Have You Seen? {November 25, 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.

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Interested in submitting a guest post to Velvet Ashes? Make sure you check out our Submissions page to see what themes are available. We have some spots open in December!

Last Week’s Theme: Savoring

Learning to Savor by Laura Bowling—”Teaching my list-focused self to savor moments required training my mind. Enjoying a conversation when the list was long didn’t occur overnight. I started with reframing my own expectations.”

An Extravagant God Who Formed An Extravagant People {Book Club} by Amy Young—”My day may look exactly the same on the outside. People are annoying or thoughtless, the weather is not ideal, the house is a bit of a natural disaster, and I made another cultural blunder, yet. Yet when I enjoy the world, when I enjoy my world and see the tiny theophanies, I am more alive. I am more me.”

The Gift of Slow + French Lentil Soup by Kelly Delp—”In so many ways this culture is the antithesis of everything I am. There is no air conditioning, so in the summer months I am forced to feel the truth of the outside instead of chilling myself indoors. The produce is seasonal, so I cannot get stone fruits in the winter or citrus in the summer. The culture exposes the parts of me that want to control my world and forces me into its rhythm. The element where this is most needed in my life, the lesson I most do not want to learn, is to be slow.”

Taste and See by Lisa O’Brien—”What about your relationship with God causes you to linger? Do you savor your time reading and studying God’s Word, as if eating a slice of pecan pie, scraping up every last morsel? Is it times of prayer, genuine conversation with your Heavenly Father that you cling to? Maybe you savor moments of worshipping Him in song.”

Savoring a Goodbye {The Grove: Savoring} by Amy Young—”This week we have been savoring and I have loved every moment of it. And because I knew this day was coming, I have been sad most moments too. I don’t tend to think of savoring and dreading as good bedfellows, but they can be. This week I can see how savoring and dreading point to how much something has meant, does mean, and will go on meaning to me.”

From Around the Web

Sabbath in Late Fall

Feed Yourself: On Diets, Bingeing and Abundance 

Exercising My Heart

Sisters in Mental Illness: Mental Illness and Church

Count Your Blessings {and a survey}– help Amy out as she gets ready to write another book!

How McDonald’s Helped Me Recognize the 4 Phases of Culture Stress

Finally, On Letting Go

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

What is your nightly routine?

In Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren says, “Our sleep habits both reveal and shape our loves. A decent indicator of what we love is that for which we willingly give up sleep.” This might be our children, a good book or our favorite television show. Our worries, plans and work can also steal sleep from us. Add in the challenges of travel, time changes, loud environments and cities that never quiet, and it is a wonder we get any rest at all.

Have you evaluated your sleep routines lately? Maybe it is time to do that this week as we honor the sacred practice of rest. How is God teaching you to put your cares aside and develop healthy sleeping rhythms? We look forward to sharing together at the Grove, and add your favorite sleep ideas and stories over on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesSleeping.

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