The Friday Five: 05/15/2020

  1. Have you noticed that your emotions seem a little off in the midst of this pandemic? Dannah Gresh says that even if it seems like we’ve been holding it all together, we may still be suffering from some low-level anxiety that needs to be addressed. On Monday, Dannah went live on Facebook and talked about a crazy experience she had on Mother’s Day (spoiler alert: there was a rattlesnake!), and she shared a few ways we can fight anxiety and depression. This Monday, May 18, Dannah will be part of an online workshop for parents—head over to the True Girl website to register for the event Helping Tweens and Teens Overcome Anxiety and Depression, which you can join for a donation of any amount.
  2. This week, I stumbled across A Moment of Steadfast Hope, the video series hosted by Courtney Doctor and Melissa Kruger over on The Gospel Coalition’s website, and y’all—it’s so good. They’ve posted five interviews so far (with Nancy Guthrie, Trillia Newbell, Rebecca McLaughlin, Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen, and Jackie Hill Perry)—and since there is no way I could pick only one, I am just going to recommend that you watch all of them.
  3. You may be familiar with Ellie Holcomb’s music (or her picture books, which I, an adult woman with no children, might have requested for my birthday), but if you’ve never heard an Ellie interview on a podcast, you’re in for some encouragement! This week, Ellie joined Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams on the She Reads Truth podcast. “Together, they talk about the ‘already and not yet’ of God’s promises, the art of fighting fear with Truth, and what it looks like to choose feasting over famine.” This episode will remind you that God’s promises are trustworthy—an anchor for our souls, even in the unknown
  1. If you have a teenage daughter or if you mentor a middle or high school girl, you need to know about a brand-new resource that the Well-Watered Co. released on Wednesday! Dear Girl is a thirty-one-day devotional written by a diverse group of women. It covers topics like identity, friendship, gossip, mentorship, grades, family, and more. I was so excited when I heard about this book! The writers behind it are praying that it will encourage girls to fall in love with Jesus Christ and His Word above all else. If this makes you picture one younger woman in particular, make her day by mailing her a copy!
  1. If you're feeling the weight of COVID weariness, this post by Benjamin Vrbicek is for you: it’s for you who are single, who are starved for conversation, laughter, and a hug. It’s for you who are students, who struggle to stay motivated as the weather warms, who will celebrate graduation with a handmade gown. It’s for you who are retired or elderly or living with compromised immune systems, whose friends cannot come to visit and who feel more forgotten than before. “If you feel this way, come to Jesus. Pray to Him. Read His Word. Belong to His church . . . Come and enjoy the freedom found in being loved by the Savior.”

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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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