The Friday Five: 11/13/20

  1. I didn’t have a word for it until I heard Thursday’s Revive Our Hearts radio program. Spinning. That’s what it feels like I’ve been doing this week, and I don’t think I’m the only one. Whether you and I are facing a full classroom or a messy house or preparation for the holidays, stress can quickly quiet our gratitude. So how do we keep the language of heaven on our tongues? As Dannah Gresh and Mary Kassian discussed yesterday, “Gratitude is a Christian discipline where we recognize the glory of God.” Here's how to get started practicing thankfulness this season.
  1. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this quote Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth shared on Saturday: "Each of us is given a race to run. Some are called to run a long race; some are called to run just a short race. What matters is not how long the race is, but how well we run it. It is so much better to run a short race well than a long race poorly." God called Tim Challies’s son Nick to run only a short race: “Some get 80 years. Some get 90. Nick got only 20. But he ran his short race well. . . He sprinted strong to the finish line.” Read the rest of the post here, and join us in praying for the Challies family.
  1. We’re big fans of Kristen Wetherell around here, and this week, she’s over on the Daily Grace podcast talking about one of the biggest topics of 2020. “We all have fears. The truth is, being a follower of Jesus does not mean all of our fears vanish. As Christians, we experience suffering. We’re not shielded from pain, sickness, tragedy, and death.” But as Kristen shares in this episode, “The more we come to Scripture and experience the character of God as good and in control and truthful and faithful, the more we’ll want to trust Him.” Amen!
  1. “When someone hurts us, it is all too easy to take offense and shut the gates of our hearts,” but Abigail Dodds says it’s possible for us to become blessedly unoffendable. “We can be free to assume the best of others, trusting that He will judge perfectly in the end. We can have the good sense to be slow to anger.” In this post, Abigail invites us to “lay down the offendedness [we’ve] nursed against others, and rest in the salvation of the God who is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. . . Today is the day to crucify the counterfeit power of offendedness and take hold of the gospel.” 
  1. On Monday morning, Betsy Childs Howard popped into a Zoom square for her interview on Grounded, and I tried to play it cool. When I found out Betsy and I were going to be guests on the same day, I grabbed my copy of Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up and placed it next to my computer. Why? I don’t know. I think I wanted to thank her for writing a precious, gospel-centered picture book. I think I wanted to tell her how much I appreciated her “Note to Grown-Ups” at the end. I think I wanted to ask her if a sequel will be coming anytime soon. But before I could shake off my embarrassment, the production meeting ended, and I missed my chance. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

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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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