The Friday Five – 07/26/19

  1. Have you heard the expression, “Don’t meet your heroes?” I can tell you firsthand that this does not apply to my favorite Canadian, Mary Kassian. I met Mary at True Woman '18, and it was a little nerve-wracking. Mary had “mentored” me through books like Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild when I was in high school, but I didn’t know what she’d be like in person! During our short conversation at TW, I discovered that she was even kinder and more gracious than I expected, which is why I’m so grateful for this new opportunity to learn from her. Mary’s latest book, The Right Kind of Strong, officially comes out on Tuesday, and I highly recommend pre-ordering two copies right now. (Trust me—one of your friends will see your copy and want to read it, and you’ll be glad you have a second one.) Then make sure you subscribe to the Revive Our Hearts podcast today because Mary will be on the radio program August 1–12, and you won’t want to miss those episodes!
  1. Of all the words you can hear from a medical team, “we just don’t know” have to be among the most discouraging. Kimberly Wagner’s husband LeRoy has been facing an extremely rare neurological disease, and during a recent trip, his doctors couldn’t provide the answers or insight they were seeking. “But, that shouldn’t surprise us,” Kimberly writes. “Only One knows those answers . . . [God] knows. He sees. And He cares. And He will provide the grace needed for each step of the journey.” Amen! Read the rest of the post and find out how to pray for the Wagners here.
  1. “I remember crying alone one night in my room feeling sad because I desperately wanted more friends,” writes Kristen Clark. “Even though I was surrounded by people in my family and church, I still felt left out. I still felt alone. Have you ever felt that way?” Whether loneliness is a personal struggle for you, or if this is a topic that brings your daughter to tears, you’ll want to check out the challenge in this post: instead of waiting around for good friends to find you, try these four simple ways to pursue friendships.
  1. So many of us, as we’re facing any form of challenging circumstances, will find ourselves asking, “How soon will this be over?” Phylicia Masonheimer knows what this is like. A few weeks ago, she fractured her tibia in two places and has been recovering from surgery. “Sometimes I sit on my sofa and think about another day and feel that familiar lump in my throat,” she says. “‘When can it be normal again?’ is a human question. But maybe God isn’t after normal. Maybe He’s after holy.”
  1. If you have little ones (or if you simply prefer picture books to everything else), you’ve probably come across the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, one of my go-to read-aloud writers. Her latest, Look! I Wrote a Book! (And You Can Too!), was released on Tuesday, and it is charming and silly and hilarious and fun. Pick this one up on your next trip to the library or grab your own copy—and while you’re at it, be on the lookout for my dear friends, Mr. Pockles and Poor Doreen. Happy reading!

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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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