Have You Seen? {May 31, 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: Staying

How Have You Been Called to Stay? by M’Lynn Taylor — “‘I’m not going to make friends with foreigners anymore. I can’t. They always leave.’ She was dead serious. Instead of brushing it off with a happy smile and repeating some cliché, I took her out for coffee, looked her straight in the eyes and told her I feel her pain.”

The Reading Plan for “Heart in the Right Place” {Book Club} by Amy Young — “What conversations or events stand out from your childhood? How did they prepare you? Or did they propel you toward something different? Isn’t it fun to look back and see God at work where we might not have noticed before?”

Staying in the Face of Cancer {an interview with Stephanie Diamond} by Amy Young — “Last August as I waited for my 13th August New Teacher cohort to arrive and as I celebrated 25 years of living and working in China, I discovered a game changer, a lump in my breast.”

What Was the Purpose of the Last Six Months, God? by Davita Freeman — “Yet, sometimes, God says “Stay.” No amount of arguing, tears or desperation changes His answer. Why? Why would He leave us in a place where we feel useless? Where others continuously hurt us? Why do they get to leave but I have to stay? Isn’t He a God of love? Doesn’t He care? Is He worth obeying when it hurts this much?

Build Your CABIN {The Grove – Staying} by Patty Stallings — “As our friends are building their RAFT for leaving well, what do we “stayers” build? How about building your CABIN?”

From Around the Web

Interested in The Silver Lining of Frequent Moves? Or the Evolution of Friendships

Looking for reading material for your tween boy? Here are 99+ Best Books for Tween Boys.

Here is a powerful series called “What M’s Aren’t Telling You” — part one, two, and three. 

Lastly, a new perspective on burnout. How competent and in control do you feel?

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…



“Sanity.” It’s funny how we use this term. We pull it out for day-to-day stresses and annoyances, with flippant, drama-queen statements (yes, guilty here!):

“This is driving me insane!”

“I’m going to loose my mind!”

But then we also use it to talk about the very deep and real illness that affects the entire mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

Within the illness itself there’s the extremely broad range. It’s not as simple as “you have the illness” and “you don’t.”

Everyone dips into seasons of “I’m not okay,” or “I’m not in a healthy place.” And that means something different for each of us.

We all know that the stresses of cross-cultural living can easily pile up and push us to those unhealthy places on the sanity spectrum. We can easily find ourselves longing for spiritual/emotional wellness, but not know how to find it.

Do you know what one of the best things is for staying sane? Community.

Velvet Ashes is a community of women who get it. And this week we are opening up about our sanity levels. We’re going to be that safe place to share.

Maybe you need to vent some stress about your crummy air conditioner. Maybe moving across the world (either direction) is feeling completely overwhelming, and you need to know you’re not alone.

Or maybe you need a place to ask for help because you don’t want to get out of bed.

Bring your story to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST. And join us for the powerful posts and conversations happening throughout the week.

Photo Credit : Gratisography

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