The Friday Five: 07/24/20

  1. If you tend to spend most of your time on the True Woman blog, let me tell you—Erin Davis’ posts over on Lies Young Women Believe are a gold mine. This week, she’s sharing about the invisible force that has pushed her throughout her entire life. “It’s a pressure I feel most of the day, most days. It’s a voice inside my head that whispers two words on repeat, ‘Do better.’ . . . It’s a constant nudge to drink more water, to get more exercise, and to eat peanut butter M&Ms by the handful a little less often,” she says. “But as good as the voice of self-improvement and the drive to do better can be, Jesus is far better than a better version of me.” 
  2. If you feel as though you’re in the middle of the desert, if you’re wondering whether the painful, lonely path you’re on right now is really the best one, check out this beautiful post by Madelyn Canada. Madelyn knows how hard it can be hard when you don’t have “the faintest trace of the promised springs in the distance,” but she has learned to place her hope and confidence in Christ. “I’ve never walked these roads to glory before,” she says, “I’ve not seen what lies beyond the bend, but the one who guides me and holds my right hand was the one that spoke them into existence . . . and even if the billows roll,” He will be near. 
  1. On Saturday, Gretchen Saffles shared these heartbreaking words on the Well-Watered Women blog: “Today I turn 31, and today I should be delivering our third baby . . . During these months when I should have been growing a baby in my womb, I’ve thought about the Cross where Jesus’ blood was spilled. When a woman miscarries, blood is spilled, heartache is felt, and a longing for heaven and healing is birthed through the pain. Questions might even be stirred, doubts awakened, and grief ignited. But even when death visits the womb, we can remember the empty tomb.”
  2. I love Laura Wifler’s Instagram posts, and even though I am not a parent, I’ve saved these six phrases she's teaching her children. (Single women need to hear them, too!) Some of the phrases include “My life for yours,” for “when we're feeling selfish and don't want to serve or love one another well,” Laura says. And “God Loves You, God Made You, and God Is Kind to You," which she speaks over her kids every night before bed: “Three truths that, if believed, will change their lives forever.”
  3. This week, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has been posting about the new authorized biography of Elisabeth Elliot, and the quotes she's shared are so good. As soon as she tweeted the first one out, I started looking for a summary of the book—and now I can’t wait for it to release in September! In Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, bestselling author Ellen Vaughn “paints the adventures and misadventures God used to shape one of the most influential women in modern church history. It’s the story of a hilarious, sensual, brilliant, witty, self-deprecating, sensitive, radical, and surprisingly relatable person utterly submitted to doing God’s will, no matter how high the cost.” Check it out!

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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