The Friday Five - 01.04.19

  1. Happy New Year, friend! I thought about you as I opened up my Morning and Evening devotional today. As I read Spurgeon’s words, I prayed for 2019 to be a year in which you grow in grace, your love becomes “more extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word and deed,” and that as you grow downward in humility, you’ll grow upward as you approach God “in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus.” I have loved this devotional for years and years, and I’m so happy to see that it is now being offered as January's FREE audiobook of the month at Christian Audio!
  1. In the years since I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, the new year has always been a bittersweet celebration. As the clock counts down to midnight, I’ve been reminded that another year has come and gone, and I am still sick. When I look around, there are reasons not to hope, but as Hayley Mullins wrote on the True Woman blog this week, there is True Hope in Jesus for all of us today: “God’s mercy list is endless still and constantly refreshing itself (Lam. 3:22–23).” Amen!
  1. If you’re a mom or an older sister or a mentor to younger women, stop what you’re doing and bookmark this post by Jen Wilkin about teaching teenagers how to read and study their Bible. Teens tend to be targeted with topical studies written specifically for their demographic, but Jen says that “what most are missing are basic tools to help them read and learn the Bible on their own.” Here is her simple approach that you can adapt to fit the age of the teens in your life.
  1. As Kimberly Wagner has reflected on the last year, she admits, “It’s been hard reading what my 2018 journal holds. The theme of exhaustion, non-stop labor, and depletion runs through much of last year’s daily entries. But in the journey, in the difficult unknown, there were treasures that God quietly hid for us to find in the darkness.” She shared some of the rich lessons she’s learned as she’s navigated seasons of affliction—and trust me, these are worth reading.
  1. “When you think about memorizing the Bible, do you feel guilty and defeated? It’s one of those activities that you know is good for you but that can be hard to do consistently—like praying or exercising or eating well or managing money wisely. With the new year here,” Andy Naselli wants to encourage you that “it does not take superhuman skill or fanatic devotion to write God’s word on your mind and heart.” And before you say that you don’t have time to memorize or that you don’t feel like it or that it’s hard for you to remember things, read this post! With God’s help, you can do it!

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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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