Have You Seen? {November 11, 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.

First up, an announcement! MAP Global is a support agency that exists for the callings of its individual partners. Providing all of the services of a traditional sending agency, MAP Global is different in that our org. chart is upside down with your ministry and calling at the top.  If you are entrepreneurial, pioneering and obediently following God as He leads you into new territory, MAP Global might be the perfect fit for you! Check out MAPGlobal.org for details and use promo code “Velvet” to receive 50% off of when submitting the Partnership Application.

Also check out this blog post from MAP Global: The Dislocation Effect

Last Week’s Theme: Integration

Anger Integrated by Joy Smalley—”I am angry. I am nervous just writing that out and the thought of posting it online where the world could see it is scary. In my experience anger is not an emotion that Christians are allowed to feel and admit freely. We can be frustrated, sure, and angry in snapshots but we are encouraged to get over anger as quickly as possible.”

Glory Moments in the Daily Grind {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”On a very ordinary Thursday, I ride my bike to the local market, avoiding eye contact with my neighbor so she doesn’t ask me a hundred questions while I close the gate. I swing by the electricity company to enjoy five minutes of air conditioning as I pay the bill. Soon my backpack and bike basket are loaded up with fresh veggies and fruit, and whatever I can fit in from the mini grocery store across the street. There’s a man outside the market ready to give a ride to customers on his motorcycle. He likes to practice his English and we chat about the weather and American politics. Do these moments matter?”

Troubleshooting The Soul  by Angela Blycker—”Awhile back I experienced  a ‘shut-down’. It’s a simple phrase I’ve used for years in speaking with my husband and close friends to describe those periods when I’ve sensed myself abruptly losing motivation and experiencing an overload. All systems encompassed in what it is to be human: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and relational seem to lose power. Through the practice of self-awareness — something one must practice on a higher level when serving overseas — I’ve gotten better at anticipating these times, so as to prevent them.”

It Has Everything to Do with Hope by Maria Mullet—”That’s when our leader stepped in, saying that our ability to keep going in the face of adversity has nothing to do with gritting teeth and mustering up strength, but it has everything to do with hope. Since hope is a gift from the God who gives liberally, my teammate found that hope that morning in the Missouri wilderness, and we moved on together.”

Discovering Grace in the Tension {The Grove: Integration} by Julie Breuninger—”For my parents, it seemed easy to fully integrate into life overseas when news of home was not very accessible. Today, we have technology that enables instant communication and air travel with relative ease. It is not too difficult to keep one foot in the world back home while living in the country of our overseas life. But how does one fully engage with one foot in both worlds?”

From Around the Web

From Daily Conversations to Daily Actions

26 Books Related to Leadership and Communication

Are We A Reef or A Harbor?

Hosting for the Anxious Introvert

When Your Child Has Special Needs

Keep Finding Ways to Gather

Finally, When We All Need A Song of Hope

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

 

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

You have washed clothes by hand?

You know how horrible dengue fever is?

You have ached with loneliness, homesickness and anxiety, even while knowing you are where you are meant to be?

Oh yes. Friendship is like a cool mango smoothie in hot season, or a warm cup of tea on a blustery day. Friends are a lifeline, a balm, a precious gift in every season and every location.

This week we are celebrating our friends! That includes all you, our sisters who are pulled together from all around world by this community right here at Velvet Ashes. That’s the friend who patiently allowed you to practice language and championed you along the journey as you settled into a new home. It’s the friends who sent emails from the other side of the ocean every week without fail, and the friends who gave you some of their precious pumpkin pie filling for your favorite holiday.

What have been the gifts of friendships in your current season? Please share those with us this week! You can post pictures on Instagram as we celebrate friendships with the hashtag #VelvetAshesFriends. Don’t forget to stop by the Grove at the end of the week as well!

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