The Friday Five - 01.18.19

  1. If your life has been influenced by the wisdom-packed writing of Elisabeth Elliot, you may need to sit down before you read these next words: Suffering Is Never for Nothing, a never-before-published book by Elisabeth, will be released at the beginning of February! Thirty seconds after I heard the news, I had pre-ordered the book and put the delivery date on my calendar—I can’t wait! But there’s more good news! Valerie Elliot Shepard is also releasing a book, Devotedly, which unseals the letters and private journals that captured the unlikely love story between her parents, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. What a joy it is to have new opportunities to learn from this Christ-exalting couple!
  1. The Journeywomen podcast has been providing solid content since its first week, and this episode with Maggie Combs (who you may recognize from the True Woman blog!) is no exception. Maggie talks about everything “from why God allows some of our desires to go unmet to where the Gospel meets us in those unmet expectations.” If you’re feeling like God is withholding good things from you, don’t miss what Maggie has to say about “holy discontentment.” (Bonus: make sure you listen until the end when Maggie shares her three simple joys—her third one is my favorite!)
  1. Have you ever found yourself thinking, God is doing such amazing things in this ministry. I just wish more people would get on board? Stacy Reaoch says it’s easy to have tunnel vision when it comes to ministries we love (even Revive Our Hearts!), but instead of focusing on what we wish others were doing, we should pursue God’s plan for us and free others to do the same. Here are Stacy’s five suggestions to free others from the burden of our expectations.
  1. Think back to the first time you tried to pluck out a song on the piano or dribble a basketball or cook a recipe from scratch—no matter what you were learning, your first attempt was most likely more than a little awkward. You weren’t good at it, you felt kind of dumb, and you probably wanted to quit. Jen Wilkin says that learning to study the Bible can feel a lot like this. If one of your 2019 resolutions is to read the Bible, but you’re struggling with how hard it can be, watch this video.
  1. My students and I have been back in the classroom for two weeks, and as much as I enjoy teaching these kiddos about penguins and polar bears and Martin Luther King, Jr., I am thanking God for this upcoming three-day weekend! Nothing sounds more wonderful than curling up under a blanket with a bunch of books—and this list from our little sister blog has some great recommendations to kick off a weekend of 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 www.apatientprocess.com 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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