Have You Seen? {November 1, 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: Control

Don’t Fence Me In by M’Lynn Taylor—”After a few weeks of anger, a stray thought crossed my mind as I stared at that obtrusive fence on my way home from the grocery store. What if—just what if—my kids feel this kind of inner resentment when I attempt to control them? Power struggles and contempt are like barbed wire strung around our relationship. The more control I exert, the more trapped and tangled we become.”

When You Hit the Wall and Can’t Share You’ve Hit It {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Today’s chapter in  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero addresses the Wall and the journey through it. He subtitles this: letting go of power and control. Do you desire to let out a primal scream? Am I alone in feeling this life of service is one long slide of giving up power and control? Part of me wants to say, ‘Is it too much to ask for a corner where no one can touch?!'”

Welcome to My Chaos + The Secret to Tender Chicken by Ashley Felder—”I used to be so embarrassed when people would walk into my world of chaos. Sometimes I would just hover in the doorway, waiting to see if they really wanted to come in or if I could just take care of what they needed right there, in the safety of the doorway.”

If I Had Control Of My Life, It Would Look Like This: by Valerie Browne—”The worst is when this root of thinking that I know better gets into my spiritual walk. Why are you sending me to do that, Lord? I would be better used in this way. Why did you put me on this team? I would serve better with those people. Why did you give me this portion? I want that one!”

Control in the Garden of Eden {The Grove: Control} by Amy Young—”As I was thinking about how God is in control and what my life might look like if I had control, I sensed the whisper of the Spirit say, ‘But it’s not an either/or. You have set up a false dichotomy: Either God is in control or you are. You both are.’ Wait, what?”

From Around the Web

How to Help TCKs Manage Probing Questions.When God Doesn’t Heal: We don’t tell these stories in the stadiums of Christian conferences – the stories of the non-miraculous, the ongoing, the unresolved. It’s not like I can even say I’ve seen great spiritual benefits to offset the suffering: God hasn’t been closer to me in my time of suffering; I haven’t been any holier. It’s just been hard. (Related: Made Perfect Through Suffering.)

Moving to Africa and Beyondhelpful tips for international moves from one who knows!

Three articles using 10:

  1. 10 Things Successful Expats Do
  2. 10 Questions MKs Dread

This is the final post of a 6-part series entitled “Moving Abroad”. If you’re just joining Taking Route for this series, be sure to start with Getting Mentally Prepared. And don’t forget to share this series with anyone you know that is preparing to move abroad!

Finally, “are you a settler, or an explorer?” Quit while you still love it. 

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Can you believe we are already in November? As we prepare to head into a busy season of festivities we wanted to have a conversation about limits before we get in the thick of things. Too often, I approach busy seasons of my life with high intentions, but then I jam pack them so full it is clear I do not understand limits.

So let’s talk, okay?

Let’s talk, here in the quiet space of early November. Let’s have a posture of listening to God and His heart for us in this season of life, right where you are.

How do limits free you up? Where do they feel to be constricting your soul right now?

So glad you’ll join us this week for some amazing posts. Bring your own blog post link ups to The Grove beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

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