Have You Seen? {October 22, 2017}

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: Custodian

Stewardship: Where Less Is More by Jenilee Goodwin—”As we slowly began selling our belongings, renting out our home, and traveling from state to state, the realization began to sink in that the process of simplifying our lives so we could leave for the field was actually giving ourselves more to handle. We were taking on more responsibility than we could have ever imagined.”

The Hand of God {Book Club} by Amy Young—”These are important discussions to keep having because our ideas of success, failure, and stewardship are not calibrated once and then set for life. God keeps working in each of us to conform our thinking and understanding to be more like his.”

A Time For Everything by Velvet Ashes Team—”The Preacher tells us in Ecclesiastes that ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:’ This space—Velvet Ashes—has been given to us. All of us. But you know that Velvet Ashes is nothing without you. Without people who serve One who loves all and wants to see more join his family. Every now and then we use a blog post to share prayer needs and praises and we pray for each other.”

The Unlikely Custodian by Keri Burwell—”When I think of it today, I see custodians in two capacities: caretakers and mess-cleaner-uppers. Being a caretaker – changing lightbulbs, greasing squeaky hinges – doesn’t sound so bad, but when I think of the clean-up work that is so often associated with custodians, I cringe. The lunch room, the vomit in classrooms, the plugged toilet – no, not my ideal job at all (although as a mom, it does sound an awful lot like what I may do on any given day).”

For Those Who Send (The Grove: Custodian) by Amy Young—”Chances are you have been invested in the Great Commission for years; your journey with The Great Commission continued when you sent me, or us, out. You may have laid hands on me or held a commissioning service. You may have sent me out years ago, or just a few weeks ago. Perhaps you are preparing to send me and the days are either dragging or flying by.”

3 Questions: A Look In The Mirror For Leaders 

6.5 Myths About Expat Life

Pregnant On The Field 

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 

Unhelpful Things People Say In Risk #6

Team and Organizational Case Study in High Risk 

MENTAL HEALTH ON THE FIELD: An Interview with Dr. Barney Davis 

Finally,  Beyond A Hashtag

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

God knows we need to hear truths again and again to let them water our souls.

Be still and know that I am God.

He makes me like down in green pastures.

Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength.

God understands we live in a world of chaos. This week we are going to talk about the chaos we experience and how we can find God in the midst of it.

We invite you to join in the discussion this week. Show us on Instagram the chaos in your life—use #VelvetAshesChaos. Bring your blog posts to the Grove.

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