Have You Seen? {September 29, 2019}

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Last Week’s Theme: Dance

Just Dance by Monica F—”Our kids are older now, but they STILL speak fondly of our dance parties. In fact, if a week or two has gone by without a dance party, they make it happen. The musical choices have broadened, but their silliness and joy haven’t changed. We have found dancing to be such a healthy and nourishing activity, both in moments of celebration or at the end of a tough day when words just won’t do.”

Lessons From Born a Crime {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”The paradox is this: we build relationships with people when we’ve got some common ground, when we fit in. But, we can’t fit in all the time in all ways. That’s we in the general sense of we humans but also more specifically, we, cross-cultural people. We need to fit in while not fitting in so that we have enough common ground to establish relationships with people, yet we don’t compromise the counter-culture of following Jesus. This applies to our home culture as well as our host culture.”

It All Matters by Maria Mullet—”We dance between the good and the bad, between lives that feel too slow and those that feel out-of-control. We dance along the line of caring for our families living afar and rooting deeply into those in our immediate worlds, dance the line of caring for our own souls while also giving of them to others. Dance, dance, dance. 

Learning Where to Look by Theresa Bloom—”It’s fascinating how music and dance are gifts that can both contain and transcend culture… I’ve marveled that following Jesus can do both, too. With no language prerequisites for anyone, though, watching the dance with my neighborhood felt unifying, mysteriously tapping into basic emotions even as some found themselves tapping along to the beat.”

Dancing in the Darkness {The Grove: Dance} by Elizabeth Trotter—”Dance speaks a different, wordless, type of language that wordy people like me need. We need to come back to ourselves, to live in our bodies again. Too often I live solely in my head. Thoughts, especially of the dark dreary kind, circle round and round and never find a resting place.”

From Around the Web

Speaking Honestly about Living Overseas Long-term– new podcast episode on Taking Route

Introverts on an Expat Team

After Moving Season

You Need to “Wait In Silence”

Why Being a Mother Is Not My Purpose

Noteworthy on Instagram: Ask the Second Question and Learning about Executive Function

Finally, Life Lived From the Middle

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

How to find the best price. How to conjugate verbs. How to ride a motor bike.

No, this isn’t high school (thank goodness!). But oh, the things we must learn when we serve cross-culturally!

The lessons can pile up, one after another, as we try to navigate a new place and a new language and new just-about-everything. The learning doesn’t end when we finish our first term, when we finish our fifth term, or when we land again in our passport country.

We have a God who just continues to amaze, and I think we can all agree we are glad there’s so much more to keep learning about Him, about this life and walk with Him and what it means to journey in obedience wherever we are.

What has the Father been teaching you lately?

What cross-cultural lessons have brought you joy in this season? Or just plain old frustration?

We are all learning and we can’t wait to chat about it this week! Make sure you share your learning thoughts on Instagram with the hashtag #velvetasheslearn!

There might regional lessons you are in the middle of and you need to get a “yes and amen” from sisters who get it! You can use our regional hashtags as well and connect with others serving in your area! Use #velvetashesasia, #velvetashesafrica, #velvetasheseurope, #velvetashessa, #velvetashesca, #velvetashesme, #velvetasheslatinamerica, and #velvetashesna.

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