Have You Seen? {September 24, 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: Personality

Relentless by M’Lynn Taylor—”God’s personality has been presenting itself to me through nature lately. Blessed by a trip to the beach with my family, I sat on the sand, surrounded by the big sky, salty wind blowing through my tangled, yet sun-kissed hair. My attention tuned in to the waves and how they keep coming, one after another, day after day. Wading out knee-deep into the ocean and demanding them to stop would be an idiotic exercise in futility.”

Noticing is Hard Work {Book Club} by Amy Young—”Piper pushes us to move beyond something being useful to it being formative. Does this knowledge, experience, conversation form ‘our intellect, our mood, our work, our faith, our outlook, our awareness of the world.'”

The Hesitation Inside Us by Danielle Krouch—”It is so easy to see the truth in those I care for. I see their great strengths and unique characteristics, and I love them. Yet, when it comes to myself, I cannot accept my own personality, and think maybe I’m a bit too dysfunctional for any good. I have thought that I could be so much more useful if I were more outgoing. I have friends who can “woo” people to them and always seem to know how to talk with new people and engage with them well. I stumble over words and walk away wondering if I made any sense.”

No to Cheese Pizza, But Yes to Green Pastures by Renee Aupperlee—”I’ve also learned in my years of living overseas that God has wired me. He made me! Funny how childlike and yet profound this truth is. And since He made me, He also poured into me the personality He crafted just for me.”

The Enneagram and Me {The Grove: Personality} by Kimberly Todd—”I am most at home in One space, and I encounter Shepherd most often in Seven space. When I’m doing my work to take good care of self and soul, which is say, when I am healthy, I am at ease instead of on edge with Shepherd. I can make him laugh first and hardest, and I know now how important that is.”

From Around the Web

The Five People Who Shape You the Most

Do you know about Kids Books Without Borders?

Living Between Worlds

Where Your Story is Held

From First Breath, A Culture-Crossing Life

College-Bound TCKs: A Senior Year Financial Aid Timeline

Finally, When You’re Afraid Your Best Days Are Behind You

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

Over the years, Home, has been a theme more than once. Never homesick. Talking about being home, asking the question “Where is my home?”, and connecting as a body over our sense of having multiple homes is easier than to turn and look Homesick straight in the face.

To let the ache again wash over you.

If you are new to the field, you might be entering your first wave of homesickness. Or you might say, “Are you kidding me? I skipped the honeymoon phase and went straight to the deep end of homesickness.”

Here is a dirty secret of living and serving overseas, it is often harder to return to the field after a furlough or home assignment than it was to first go to the field. If this is you, and you have returned to the field, recently and find yourself in a funk, we get it. We are here for each other.

Or, you might have left the field and the reality of “I am not going back” is hitting you hard. You are homesick for a home you may never get to live in again.

Maybe you have had to move to a new home on the field because of visa regulations, a ministry change, or any of the many reasons we move.

Little pieces of ourselves scattered around the world. But God is the God of comfort. Let’s meet Him together this week as we talk about being homesick.

All this and more this week. Join in the discussion this week in the comments. Show us on Instagram  what helps you soothe your homesick soul using #VelvetAshesHomesick. Bring your blog posts to the Grove.

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