Have You Seen? {October 4 , 2015}

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: Facade

When a Façade Keeps Us from Redeeming Culture by Lauren Pinkson — “And I’ll go a step further to say those in cross-cultural ministry may feel the most pressure to hide behind images of perfection. We’ve supposedly been set free from slavery to fear; yet we walk out our faith on the eggshells of others’ perceptions of our own shortcomings.”

Buzz Words Strung Together? {Book Club} by Amy Young — We started our fall book! I first saw Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero in a reputable seminary book store. Hmm, I thought. Emotionally. Healthy. Spirituality. Could we put a few more buzzwords in a title? I also remember thinking, “Well, that book is either spot on or WAY off.” And bought it to find out which it was.

Outward Competence Nearly Killed My Soul by Emily Smith — “Moving overseas was quickly followed by my life coming completely undone. It finally had become clear to me where everything had begun to go wrong. I had never given myself the freedom to learn, make mistakes, or adjust. I had placed the expectation on myself to be perfectly competent in the culture from day one.”

Keeping Up Appearances {and Then Not Keeping Them} by Laura Rescorla — “Yet, the students had a great time.  Everything they experienced was incredible, delicious, adorable.  But their joy and excitement, it made me angry.  “They don’t know the first thing about how hard life is here,” I thought.  Our first night, one woman asked me, “Don’t you love it here?!”  No!  I hate it.  There’s not one thing I like.  I want to get on the next plane and go home.”

Listen in and Let’s Talk {The Grove – Façade} by Danielle Wheeler — “Today at The Grove we’re doing something a little different.  We’re inviting you to listen in on a conversation that the four of us editors had during our time together.  We’re talking about façade. Friends, we really believe the Father has a deep work he wants to do in each of us.  And we think the first step begins here with façade.  So listen in…”

From Around the Web

Real cross-cultural workers make fools of themselves. Real missionaries try to say ‘Hello’ and accidentally say ‘I am an ugly dress.’ It’s normal for native people to see you less like Indiana Jones and more like PeeWee Herman.”

When Plan B is God’s Best.

People are not our Project.

What to Do With the Pain of Wanting Somebody Else to Change.

Who Are The Heroes Of Singleness?

The Glamorous American Life Lie.

Finally, Resources For Men Serving Cross-Culturally.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…


Well now, how’s that for a warm and cuddly theme?

It comes out of our book club chapters this week in  Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero (Chapters 2 and 3). In it the author says, “We are not called by God to die to the ‘good’ parts of being who we are. God never asked us to die to the healthy desires and pleasures of life — to friendships, joy, art, music, beauty, recreation, laughter, and nature. God plants desires in our hearts so we will nurture and water them. Often these desires and passions are invitations from God, gifts from him. Yet somehow we feel guilty unwrapping those presents.”

This is why we want to talk about warnings this week. There are warnings we should listen to! However,   some warnings are not from God and actually rob us of the life giving aspects of our relationships with God, others, and ourselves.

As always, we want to hear your heart, so start writing about “warning” and then bring your link ups to The Grove.

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