The Friday Five - 07/19/2019

1. If you haven’t joined the fun over on Facebook in the Esther Bible Study Online Community, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! I have loved watching posts pop up as women share what God is teaching them through the book of Esther. The first podcast episode went live earlier this week. Listen to it here, and then go leave your thoughts over on the group page. I’ll see you there!

2. Speaking of podcast episodes, the one and only Dannah Gresh was recently on The Complicated Heart podcast with Sarah Mae! Dannah and Sarah discuss what it looks like to embrace modesty and purity without the baggage. They talk openly about personal and controversial topics like sex and porn—I’m so grateful for their wisdom in this area. (By the way, after reading the first chapter of Sarah’s book, I immediately pre-ordered it, and I cannot wait until it’s released in September! I even read a portion of it to my seminary class during a presentation yesterday. Find out more about the book here.)

3. For the past year, Lore Ferguson Wilbert has been fighting a personal battle: a war with her own flesh. “I have spent nearly 40 years trying to be the body I am not,” she writes. “I worshipped the form I couldn’t have. I became a slave to the body I wanted, counting calories, straightening my hair, trying every new diet with a hashtag and eliminating every food group one at a time.” What does it look like to worship God with the bodies we have? Read this post.

4. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you pick? Joni Eareckson Tada would be at the top of my list. Just one month after Joni graduated from high school, she “broke her neck attempting an inward pike dive off a raft in the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay. When the permanency of her paralysis began to set in, Joni felt like her life was over. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. Here’s why Joni praises God for not healing her.

5. A few days ago, I got an email with the subject line: “Is Quiet Time harder in the summer??” For some of us, it definitely is. Summer can be filled with so many good things, but as Asheritah Ciuciu says, “Sometimes, too many good things can seem overwhelming, especially with the kids home all day long . . . But what if, instead of letting discouragement win, we look for new creative ways to spend time with Jesus all summer long?” If you could use a little help cultivating that consistent and creative time with Jesus this summer, Asheritah has put together a little guide just for you.

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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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