Have You Seen? {November 6, 2016}

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: Small

From Airplane to Car by Laura Bowling—”Reentry has made me feel small, insignificant, useless. Lack of knowledge, lack of vocabulary, lack of a defined role – all lead to this feeling of smallness and all of which I experienced while living overseas. What I never anticipated was how my thoughts and my pride would contribute to my feelings of smallness.”

More Important than the Sparrow {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Crows built a nest in the tall tree across the street from me. After the babies hatched they seemed to be instantly the size of their parents. Maybe not, but that’s how it seemed to me from the ground. Their nest was in a perfectly fine tree surrounded by perfectly fine trees; but the parents decided the perfect place to train the adolescent crows on how to be crows was in our backyard. Every morning and afternoon the entire awful crow family would fly over to our trees and spend time in ‘Crow School.'”

From Small Stories To A Grand Masterpiece + Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars (Vegan & GF) by Ashley Felder—”A teammate had just come over to hang out, veg, chat, watch a mindless show when there it was…the doorbell. I think I literally rolled my eyes at the thought of the surprise visitor, wondering what they needed this time. I begrudgingly answered and a young Chinese woman nervous, fumbling her words, asked, ‘Do you know an Ashley Felder.’ Yep, no escape. ‘That’s me! Can I help you?’”

How Guilt May Be Keeping You From Rest by Shelly Miller—”When we adopt Geri’s mantra, I don’t do guilt, a simple act can become sacred when we ascribe meaning to it, separating the mundane from the holy—reciting a special prayer, lighting a candle, and preparing different food from the usual fare.”

Subtract to Multiply {The Grove: Small} by Patty Stallings—”Subtraction may not be your word right now. Perhaps you are in a season of wide expansion or rapid growth. We rejoice with you! But if you are being pruned, stripped, weeded, may you follow the gentle deliberate movement toward purposeful less. We invite you to consider what “subtract” might mean for you with these questions.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesSmall

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We had some wonderful images shared this week on Instagram. Check out all of the images from this weeks tag #VelvetAshesSmall. This weeks highlight is from @pattystallings:

This little gift of an acorn cap. The layered shingles artistically arranged, the subtle shifts of shades of color, the perfection of design.

From Around the Web

Why Do TCKs Have to Be Different?

How Buddhism Taught Me to Love My Neighbors Better.

The Remedy for the Pain is the Pain.

When You Want a Different Life.

It’s Not All About War: Balancing our Kingdom Rhetoric.

10 Questions on Contextualization.

Finally, Having a baby abroad? Fun advice for you.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

betrayal

Betrayal.

Sadly, we have all been on both sides of this word. We have each tasted the bitterness of betrayal. Of having trust violated. Of having what you thought you knew, to be built on a foundation that could not hold it. Betrayal’s reach can be long.

Unfortunately, we also have also eaten the bitter fruit of being the betrayer.

This passage catches my breath:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

On the very night he was betrayed, where was Jesus? Still engaged. He was with his imperfect community. He talked both Judas and Peter, both who would betray him. Jesus knows betrayal.

But what did he leave us with? “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

So this week, we will wrestle with betrayal, both those times we have been betrayed and those when we have betrayed others. Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesBetrayal on Instagram. Gather with us at The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST where you can link up blog posts and join the conversation in the comments.

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