The Friday Five: 04/17/2020

  1. If I was only able to share one truth that’s been comforting me the last few weeks, it would be this: “Nothing catches our God by surprise—not a pandemic, canceled plans, a change in employment, or the deep losses we are experiencing. He knows. He has known. And He has provided us with everything we need.” Yes! To help us remember that God will be faithful no matter what we are facing, Moody Publishers is offering You Can Trust God to Write Your Story by Nancy and Robert Wolgemuth for free! You can download this free ebook wherever ebooks are sold. The offer ends today, Friday, April 17 (my birthday!), so don’t put this off! Thank you, Moody Publishers! 
  1. Okay, friend. Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself thinking something along the lines of “I’m not cut out for this!” or “These are strange days” at some point in the last month. (Me too!) After reading this article by Abigail Dodds, I’m reading 1 Peter 4:12 in a new light: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial,” it says, “as though something strange were happening to you.” As Abigail explains, what we are facing currently is the very thing Christians were made for: “In these un-strange days of COVID-19, we can say with full confidence, ‘We were born for these days—born to endure COVID-19. Our souls are safe with our Maker. Our homes are embassies of his Spirit. We are free to do good as Christian [women] whatever the circumstance, whatever the cost.’” 
  1. If you’ve spent anytime on social media lately, you’ve seen the memes and inspirational messages—“Famous people throughout history accomplished incredible things during periods of isolation. Scientific discoveries, classic works of literature—this is what is possible, I’m told, if I can only embrace the isolation, hunker down, and get to work. I can’t let this time go to waste.” Laura Cerbus has a different take on this: “Perhaps we’ve entered into a prolonged Sabbath,” she writes, “a rest from our striving to prove our own worth. If so, we can give up the false guilt that our culture puts on those who aren’t producing anything. We can rest in the love of the Father, who created and redeemed us, not because of what we are capable of doing, but because of His love. Full stop.”
  1. It makes me so happy to see the names of True Woman writers and speakers in the FamilyLife Today feed! This week, Kelly Needham, author of the book Friendish, is on FamilyLife to talk about “the benefit of being real in our friendships. She remembers an instance when a friend shared difficult words, and instead of fully listening, Kelly preached at her. Another time she avoided a friend she didn't want to face. We've all been there.” To learn how to speak the truth in love and to help your friendships grow deep roots, download all of Kelly’s episodes! 
  1. They say you don’t miss something until it’s gone. “I miss the freedom to go places and do things, to see the inside of stores and restaurants, to watch my kids play sports and perform dance recitals,” writes Melissa Edgington. “I’m not sure what the future of this pandemic holds, but I do know that in many ways it’s teaching me the art of remembering how good I really have it, in all of the seasons that God has blessed me with so far. I pray that the next weeks and months make me truly grateful, that I will praise Him through whatever comes next. He is good, and I’m going to remember that.”

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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