The Friday Five: 03/20/20

  1. If you tried to keep track of how many times you hear “coronavirus” throughout your day, you’d probably lose count before you even finish your coffee. “What if we could retrain our hearts and minds to be reminded of something greater each time we hear talk of our current crisis?” One way would be to use this word association from Dr. Richard Ross—are you ready for it? Every time you hear “corona,” think “crown” (its Latin meaning). When you think “crown,” think “King Jesus.” When you think “‘King Jesus,’ then think ‘everything happening is under His reign and for His glory.’” Amen! 
  2. What should this season look like for a Christian woman who places her trust in Jesus Christ? I love how Tilly Dillehay addressed this question. She says the Christian woman should bolster her spiritual immune system, follow wise counsel, and fill her leisure time wisely: “She’s not a warrior princess who is about to save the world; she’s a trustful daughter with a very powerful Daddy. She has no fear for the future, and this allows her to lay her head down at night (or during the afternoon), and get rest.”
  1. Mary Kassian, beloved True Woman ’20 speaker and author, is on FamilyLife Today this week! Like many women in her generation, Mary admits she grew up determined to prove herself. “But then, as I got older,” she says, she began to realize what she viewed as strengths weren’t strengths at all: “I was strong enough to run over people, but I wasn’t strong enough to have the heart of Christ . . . Scripture teaches that any woman, who relies on her own strength, is a weak woman; and any woman, weak or strong, who relies on the strength of the Lord is a strong woman.” 
  1. With Sunday services transitioning from live corporate gatherings to livestreaming on couches, The Village Church has provided a resource to help your kiddos engage during sermons. You can download two different guides for kids and teens to take notes, and if, well, you’ve technically graduated from high school but want to print out these graphic organizers and use them yourself, they work well for all ages!
  1. In the midst of all of the panicked posts and news reports about this global pandemic, do you know what is filling my heart with absolute delight? Penguins. Earlier this week, Shedd Aquarium let the penguins out of their exhibits to visit the other animals—and you just have to see this video for yourself. On St. Patrick’s Day, they posted pictures of the penguins in sparkly green bow ties. Bow ties! How cute are they?! These are hard days, friend, but I am praying God will fill up each one with indescribable joy. May we remember how sweet it is to know and be loved by our Creator! Happy weekend!

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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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