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In which I link you up (vol. 44)


You know it’s true love when…the American dons a Team Canada sweater for his Canuck girl.

Now: your weekend reading!


must-read of the week

Walking the Second Mile: Jesus, Discrimination, and Religious Freedom – by Rachel Held Evans

(Alternately titled, In which Rachel drops the mic.)

The truth is, evangelical Christians have already “lost” the culture wars.And it’s not because the “other side” won or because evangelicals have failed to protect our own religious liberties.  Evangelicals lost the culture wars the moment they committed to fighting them, the moment they decided to stop washing feet and start waging war.  

And I fear that we’ve lost not only the culture wars, but also our Christian identity, when the  “right to refuse” service has become a more sincerely-held and widely-known Christian belief than the impulse to give it. 

more link love

Standing Our Ground – in Prayer – by Osheta Moore (an important and necessary series of prayer, shalom here)

Old Houses Are Like This by Rebecca Woolf at Girls Gone Child (probably the most exquisite writing you’ll read today)

How desire lead you home by Christie Purifoy (okay, another contender for “most exquisite writing”)

PRESS RELEASE: Blogger loses will to write/live after being asked to weigh in on proposed gay discrimination laws – by Kristen Howerton (pretty much sums up how I feel, too, but she’s clever)

What Women Want From the Church: The Jesus of the Gospels by Bronwyn Lea

Lord, Lord – by D.L. Mayfield

5 Churches to Probably Avoid – by Kurt Willems at Red Letter Christians

Q&R: You, Rob Bell, Don Miller, and Christianity Today (Brian McLaren responds to a CT editorial and I love him even more. The end.)

Bringing Men Back into Families by Lois M. Collins and Marjorie Cortez for The Atlantic

4 Steps to Speaking Love, Instead of Violence – by Beth at Red & Honey

When our Christian Faith is Questions – by Kathy Escobar

5 Women of the Early Church You Should Know – by Zachary K. Perkins at Red Letter Christians

Good News For Girls: Valentines + Selfies + Empathy Library by Erin Wilson at SheLoves Magazine

Today is the Day! And I need you! by Glennon Melton at Momastery (if you haven’t bought her wonderful book, buy it now)

As a Father, I have Learned – by John Blase

Waiting Tables: Observing Lent with a Servant’s Heart and Resources for Easter and Lent – by Megan Tietz at SortaCrunchy

Join me for a gentle Lent – by Elizabeth Esther

When the Red X Fades #EndItMovement – by Saskia Wishart

Work at Home Mom Outfits – by Laura Tremaine at Hollywood Housewife (sign me up)

Taste Test from Hell: We Cooked a Bunch of Gross Recipes from the 1950s – at Jezebel (Warning: big horrible language – but funny as hell)

33 Pictures that will make you proud to be a human being again at Buzzfeed

Jesus Feminist, out and about

When a Jesus Feminist comes home to a Jesus Feminist – by Natalie Trust

Growth in the First Person – by Amy Lepine Peterson for The Living Church

Jesus Feminist: Beyond Patriarchy and Proof-texting – by Caryn Riswold at feminismxianity

I Married a Feminist – by Karen Spears Zacharias

my own most-read post

In which this is my sacred scared

Isn’t it funny how we *love* authenticity and vulnerability until it’s our turn to step up to the plate? Yeah. That was me for this one. Squirmy, sweaty palms, racing heart, SO MANY second-thoughts. But now that it’s out there, it’s like a big exhale, like being met by friends. Such good Church in the “you,too?” “Me, too!” Thank you for dealing so tenderly with me. May we be so tender with our own selves, too. As Glennon said, you can be brave and afraid! Bring it all.

Pinterest inspiration

want to do: Family Binder – 8 printables for all important family info

want to wear: 10 bun hairstyles for any occasion (now to figure out how to DO them….)

want to remember: Live a quiet life and work with your hands

Wise WomanShe’s a dreamer, a doer, a thinker. She sees possibility everywhere.

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

“You da best daddy ev-ah!” she says. And then I died.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

 Galatians 6

and finally

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 Have a lovely weekend!

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In which I link you up (vol. 43)

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must-read of the week

This series happening at Momastery is just incredible.

Glennon wrote a post called The Sacred Scared and told us the truth: all of us are doing it scared. No one has it all together before they start. Now her friends are tellingtheir big fear or big mess (mine is coming up soon…). It’s a sacred space and it reminds us all that you don’t have to have everything figured out to show up anyway.

more link love

The Cost by Rachel Held Evans

Worthy by Austin Channing Brown

4 Things to Know About What’s Happening in Ukraine at NPR

Leaving Church to Save our Souls by Kathy Escobar

A Careful Charismatic by Kelley Nikondeha (this is so my own story, it’s ridiculous)

A series by Richard Beck about the Theology of Johnny Cash? TAKE MY MONEY.

