The Friday Five: 11/02/19

  1. This may be controversial, but now that it’s November 1, I’m considering putting up my Christmas tree this weekend. Too soon? Revive Our Hearts doesn’t seem to think so! A few days ago, I checked my mail and found the gorgeous 2020 ROH Calendar and brand-new Advent devotional, and I think that’s a sign! Right now, the ROH team will send you a calendar for your ministry donation, so even if you’re not quite ready to “deck the halls,” you can ease into the holiday season by filling in December with all the events that make you want to start the countdown to Christmas!
  1. To princess or not to princess? That’s the question Dannah Gresh is addressing in her latest post for True Girl: “From the lucrative profitability of princess crowns and tiaras to the innate desire of a girl to wear them, we’re stuck with the conundrum. Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of the mommy wars,” Dannah has “opted to reframe the concept according to biblical truth. Here are four things ‘princess culture’ gets wrong, but that we can get right because we define royal value by what God’s Word teaches.” 
  1. “What do you do when you have tried everything, but joy still feels far away? You have read your Bible. . . .You have pasted promises on notecards, and whiteboards, and on the back of your hand. You have gathered with God’s people, unburdened yourself to friends, searched for unrepentant sin. You have prayed—oh, have you prayed—by yourself and with others, in your room and on long walks. . . . But still, darkness. Silence. Doubt. Does He hear me? Does He know me? Is He there? Am I His?” Friend, if any of this sounds familiar, take the time to read these reminders.
  1. “What is your initial response when someone teaches or preaches on the famed passage in Proverbs 31? You know, the passage about the woman who works hard, loves her family, and laughs at the future. Are you quick to grab a notebook so you can take notes, hoping to learn how you can be more like her? Or do you perhaps roll your eyes and think, ‘Here we go again?’” Here’s why Christina Fox says we should read this famous passage with joy, gratitude, and anticipation. 
  1. Jesus Is King, “the remarkably worshipful collection of hip-hop psalms” Kanye West released earlier this week, has caused the internet to lose its collective mind. “What do we make of Kanye’s journey? Is this latest turn a marketing scheme? Or is Kanye an exhausted soul authentically desperate to find a savior beyond himself?” I’m grateful for Melissa Edgington’s response—she says that as Christians, instead of waiting for Kanye to trip, “we should be hopeful. We should be rooting for him. We should be praying for Kanye West and thanking God for the opportunity to do so.” Yes!

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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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