Have You Seen? {September 20, 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: Adjust

The Chiropractor and Jesus + Skillet Cornbread Recipe by Ashley Felder — “Also due to these circumstances, I am now the only mama with young kids on our team. Yes, I’ve been spoiled with playmates for my kiddos the past few teams. I think I’m still in the grieving stage. (The only reason I know is because this virtually non-crier has tears ready to spill out several times a week!) It’s not easy for me to accept new plans, especially when they happen so suddenly. How did I take it? You guessed it…”

3 Key Words for Long-Term Work {Book Club} by Amy Young — “This book has challenged me to see how VAST God is and reminded me of his delight in me. His delight in you. His delight in us. As Father G said, the more I sense and taste his delight, delight flows more easily out of me. Life is still hard and messy and at times heart breaking. Delight does not negate these truths. Instead, it grows us and helps us to hold hard in one hand and delight in the other.”

Somewhere in the Midst of the Insanity by M’Lynn Taylor — “I know I make the mistake too often of comparing the two places when I’m feeling confused or overwhelmed and that certainly doesn’t help those around me. This is the hardest part of the whole ordeal no matter where I am. At some point I need to stop asking “Why?” and decide to live with it.”

The Turning Point For Me by Melissa Toews — “When we moved overseas, I thought the adjustment would be easy. I had already lived in our host country for three months as a single woman, so I knew what I was getting into. (Ha!) Of course I knew that going back married with a 3-month-old baby would be different. But still, I could quickly adjust. I was flexible. . . ”

For When You’re Trying to Adjust + Plus New Community Builders! {The Grove – Adjust} by Danielle Wheeler — “Whatever your adjustment, I want to share what’s helping me right now. Psalm 23. Yes, cliché. But not. Not for me right now. Have you ever focused on the verbs of Psalm 23? Here are God’s verbs: He makes me lie down, he leads me, he refreshes me, he guides me, he comforts me, he prepares for me, he anoints me. And my verbs? My job? To lie down, to walk, to fear not, to dwell. That’s it. That’s the shepherd-sheep relationship.”

From Around the Web

That One Safe FriendDo you have that one safe friend?

I Was Made For Another World. “So I am realizing:  I’m not actually homesick for America.  I’m homesick for heaven.”

“Here’s what I have learned over the years about staying connected with friends who are scattered across the globe.”

This one on harassment on the field is a must read for us all.

Longevity in Ministry ~ Go fast or go far. It IS your choice…

Finally, taking a hit when doing what God asks.

And Now for Next Week

The Theme is…

story

As we begin our fall series based on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, we’ll start with our stories.

I love that God has woven the very language of story into the Bible, using a beginning, a middle, and an end.

In the beginning …

In the last days ….

And we are here, in the middle of God’s story for our lives. There are tragedies,  adventures stories, feel good stories, rom-com, and let’s not forget horror stories. We see all of these playing out in the world today and in our lives.

I was reading today in Soul Keeping by John Ortberg how the soul needs gratitude. I don’t know what your story is, but can we start this week by being grateful that God loves stories, loves to tell stories, and is at work in your story. I’ll be honest that it’s hard to say I’m grateful for all parts of my story, and I think that’s okay. But I can say, I am grateful to know that God can use all parts of my story and that as I find safe places to share, He meets me there.

This is our hope for the week: that you are able to own your story and God meets you there.

Come share your story with us at The Grove beginning on Thursday, 6 pm US EST to share your own journey and insights as we gather around the theme of Story.

 

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