Have You Seen? {October 23, 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: Power

We Have Never Had the Power by Lauren Pinkston—”Work, work, work. Convert, convert, convert. Strive, strive, strive. Win, win, win. Exhaust yourself = model cross-cultural worker behavior. Right? Wrong. The problem with this mindset is that the power to change people’s hearts is placed on OUR shoulders. The authority to move in others is transferred away from God and into our hands, where it was never meant to be.”

Soaring like Eagles {Book Club} by Amy Young—The discussion in the comments section is not to be missed.

The Power of His Desires by Sarah Hilkemann—”Somehow I ended up living in a dorm and on a floor where this was more the exception than the rule. I was totally okay with that, but the topic of singleness found its way into many a late-night conversation over popcorn and M & M’s. ‘Will I ever get my ring?’ we asked each other. ‘How long do I have to wait?'”

That One Time All the Power Ran Out Everywhere by Amber Taube—”If any time earned the title for a crisis, it was this one. The country’s petrol pumps had run dry. Power cuts increased to 16 hours a day. Gas for cooking was unavailable for purchase. Rice, milk, and even water were in short supply.”

Authentic Sharing vs. Whining {The Grove – Power} by Patty Stallings—”Intentional vulnerability involves continual choosing to open up places in my heart and life that I’d rather just keep circling back to again and again in my own journal. But there’s the rub. Keeping those places hidden in the recesses of private pondering rarely brings the power of breakthrough, healing, or transformation. It is in the authentic sharing with others that I gain perspective and insight.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesPower


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

This week we’re doing a debriefing program, taking time to pause, to look back at the whirl of transitions we’ve come through, and to look ahead in preparation. (Baby will be here in 8 weeks!) 

I’m reminded of the power of pause. We’re made for pause. Pauses throughout each day, pauses throughout each season, and pauses between seasons, to look back and remember, to look ahead and imagine. Jesus likes to meet us in the pauses. 

From Around the Web

A call for patient endurance. 

Living abroad well and growing in dependence on local friends has to be based on more than economics.

I Love Travel Days.

This Global Life | Day 14: Ireland: Want to see a slice of our own Karen Huber? So fun!

How to Encourage Your Overseas Worker.

What Does It Mean to Practice Sabbath as an Overseas Worker?

Finally, The Dangers of “This is how it could be.”

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


Comedy is an often misunderstood gift. The tendency is to go to one extreme or the other: never laugh or laugh at inappropriate times or at everything.

We believe God is at work in all areas! Amen? Amen.

This week we will laugh at ourselves, we will talk about when you are just done and can’t laugh any more, and other aspects of this comedy (or tragedy or drama, depending on the hour), we call life.

Explore “comedy” with us this week. Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesComedy 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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