Caring for Aging Parents, Selfless Listening, and More . . .

If God Is with Me, Why Did This Happen?

For years, Vaneetha Rendall Risner wondered why hard things happened when a loving God was supposedly in control, but when she was sixteen, “God in his mercy answered that lifelong question through John 9. His answer was simple and direct: ‘that the works of God might be displayed’ (John 9:3).” And with that revelation, Vaneetha’s world shifted. If you are in the midst of a difficult season and wondering whether or not God loves you, don't miss this post.

Know the Neighborhood

“When it comes to your Bible, are you a local or a tourist?” Jen Wilkin says, “With regard to the Bible, Christians should be able to say, ‘Don’t hassle me, I’m local’ . . . Because many Christians have not ‘walked the streets’ of our Bibles, we are overly susceptible to the views of others, right or wrong.” But here’s some good news! It’s not hard to get a working ‘local’ knowledge of the Bible. Jen shares how you can know the joy of calling the Bible “home.” Read this post.

The "At Least" Among Us

Lore Ferguson Wilbert says we’ve all been there: “We’re finally mustering up the strength to be vulnerable,” when the person across from us says, “‘Well, at least you don’t have to deal with . . .’ And your heart drops.” Lore says, “We don’t have to say ‘at least’ to anyone in whatever they’re facing because God is never doing the least of anything in our lives. He is always doing the best—even if it feels like the worst.” Read this post.

Behold Your Mother

When Daniel Darling called the adult daughter of an elderly church member to let her know that her father was in the hospital, hanging on to life, he was stunned to hear her respond, “Yeah, well, we’re leaving tomorrow for vacation,” and more startled to find this to be a common response to the care of parents. “If we really believe each human life was made in the image of God,” Darling says that “we’d do better at embodying this ethic when it comes to equipping our people to care for their elderly parents.” Read this post.

Five Dangers of Reading Christian Biographies

Christian biographies can be a great encouragement to us “to lay aside every weight and sin and run the Christian race with endurance. Even so,” Kevin Halloran says, “sin can corrupt anything, including the great gift of learning from saints who have gone before us . . . As you read biographies or hear great testimonies, take these dangers to heart.” Read this post.

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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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