Have You Seen? {May 6, 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: Dreams

Dreaming in Reality by M’Lynn Taylor—”As my husband and I began preparing to move to China (the second time around when we quit jobs, stored belongings and called it a ‘career move’) we dreamed of what it might be like to actually do this thing we felt we’d been called to do. One of our dreams was to leave a legacy for our children and their children by following the Lord in obedience to a far-away place. We wanted them to be able to look back and say ‘Wow! They really did that! They picked up and moved to China!’ “

The Distinction Between Knowledge and Wisdom {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I loved this part, ‘It’s interesting that while Jesus is concerned that His disciples grow in their understanding, He is also comfortable with them not knowing all things—in part because they aren’t ready for more knowledge yet. Jesus is also confident in the Holy Spirit’s ability to  take them through the process.’ “

More than Dreams by Jessica Hoover—”We stepped off of the plane into 100% humidity in the pitch black of Halloween night in West Africa. Nothing could have prepared us for the uncertainty of our first few weeks living in the dank upstairs room of the long term worker’s house. We wondered if we would ever make it to our intended destination. We were stuck without transportation, or knowledge of where we were going for that matter, and saddled with a project working on the roof of the house we were staying in. This was anything but what we envisioned when we were selling off our crockpot and winter clothes to pick up and move across the sea.”

The Humility To Dream by Aylin Merck—”I am a dreamer who loves to dwell in possibility. Sometimes I dwell in possibiliti(es)… driving my poor here-and-now husband crazy. Dreams are almost as precious to me as my babies – conceived, nurtured, and brought to life. As I have been getting ready to move to a new country it seems that as a sojourner I have to do with my dreams the exact same thing that I do with my stuff: sort them into piles. Which dreams do I pack and bring with me? Which do I have to give away to someone else? Which of these dreams do I toss?”

Let’s Dream Together {The Grove: Dreams} by Amy Young—”We are long overdue for a community post! If this is your first Velvet Ashes Community post, here’s the gig: We’ll have a list of ten questions you can copy and paste into a comment—feel free to answer all ten questions or as many as you want! It’s fun to read through others’ responses and even respond to a few. Here are the ten questions and I’ll answer them below.”

From Around the Web

How to Drive an Expat Crazy: 10 Ways to Irritate Someone Who Has Lived Abroad

My Basket

When a Third Culture Kid Goes “Home”

11 Ideas for Scheduling Margin

Cherry Juice

Narrating Your Child’s Feelings

I’m Not That Tall

When the Security Guard Calls You Normal & Other Instances of Culture Shock

Finally, A Soul Minimalist’s Guide for Starting Over

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Do you wish to rise?

Begin by descending.

You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?

Lay first the foundation of humility.

St. Augustine

In the strange mystery of the Kingdom, the first must become last and in bowing we find our true home. Jesus, who reigned with the Father in splendor, emptied it all and provided the very best example of humility. When everything in us rebels against the boundaries of holiness, we look to Him as He tenderly points out our pride and gives us another chance.

Join us this week in the comments and at The Grove as we get real about the life lessons that have come through the Father’s humbling. Share your pictures of both the humorous and serious humbling that happens this week with the Instagram hashtag #VelvetAshesHumility.

Photo by Justyna S. Santana on Unsplash

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