Have You Seen? {September 9, 2018}

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.

Connection Groups

We are so excited to share that Connection Groups are right around the corner! If you are in need of an opportunity to connect with women around the world who get it, to share weekly through Skype, Facebook or email, and to receive encouragement and support from your sisters, this is the place for you! If you are new around here and new to Connection Groups, check out this article for some answers to your questions. Groups will start September 16th and run through the week of November 11.

Registration is this week, starting Tuesday, September 11th (6:00 PM EST)! In order to make sure all the time zones get an opportunity to sign up, registration will open in three different waves. There are lots of groups with a specific focus like those for single women, just arriving on the field or walking through re-entry, and then there are plenty of groups open to anyone! We would love to have you join. You can check out the registration page and bookmark it because this is where you will want to go on the 11th!

Last Week’s Theme: Remember

Just Know He Remembers Too by Jenilee Goodwin—”In your corner of the world, God sees you. In your day to day life, God knows your story. In your struggles, God remembers his promises to you. You are written on the palm of his mighty, capable, enduring hand.”

Sleeping with Goats and Other Adventures {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”I am not exactly qualified to be leading a discussion on birthing stories in West Africa. I have never carried a baby in my womb or labored hard to bring that little one into the world. While I have scratched the surface of women’s health education and find it fascinating, I am not a certified midwife. Yet, Monique and The Mango Rains: Two Years With a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway is not just a story for those who have birthed babies themselves or sat with others in that process. This memoir is a beautiful look at what birthing and life is like in another culture, a story full of hope and despair and plenty of crossing-cultures experiences. I think we can each find our place in this book.”

Live Your Change Inside The Unchanging One by Lilly—”After that meltdown in front of 30 of my closest friends, a good friend came up to me. He told me something I have never forgotten. Spoken like a true engineer, he encouraged me using physics language. He said that up to that point God had used certain variables in my life to provide what I needed: my parents, my church, mentors. Now he was changing those variables, but He would remain. He was the constant of my life. No matter how variables changed, he would stay the same.”

Remembering God’s Purpose + Homemade Crescent Rolls by Ashley Felder—”As I sit here, sipping my favorite chai (that I didn’t have to concoct from scratch), in a comfy recliner, mesmerized by the thunderstorm happening out my window—all amazing things I don’t experience in my China home—my heart still longs for the other side of the world. But it’s not these things it longs for, rather the people there. I miss my people.”

Remembering as a Spiritual Practice {The Grove: Remember} by Patty S—”Sam’s second heart attack tossed us into the wild seas of the unknown. In the early days of recovery, we were given a time away at a sprawling retreat center, and there the hosts asked us to tell the story of our calling when we first knew we would uproot our young family and move to the other side of the planet. That retelling breathed hope to the embers of our downcast hearts and peace to our unsettled souls.”

From Around the Web

There’s a great resource on sale next week! Dragging Baggage: A Guide for Those Struggling on the M Field will be only 99 cents from September 11-18. Make sure to check it out!

The “Gospel of Progress” and Transformation in Christ

10 Cookbooks for Your Overseas Kitchen

Find and Be Found

Learning from Injustice While Living Overseas

The Part of Travel No One Talks About

Finally, The Day I Chose to Smile

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

A blank stare, eyes glazed over. A quick topic change. We know what’s it’s like to live a life that feels utterly strange and foreign to those who have not been there, how painful it can be when they don’t know how to hear our hearts well.

But we get it. This community is a sisterhood of women who have walked where you have walked, or are about to join you on this journey. We are here to cry, to laugh with complete understanding at language mistakes, to rejoice over grocery store finds and work victories, to pray for breakthrough and babies and family far away.

We are a place for you to feel understood.

This week as we get ready for our Connection Groups to start, we want to open the circle wide to share together. You are important, you are welcome here and there’s a place for you to share your story, your life. Registration for Connection groups will open on September 11 at 6 PM EST, and if you want to know more check out this article. Add your voice through the comments this week and link up your blog posts as we join together at The Grove. You can also join our community over on Instagram by sharing with the hashtag #VelvetAshesUnderstood.

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