Have You Seen? {February 24, 2019}

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.


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TRACTION- September 18-24, 2019
Interlaken, Switzerland

TRACTION is a 6-day renewal experience for men working cross-culturally. They focus on issues like managing stress and isolation, reconnecting with God, cultivating the character of authentic relationship, honoring God with our sexuality, and persevering with courage and trust in the face of challenge. This week includes worship, teaching, counseling, medical consultation, outdoor activities and personal reflection. Register HERE!

Last Week’s Theme: Brothers

Jesus Cares by Kevin Cochrane—”God, do you really care? Do you see these tears that I have cried again? Are you tired yet of hearing me pray about the same topic? Does pouring out my heart before you actually change anything? These are just a few of the questions I have found myself asking in prayer over the years as a single, cross-cultural worker. Sometimes I dared to utter them out loud. Sometimes out of my disappointment and frustration, they simply lingered beneath the surface. Regardless, they were real questions seeking an answer.”

The Gift of Our Faults {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”As I read that book, I gained a better understanding not only of my son, but also of my strong-willed husband. Through Dobson’s explanations, and through watching my family, I could see that exceptionally strong wills can manifest negatively as stubbornness, and positively as perseverance; strong wills can be applied to insisting on one’s own way or to following the Way. Our strengths can be our downfall, and our faults can be a gift. In A Wrinkle in Time, this concept plays out in the gifts given to Meg and Charles Wallace by the Mrs. W’s.”

Grace in the Trenches: A Brother’s Q & A by Sarah Hilkemann—”Language school provided some of the greatest joys but also some of the greatest challenges. The first year was the hardest, learning basic communication skills and new phonetic sounds and failing over and over again. I never knew my brain could hurt so much! I also struggled focusing in the sweltering heat.”

A Space for Authenticity by Daniel Hahn—”It was 8 years ago when I was sitting with a group of men, all international workers serving in N. Africa and the Middle East, and something broke the ice. I don’t remember exactly what it was, but suddenly the conversation turned authentic. I knew we were in sacred space. More than one guy began tearing up.”

A Brother’s Letter {The Grove: Brothers} by Jonathan Trotter—”I am a man, but I learned much about manhood from a woman. And so I want to say I’m sorry. I’m not sorry I’m a guy, but I am sorry that a bunch of my sisters have been mistreated by guys, both in the church and out of it.”

From Around the Web

ANXIETY – Dragging the Stigma into the Daylight

When Self-Discovery Becomes Self-Worship

Grace to Offer Ourselves to Others

Good Grief: Helping TCKs Navigate Their Unresolved Grief

the emotional labor of grief

Moral Injury

Finally, The Value Of Doing Your Work Well…Even When It Goes Unnoticed

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

We feel it in the beat of our favorite song, our toes tapping along. We watch the ocean waves come in and recede and our hearts respond with longing and acknowledgement. Rhythms resonate with us.

In the messy, chaotic lives we lead, we need a space to pause and evaluate the rhythms that guide our goings and comings, our days and months and years. Are we swept along by the tyranny of the urgent, the next big thing? Or do we push hard and then pull back, giving ourselves space for rest? Do we plan days off, play days, buffer days?

One of the annual rhythms of Velvet Ashes is our online retreat, and registration is opening this week! This retreat is designed with you in mind, our sisters who are serving around the world. There are videos and guided journaling prompts, a plan ready for you to take a half day or a whole weekend to slow and savor. Early bird registration will open on Tuesday evening (EST), so plan to join right away!

What are the rhythms that breath hope into your life right now? Plan to join us in the posts and comments this week, and add your thoughts on Instagram with the hashtag #VelvetAshesRhythms.

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Have You Seen? {February 24, 2019}