The Friday Five: 02/07/20

  1. The first time I saw the sign at Hobby Lobby that said, “I need a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus,” I bought it for my kitchen—so I definitely cringed when I read those exact words in Erin Davis’s post on the True Woman blog this week! Erin’s not bashing coffee, but she wants us to understand that we only need Jesus; coffee is optional. Ready for some convicting questions? “Do you open your Bible expecting God to shape you into His image as much as you down your coffee, expecting it to energize you for the day? Is your hope in Christ as strong as your hope in the perfect cup?” It’s okay. You can take a sip from the warm mug that’s in your hands right now, but then go dive into the rest of this post!
  1. When the going gets tough, when we feel lonely or unjustly treated or hurt by a friend, our tendency is to run and escape—because we hate suffering! But Linda Green says that there are times that God calls us to stay: “God promises followers of Christ that He has a divine purpose for the dark valleys of affliction that He leads us through,” she writes. “If we take the world’s advice to run, we will surely miss many transforming miracles of grace that God wants to work in, and through, those who stay and put their trust in Him.”
  1. Do you know my friend, Paula (Hendricks) Marsteller? If you’ve been around this blog for awhile, you’ve probably read a bunch of Paula’s posts or picked up her fantastic book, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl, which shares her story of learning to trust God with her love life. Have you ever heard the story of how Paula met her husband? It’s one of my favorite love stories! In this interview, Paula talks about how she grew in her relationship with God while she was in a long-distance relationship and gives advice about managing conflict, communication, and more! 
  1. Your phone is teaching you how to pray. You may not realize it, but your phone has discipled you in what it looks like to communicate with God. And you’re not alone! Lauren Weir writes, “How humbling it is [to get] in our prayer closets without our phones and realize how small we are—to discover how difficult it is to control our thoughts and our curiosity about what’s happening outside those four walls. Where our phones have numbed us through overstimulation, prayer summons our senses back to the surface. Our eyes become open when we close them to consider the unseen.” Yes!
  1. Happy belated birthday to one of our favorite Bible teachers, Jen Wilkin! On Twitter this week, people began sharing what Jen has taught them over the years, and the responses are so worth reading. Scroll through that thread while you’re listening to Jen’s interview with Lisa Whittle on the Jesus Over Everything podcast. In this episode, Jen and Lisa talk about times they have asked God to give them the desire to study His Word, especially when they haven’t felt like reading. Their conversation is such an encouragement. I can’t wait for you to hear it!

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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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