Have You Seen? {October 7, 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: Shift 

The Answer When Shifting is Constant by Jenilee Goodwin—”Life overseas means constantly evaluating the shifting things around you and learning to drive through it. Nothing is automatic. Nothing stays the same. Nothing comes easily. Shifting is constant. So, what can we do when life is constantly shifting? How can we be prepared for the daily, sometimes hourly, shifting of life and work overseas? Build a strong foundation on solid, firm ground. What is the answer when the power goes out on the hottest night, the grocery store doesn’t have any meat, every ATM you’ve tried is empty or the team you’ve been working with leaves? When your language fails, your neighbor steals, your papers are missing or your VISA doesn’t come through? Build a strong foundation on solid, firm ground.”

Reading with a Video and Get to know Rachel {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Hello friends, today we begin Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. I can’t remember where I first heard of this book, but I read it in January of this year. In the midst of reading it, I got a text from my friend Amy. ‘You have to read Liturgy of the Ordinary. You know unlike you, I rarely read nonfiction and I’m starting to reread this book. It is THAT GOOD.’ And it is. It is the book I wish I had written because it says all I have been trying to say for years through my writing. We live in the messy middle, where the sacred and the ordinary reside. How can we integrate the two?”

When God Shifts Your Call by Joy Smalley—”I clearly remember the day the call dissolved in front of me and I was powerless to save it. My husband came home after a routine team meeting and took me into the bedroom, locking the door behind him. He was shaking and near tears. “I think we were just kicked off the team,” he said and proceeded to tell me the interaction of the morning. I think my heart stopped beating for a second as I tried to process what that meant. We had worked hard in this place, we had suffered in this place and our ministry was just beginning to take on shape and with the snap of a finger, it was gone. Dreams lost. Hope shattered. Friendships broken. Faith shook.

But I Thought it was Chocolate by Renee Aupperlee—”We are experts at shifting gears. How often have we learned to release expectations, downshift, and reposition ourselves for something we did not see coming? How often do we change from one team to another, from one role to another, from one country to another? We learn to shift gears all the time…We eagerly bite deep into the pastry we bought at the bakery only to realize that red bean looks remarkably like chocolate. We renovate, paint, and buy all kinds of furniture for the apartment we thought we’d live in for years – and then the landlord sells it 6 months later.”

A Shift in Perspective {The Grove: Shift} by Patty S—”My friend described her life in the past few weeks – tearful, chaotic with unmet expectations, things torn up to be fixed that ended up exactly the same, only messier. But then this, ‘I’m grateful for a life rich in opportunity to dredge things up that God is working on in me.’ Don’t you love her perspective? I hear in her gratitude a shift from focus on the circumstance to God’s transformational purposes. Shift in perspective. How do you get there?”

From Around the Web

GFIT: A Guide to Praying for Third Culture Kids 

Speak out Loud 

Step-by-Step Guide to Packing up Your Whole Life into Ten Suitcases

Planning a Purposeful Thanksgiving Gathering 

This Global Home | 31 Home Tours from Around the Globe

Lament for the Disbelieved 

Can Prayer Really Move Mountains? 

Are We Really Signing Up for This? 

When Your Slip is Showing  

Finally, Don’t Call Your Kids “World Changers”

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Sometimes it would be nice if all of life was lived on the mountain tops, full of adventures and soaring emotions.

Instead, the glory of our lives is found in the every day. Fresh pots of coffee morning after morning, the daily run to the local market or grocery store, a chat with the street vendor or house helper. One day can flow in to another and if we aren’t careful and we can miss the moments of joy, the gifts from the Father that pass by if we don’t stop to look.

That’s why this week we are focusing on our daily lives. Those days can look vastly different depending on the continent on which we reside, so let’s throw back the curtain and allow each other a sneak peak. What is your favorite part of your day? What does a typical day look like for you (if that is possible)? Let’s have fun on Instagram this week sharing about what our daily life looks like! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #VelvetAshesDailyLife when you post. Also stop by The Grove as we wrap up the week!

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