The Friday Five - 01.11.19

  1. Giveaway Alert!! Revive Our Hearts’ brand NEW Bible study, Elizabeth: Dealing with Disappointment, is now available, and we’re giving away five copies! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the topics covered in this six-week study. As I’ve undergone treatment for Lyme disease, I’ve often thought that disappointment is more difficult to deal with than any of the physical symptoms. Elizabeth addresses disappointment and more, as it walks verse by verse through Luke 1. Praise God that His Word offers us hope! If you want the opportunity to win a free copy of this book, scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway. I can’t wait to hear how God uses this book in your life!
  1. On January 1, so many of us made resolutions to make time for the Bible, but now it’s January 11, and we’re busy and exhausted and struggling to find the time. A woman named Elaine wrote a letter to Pastor John Piper and explained that her days are filled to the brim with cooking, cleaning, exercising, and errands: ”When I’m reading my Bible,” she writes, “I’m half asleep . . . In what practical ways can I beat back the busyness of my life to ensure I make time for Him?” If Elaine’s question is one you’ve been asking yourself, you’ll want to read (and apply!) Pastor John’s helpful suggestions.
  1. Have you ever checked out the Leader Connection blog? This week, eight national women’s leaders (including Susan Hunt, Nancy Guthrie, Laura González de Chávez, and more!) shared their belief that no vision is impossible for God. As you read through their hopes and prayers for the year, consider this blog post your ticket to dream big, pray big, and expect God-sized results in 2019 . . .
  1. Lore Ferguson Wilbert has been reflecting about how all of her life (and ours too) “is made up of mountains and molehills, valleys and peaks, darkness and light, moments of startling clarity and moments of abject doubt.” In this post, Lore writes: “There is not one moment behind me—even amidst the unanswered prayers—where I look back and think, ‘God, you weren’t faithful there.’” No matter what you’re facing today, allow this post to be a reminder that God’s goodness and presence is never far from you.
  1. There are few things I love more than theology and picture books, so when this post by Irene Sum popped up on my feed, I actually clapped. Irene writes, “Learning about God begins with wonder,” and she explains that teaching children theology is as simple as having conversations with God and about Him—like when you’re reading picture books! Irene provides a few books with enjoyable plots and likeable characters she suggests reading with your kids—and not just your little ones! You can ask my high school students: they may be skeptical when we begin a book like Penguin Problems, but by the last page, they are eager to explain how it relates to their lives. Happy reading!

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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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