Have You Seen? {November 28th, 2021}

Have you ever come to the end of a Christmas season and thought, “What? It’s already over? Ugh, I wish I had taken the time to pause and soak in the significance of the season. I wish I had spent more time in God’s presence with the wonder of Christmas.” That’s why Velvet Ashes is offering a free mini Advent Retreat! We’re offering a sacred space for you to be with God this Advent. Join in live on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 am-10:30 am Eastern. The recording will be available for a limited time after the Retreat. There’s no cost for this Retreat, but register here!

Last Week’s Theme: In Every Circumstance

Perspective Shift + Broccoli Salad by Ashley Felder—”Our vacation was canceled, again. Even though we don’t always agree with how things are handled in this country sometimes, we are still here to serve the people. Let’s wait and see what goodness might come out of the time of not being gone. (This round: we’ll get to celebrate our first traditional Thanksgiving in 3 years!)”

Food Blogger Alert {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”As I was thinking about my lack of confidence in the kitchen, this story struck me. Often when something doesn’t quite turn out or at least I view it with a critical eye, I want to point out all the flaws to my guests. But truthfully, it doesn’t have to be perfect!”

In Everything by Jenilee Goodwin—”A few Sundays ago, our family was sitting in church, listening to a strong, female, South African pastor preach the simple truths found in I Thessalonians 5:16-18. She touched on rejoicing always, praying without ceasing and giving thanks. But her main point was that we must do these things in ALL circumstances.”

Learning to Be Kind to Myself by Rachel Bucher—”I’ve been anything but gentle with myself in this season, and it’s time I ‘fess up. If I were my friend going through this, I would give her a lot more grace. But because it’s me? And because my situation isn’t easily understood? It’s anything but easy to be kind to myself.”

From Around the Web

Do You Need to Make This Change?

How Forgiving Others Truly Sets Us Free

Living Well in a Season of Grief

Clean the Wound

Music: The Thanksgiving Song

On Instagram: Too Foreign for Home, Too Foreign for Here. Does this ring true?

Finally, Does Your Field Have Good Soil?

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Acts 4:32 (CSB) Now the entire group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in common.

This remarkable example of selflessness and generosity found in the early church feels a bit impossible to us. Not only did they make sure no one had physical needs, but their hearts and minds were bound together in a unity hard to fathom for our world marred by so much divisiveness.

We are often more inclined to write “mine” in black permanent marker, holding close our time, possessions, energy.

But we are invited instead to a “not my own” life.

What have you had to surrender in order to grow in being “of one heart and mind” or “holding everything in common” with your teammates, your neighbors, your family? What has it meant to watch someone step in with open hands to give generously, meeting a need in your life?

This week we kick off our Year-End Giving Campaign, making it possible for Velvet Ashes to meet you right where you are with more great content, resources and encouragement in 2022. Join us? You can help us get a jump start on our Giving Tuesday goal by giving HERE.



  1. Phyllis November 29, 2021

    The “Does Your Field Have Good Soil” link seems to be broken.

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