The Friday Five: 04/03/2020

 

  1. Friend, if you haven’t been tuning into Revive Our Hearts’ morning show with Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis, you are missing out. Every morning, they are livestreaming hope on Revive Our Hearts’ YouTube channel, and each conversation points back to Christ! On Tuesday morning, I was disappointed when a work teleconference was scheduled for the same time as Susan Hunt’s guest appearance on Grounded, but then I remembered each episode is available to watch online after it ends—what a blessing! If you’re looking for something to binge-watch this weekend, start with this!
  1. Repeat after me: Nothing I suffer surprises God. Isn’t that the best news? When Vaneetha Rendall Risner began working on this article, the coronavirus was already spreading, “causing great fear, leaving many wondering how many deaths this pandemic might cause. It may be legions,” she writes. “Or it may not be as deadly or dangerous as predicted. But even if the worst happens, God will be there. He who keeps us will not slumber. He is our keeper, and He alone keeps our life. Regardless of what happens . . . we can still rejoice in the God of our salvation.” 
  1. If “Friday” wasn’t included in the title of this blog post, would you know for sure what day of the week it is? With all this time we’re spending at home, days blur into nights, and it’s not always easy to tell the difference between a weekday and the weekend. As disorienting as these days are, my prayer is that God will help us not miss this resurrection season, and I think this resource from Russ Ramsey will help! Ramsey offers a day-by-day breakdown of what Scripture tells us happened on each day, starting with Holy Week, that sacred span from Palm Sunday (two days from now!) to Easter Sunday. I suggest printing this guide out and pairing your reading with a great playlist . . . like this one!
  1. I Didn’t Know I Loved You Like This” from Glenna Marshall is one of my favorite posts on the Internet this week. “I didn’t know I loved you like this,” she writes. “I promise when I see you next, that I’ll see you, really see you. I won’t be afraid to tell you how much I love you because now I know that what gets me to you every week is what gets you to me every week: love. . . Today, we love one another by giving each other space. I want you to be well. I know you want the same for me. But, oh, for the day to touch and see without barriers and screens and masks and gaps between our bodies . . .” (Think you know who this is about? Keep reading!)
  1. “Quarantining has changed daily life for lots of us, hasn’t it? We’re wrestling with disappointments, fears, cabin fever, and some intense boredom, aren’t we? It’s not easy when life gets turned upside-down, is it? It’s not easy to trust God when your plans are trashed, when your heart is crushed, or when the coming days look dark and uncertain. It’s not easy,” Samantha Nieves says, “but it’s possible. It’s possible to trust God—no matter what. It’s possible to believe that He is at work, even when you can’t see it, and it’s possible for that hope to propel you through the hardest stuff.” Amen! And here’s one way you can declare your hope in God: by joining this six-week online Bible study over at LYWB.com

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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 www.apatientprocess.com 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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