The Friday Five - 08/09/19

  1. Yay! The Journeywomen podcast is back! I have been waiting all summer for the new season to drop into my feed, and guess what? Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is the first guest of the fall series! The entire episode is fantastic, but one of my favorite moments was when Nancy said, “God works not only around and in spite of the bumps, and the hard places, and the pain, but God actually uses the pain and the problems and the failures, mine or others! God actually works through those things to accomplish his purposes. So, they are sanctifying. They are purposeful.” Praise God!
  1. Over the weekend, Janel Barr watched as “another ordinary Saturday turned into a crime scene that was fueled by hate”—and as she explains, this time it was her community, her neighbors, and her backyard that was ruthlessly attacked. “When my kids hear the stories and see the images, as they try to piece together the tragedy of this massacre and understand, I want to point them back to a hope that is not found in government or laws or policies or ideas and plans of ‘safety.’” In this post, Janel shares what to tell the young kids watching, “the next generation who is now learning the horrors of sin’s consequences firsthand, some of them for the first time.” 
  1. Rebecca McLaughlin says that a person sitting alone in our church gatherings is an emergency. “Every week, people walk into our gatherings for the first time and get effectively ignored. They may not know Jesus, or they may have spent years wandering from him. Their spiritual health is on the line, and a simple conversation could be the IV fluid God uses to prepare them for life-saving surgery. Eternal lives are at stake.” How will you respond?
  1. As “months have stretched into years of enduring, waiting, hoping, praying, clinging, and surviving suffering that seems to have no conceivable end,” Sarah Walton’s heart has grown weary. You may know exactly what this kind of hurt feels like: “It’s uncomfortable, it’s lonely, it sends some friends running, and it causes others to judge things they cannot understand and didn’t pause to ask about. It’s unsettling, disorienting, and confusing, and it stirs deep questions of faith that we don’t have to face until suffering forces us to. But,” Sarah says, “by God’s grace, I’m choosing to face it head on, rather than running from it.” Here’s what it looks like to persevere
  1. Moms, make sure you have Kleenex nearby before you read this precious letter from Caroline Saunders to her brand-new kindergartner: “God loves you so much,” she writes, “and He’s with you always, wherever you go. Everything is new to us, but nothing is new to Him. . . . Time feels like its slipping through our fingers, but He’s measured it just the right way, and He holds all of this together with hands that are immeasurably stronger than ours. . . . Big backpacks, small shoulders, and wondrous things are ahead, my girl. We are ready because bigger hands hold ours, and we are not alone, not for a minute.” 

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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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