Have You Seen? {September 3, 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: Welcome to Team

Ove, Welcome to Team {Book Club} by Amy Young—”This book had me physically reacting to it—I laughed, I teared up, I could feel my throat constrict at points, my heart raced at other points. Sometimes I was so annoyed with Ove. SO annoyed. Others, I felt protective of him, which I know he would hate!”

Welcome to Team! Again… by M’Lynn Taylor—”Our shared spaces as well as our individual apartments, tiny as they were, became a commune and a refuge. We took shelter from the freezing outdoor elements, homesickness, and the harsh language and culture of our host country together in our concrete haven. (We did a lot of outreach, and the safe, cozy and friendly environment of our home base allowed us to do that well as we also invited others in!)”

What You Need to Know About Connection Groups by Emily Smith—”Unlike talking to friends back home where you have to explain so much of your life, when you sign up for a CG, you are joining a small group of women who get your life, allowing you to go deeper more quickly than you might in other contexts.”

Are You the Happy Honeymooner, Indignant Idealist, or Arm’s Length Army? {The Grove: Welcome to Team} by Danielle Wheeler—”So I can tell you that yes, it will be hard. Really hard sometimes. But oh, it will be good. Submersion into close community with others will bring out areas in your own character that you didn’t know existed. It will test and stretch the boundaries of your ability to love and serve others.  If you’re serious about becoming Christ-like, here’s your chance.”

From Around the Web

10 Reasons Why Our Good Intentions to Fight Poverty Backfire

Raising Children with Special Needs When You Live Overseas

The Day I Learned to Mourn

Finally, Weekly Prayer

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

This is an exciting week around Velvet Ashes. On Tuesday we open the registration for Fall Connection Groups! If your life is anything like mine, it is easy to get swept up in the busyness of life.

But God’s heart for you, for me, for us, is not to be swept up in activities that keep us on the go so much we are not connected.

Connected to God.

Connected to ourselves. How are we doing in the season? What are we learning about suffering and struggle? Where are we growing?

Connected to others.

Connected to nature—even if you live in a concrete jungle or the 19th floor of a high rise.

Separated or disjointed or disintegrated. Language of The Fall. But they seem so normal, don’t they? And for now they are. But Christ came not only for eternity that will be, he also came for the eternity that is now.

As a stone of remembrance, we are marking this fall (or spring!) by connecting. By saying, “We as a community, will take this week to center ourselves around this concept of connecting. We will remember who we really are. We will protect times in our lives to connect.”

So join the discussion this week in the comments. Show us on Instagram how you are connecting these day with #VelvetAshesConnecting. Bring your blog posts to the Grove. What has God taught you through team living?

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