Have You Seen? {October 14, 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.

Last Week’s Theme: Daily Life 

On Sacrifice and Self Care by Kelly Delp—”The change, I knew, would not be as simple as delegating a task to a team member or developing a plan on paper. The change would happen in the minutiae of my day. Coming back to health would require not an organizational scheme, but a very simple habit of self-care. What I needed was a resurrection of the ordinary – a return to the discipline of the boring, day-in and day-out tasks that were vital to my longevity in the ministry.”

Waking Up Beloved {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Belovedness didn’t only reframe me on a rich and full day where I can measure what I’ve done—sometimes I confuse ‘belovedness’ with ‘able to see the good I have accomplished. Belovedness also speaks into those private moments when the enemy of our soul wants us to think, ‘You have already blown it before you even started.’ (And how is getting an extra hour of sleep, ‘blowing it?’ This lesson of belovedness may seem simple and normally I think of myself as a very beloved person. Yet in two days of this small practice, much has been uncovered!”

10 Tips for Daily Life Overseas by Jenilee Goodwin—”I look at the title of this post and think, ‘Hmmm… 10 tips to follow? Nice!’ I love tips. I love knowing how to do things and having a recipe for success. I love when things are neat and uncomplicated. I enjoy knowing what to expect, how to accomplish the tasks ahead of me and then, end the day with a smile. Follow these instructions and this will be the result. Zero Pinterest fails. Except, daily life overseas doesn’t quite work that way, does it? How do we come up with 10 tips for days that are always different, always challenging, always full of the unexpected?”

Daily Interruptions by Lisa O’Brien—”I imagine daily life is a bit unpredictable for everyone but living as a foreigner makes it feel extreme. The unexpected seems a bit more, well, unexpected than it did in my passport country. Surely when I lived in the USA I had interruptions to my day, but not in the same ways. In the USA, I never turned on the shower to find no water coming out, had my purse stolen out of my window, dried my clothes outside with no alternative when it rained, nor figured out a new solution to my once-pig-food garbage.”

Velvet Ashes Roll Call {The Grove: Daily Life} by Amy Young—”It’s been a while since we did a roll call post where we want to hear from all of you. Yes, you, you who rarely comment or you who often comment. You who are reading this. Hi! Hi to you :). We have so much fun about once a year doing one of these posts. I’ve written 10 questions around the topic of your daily life. I’m going to list them here so if you want to just cut and paste the questions, you can and I’ll answer them below. Feel free to share as little or as much as you want. You could even pick just one question to answer. We are excited to see a bit of your daily life!”

From Around the Web

Senders Make Sacrifices Too 

Physical Well-being and Cross-Cultural Adjustment 

From Surviving to Thriving—Prayer 

When Do You Grieve? Pre, Post or Present? 

Finally, Overextended and Searching for the Peace of God 

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Do you make your bed every morning?

In Book Club this month we are reading Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren (come join in on the discussion, you are always welcome!). She says, “We are shaped every day, whether we know it or not, by practices—rituals and liturgies that make us who we are. We receive these practices—which are often rote—not only from the church or the Scriptures but from the culture, from the ‘air around us’.”

What is shaping you?

How does the culture you call home influence your daily, weekly, annual routines? As we build on last week’s theme talking about our daily lives, let’s expand the conversation farther to think and talk about our routines. We would love to have you open up your hearts and lives once again to let us in on what those routines look like! Share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #VelvetAshesRoutines, and come join us at The Grove.

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