I started working on my What I'm Into post (link up starts Wednesday) and realized there are way too many links I want to share to clutter up that post.
So here you go. The best of what I've read this past month.
***I hadn't heard about this Florida teen who shot and killed his girlfriend prior to this article but the way the families worked together and pursued restorative justice, a new-to-me term, is well worth reading.
I loved reading Idelette McVicker's vision for 2013. I'm in awe of all that happened for She Loves Magazine in 2012. The sky is the limit!
I'm so proud of my friend Lora Lynn for sharing her decision to see a counselor and educating us all on the Early Thirties Breakdown.
As a social worker, I've worked with so many families in need of resources and financial support. Most of them legitimately need this help and look forward to the day they won't need it anymore. What I Want You to Know About Being on Food Stamps is an important perspective for us all and a reminder not to judge.
"Set the tone." Laura's post has sat with me all month. Wonderful piece.
Seth Haines is starting a new project and collecting stories of extraordinary marriages. I can't wait to read the result. Do you have a story to contribute?
“I’m not gross. I’m not afraid of my body. It is my body. It’s mine.” I was applauding by the end of this courageous post by Dani Kelley.
Preston Yancey's guest post for Tanya Marlow's God and Suffering series about praying (and not praying) hit home. The last few years I've found I no longer know how to pray about difficult circumstances and yet somehow saying, "Lord, have mercy" has become enough.
Elizabeth Esther has offered us a powerful resource with What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Suffered Spiritual Abuse. (Also, she finished writing her first book. I'm so proud of her and can't wait to read it!)
Much has been written about the US and gun control but I found Eugene Cho's to be the most measured response.
A New York library has been lending out Kirsten, of American Doll fame. This made me fall in love with libraries all over again.
This was the best reflection I read on MLK Day and it forced me to ask myself some tough questions. D. L. Mayfield is good like that.
Kelley Nikondeha may have revolutionized the way I pray. I kid you not.
"The story of the Incarnation is, relatively speaking, one of the most “sex-less” stories in the Bible...Sex and marriage are not essential to human life." Thought-provoking post on Advent, singleness, and celibacy.
15 Undeniable Truths About Book Nerds. Represent!
I'm going to warn you: this story might leave you with a smile on your face and tears in your eyes. It's not every day you find selfless high school students.