Have You Seen? {September 10, 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: Connecting

Small Things {Book Club} by Kimberlee Conway Ireton—”We are smack dab in the middle of Ordinary Time, the longest season of the church year, comprising fully half the year. (In some traditions, it’s well over half.) It is easy, and tempting, to think that Ordinary Time is just all the weeks that aren’t in other seasons and so dismiss them as being less important, or even unimportant. But Ordinary Time is not just a hodgepodge of days that don’t fit anywhere else. It is a season, the season of the church year that celebrates the ordinary days of our lives. Ordinary Time reminds us that every day is sacred to the One who made it.”

In Search of Someone Who “Gets it” by Cecily Willard—” If you are in a difficult place, let us welcome you into a safe place to share and to receive encouragement. If you are in a place of transition—trying to find your footing, come and share your story so others can stand with you. Or, if you are in your sweet spot, come and share the goodness of God and the joy of life!”

8 Ways to Make Real Connections with Others by Jenilee Goodwin—”Whether in real life or online, using technology or having a face-to-face sit down at your kitchen table, connecting takes a bit of creativity, purpose and intentionality. It also takes a bit of courage to step outside your circumstances or struggles and put yourself out there again and again.”

Connection is Not About Me {The Grove: Connecting) by Emily Smith—”Connection is not about me. It is an act of humility. We have to humble ourselves and risk rejection. We have to drop the facade and allow others to see us as we are — broken, messy, yet made perfect in Christ.”

From Around the Web

My Private Space

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Is God curious?

I am not being disrespectful, I truly wonder. Made in the Imago Dei, we bear his image. Healthy Curiosity is one of our best traits.

But it can get dulled. We can become overwhelmed by all of the new or passé at all of the sameness.

In The Curious Christian, the book that we start on Tuesday, Piper says that curiosity can be individual and communal.

This week we are going to practice holy curiosity together.

So join the discussion this week in the comments. Show us on Instagram what’s got you curious using #VelvetAshesCuriosity. Bring your blog posts to the Grove.

What do you think?

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