Have You Seen? {November 26, 2017}

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.

It’s almost here!  This Tuesday we will kick off our year-end giving campaign with a one day goal of raising $5,000. If you financially support Velvet Ashes on that one day, your gift will go twice as far. Why? Five generous donors have put up $5,000 and will match you dollar for dollar. But only on that day. Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday, November 28th. Be prayerfully considering how you can financially help others on the field know that they are Not Alone. We can’t wait to share more on Tuesday!

Last Week’s Theme: Sufficient

Remembering Specific Provision by M’Lynn Taylor—”I’m challenged to continue to trust that God knows my needs before I do, and He’s more than able to meet them! When I take the time to remember how He’s provided in the past, it aids my faith to believe He’s already supplying for my future.”

The Checklist that May Save Your Life {Book Club} by Amy Young—”In this book, Dr. Anna does not do the heavy lifting for us. She is like the person who spots the weights. She points out what we need to think about and helps to organize our thoughts. For instance, I loved the lists of physical and nonphysical resources. It was helpful to read and think through the items she shared.”

He Is Always Sufficient + Easy Apple Crisp by Ashley Felder—”Living this life we do, even getting to our country of service, provides example after example of God providing for us…usually, just in the nick of time. We would probably like it if He showed up a smidge earlier, but what’s the fun in that, right?”

When the Scary Sound You Hear Isn’t Actually Scary by Danielle Krouch—”If living overseas taught me anything it was that I am not self- sufficient. God created us to need Him and that is shown over and over, isn’t it? We often doubt, though, that He will indeed take care of us, especially when we have to deal with so many trials and stresses.”

Delighting In Weakness {The Grove: Sufficient} by Patty Stallings—”I don’t have to live in a place of weary-drenched stumbling. God asks me to steward what He’s given me – to consistently, relentlessly lean into Him, to draw my renewal from His well, to honor my limits by leaning into His limitlessness.”

I, Diana Zimmerman, am the administrator of a facebook group called SLP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. There are over 400 SLPs (speech language pathologists, aka speech therapists) on this site that want to find volunteer opportunities around the globe. I would love to be the middle man and help make these connections happen. Many SLPs wish they could come to you to offer hands-on help but don’t know how to find an organization that needs their expertise. However, another option that is probably more do-able is SLP consultation via phone/skype/facetime/email regarding your own child’s needs or the needs of a child in your city/village/organization.

Speech therapists work with a variety of communication issues: articulation (how words are pronounced), expressive language (how words are put into sentences and conversation to express wants/needs/ideas), grammar, vocabulary, receptive language (how a person comprehends/understands what he hears), voice (hoarseness, atypical pitch or volume, etc), eating/swallowing (technically called dysphagia…..there can be feeding difficulties due to texture, decrease oral muscle strength and coordination, food or liquid “going down the wrong pipe,” etc.), cleft lip and cleft palate, autism and behavior issues, and alternative communication devices and visual supports for communication.

If you think your or your organization could benefit from either a (free) consultation with an SLP or (free) hands-on training from an SLP, please contact me either on facebook (Diana Zimmerman or SLP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES) or email: [email protected]

From Around the Web

The Challenge of Subconscious Expectations– for TCKs

We Said It Enough

Why Being Single in Cross-Cultural Work Might Be Better

Third Culture Kids and Social Media

Narcississtic Family Systems and Christmas Time

Finally, The Challenge of Thankfulness

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Shepherds and shepherding metaphors abound in both the OT and NT.

God chose a shepherd as the father of nations, a shepherd boy to rule His people, and another to deliver them. He chose shepherds as the recipients of His Son’s birth announcement. He calls Himself the Good Shepherd, Chief Shepherd, Great Shepherd, and the One Shepherd.

You kind of get the idea God might like shepherds!

It makes sense. Shepherding parallels God’s tender care for us: leading, protecting, providing daily needs, treating injuries, guiding us back to safety when we stray.

This week we are talking about shepherding. We want to hear your stories of being shepherded. We want to know what you’ve learned about the art, joy, and pain of shepherding others.

Join us in the comments all week and link your own blog post at The Grove.

Share your pics on Instagram with #VelvetAshesShepherding and let us see what shepherding (literally or figuratively) looks like in your corner of the world.

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