3 D’s and the Big Three: A Guide to Survival Mode by Megan Tietz

How to build a writer’s platform: an old fashioned recipe by Esther Emery

Why I’d Rather Write on Facebook Than Actually Blog by Kelly at Love Well

In which I give you all a medal by Lisa-Jo Baker

Yoga Mats and Fire Pits: On Space for the Broken by Abby Norman

The most revolutionary question you can ask by Emily P. Freeman

Do we really need to go back to the first century? by Amy Simpson

3 ways to rescue the family dinner hour from chaos by Beth of Red & Honey

What does the Gospel make possible for women in 2014? by Suzanne Burden for The Junia Project

Why Middle-School Girls Talk Like Babies – And What Teachers Can Do About It by Jessica Lahey for The Atlantic

If you’re looking for a new way to mark Lent this year, check out Brandy’s e-course here.

This will make your day: This is what a pastor looks like

The funniest thing you’ll see this week.

Jesus Feminist, out and about

Embody Feminism (+ a giveaway of Jesus Feminist and Unladylike) with Aaron Smith

Super Parenting Library Giveaway (including Jesus Feminist!) with Dulce Chalé

(if you’re writing about Jesus Feminist, let me know!)

my own most-read post

In which the moments are ours alone now: on (not) blogging about tinies ::

I need my children to know that they aren’t blog fodder. I need them to know that they can grow up without an audience being privy to their sacred moments.

I need them to know that when they curl up around me in that old leather chair that their secrets are safe with me.

Pinterest inspiration

want to do with tiniesList of books for young readers

want to wear: our worship pastor was wearing this on Sunday and now I’m obsessed.

want to remember: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Thoreau

Wise Woman: Being tender and open is beautiful…..(lessons from Zooey Deschanel)

(I pin all manner of inspiration and ideas at Pinterest. You can follow me here.)

favourite instagram

The Hair
My little Evelynn and U.S. ice dancer Charlie White are hair twins!

(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life;

a plain and simple life is a full life.

Proverbs 13:7 (MSG)

and finally

Click here and enter your email address to receive new posts in your email inbox. Or subscribe using your favorite news/blog reader.

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 Have a lovely weekend!

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In which I’m into some things (May 2013 edition)

What I'm Into :: May 2013 Sarah Bessey

books i read

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton. I was terrified to read Glennon’s book because I love her blog so much. But sure enough, she did not disappoint me. This was the only book I put my life on hold to read in its entirety over these past two months.  I laughed, I cried, and I felt a little more understood, a little more connected to life, a little more human at the end. Glennon might be my spirit-animal.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Haunting, sad, and beautiful story.

Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp. Heather’s story is unflinchingly honest. The tendency in memoir is to make yourself look misunderstood and sympathetic, but Heather refuses to hide her own hypocrisy and questions. It’s heartbreaking, wise, hopeful, and full of grace.

Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do by Christine Caine. I am so inspired by Christine Caine – not only her work, but her approach to life. I felt lit up with challenge when I’d finished her new book.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax. Terrible book. Just terrible. That’s what I get for deviating from my carefully curated list of what-I-want-to-read.

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel by John Irving. It was impossible for this book to live up to the hype I’ve heard for years now. So I finally read it, and yes, I liked it, but like I said, my expectations were probably too high and so I did feel a bit let down.

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse and  Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End both by Jennifer Worth.  These are the final two books in the Call the Midwife trilogy and I’m ready to mount a petition to make it required reading in seminaries.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell. Not my favourite of his, but I did like it, and loved to see him working through the redemptive movement hermeneutic. But, as always, my main beef is that he doesn’t footnote or credit the people who influence his theology. Bad form, right?

books on my nightstand right now

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Decoded by Jay-Z

television worth watching

Doctor Who – I finished it. I am completely 100% caught up and now waiting with bated breath for the 50th anniversary special. And so of course, I promptly turned around and started again at the beginning.

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

The Great Gatsby: Brilliant. Absolutely utterly brilliant, wasteful, sad, and complex.

in my ears

I bought the Music Machine Complete 3-CD Set! There’s no shame in my retro Chrsitian kid game, baby. Yes, they’re cheesy but I love them forever and ever, amen.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby soundtrack is on quite a lot since I watched the movie. I’m utterly haunted by Lana del Ray’s song on there, Will You Still Love Me When I’m No Longer Young and Beautiful? and it’s on repeat.

in my kitchen

I’m doing my best to eat more veggies. My favourite recipes so far are Kelly at Love Well’s Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower


This Caramelized baked chicken recipe probably makes some real-food eaters a bit nauseous but it was tender and delicious and the tinies gobbled it up. So I’ll call it a win.

And I’ve got big plans for these popsicles to make this summer and I imagine we’ll knock off a few of these 20 classic summer crafts for kids, too.

So, friends, what about you?

What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?


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