Have You Seen? {November 23, 2014}

Welcome to our inaugural 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: Brave

Sometimes Bravery Might Not Look Very Brave by Emily Thomas — “Opening the shop felt all kinds of scary, but I had orders to fill before I even knew how on earth I would ship the items. (There were clearly holes in my research)

36 Times We Are Told to What?! {Book Club} by Amy Young –“I think that may be the main point of this practice, as long as I keep it lofty, I can lull myself into thinking I’m someone I’m not. Or at least someone more patient, kind, and Maria Von Trapp like (complete with the ability to turn curtains into clothing and charm folks with songs.). But God isn’t after my idealized version of myself .”

Home Of The Brave by Kayla Rupp –“According to this definition, Jesus Christ was the bravest human being who ever lived. But what does bravery look like for those of us who will never die on a cross to save all of humanity?”

I’ll Borrow Your Brave and You Borrow Mine. Okay? by Danielle Krouch — “I don’t know if any of us felt brave all the time, but we knew how to come behind each other, to hold each other steady in Christ.”

The Grove: Brave by Amy Young –“From the Bible I learned …nothing? No, that can’t be right. Or can it?”


From Around the Web

50 Fair Trade Shops for Holiday Gifts With a Purpose by Colleen Mitchell — “This is a thing called Fair Trade. I want to be clear that we are not giving a gift to the artists that we purchase fair trade products from. No, we are righting a wrong. We are simply doing the just thing. Most women artisans from impoverished culture are paid depressed wages for their work. We are simply paying the price that ought to be paid.”

A Day In The Life Of (some reluctant homeschoolers) by Joanna Swart –“So I’m going to go ahead and tell you what things look like around here. Part of me is wincing because I’m sure I’ll be revealing some major flaw I’m not even aware of in our homeschooling efforts. But in the spirit of embracing ‘not comparing’: if I can make even one person feel better about herself because she’s doing at least more than that hack in southern Ethiopia, job done.”

Eleven Gift Ideas for Boys ages 10-14 (Operation Christmas Child) — “Fill boxes with gifts for either a boy or a girl in the age categories of 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Can you guess which kids got the most boxes? Sadly it is NOT boys age 10-14. The truth is, I think you’re like me and want to pack a box for a boy, but don’t know what to get. This list will help.” You or your family can build one on line too!

When it’s OK to take a [small] break from motherhood by Karen Huber –“These are the polar opposites of motherhood, which, for me go hand in hand. The long years of all-consuming love and insanity leading one to pursue a women’s retreat as if you’ll absolutely die on the spot if you have to make another ham sandwich. And the womb-based yearning to get home as fast as possible when the husband reluctantly texts of vomit-tastrophes and skinned knees in the school yard.”


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And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Those of us hailing from the US of A, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Maybe it’s your first big holiday away from home, and there’s an ache in your soul. Or maybe you’ve been around long enough to grow a love for the overseas version of holidays, how what you have simply becomes enough.

Whether or not you’re an American eating (or longing) for turkey this week, we all need the reminder to pause, to offer up these two words…

“Thank you.”

How is it that these are the same two words you say to both the stranger holding the door for you and to the God of the universe who paid for your soul with the blood of His Son?

And yet it is…

These two words are what we have. These two meager words have the power to change your life. To choose these words daily, no matter what. To see even smallest good and acknowledge it as gift. To see the hard and say, “Thank you for even this, for what you are doing in this.”

Join us this week as we delve into thanks. And then meet us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pmEST. Bring your heart, your words, your art on the prompt “Thank you.”

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  1. Colleen Mitchell November 23, 2014

    Hey, ladies, thanks so much for including me. I love this new feature and will be clicking around a bit when life settles down here!

    1. Amy Young November 24, 2014

      Thanks Colleen! We hope this grows to be another way we can serve the community :)!

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