Have You Seen? {October 21, 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: Routines

Returning to Routine + Share Your Favorite Go-To Meal Ideas by Ashley Felder—”I’ve noticed when any of us get off our routine for a while, we start to get at each other more. Grace and patience are thrown aside, while selfishness and bad attitudes creep in. When it has gone on for a while and I’m starting to pull my hair out, I start to analyze what the cause could be. Nearly every time it comes down to my inconsistent parenting and lack of routine. When we know a general idea of what to expect, we can function better, get more done, and usually with a better attitude.”

My Bed is Still Unmade {Book Club} by Amy Young—”But this is how rituals and habits form us . . . they grow in power. I found myself formed in a direction that was not good for my overall health. Sleep is necessary for the brain and body and soul. So, finding that “just say no” was not going to work, I started recharging my phone in a room that is not on the path to the bathroom. ‘Without realizing it, I had slowly built a habit: a steady resistance to and dread of boredom,’ Tish Harrison Warren. I would imagine that line jumped out to you too.”

Embracing a Routine of Rest by Danielle Germaine—”The familiar turmoil this question produces within are like red flags signaling a deeper heart issue. Am I and the work I’m doing, legitimate? Am I doing enough? Do I even deserve to have a set day during the week I guard to rest? Is my work actually contributing to the vision of the church? Is God pleased with me? Am I enough?”

The Gift of Sabbath by Claire Nguyen—”Sabbath. Just saying the word causes my spirit to ache in joyful anticipation. It wasn’t always that way. I used to hear and read the word Sabbath, and it was a word that eluded me. Sabbath – that’s for Old Testament Hebrews, right? But more and more I found myself chewing on the word, tasting the idea of what a Sabbath could be for modern times, for myself and for my family.”

Choices For the Good of My Routines {The Grove: Routines} by Joy Smalley—”Implementing routine is more about personal health then it is about control and its value reaches far beyond getting a to-do list accomplished. I’ve seen the power of routine in my life and I have seen the mental and emotional chaos that living outside of structure can produce. For the remaining months of my home assignment I am committed to creating a routine that will both bring healing and provide me mental space to process the past and plan for the future.”

From Around the Web

Embracing Change

Let’s Talk about Sexual Harassment

This Global Home | Day 15: Indonesia (Check out more of the ‘This Global Home’ series on Taking Route)

Beware of Jelly Fish!

Signs You Need a Vacation Like RIGHT NOW

What does a depressed person look like?

The Two Sides of a Door

Finally, Evaluating the Worth of Anger

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT) Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.

We are the queens of making do with little.

We know how to whip up a world-class holiday meal with only the ingredients found in the local market, and maybe a few strategic finds while visiting the big city. We make our homes beautiful, despite the dust and concrete and creatures. We have learned how to wash clothes by hand or take a bucket bath, or master the complicated train system. We do what needs to be done.

Are we content?

Under all the managing, does joy reside? This is a space to be honest, to share stories of fighting for contentment and the wins and loses in that department. We hope you will allow God to open up those corners of your heart this week, and include us in that journey. You can link your blog posts and add your comments all about contentment at the Grove. What does contentment look like for you, right now? Share a picture with us on Instagram using the hashtag #VelvetAshesContent.

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