Have You Seen? {September 19th, 2021}

We have a whole new batch of upcoming themes with openings listed on our Submissions page! We invite you to ponder the words that God might have you share with the community. Learn more here.

Last Week’s Theme: Menopause

The Change is Normal (But Hard Nonetheless) by Monica F—”Depending where you are in the world, there may or may not be resources at your fingertips for support during perimenopause. But I would encourage you to talk about it with others—perhaps in a Connection Group, with a female mentor, or a friend back home who is a doctor or nurse.”

Broken and Poured Out {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Our judgment gets in the way of understanding and steals an opportunity to show compassion. Pride distracts us from our own brokenness, and we lose the chance to peel back layers to the longing or pain buried deep in others or in ourselves.”

Questions, Questions, Read All About It by Stephanie Prater-Clarke—”Sarah asks the Lord a question out of her unbelief. After all, ‘the way of the woman had ceased’ to be with her. But what God was about to do defied human logic. What He was about to do in this latter season of her life was even greater than the former.”

This Too Shall Pass by Belinda Chaplin—”There are days I walk around the local park and see people with their children and wonder what it would have been like to be a mother. On those days, it is so important to remember that my desires are there to point me back to God.”

From Around the Web

Regrets and Remembrances: A Prayer for Those Who Leave Home

Four Seasons, Twelve Questions

Check out these resources from The Global Birth Coach: Private Facebook Group for mommas giving birth abroad and the Expat Birth Podcast

Podcast: Hold on To Hope

Music: Promises

Finally, What Everybody Ought to Know About Self-Reflection

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

For the single who wonders if her sexuality is wasted.

For the married woman who is struggling to find enjoyment in sex but doesn’t know how to ask for help.

For the one carrying the pain of what never should have been done to her.

For the sister with questions and confusion. The one cloaked in shame for past choices. For all of us who walk in this broken world longing for wholeness.

Sexuality. We would rather avert our eyes and cover blushing cheeks, but we are going to be real and honest this week. If you have pain in your past that could be triggered, be gentle with yourself and skip the posts if you that is what you need to do.

We have only two posts this week, and we hope this will create space to sit with the stories shared and process what God might have us as we consider the topic of sexuality. Join us in the comments on those blog posts and on social media. Reach out with questions or if there’s a way that Velvet Ashes can walk with you. We’re going there with you, to hold on to hope in the hard and the good.

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