Have You Seen? {May 28, 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: Remain

Inviting Others To Help You Remain + Simple Chocolate Syrup by Ashley Felder—”By His grace, as far as we know, our team will remain the same from this year to next year. In nearly 8 years of serving with this org., this hasn’t happened a single time. I’m sure you can relate. We have either welcomed or said goodbye to teammates every year, if not every semester.”

Now I Get It {Book Club} by Amy Young—”‘For the first time since she’d come to the dragon’s lair, she wept, great sobs racking her body as she cradled the lantern in her hands. All the longing and sorrow she’d buried beneath the pressing demands of survival came bubbling up.’ That last sentence sums up what Velvet Ashes is trying to do: let us express our longings and sorrow so that we feel less alone. And rejoice together as well!”

And Yet We Stay by Kelly Delp—”I thought life overseas would be all pensive wandering while chewing the last of my baguette, or wide-eyed discovery of old chocolate shops on quiet streets. I thought it would look like tearful conversations about the love of Christ, epiphanies about life after meeting old ladies at the market, or becoming an expert level Christian.”

Top 10 Reasons I Love Remaining by Amy Young—”It is key to note that God is emphasizing remaining in Him, and in particular, in His love. A message for all, regardless if you are in the midst of change or returning. But this week, we are creating space and focusing on remaining on the field. Maybe this passage, the Remain Passage, will anchor you in the sea of change and remind you of the blessing in remaining.”

A Guided Prayer Practice for Those Who Remain {The Grove: Remain} by Kimberly Todd—”Lectio Divina, or a devotional reading of Scripture, invites us into contemplative prayer. Whether or not you are familiar with the practice, I invite you to find a quiet space and time to use the following guide. Commune with the Holy Trinity as you or someone you love remains on the field.”

From Around the Web

Surviving Summer: Making the Most of a Trip Back “Home”

Strong in the Broken: Home is Where He Is

Marathon Parenting

Visiting Home Might Not Be Everything You Dreamed

The Temporary Intimacy of my Expat Life (and my search for rootedness)

Lessons from Leaving- On Silence

And finally, The Hardest Part of Everything

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

This comment threw me (Amy) for a small loop. It was sometime this past spring and I was talking with someone about Velvet Ashes (I know, could I be any more specific?! But I didn’t know I was about to approach a stone of remembrance.).

She said, “Oh, since Velvet Ashes is online you don’t really have a place for older women, then.”

What?!

First of all, she clearly does not get our lives. To stay connected to our home offices, our banks in home countries, and PEOPLE (hello!) it doesn’t matter your age, you live part of your life online.

Second of all, one of our values is that Velvet Ashes is a place for all women who will live, live, or have lived overseas. All. People in your 20s? We need you. Women in your middle-stages? You are our people. Single? Welcome. Married? Come on in. Have kids, wants kids, happily child free? Your stories enrich our lives.

Women who have been there and done that in life? You hold a special place in the Kingdom of God. The Bible uses words like “honor” and “reverent” for you.

This week, we want to show that honor by exploring both the wisdom you have to offer us, the special place you hold here at Velvet Ashes, and how we can all be women who age not in fear, but in ways that honor God.

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

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