The Friday Five: 02/14/20

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh, friend, do I have a love story to share with you. On my way home from work yesterday, my mom mentioned how much she was enjoying the current radio series with Valerie Elliot Shepard, so I started listening, expecting to hear the story of Jim and Elisabeth’s courtship. Let me tell you: I was not emotionally prepared for Day 2 of the podcast. It’s a love story, the kind that will give you chills up and down the back of your arms, but it’s not what you think. This love story is between an unreached people group and two grieving women—a story only God could write, with a love Christ alone could give
  1. Ready, set, pre-order—two of our favorite people around here have new books coming soon! The one and only Bob Lepine just announced that if you pre-order his latest book, Love Like You Mean It, by February 29, you will get a free thirty-day devotional for couples! Bob Lepine endorsed another book about marriage that I can’t wait for y’all to read: Together Through the Storms by Sarah Walton and her husband Jeff. Their book trailer just released this week—check it out here!
  1. “Dear friend,” writes Nancy Guthrie, “I posted on social media about the difficulty I’m facing, I couldn’t help but notice that a number of people, including you, responded by saying that you are ‘sending good thoughts.’ And I’m trying to figure out what that means. I think you mean that you wish for me the best possible outcome. . . . Deep down I know that what I need most is to set my heart and mind on what is good. More specifically, I need my thoughts to be filled with the One who is good, the only person who is truly, perfectly, and perpetually good—God himself (Luke 18:19).”
  1. Everywhere you look, you’re probably seeing Valentine’s Day decorations. “Advertisements for flowers and chocolate are expected,” says Dr. Lisa LaGeorge, “but this year, I keep seeing marketing for heart-shaped everything,” items intended to be bought by someone else and given to their beloved. “And, as much as I might like to be, I am nobody’s beloved,” she says. “Maybe you can relate. Envy creeps in, whispering that something good has been withheld from you. It tempts us to be snarky, to protect ourselves from feeling the lack of affection, of flowers, of spatulas . . . it casts shadows on the gifts we have been given.” How can we battle against envy this Valentine’s Day (and every day)
  1. I can’t think of a more appropriate day to ask God for greater love. What would happen if we slipped away and spent a few minutes with the Lord this weekend, praying through this post? Here’s part of Christina Fox’s prayer: “Father in Heaven. . . . Your Word says that love never fails. I thank You that even though my love for You falters and even though I flounder in my love for others, Your love for me in Christ will never fail. It will endure to the end. Nothing can separate me from You. Reshape my heart this day to love You and others.” Amen! 

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep was working as a hospital teacher when God called her to join Revive Our Hearts as a staff writer. She serves remotely from Texas, where God sustains her through saltwater beaches, Mexican food, and Scripture. Her website,, is a record of the Lord’s faithfulness in chronic illness, for even in suffering, He is good.

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