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A Little Bit of Link Love (vol. 51)

EVERYTHING

 

your must-read of the week

Women Like Me are Abused Worldwide: Here’s Why by Anne Graham Lotz

a bit more link love

I’m glad I’m not the same guy who wrote Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

ShePonders: My Present Embarrassment by Kelley Nikondeha for SheLoves Magazine

The Job that Desire Wanted by Kelli Woodford

Enjoying: Payoff in the Present by Kelle Hampton

My Story of Healing by Christine Caine

On Being a Woman and a Bible Major by Julie

Why More Evangelical Women are Breaking Their Silence by Janel Curry

Don’t watch the Ray Rice video. Don’t ask why Janay Palmer married him. Ask why anyone would blame a victim. by Hannah Giorgis for The Guardian

Jennifer Lawrence May Be a Victim But Not of the Devil by Laura Turner for RNS

How to sling insults like the British (some may find offensive!)

If you want to know what all of Canada is reading about right now, it’s this: the discovery of the Franklin Expedition ship

46 Birth Photos That Are Worth Having a Baby For

my own most-read post

Be Not Afraid: A Letter to My Charismatic Brothers and Sisters ::

We’ve taught the message that “everyone is out to get us” and “be afraid” for so long that perhaps it is no wonder that we have become fear-filled, defensive, close-minded anti-Christs. I grieve for our witness. Is this the activity and experience of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Surely not.

We are living out of our worst fears instead of our best hopes. We are teaching and preaching, we are writing, we are leading, we are praying out of crippling fear instead of the hope of Christ.

favourite instagram

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Tiny #4 didn’t come to play. Only 15 weeks here – and no, it’s not twins.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“Art is so often better at theology than theology is.” – Christian Wiman

and finally

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 Have a lovely weekend!

Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.

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A Bit of Link Love (vol. 50)

EVERYTHING

 

your must-read of the week

The Sunday She Stood by Megan Gahan for SheLoves Magazine

Black Bodies, White Souls by Austin Channing Brown

a bit more link love

Back to School Benedictions by Osheta Moore

Cleaning My Cup by Kelley Nikondeha

Her Face by Abi Bechtel

Dare you to pick one thing from this list for your weekend? by Preston Yancey

Cracks in the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Reach Prominent Pulpits by Adelle M. Banks for Sojourners

How I limited screen time by offering my kids unlimited screen time by Ann Kirby-Payne

A Blessed Endeavour: Astrophysicist Dr. Jennifer Wiseman’s faith enriches her scientific work by Margot Starbuck (I’ve become obsessed with the show Cosmos and so this was so refreshing to read.)

The Form Letter for Unmet Expectations by Kristen Howerton

The Definitive Ranking of Iconic “Friends” Episodes

I’m giving away $50 to JoeFresh online – enter here

my own most-read post

173 beats a minute: On one surprising baby and the possibility of miracles

I just need to say, too, that your comments and emails after I shared the full story of our summer-surprise have been a great source of comfort, hope, and encouragement for us. Thank you!

Pinterest inspiration

want to cook: Soup season! copy-cat recipe for the Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli

cool to see: 50 Insanely Gorgeous Nature Tattoos

want to remember: Let us not become weary in well-doing... (beautiful print!)

Wise Woman: 7 Videos that are battling stereotypes this summer

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

favourite instagram

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Joe is trying to help me find a name for the new baby – but he’s only checking the boy names section in a radical act of hope. (Poor Joe – only sisters and girl-cousins.)
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“We must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core – which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word “love”. – Dallas Willard

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.

You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.

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In which I link you up (vol. 49)

EVERYTHING

After nearly three months off blogging, I have to say it feels good to be back at it.

I have really grappled with blogging this summer – the medium itself as well as my place in the mix. I’m still figuring that out but after a hard week with big topics, I realised something: I still love it. We all did good work this week online – I see so many of you out here, advocating for important and beautiful and true things, doing good work. Important work has happened online this week and I’m happy to highlight just a few that caught my eye.

 

the must-read of the week

When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown by Stacia L. Brown

on #Ferguson

America is Not for Black People by Greg Howard for The Concourse

This is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown by Kara Brown for Jezebel

His Life Matters – World Peace May Hang in the Balance by Kelley Nikondeha

On Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: A Prayer for Ferguson by Abby Norman

Ferguson Police Reportedly Shoot Pastor Renita Lamkin with Rubber Bullets – Huffington Post

I Raise My Hands: A Prayerful Response to #Ferguson by Osheta Moore

I Don’t Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson by Alli Brathwell for XO Jane

more link love

Vicky Beeching, Star of the Christian Rock Scene, “I’m Gay: God Loves Me Just the Way I Am” at The Independent

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Mental Health by Ann Voskamp

The Depressed Christian: Why the Dark Night is No Measure of Your Soul by Megan Tietz

Faith After Literalism: An Interview with Michael Gungor at BioLogos

Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt by Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery

