Birth Trauma, Self-Esteem, Fallow Seasons, and More

How Self-Esteem Ruins Bible Reading

Self-esteem messages are common in women’s circles, but Jen Wilkin thinks that these inward-focused conversations don’t stick because “self-esteem, detached from any idea of who God is, is just not a lasting message.” Instead, Jen says that “what we lack is a vision of God high and lifted up. Once we understand that the God who has sought relationship with us is a transcendent God, it rightly orients us first to him, then it rightly orients us to ourselves.” Listen to Jen's podcast interview.

Our Bodies and Birth Trauma This Side of Eden

Courtney Reissig’s family has experienced suffering through miscarriage and infertility. Now that her pregnancy journey is over, Courtney has been reflecting on her experience: “We live in a post-Genesis 3 world, where bugs invade our spaces, births go wonky (and even devastating), and everything is crying out for the redemption of all things (Rom. 8:22).” And as Courtney shares, even in the midst of broken birth stories, hope can be found in Christ. Read this post.

Teach Them About Marriage Before the World Does

The world presents mixed messages to our children about marriage and family and human flourishing. “Families with different parental arrangements and interchangeable roles and titles cause confusion . . . [but God] created marriage for a sacred purpose,” Jani Ortlund writes. She believes that your children deserve to learn this better message at an early age. Who should teach them about marriage? You! Read this post.

How Can I Best Prepare Students to Live Their Faith out in Public Schools?

“Children face many challenges to their faith in school. How should parents and teachers respond?” In this video, Albert Mohler explains how and why we must teach young people to turn to the Word of God: “It’s important to talk to a thirteen-year-old and let them know that a battle for their minds is ensuing but also a battle for their hearts. The defensive play is not only to pray for them and to teach them, but also to help them understand your joy in Christ.” Watch this video.

When Life Is Still in the Midst of a Fallow Season

Are you in a fallow season? A season that feels as though your heart has been burned with fire—and now it feels empty and singed? Grace P. Cho is in this kind of season, and her perspective is sweet. “He burns away the old with fire and cultivates the land for the new things He is doing in our lives, allowing light and water to reach down deep, awakening and breaking open the seeds that have laid dormant before to thrive in the soil He has made good.” Read this post.

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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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