Have You Seen? {May 27, 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: Staying

When Going Means Staying by Caitlin Lieder—”Every couple of months, I get a certain impulse; I start looking online for cheap flights to anywhere that has sun. I imagine taking my girls or my whole family or my girlfriends on this sunny getaway. I tell my husband that I cannot keep going, I need sun, we need to do something to shake things up. By now, he is quite used to the dramatics of his wife and his three daughters, but he’s a good sport, so we almost always end up taking a daytrip or at least taking the kids somewhere different, even if it’s just the riverbank.”

Sleep is an Act of Humility {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Humility trusts God. It teaches us that God is actively redeeming the world. And because He is, we can experience the relief of confessing our brokenness—whether it is intentional sin, our natural limitations, or simply the weight of living under the curse. Humility teaches us to find rest in confession. Rest from the need to hide, the need to be perfect. We rest by saying, both to God and to others,’I’m not enough. I need the help.’ “

When Staying Equals Transition by Bayta Schwarz—”I do not like rollercoasters. Not at all. I’m the person who will stand at the bottom and hold everyone’s bags, glasses, etc. Granted, there are times I choose to get on the rollercoaster anyway (strictly metaphorically speaking!). I decide that a move to a new city and new job and all that entails are worth the inevitable rollercoaster ride of transition. And then there are times when life puts you on the rollercoaster. This past year was an example of that in my life…”

Put Praise to my Lips by Kimberli Tundevold—”Even in a dirty and dreary land, there is a sunrise. Even when the air chokes and stifles a clear breath, the birds herald the morning. As a self-proclaimed night person, I enjoy waking up for 8 am classes only for one simple reason: I can see the sunrise. Last Tuesday was gorgeous with purple and apricot hues.”

Investing and Remembering {The Grove: Staying} by Emily Smith—”Because I am new, another part of staying has been choosing to invest in the future. Most recently, while moving into a new apartment, I intentionally created a budget to purchase the items that will make this place feel like my home. If I just make do, I am already thinking about leaving.Physically, I may be staying, but mentally I am already putting one foot out the door. Whether it be for 12 more months or 12 more years, I want to make this place my home.”

From Around the Web

25 Things They Don’t Put in the Life Abroad Brochure

Is This All There Is?

Passing messages

a short word about the heat

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

It’s time.

You’ve soaked up all the family gatherings you can squeeze in, shared all the stories of the previous term and made sure your very favorite foods made it on to the weekly menu.

But now, the suitcases and totes are standing full in your living room as you find space for those last-minute precious items. It is time to return.

Home is here, and home is also there. This week, we will spend time processing what it means to return and offer grace to you as you do. We would love to have you join us at the end of the week at The Grove, and share your stories on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesReturning.

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