Have You Seen? {October 30, 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: Comedy

Comedic Self-Care for the Fatalistically-Inclined by Karen Huber—”Okay, sure, these are all the things (TV! <gasp!> Passport culture! <for shame!>) we’re told to guard our hearts from lest we become The Ugly American and go all isolationist on our host culture. But I’m here to confess: sometimes I just need to laugh at things I know, at things I get, at things that make me feel like me again.”

Ostrich Joke Not-So-Funny {Book Club} by Amy Young—Ever thought of the comedic side of Job? Join in the conversation about ostriches, God’s view of comedy, and Job.

Healing Humor Only Heaven Could Deliver by Renee Aupperlee—”‘Do you care if we have to steal something?’ This was the question my neighbor asked me one night at ten p.m. when our bathroom pipe had burst, water was spraying everywhere, and I had frantically pounded on her door to ask for help. I had no idea how to find a plumber in Asia at that hour. My options were very limited at that moment, so . . .”

Cross Cultural Comic Relief by Regina Chari—”As a therapist to orphaned children who have lost so much: parents, homes and a sense of community, my days are often filled with a lot of heart-wrenching emotions. Laughing at myself becomes the life raft that brings me back home to that safe place where I can curl up in my Savior’s lap and let it all out. I tell these stories because being the butt of the joke has helped me to become a part of this community, while at the same time keeping me grounded and not taking myself so seriously in the midst of seriously hard days.”

Is Jesus Funny? {The Grove: Comedy} by Amy Young—”Did the question ‘Is God funny’ make you feel a little squirmy inside? Did it seem a bit irreverent? To be clear, God is not like us, he is God and he is holy. God does not laugh at people or belittle their pain. Yet, he is also not a stern Grandfather in the sky. Anything good in us comes from him, which includes the ability to laugh. God has given us three humor-gifts when it comes to living overseas.”

Instagram Highlight for #VelvetAshesComedy


Check out all of the images from this weeks tag #VelvetAshesComedy. This weeks highlight is from @lovelace4combodia:

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This is what parenting looks like for us 95% of the time. 

From Around the Web

The Witchdoctor’s Goats and Halloween.

Looking for Mic-Drop Methods in Cross-Cultural Work.



Finally, for the season of life you’re in, Sleepy Wasps and Ecclesiastes.

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .


I was talking to my dad today about meat. (Yes, I know that’s a little weird. What can I say, we are meatetarians!) Matter of factly, I mentioned the yummy yak steak I ate in Tibet and the horse ribs generously prepared for us in a Kazakh home in Mongolia.

I had the thought, what a big life I have lived.

Yet for a good chunk of my life overseas, I have lived in a small space. One country, two cities, most of it in one neighborhood.

Big and small have a lot to do with context and perspective, right? This week we will be focusing on “small”. Come and explore with us!

Tag your photos with #VelvetAshesSmall 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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