The Friday Five - 02/01/19

  1. I have been waiting all week to tell y’all about Abigail Dodds’s book, (A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ! It hit bookshelves yesterday, and let me tell you—it is a beautiful, courageous call to celebrate Christ-centered womanhood. Betsy Gómez says, “This book is a timely reminder of truth to women living in a forgetful generation. In (A)Typical Woman, Abigail Dodds’s words are filled with truth, grace, and great insight.” So true! This week, I have been sharing some of my favorite quotes over on Instagram. If you get a chance to grab a copy of this book, I’d love to hear what you think!
  2. If you participated in True Woman '18, you heard Paulina Torres interviewed by Dannah Gresh about her experiences with horrific childhood abuse and the freedom she has found in Christ. Last week, Paulina provided more of her story as part of the radio series, Healing from the Hurt of Abuse. As you listen to these programs and share them with precious friends, I pray they will point each of you to Jesus, “the only one that can transform our pain into joy.”
  3. Christian women tend to talk a lot about identity—about how we are loved and accepted, about how we belong to God. But Rachel Jankovic asks, “Why is it then . . . that women of our faith seem no stronger? No less needy? We still talk of all our struggles in the present tense.” She writes, “We have treated Christian identity like it was the great afghan of coziness underneath which all of humanity ought to be settling in for a long nap. But what if our identity in Christ is not a blanket?” Here’s why Rachel says our identity in Christ means war.
  4. “I was a bit of a sulker growing up,” writes Lore Ferguson Wilbert. “Being sent to my room or even grounded felt, in some way, like a secret reward—there I could nurse my wounds in whatever which way I wanted. Thank God He saved me, or I’d still be sulking in a corner somewhere.” Does this sound familiar? “When we’ve been wounded, some of us have a tendency to inflict that pain on others, hoping to lessen the pain we’re feeling. But in this hurt, we have hope in Christ—the Wounded Healer.
  5. I am so thankful for the True Woman blog. Sometimes, just the titles of posts that pop up in my feed bring me to tears, like this one: Your Suffering Is Not the End of the Story. Laura Booz shares what she learned from a sermon her pastor gave while he was dying of cancer, specifically what it looks like to have “faith in Jesus—faith to wait on Jesus’ timing and faith to trust His decisions” when we are halfway healed. Friend, if you are struggling today, “take heart: We are only in the middle of the story. Jesus has more to say . . . and more to do. Stay in His care, and He will carry you through.”

Listings here do not imply endorsement of all writings and positions of the individuals mentioned.

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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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