In which I link you up (vol 1.12)

 the best news, first

We did it! The SheLoves Well is currently at $11,025.  YES, there will officially be a SheLoves Well in Bubanza and our friends will drink from this Well of Love and friendship and global community.

Thank you so much to *everyone* who gathered in Circles of Grace and gave from your hearts this past week. Happy WELLentine’s Day, from the bottom of our collective hearts.

now some link love

Finding God in a Little White Pill by Amanda Williams for A Deeper Family

The day I learned I was a hipster/progressive/”current feminist” advocating ‘commitment-free’ sex for all! by Elizabeth Esther

Why Female Empowerment Doesn’t Have to Look Like Beyonce by Karen Swallow Prior for FaithVillage

Reclaiming Repentance as a Progressive Christian by David R. Henson

There Has to Be a Better Way by Luke Harms for A Deeper Family

Personal Style & Pinterest by Laura of Hollywood Housewife

Back Around Again by Amber Haines

Let Him Easter in Us by J.R. Goudeau

The Absurd Legalism of Gender Roles by Rachel Held Evans

whatever you do, don’t let them take your faith by kathy escobar

just once by Megan at SortaCrunchy (Megan had her twins!!!)

What is freedom? by Danielle Strickland for SheLoves Magazine

So Totally Relige! weekly video by Kristen Howerton and Elizabeth Esther

Sobering Up by Seth Haines

Why We Write by Shauna Niequist

We miss you, Richard Twiss at Red Letter Christians

Tea Time (photo essay) at The Big Picture

47 of Beyoncé’s Absolute Best Dance Moves (gif-versions) at Buzzfeed

my own most-read post

In which I ask your opinion on the matter of head-shots

Me: Hey, Internet, if you have a minute, can you help me pick out an author picture?

In case you missed the announcement on my Facebook page, final tally is in:

After 353 votes, Final Tally for the official “author photo” is:

Photo 1 = 159
Photo 2 = 173
Photo 3 = 4
Photo 4 = 17

So I sent in Picture 2 as my official photo! Thanks everyone for making this whole process such fun for me. I did put a smiling-and-wearing-my-beloved-dorky-glasses picture on my About page as a peace offering. Love doing all this weird stuff with you guys.

favourite instagram (@sarahbessey)

Brian and I celebrated 14 years since our first date (the day before Valentine’s Day) this week. Sometimes it feels like two or three lifetimes ago, we were such different people then. And so I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of us from a banquet probably a month or so after that date. We look about 12 years old (we were 19), and Brian still had acne. It makes me all kinds of happy.

weekend meditation

Generation after generation stands in awe of your work, each one tells stories of your mighty acts.

Your beauty and splendour have everyone talking, I compose songs of your wonders.

Your marvellous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness. …

God is all mercy and grace – not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace.

Psalm 145 : 4-9


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your turn

What was your favourite read online this week? Share it with the rest of us!


  • Seth Haines

    Thank you, Sarah. Can’t wait to peruse these links.

  • Amanda Williams

    Thank you for including me, Sarah. Some fine company here, and I’m not ashamed to say I just enjoyed the full variety of Beyonce hip thrust gifs.

  • Abby Norman

    OH MY GOSH THAT PICTURE! I have one on my desk at school like that (19 and 20 I think) and my students want to know who it is! I love this so much.

  • Leanne Penny

    Amanda’s post on finding God in a little white pill was a balm for my heart. So often I feel alone in that way or like less of a woman or mother or Christian, yet after those words… less so.

    I also loved Brenna D’Ambrosio’s take on Beyonce as well, totally different side of the spectrum but amazing.

  • kathyescobar

    thanks for reading & sharing, dear sarah. i am always so buried but i follow some of these gems when i can and they are always so good. i look forward to the day when we can have some fun in real life!

  • Addie Zierman

    Love that picture. Makes me want to dig out all of our all first-dating pictures. :)

  • Cat

    Aww! My husband and I also had our first date the day before Valentine’s Day! 9 years ago! :)

  • Stephanie Sheaffer

    I saw that instagram when you posted it on FB. So awesome!

    I started dating my husband in high school too and it’s been such a wonderful thing to watch each other grow up. :)