Have You Seen? {October 16, 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: Recovery

This is My Story: Recovering from the Dark Places by Monica F—”My sweet husband knew things weren’t right, and would pursue me, beg me, and even cry for me to just let him know what was going on… I reassured him that I was just going through culture-shock, and would be fine. At one point, he said, ‘We’re going home and getting you the help you need’ – I responded in tears, begging, and reassuring him I was really ok. I DID NOT want to be a ‘failure.’”

Vulture Post {Book Club} Amy Young—”What struck me most profoundly was the idea that in several instances either the word ‘eagle’ or ‘vulture’ could have been a reasonable translation. I would imagine that I am not the only one who holds a special place for Isaiah 40:31 in my heart.”

Praising God through the Pain by Laura Bowling—”Praising God through my recovery helps me see how far God has brought me. Seven years ago I couldn’t fathom living alone again. Ever. Let alone living by myself overseas. Having the emotional and mental strength to share in churches again, to adjust to a new culture again, to live a normal life again – all seemed impossible. As each of these impossibilities became a possibility and then an ‘I’m actually doing this again,’ I celebrated.”

When You Think You Can’t Walk Around The Mountain Again by Susanna Reynolds—”I don’t think I have the emotional energy to walk around this mountain again,” I confessed to my husband late one night, as my throat swelled and my eyes stung. It was my second round of significant betrayal from two separate groups of friends in two years, and I had hardly made it out of the first one alive—in fact, my heart was still thawing from it.”

Recovery of a Simple Life {The Grove: Recovery} by Kimberly Todd—”What if we could each distinguish for ourselves what is essential and nonessential? What if for a while until it’s a habit, we intentionally only acquire essentials, pare down the non-essentials we already have, and actively look for satisfactory alternatives: a bike over motorized vehicle; cash over credit; borrow over subscribe.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesRecovery

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Check out all of the images from this weeks tag #VelvetAshesRecovery. This weeks highlight is from @annettab:

This weeks theme for @velvet_ashes has been on recovery. God has been using this theme to show me how much healing He wants to do in my life. I seem to recover slowly and experience repercussions from traumatic life events for years to come. I am yet to deal with my nephews murders, yet to deal with the birth of my son and other things I’ll choose not to mention. I’ve known I needed healing in these areas of my life, but haven’t taken any steps towards recovery. Well this week God made it a point to show me He wants to start my recovery process. I am broken and only my Father can make me whole!

From Around the Web

10 ways to thrive in marriage overseas. 

How do you start (and end) your days?

Fun things cross-culturally working women say . . . 

Please Go See “Queen of Katwe.”

When God Won’t Give Me What I Want.

When God’s Faithfulness Sounds Like Silence.

When God Shows Up after what seems like forever.

God Would Never Ask Me to Sacrifice My Kids….Right?

Finally, When the Winds of Change Blow across Your Friendship.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

power

Language learners often error linguistically because they know the definition of a particular word but don’t understand the cultural connotations or the context in which it is appropriately used.

“Power” might be one of those words. The definition is pretty straightforward: the ability or capacity to do something or to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. But connotations of the concept of power range from enablement to authority, might, and strength to corruption and abuse.

Biblically we understand power is an inherent characteristic of God, part of His divine nature. However, for humans, power is always derived. We either obtain or receive power. We obtain it from position, from might gathered around us (as in armies or popularity) or from some other social or political construct that provides advantage.

Or we receive power from God, often in the form of grace, love, and wisdom. Often in moments of weakness and vulnerability. Often connected with rescue and redemption.

This is a concept worth pondering.

Explore “power” with us this week. Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesPower 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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