Have You Seen? {October 18th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Surrender

Surrendering Comfort + Easy French Apple Cake by Ashley Felder—”We’ve been on the field for 10 years and just last year we started going to local fellowship as a family on a regular basis. There, I said it. It’s shameful and embarrassing. I’ve been loaded down with excuses for years, but they were recently all stripped away, right along with my pride.”

A Gentle Invitation {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Usually I’m frustrated by the individualization that seems to push us apart in the US more than bringing us together to value community. But I hadn’t considered how this shows how the Father cares for each and every one us personally. He will pursue one of us, the one lost sheep.”

Surrendering to Joy by Jenny Erlingsson—”Women with joy set before us. Served on platters that maybe we would not have chosen for ourselves but that surprise us with flavor and spice. Joy set before us on a table overflowing with life.”

Surrendering to the God Who Sees by Theresa Bloom—”I had spent so much energy on my own stubborn determination that I had forgotten to look to the Lord. My God is the God who sees, He is close to me when I am brokenhearted. God’s care gloriously released me from the impossible pressures and illusions of my own competency and control into His gracious freedom.”

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And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Sometimes we need to let go, surrender, before the Father can cultivate and grow what He wants in us.

Cultivation is that process of preparing the soil for planting, working the ground to be the best it can be for a bountiful harvest. Our hearts need this cultivation process too.

What has God been “digging up” in your life lately?

Join us this week as we continue building on our response of “Here I am” to God and the places of surrender He has been pointing out to us. Share your thoughts on cultivation in the comments on the blog posts this week, and on social media with the hashtag #VelvetAshesCultivate.

Do you want to share about the impact that Velvet Ashes has had on your life? Tell your friends and supporters about our upcoming virtual event called The Table! Registration is free, and access to The Table begins Sunday, October 18th.

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