The Friday Five: 11/15/19

  1. A few hours after I started new Lyme medication last Friday, I found myself thinking, “I can’t do this. How do I get through the day when I feel this bad?” A little phrase from an old “friend” came to mind: “Do the next thing.” Those four words have been running through my mind the last few days, so I couldn’t believe Kahria Lowe mentioned them on the Lies Young Women Believe blog this week! “When life is especially hard,” Kahria writes, “we can stop living, crumble, and give up, or we can cry out of the pain, stand to our feet, and choose to have hope. We can do the next thing, and the next thing is always to choose to trust in the faithfulness of Jesus.” Amen!
  1. This season is always a time of reflecting and anticipating what’s ahead. Autumn, with its crisp blue skies, bright orange pumpkins, the smell of burning leaves, and even the rainy foggy days, is truly my favorite season,” writes Kimberly Wagner. “It’s the season when I take stock of the past year, and prepare for the next, by asking God to confirm what spiritual focus He wants me to have for the coming year. . . . Will you begin asking God to lead you, as you seek out what should be your spiritual focus for 2020?”
  1. How often have you turned on the radio with kids in the car and immediately found yourself cringing at some of the lyrics? “All those backseat songs declaring, ‘I’m hot’ and ‘I’m gonna give it to you’—awkward! That’s not what I wanted my tween and teen daughters hearing,” says Dannah Gresh. “But sometimes our daughters just like music that’s . . . different. It’s not what we like.” Moms, if this is a problem you’ve been having, here are three things you can do! 
  1. A few months ago, Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth released You Can Trust God to Write Your Story, which includes stories of people “who have faced life-altering challenges but, in the end, have found God to be faithful.” Earlier this week, a precious thirteen-year-old girl posted her own review of the book and shared how it has impacted her life. If her writing reminds you of your own daughter or granddaughter or a teen you’ve been mentoring, the book would be a great gift to give her this Christmas!
  1. I wish I could tell you that I recommend Pinelake Worship’s new EP, King Among Us, but I haven’t listened to the whole thing yet. Once I came across the song “From This Manger” (sung by Davy Flowers!), I put it on repeat and have played it over and over and over again. It’s so good! As you wrap yourself in your thickest wooly coat and head out into the snow this weekend, press play on this song and allow the hope of Christ to warm your heart!

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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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