The Friday Five: 08/14/20

  1. Ready for some good news? “You don't have to try and impress God. God doesn’t want your religion. He doesn’t want your theological knowledge. He doesn’t want all the great things you’ve done for Him. He doesn’t need all that,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “What He wants is for you and me to say, ‘. . . It’s me, Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.’” If these words resonate with you, download this episode from Revive Our Hearts’ current radio series and be encouraged! As Corrie ten Boom used to say, “‘There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still,’ that God’s grace is not greater than all of your sin.” 
  1. Kelly Needham has been absent from the online world for the last few months, so when this cute picture of Kelly and her kiddos popped up in my newsfeed, I was so happy to see her face! On her blog this week, she shared a new post about one of her favorite Old Testament books of the Bible: Numbers. Seriously! She’s right in the middle of it right now and can’t get enough. If you’ve always thought of Numbers as irrelevant or boring or downright intimidating, read why Kelly wants to commend it to you as an irreplaceable resource in your walk with God.
  1. Okay—if you haven’t subscribed to the Good Enough podcast with Andrea Burke, you need to! I’ve been planning to tell you about this honest conversation Andrea had with Greta Eskridge where they discussed how to talk to your kids about sex, pornography, and building a healthy culture in order to have these hard conversations at home. Then another episode was released with Hunter Beless and Gretchen Saffles, who talked to Andrea about social media habits, platforms, and staying faithful in an online world. I couldn’t pick just one episode to share with you. I hope you enjoy both this weekend!
  1. If you’re pregnant (and/or a person who wants to squeeze more Scripture into their day), this tip is for you! Before Jaquelle Ferris gave birth, her mom encouraged her to have a strategy for reading her Bible postpartum. “She said that without a plan in place, it would be easy to slip into apathy and distraction.” In the days following her daughter’s birth, Jaquelle chose to read the Psalms, and on many days, she listened to them. “That’s one reason I’m so excited about Crossway’s new audio ESV Psalms, Read by Kristyn Getty,” Jaquelle says. “This would make an amazing gift for a new mama. Or a not-so-new mama. Or someone who’s not a mama at all. Because we ALL need the Psalms.” 
  1. You really need to be praying for your pastor. “You might be tired of hearing it, but that doesn’t make it any less true—these have been difficult days for pastors,” writes Tim Challies. “And there is some urgency here because, frankly, I think their task may get harder before it gets easier. . . . They are going to need divine assistance to lead well and to lead with wisdom. And while you pray for them, don’t neglect to pray for you, that you would be exemplary in obeying this precious verse: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls.” Yes, Lord!

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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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