The Friday Five – 05/03/19

  1. Do you ever hear the first few lines of a Revive Our Hearts radio program and immediately think, Okay, I have to share this one with a friend? That happened a few days ago when I heard Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth say this is not the end of the story. The pain, the battle, and the fight that seems endless will not last forever. Praise God! Make sure you to listen to the entire series. Nancy has “cracked open the last page of the story of our lives—and of all history—and given away the ending. No matter what twists and turns you face, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you can know that you’ll spend an eternity of joy with Him.”
  1. No matter how perfect our Instagram posts appear, this is the reality of motherhood: “Interrupted plans, struggling to find time in the word with the constant demands of young children, comforting little ones when our own tears are one stubbed toe away from bursting into a full blown ugly cry, and learning to cling to the Lord’s strength in our unwelcomed sense of weakness.” While motherhood is one of the hardest jobs in the world, Sarah Walton says, “It’s also one of the greatest ways we can learn to throw ourselves completely at the feet of Jesus.” Read the rest of this post on the Risen Motherhood blog.
  1. When I was in high school, I was given a copy of Carolyn McCulley’s book Radical Womanhood, and I have found myself going back to it time and time again when I’ve been stuck on a question about biblical womanhood. When Carolyn’s name popped up in my feed as a guest on the By Faith podcast with Christine Hoover, I could not wait to hear what she had to say! Carolyn and Christine talk about what it’s like being single in the church, and Carolyn gives us some super practical ways both single and married women can cultivate their gifts in the church. It’s such a good conversation—listen to it here!
  1. Hey moms, “don’t believe the hype—you don’t need a silver bullet, a glossy kids' program, a magical summer camp (though those can be sweet added bonuses)” to bring children up in the Lord. Jen Oshman says that “you just need a commitment to put in small amounts of time, consistently over time, and God will take care of the rest.” In this post, she shares the insignificant habits and routines that have added up over the years and made a significant impact in her daughters’ lives. Check out Jen’s tips to chip away at your children’s spiritual growth.
  1. Back in October, Lauren Chandler posted an Instagram video with a preview of a new worship song she’d written. That weekend, I played it on repeat while I lay on my bathroom floor, curled up in pain because of side effects from Lyme disease treatment. The gentle chorus completely reoriented my focus to Christ and gave me words to praise Him with every beat of my heart. I pray it will do the same for you!

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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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