Have You Seen? {November 15, 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: Rhythm

The Art of Pressing On in Our Rhythms by Elizabeth Trotter—”Stuff and starve. Feast and famine. It’s not a healthy cycle, whether it’s food, sleep, or our relationship with God. It’s taken me years to learn how to pace myself in these things. How to eat when I’m hungry and (mostly) stop when I’m full. How to (mostly) get up early to meet with God and how to (mostly) go to bed on time. My rhythms aren’t perfect by any means, but they’re much healthier than before.”

Finding Our Way in the Blizzards of Life {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I imagine you might be similar to me and have a mixed relationship with the idea and implementation of rhythms. I am very taken with the ideas, but my execution has not been consistent or done ‘well’ (in my opinion), so the subject is also sprinkled with shame. This subtitle, however, is in invitation to life.

The Sacred Rhythm of an Ordinary Life by Kara Pyo—”This is the sacred rhythm of my daily life in this season. The rhythm of motherhood and our neighborhood. All the beautiful and noisy, the chaotic and boring, mingle together on sidewalks and playgrounds. The place where I stand is holy not because of the location, but because of who stands with me.”

The Story of the Velvet Ash Tree by Danielle Wheeler—”Is that not the way of our God? To plant a tiny seed of an idea, then to provide and enable and grow it beyond what your own small mind could have ever imagined? Today and tomorrow we are celebrating the 2nd birthday of Velvet Ashes”

Our Big Audacious Birthday News by Danielle Wheeler—”Friends, if you’ve been in this community for long, then hopefully you already know the heart of it. We are not out to become ‘big’ for the sake of being big. We don’t believe value is measured in numbers. We simply want to open wide the doors of community for weary women serving in all corners of the world. We want to come alongside those that are preparing to go, to be the hand that so many of us wish we had had. We want to walk with those going through the upside down journey of re-entry. We want to offer the tender care of Jesus, and we want to do it well. That is our dream. And our birthday wish is for the funds to make this dream possible.”

From Around the Web

From one of our Connection Group mentors: “I knew the process of reaching the end of me would be hard. I knew it would be gut level. I knew it would dig deeper than anything I’ve ever experienced before in my life. And I knew that moving to Africa would bring me to that place. But I didn’t know it would get so ugly. so personal. so so real. I had no idea.”

News Flash:  There aren’t any news flashes in this post, but there are some things we all tend to do over and over againthat get us in trouble.  I decided maybe that means we (I) need to keep talking about it. On Avoiding The Resentment.

A Honest Look at Going Back Overseas.

Jumping Off the Pedestal.

“Our pastor likes to ask the question of married couples, ‘Are you the anchor or the hurricane?’ When a hurricane and an anchor move overseas, adversity doesn’t miss an opportunity.”

For anyone who has wondered: what about child abuse on the field? What can we do?

In anticipation of next week: Contemplation is any way one has of penetrating illusion and touching reality. Continue reading here.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


So far this month we’ve talked Limits and Rhythms, and those two are so connected, aren’t they? When we yield to our limits, we get God, and learn to live into rhythms that are so good.

We find that not all hours of the day are suitable for all things, and we discover that God is present in all the hours.

This week, we’re adding a third strand. How do we become aware of our limits so that we can honor them? How do we know when we’re called to step through one of them? What practices belong in a rhythmic lifestyle given to communing with God?

We’ll talk about sensitivity and stress levels, and we’ll explore the spiritual discipline of examen.

Contemplation, reflection, introspection, examination. What do these words trigger in you? Bring your own blog post link ups to The Grove beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

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