In which I link you up (vol 1.11)

link love

Come Weary by Addie Zierman

I See What He Believes by Kelley Nikondeha

The loneliness of motherhood by Emily Wierena

The Morning After by Leigh Kramer

The Deeper Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: We aren’t allowed to use it by Peter Enns

How One Woman Created a Community Out of a Neighbourhood by Shauna Niequist for Storyline

Two Different Things by Sarah Markely

On a Woman Celebrating Getting Older by Enuma Okoro

John Piper, Women in Combat, and How Gender Roles Fall Short of the Glory of Humankind by Jenny Rae Armstrong

The Overcoming Kingdom (On Suffering) by Seth Haines for Tanya Marlow

SheLoves Bubanza: O, That We May Love Well by Idelette McVicker for SheLoves

Adventure in the Suburbs by Addie Zierman for Deeper Story

Les Mean Girls Tumblr

Blogging a Blog Tumblr

Ev’ry Day I’m Pastorin’ Tumblr

The Sky (photos) at Boson Big Picture

Kingdom Come: Thoughts on the Wait by Amber Haines

Picking or Planting by Bethany Suckrow


2012 Canadian Weblog Awards (I won first place in Religion & Spirituality category again – craziness) 

my own most-read post

 In which I bless the merciful ::

Bless the merciful as they carry our own burdens with us, and we cannot know how low they are bowed with the grief of the whole world groaning for justice and peace. Bless the ones who serve without fanfare or book deals or conference attention. Bless the ones who love their children, day after day after day, without thought of a speaking career or a MOPS invitation. Bless the ones who care for the aging and the dying, for those making the way a bit smoother for the families left behind. Bless the ones who hold the hands of the poor and broken and you and me. Bless the ones running right towards the hurting, instead of running away like the rest of us.

favourite instagram (@sarahbessey)

I was thrifting old frames for Annie’s new “own” room this week and came across this gem.

This kind of stuff just makes me so happy.

weekend meditation

“I think of these desert years of mine, not of my choosing.Maybe if it were all smooth and comfortable, if my pride and professionalism were defining life for me, God’s steel-quiet, penetrating word would have been lost in the babble and sheen of success.”  ~ Luci Shaw

and finally….

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your turn

What was your favourite read online this week?

(I will say that I am pretty done with reading virginity/purity posts for a while now…. #HeavySigh)

  • Michelle Morr Krabill
  • Tanya Marlow

    Thanks for highlighting Seth’s piece – I also thought it was incredible. I do like those Hainses. :-)

  • Juanita Dueck

    Oh that post by Emily is holy and honest. Love her stuff! I always love it when you link us up, Sarah~so much good stuff on the internet…I barely have enough brain to contain it all. This week a long held dream of mine happened…..a mothers mentoring mothers blog was birthed out of my own needs and experiences and I already have 8 mothers from birth to grandmothering on board to be contributors and collaborators! It’s called {the} Mothering Well because we all want to Mother Well but we all need to come to the well…to be refreshed and encouraged and find hope and life for the day.

  • Vicki Judd

    This One’s for the Sisters – See Preston Blog. It made me cry.

  • Bethany Suckrow

    Thank you for the lovelink, friend. And thank you for being such a positive voice in this community, for the way you speak truth in grace and quietly encourage everyone to move forward. I have been overjoyed to see people speaking up about purity culture, but there’s something to be said for moving forward before the naysayers turn it into a s**t-fest. I was hoping it wouldn’t come to that, but alas… new topic.
    Anyway, happy weekend. :)

  • HopefulLeigh

    Thank you for linking to my post, dearest. I heart you.

  • KimberlyCoyle

    You brought me right back to my childhood with the photo of the devotional. I’m a little sad that my children will never know such hilarity and awful goodness. It makes me nostalgic for my crazy charismatic upbringing.

  • Mary DeMuth

    oh my gosh, I HAD that locker book!!!!!! YEP!!!!!!

  • Miz Melly

    Good grief that Luci Shaw quote! Just what God was saying to me in the bath last night.

  • Hazel Moon

    Love your daughter and her night out with PaPa.