The Friday Five: 01/10/20

  1. Hey, friend—we’re two Fridays into 2020, so it’s time to check on those resolutions! “I hope you’ve still got all of the motivation that comes with a new year. A fresh start gives us the shot in the arm we need to desire to make a change. Maybe you’re well into a great read-the-Bible-in-a-year plan or enjoying filling the pages of a new Bible study. That renewed passion for the Bible is a gift,” says Erin Davis. But one sure-fire way to squash that love is to make the Bible about you. “If we want to experience transformation this year, we must learn to look up, to see the higher arc—God’s story. . . . Look to Jesus, and watch in amazement at how He works in you.” 
  1. Some days I’m simply a bad mom,” admits Amy DiMarcangelo. “In those times I don’t need the false assurance that I’m doing the best I can, because it’s not true. I need the hope that Jesus can cleanse me from my unrighteousness.” She says that “God has called us to be better parents—not a ‘better’ that’s better than the next mom, or a ‘better’ shaped by social expectations, or even a ‘better’ than yesterday, but a ‘better’ that reflects his transforming grace. But we will never access—much less delight in—that grace until we trade hollow cheerleading for honest confession.”
  1. A few months ago, I started rereading Tony Reinke’s book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, taking in a few pages each morning before I left for work. Next on my slow-read list? Reinke’s latest book, Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age, which is ChristianAudio’s free download of the month! “The book offers us practical steps to redirect our gaze away from the addictive eye candy of the world and onto the Ultimate Spectacle—leading to the joy and rest our souls crave.” 
  1. “There’s a reason children are notorious for lying awake at night when they ought to be sleeping, and it’s the same reason that many adults lie awake. This world is an unsure, unstable, and scary place.” In times like these, “there is only one source of wisdom and truth,” writes Melissa Edgington. “Our kids are counting on us to be able to offer the real answers and real promises of our good God. This life is hard. Our kids don’t need temporary relief. They need the eternal reality that belongs to the children of God.” 
  1. Over on the Lies Young Women Believe blog, they’re kicking off 2020 with a “best of” series, and I’m so glad they’re pulling these posts out of the vault! "God Has a Plan, and You Really Can Trust Him" by Samantha Nieves is one of my favorites from the last year. There will likely be times in the year ahead when you question God’s plan: “Can you look back and see God’s faithfulness woven throughout your story? . . . The people, the circumstances, the words, the hard things—they all prepare us as God builds the story for His good purposes.” Amen!

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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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