The Friday Five - 05/10/19

1. This is so much fun! Our very own Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is on the other side of the interview mic this week! Nancy is on the Risen Motherhood podcast, talking about building habits of faithfulness in every season of life. (This means that even if you’re not a mama, you’re not going to want to miss what she has to say!) During the episode, the women discuss how it’s hard to see past the tasks of the early years of motherhood—the baby’s diaper, the promised game of tag, the dirty upstairs bathroom—in the moment, “but when we’re 40, 50, or 60 years old, we’ll see the spiritual impact of the daily choices we make right now. If we want to breathe the gospel in and out, we need a steady habit of seeking God through His Word.”

2. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and for many families, celebrating can be complicated. “We want to honor the blessing of motherhood,” writes Courtney Reissig, “but it also can be an incredibly painful day for many women. So for the Christian, the call to ‘weep with those who weep’ rings truer than ever.” Many different types of women will come into your church on Mother’s Day—and Christ’s work speaks to all of them. In this post, Courtney explains why we should expand the guest list for our Mother’s Day celebrations.

3. By the end of today, two hundred kids will have crossed through the door to my hospital classroom this year, and out of those two hundred kiddos, only a handful have not been in the foster care system. May is National Foster Care Month, but I confess, I never paid attention to it until I walked into work and found my reading rug filled with precious faces longing to be loved. The complexities of foster care are completely overwhelming, which is why I appreciate this straightforward post by Jessica Mathisen. Jessica says we’re not all called to open our homes as foster parents, but as Christians, we are called to love our neighbor. She shares some steps we can take as the Body of Christ to care for the vulnerable among us.

4. It’s here! The beautiful new book Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart from Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal just released, and you’re going to want to buy a copy for all the younger women in your life. Here’s some of the good stuff you’ll find in the first chapter: “God intentionally created each one of us to be sexual beings. . . . The more we chase after God’s good design, the more the confusion will clear up. The more we chase after our Savior, the more He will satisfy us in ways nothing on this earth ever could.” Ready to read more? Head to the GirlDefined site for all the details!

5. Ready for some good news? God gives stamina: “He will help modern mamas keep putting meals on the table. He will help the exhausted ones who are up at night nursing newborns. He will give his wisdom to parents of teens who relentlessly carry them to the throne of grace multiple times a day. He will provide the energy mamas need to get everyone ready for church another Sunday.” Amen? Amen.

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About the Author

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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