The Friday Five: 03/06/20

  1. Earlier today, as I was walking through the parking garage, enjoying the perfect silence of the morning, my phone began blaring the most recent episode of the Revive Our Hearts podcast. After thirty seconds of frantic searching to find the pause button inside my purse, I started laughing when I realized what Nancy was saying: “It’s not enough for our praise and our thanksgiving to be private. It needs to be public.” Well, there you have it. To listen to this message (with or without headphones), check out this link!
  1. “Dear sister,” writes Susan Hunt, “I wish we could sit on my porch with a glass of iced tea and have this Titus talk. There are so many things I want to share with you, things I wish I had known at your age.” If you’ve ever wished you could hang out with Susan Hunt, this is your chance! In this Open Letter to the Younger Women of the Church, she’s talking about why we should take the Titus mandate seriously. Fill a glass with your beverage of choice, grab your Bible, and get ready to explore Titus 2:3–5. 
  1. “With the increasing coronavirus cases outside of China, many believers across the United States wonder how to respond to the increasing alarm. What would God have us do in the face of a growing international health crisis? Should our churches close their doors for fear of spreading illness? Should I take my kids out of school? Cancel travel plans? How should we help a panicked world?” Todd Wagner answers. 
  1. Whenever I read Ruth Chou Simons’ writing or see a new piece of artwork she’s done, I’m left with a longing to spend more time with Jesus. So when I heard that Ruth and her husband Troy have released a new book and a new podcast, I immediately stopped what I was doing and went to track them down. Both resources are based on twelve biblical truths that help shape a family, but this doesn’t just mean your biological family—you can use them with your church family as well!
  1. If you’re crawling into this weekend under the weight of responsibility and people who need you, if you can’t help but all your efforts to be sufficient—to be a good wife and mother and friend and daughter and neighbor––fall incredibly flat, this post by Kristen Wetherell is for you. “Rather than buckling under the dark cloud of condemnation and listening to your fears,” Kristen says that “you can speak back to them. You can confidently confess your need for a Savior. . . . His grace wasn’t just for the moment you believed by faith, but is for each and every moment of faith, for your every failure and every need.” Amen! 

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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