The Friday Five: 01/31/20

  1. At the end of a recent episode of the Women of the Bible podcast, Erin Davis said, “I’m just going to reach through the microphone to the woman who’s listening and pray for the Lord to remind us that He works in our hearts.” I loved seeing one woman’s response to this moment. She wrote in to Revive Our Hearts and said that it made her cry! “Spending time with women that breathe life into me locally isn’t something I can do as often as my heart desires,” she said, “so I’m thankful for these podcasts and the way the ROH team is a part of my walk . . . I’m going to be a little more careful diagnosing my heart before my mean words come out to the little boys who are constantly at war in our home.” Praise God!
  1. I’ve been waiting for Lore Ferguson Wilbert to write a book for years, and I’m not the only person—as pictures of her book have popped up on social media this week, it seems as though every person has shared how much they have longed for the day when Lore’s words would show up on our doorsteps, hardbound. Well, friend, we don’t have to wait much longer! Handle with Care releases this Tuesday, February 4! To get a preview of some of the book’s topics, check out this episode of Front Porch with the Fitzes (and make sure you listen until the last few minutes for a random conversation about cows and Kylo Ren that had me cracking up)!
  1. If you’ve been following reports about the coronavirus as it spreads throughout China, read this post from the pastor of a church in Wuhan (and pray for the precious people in his community!): “When venturing out in public I have worn a mask, but as for the rest, I have placed it in the Lord’s hands,” he writes. “The situation is so critical, yet [we are] trusting in the Lord’s promises. . . Christians are not only to suffer with the people of this city, but we have a responsibility to pray for those in this city who are fearful, and to bring to them the peace of Christ.” 
  1. “Maybe you’re in a new season of parenting. Maybe your first child has started college. Or your last child has started kindergarten. Maybe you’re surrounded by toddlers and babies, wondering whether you’ll survive the little years. Or your school-age kids are just returning to their morning bus ride after a couple weeks home for Christmas. Either way,” Stacy Reaoch says, “God gives us each season as a gift. Each new chapter is an opportunity to trust Him for grace to hope and persevere.” 
  1. Back in September, right as Revive ’19 was wrapping up, I was too sick to stay downstairs for the main session, so I asked my mom and grandma to stop by the resource center for me. I thought they were going to pick up one copy of Jennifer Lyell’s beautiful storybook Bible, but somehow, we left Indianapolis with four copies! While that seemed crazy at the time, I could not be more grateful to have had extras to give to friends who want to get the Word in the hearts and minds of their children. If you have some littles in your life that would benefit from Jennifer’s book, you can get your own copy (to keep or to share!) with a donation of any amount. 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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