The Friday Five: 12/13/19

  1. “When a child is in pain, so is that child’s mom. A woman named Sherry knows that all too well.” For the past twelve years, Sherry’s daughter, Sarah, has been walking a hard road filled with chronic pain. I watched their story and wept. Praise God that as Sherry and Sarah started listening to the Revive Our Hearts podcast, they were encouraged by the daily messages of solid biblical encouragement. There are so many other moms and daughters who are desperate for Truth in the midst of heartbreakingly difficult circumstances: you and I have an opportunity to help them hear it. 
  1. If you’re heading out to do some holiday shopping this weekend, make sure you read this post by Aylin Merck before you walk into the dressing room! Aylin understands what pregnancy does to a woman’s body, and she’s here to offer some wise advice: “Don’t be discouraged over the marks of sacrifice that [your postpartum body] bears. Remember instead the scars of your faithful Savior. . . . There is something the mirror can’t tell you. Those marks and changes are reflections of Christ’s unseen beauty in you. You too have sacrificially given yourself so others can live.” 
  1. When is my daughter old enough for social media? Arlene Pellicane is answering this question over on the True Girl blog. “In a way, social media is like a little girl going into her mother’s closet to play dress up,” she writes. “It’s a portal to an adult-like world where she can pretend and explore. But unlike her mother’s safe wardrobe, social media can be a doorway to a world your daughter is completely unprepared for. . . . You must consider her emotional and spiritual maturity, not just her age.” Here are four questions to help you determine your daughter’s readiness.
  1. I’ve been thinking about these words from Vaneetha Rendall Risner all week: “Everything that is happening to me is to make me more Christlike. Nothing is excluded. Joy and pain. Peace and turmoil. Fullness and emptiness. Suffering and ease. People who love and care for me. And people who hurt or ignore me. . . .When we lose what is most dear to us on earth, we value our heavenly Father’s embrace even more. His embrace is more dear, more precious, more spectacular than anything we could possibly have lost.” Yes!
  2. Kelly Needham is a guest on the latest episode of the Java with Juli podcast, and it’s such a good interview! Dr. Juli Slattery and Kelly discuss some of the themes from Kelly’s new book: do you know how to discern the difference between true friendship and relationships that are merely friend-ish? Tune into the episode, and ask God to show you which friend would be encouraged to receive a copy of the book this Christmas!

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About the Author

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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