Have You Seen? {May 3, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Soul Care

Is “Rest” a Dirty Word In Your Vocabulary? by Deb Hafer — “Rest is possible. Not only possible, but provided by our Lord. He gives us more than rest, He gives us Himself. He guides us clearly through the Word to our place of rest.”

Living in Part, Longing to Live in Whole {Book Club} by Amy Young — “When the authors share the four options (work harder, give up, alter expectations, and alter reality), I wonder how many of us still hear that the “right” answer is to “work harder.” I hope we are more aware that doesn’t need to be our default.”

You Can Keep Your Superwoman Badge + Crock Pot Pulled Pork by Ashley Felder — “I’ve had a blog half-written for over 3 months now. The topic? Why we American mamas have such a hard time resting—literally laying still—after giving birth. It’s like we have this unwritten rule that we have to show off our new little bundle, whether it be at a function, out to eat, or shucks, even Target. As if to say, “yep, she’s only 3 days old!” Why do we reach for that badge?”

Finding Refreshment During Transition by Laura McLain — “My alone time during those last days was spent packing and cleaning; however, I still found time to take a deep breath and enjoy the view from my apartment. And I made time for prayer and Bible reading, even in the middle of packing and goodbyes. But then I arrived back in the United States.”

What Your Soul Craves {The Grove: Soul Care} by Patty Stallings — “Yes, you are called to hard, exhausting endeavors. But you are also called to Rest and Joy. Your Beloved longs to care for your soul.”

From Around the Web

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A very warm welcome to Archer Hoover, brand new baby son of our own Jessica Hoover!

In light of up-coming Mother’s Day in many countries , another of one of our own wrote An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day}.

Maybe you too understand when there’s no place to go but home.  “When my husband and I decided to leave Cambodia, we had a hard time articulating why. Life was fine – very good actually. We had a decent groove with work, amazing childcare for our two children, and the most incredible faith community. And yet. We knew.”

A good read concerning how to approach language learning for the long haul.

Kay Bruner has an frank chat about an important subject: Ask A Counselor: Can We Talk About Domestic Violence?

Two fun “Top 10” lists. Top ten things i’ve learned from a decade of marriage and 10 Arguments For Letting Kids Stay Inside All Day.

“We live on both sides of the fence and the grass is ALWAYS greener on the side your feet aren’t momentarily planted.”Preparing for a Move: Living on Both Sides of the Fence.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


It’s not random that we addressed Soul Care last week because we’re going to need to tap hard into that wellspring as we drink of Reentry this week.

Reentry is the act of coming home. It is such an act that it launches pens of novelists and poets.

“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame … back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.” From You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe.

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange.”

Is reentry all doom and gloom? Or is it no coincidence that Redemption and Reentry bump up against each other in an alphabetical lineup? Some of both?

Have you reentered your home culture for a season or for good? Is reentry on the horizon? What emotions does this theme launch in you? What has God done in the homecoming? Have you pain and marvels to pen?

Novelist or poet or not, bring your link ups to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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