Thoughts on Depression, Suicide, and Being a Christian by Nish Weiseth

What Can Christians Do About Iraq? an interview with Jeremy Courtney at Huffington Post

Taste It All by John Blase

Beautiful – Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair by Megan Gahan for SheLoves Magazine

13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done by Gretchen Rubin

And finally because we all need a hug: 30 Photos That Will Make You Say Awwwwwwwww! at Buzzfeed

my own most-read post

In which I have a few things to tell you about #Ferguson ::  Black lives matter. I cannot even believe I have to write that sentence but there it is. Black lives matter. These young men matter, their lives are sacred. It doesn’t matter if Mike Brown was on his way to college or on his way to the unemployment line – his life had value and purpose. He was loved. His life mattered. Every single black life matters. If your pro-life ethic doesn’t include black lives, then your pro-life ethic is useless.

Pinterest inspiration

want to cook: Raspberry Mango Chicken Cashew Salad

cool to see: 23 Epic Literary Tattoos

LOLZ: A Map of an Introvert’s Heart (AKA My Heart) – my husband particularly chortled over The Railroad of Cancelled Plans.

want to remember: So I’ll be bold as well as strong. I’ll use my head alongside my heart.

Wise Woman: Long Lost Photos that Show how Motherhood Hasn’t Changed in 50 Years

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

favourite instagram

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Returning to @mercyministriescanada to teach in chapel this morning was a moment to remember. These women are my heroes! I miss working here almost everyday but thankful to still be part of “the family’ even in small ways. Carry this place in my heart always.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.” 

- Desmond Tutu

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.

You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.

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In which I link you up (vol. 48)

EVERYTHING

must read of the week

Why Girls in Nigeria Should Matter to You by Kristen Howerton

 The ministry of watching sparrows fall to the ground by D.L. Mayfield


more link love

Educated Girls Will Change the World by Erin Wilson

Short and to-the-point. Jesus and a “Woman’s Place” by Kate Wallace for The Junia Project

Years ago, the answer to this very question changed everything for me. Should Jesus inform our Christianity? by Rachel Held Evans

Brian McLaren’s response here is a perfect example of why his work and ministry saved my faith a time or two.

You want to know how to handle unexpected shifts in your story with love and grace and incarnation? This is how: Better Than a Light and Safer Than a Known Way by my dear friend, Tara Livesay

White Privilege Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means by Kristen Howerton

“Choose joy, they say. But joy without lament is too thin for me.” Everyday Lament by Kelley Nikondeha

Marriage Letters between Seth & Amber Haines are always a must-read. His and Hers.

A worthwhile question: Is your extreme diet really an eating disorder? by Laura at Hollywood Housewife

Practical and tender: 10 ways to show love to the mom at home with little ones by Megan Tietz

Richard Beck is just a must-read. Always. His series about charismatics has taught me so much.

This is just life as a parent, single or not. So good. Parenting in Neverland by Andrea Levendusky

Christie is one of my newer discoveries and I LOVE EVERYTHING FROM HER. But here’s just one to get you started… Our Stories Come from Hunger by Christie Purifoy

Practical and challenging: The powerful difference between organizing and decluttering by Tsh Oxenreider

Laura is my blogging guru/fellow geek. Her series about blogging is just brilliant.

“Love does not just happen. It’s forged.” The lie and the truth about marriage by Glennon Doyle Melton

What writing a book looks like by Rachel Lee Haas (and check out the Instagram hashtag, too)

A clothes designer from Milton Keynes has launched ‘The Clergy Collection’ – for fashion-conscious female ministers.

21 Inspiration Stories that Prove Moms are Superheroes at Mashable


Jesus Feminists, out and about

Check out Sarah Schwartz’s brilliant 16 minute talk at Biola about Faith & Feminism above.

Jesus Feminist and Why We Need Female Theologians by Heather Lea Campbell

Jesus Feminist Book Review by Rachel Hattiwanger

(If something you wrote has to do with the little yellow book, send me a link! Would love to feature you.)


my own most-read post

 In which we pray #BringBackOurGirls

Why does no one care about our girls, Abba? I am angry because I believe that if they were 200 students from Ontario or Ohio, the world would have turned itself inside out until they were found but because our girls are in Nigeria, they are just another story, another “what a shame” story.

But I don’t want to remain isolated in my anger, I want my anger to work for our girls. Use my anger, Jesus, turn the force of it towards justice.

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Pinterest inspiration

want to do: 8 Awesome Outdoor DIY Projects for Kids

LOLZ: Don’t let the muggles get you down

want to rememberLove your badass.

Wise Woman: I believe the rights of girls and women are the unfinished business of the 21st century.

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


favourite instagram

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I bought this and I’m not even close to sorry.
(I do more of my “daily life” keeping at Instagram: my username is sarahbessey)

weekend meditation

“Not knowing when the dawn will come

I open every door.”

- Emily Dickinson


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.

You can “like” me on Facebook for links to all my posts or to wade in on the discussions in your FB news stream. I’m also over on Twitter.

 Have a lovely weekend!

Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.

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