Have You Seen? {November 10th, 2019}

Last Week’s Theme: The Veteran

How Have You Stayed? by LeAnn E—”Along the way, the Lord has taught me that while passion for Him and passion for these people are both quite important, passion for Him always trumps. It’s only His passionate love that provides all I need, binds up my brokenness, keeps me from getting burnt out, fuels passion for people, ushers me through repeated farewells, and energizes me to continue learning new ways and strategies.”

Taking Things Personally {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”Alia Joy says that she wanted to change the world, but ‘never imagined that would start with me.’ Whether we have idealistic aspirations to be world changers or we are a little more realistic, I think we can all agree that we follow Jesus and live by faith because we believe that it makes a difference. The difference – the change – starts within us.”

Boldly I Pray by Sarah Hilkemann—”From Helen Jean Parks’ book Holding the Ropes on intercessory prayer: ‘What a perfect lesson for prayer! We will stop and start, falter and try, fail and succeed at prayer. But as we learn and strive to pray as Jesus commanded us, we will not wait until we are perfect. Learning to pray only comes as we pray.'”

Ask For God Eyes by Patty S—”I doubt you would consider your life dull. But how easy it is to get caught up with the drab busy everyday and miss the brilliant color of this crazy, wonder-filled world we live in. Whether you live in a city, desert, village, town, prairie, beach, mountain, jungle, or on a ship, there’s something to inspire an “awe” near you this very moment. God didn’t skimp on color and texture in the details! He takes pleasure in your delight in His mystery and creativity in the place and people around you.”

The Power of One Decision {The Grove: The Veteran} by Rachel Pieh Jones—”I get tired of living here, too, sometimes. It isn’t a big place, there isn’t a lot to do. Sometimes I think we’ve been to every single restaurant (highly possible) or that every other man has harassed me (not even close). I get tired of the heat and dust. I’ve way beyond the honeymoon stage and have to be careful of developing a hard heart, becoming callous to new people or unwilling to expand culture learning.”

From Around the Web

I Got a Job

Disoriented by Disappointment

Christmas in the Philippines– fun for kids!

Noteworthy on Instagram: Why Small Talk is Important and Welcomed, Seen, Loved

When Less Becomes More: Podcast with Emily Ley

Check out our Velvet Ashes Playlists on YouTube!

Finally, On Sabbath Joys and Small Leaks

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Just about anywhere we live around the world we have other people living near us, whether it’s the apartment with a shared wall, the house on the other side of the fence, or the farm at the other end of the road.

No matter where we are, we must learn to love our neighbors.

For some, especially those in relational cultures, this might be a piece of cake! And it might involve cake or other yummy treats. For others, connecting with the people you live near to might be more difficult and require extra creativity to open the doors wide for relationship.

How do you love your neighbors well? As we think about the holiday season approaching (or already in full swing in some places), we’d love to hear your ideas for how to connect with your neighbors in special and meaningful ways!

This week our blog posts will feature honest confessions of the struggles and joys of loving our neighbors. Come join the conversation in the comments! We can’t wait to see your fun ideas and thoughts over on Instagram too! Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesLoveYourNeighbor or #VelvetAshes.

AND stay tuned for a super special celebration happening this week!

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