The Friday Five: 01/17/20

  1. Confession: when I saw who the guest was on Revive Our Hearts’ radio program earlier this week (spoiler alert: it was Kristie Anyabwile!), I fast-forwarded the episode to the very end, waited to hear if the book she edited was being given away, and then requested a copy immediately. I’m even more excited about the book after hearing the interviews Kristie did with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to these episodes from beginning to end (or end to beginning to end), check them out here!
  1. If you have ever struggled with food, if you’ve ever chased diets or cravings or even a healthy lifestyle, then this is for you. Asheritah Ciuciu, author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction and Bible and Breakfast: 31 Mornings with Jesus, was recently on the Daily Grace podcast talking about her battles with food. She explains that for most of us, “Our issue is not food itself but idolatry. We are seeking fullness and comfort in things that simply cannot satisfy. But in Christ, we can experience true fulfillment, comfort, and freedom, and in turn, we can rightfully enjoy the good gift of food as God intends!” 
  1. The more you read the Bible and see God’s sovereignty, you may begin to wonder, “Why would I pray if God has already planned what will happen? Our prayers can begin to feel small, peripheral, even unnecessary next to the vastness of all that God will inevitably do. He will accomplish His purpose, we might think, whether I pray or not.” But Marshall Segal says, “We should assume that God has very few plans for the world that do not involve the prayers of his people . . . The sovereign God hangs the universe on the prayers of his people, and then inspires and empowers us to pray.” 
  1. New season alert! By Faith with Christine Hoover is finally back with brand new episodes, and Christine is kicking off 2020 with author and teacher Jasmine Holmes. “Jasmine shares about the identity crisis she had in her early twenties and how she's learning to find her identity solely in Christ. She explains how the fear of man and the expectations of others have been idols she's had to battle, and she gives very practical ways she's fighting for devotion to God.” If you often find yourself thinking about pleasing others or making decisions in order to win the approval of others, listen to this episode to find out more about the freedom we have in Christ!
  1. Hey, new mom, Andrea Burke wrote a letter just for you. “What a gift you have in your hands and really, the best is still ahead of you,” she says. “God’s grace will equip you for each new season, even if His grace simply equips you to fall to your knees. . . . It’s ok to say it’s hard. From all of us parents to all of you, we see you. You’ve got this. Oh, and there’s probably spit-up on your shoulder. Just a heads up.” 

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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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