracked open, may Jesus meet you with His grace.

This week, come join the conversation as we offer hope and encouragement for those who are staying. As always, you can add your thoughts and photos on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesStaying, and meet us at The Grove.

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