The Friday Five – 05/17/19

  1. You might have noticed this post is called “The Friday Five,” which is a fitting title and one I appreciate—except when a great article shows up on a Sunday, and I have to wait a whole week to share it with y’all! That happened this week when Jen Wilkin tweeted a link to an article, “Mothers in the Church.” Jen says that every believing woman who grows to maturity becomes a spiritual mother to those following behind. “She fulfills that most basic calling of motherhood: nurturing the helpless and weak to maturity and strength . . . And she understands the work to be not a trial but a sacred duty, finding deep delight in wobbly first steps of faithfulness and stuttered first words of truth.” This post is so good! Go, go, go read the rest of it here.
  1. “Coming alongside a suffering friend can feel like trying to hug a porcupine.” How’s that for an opening line? When “How to Avoid Speaking Carelessly to Widows” showed up in my email this week, I realized in about two seconds that it was filled with wisdom we desperately need. We would never intend to hurt a friend with our words, but our casual comments may cause others pain. To help us, Gaye shares four ways to avoid careless words. (Speaking of words, if you want posts like this one to come straight to your inbox every day, you can subscribe to the True Woman blog here!)
  1. If you’ve read Sarah Walton’s writing on the True Woman blog or heard her speak about her book Hope When It Hurts, you probably know that she has four children, and let me tell you—I am a big fan of those kiddos and all of their shenanigans. Earlier this week, Sarah shared an ultrasound picture of her youngest from when he was between twenty and thirty weeks old, an age which many in our world would not consider him a human being. He had already started a habit he still has today. Sarah wrote this post in honor of Mother’s Day, but it is more than that—it is a precious reminder that life is sacred because of the Creator, whose hands have made and fashioned us for His glory.
  1. “Listen to even one televised news report and fear or anxiety may capture your thoughts and grip your heart.” It’s true. But Dawn Wilson says, “We do not overcome the effects of ‘the news’ by denying or ignoring the evil in our world that causes such intense emotions, but rather by applying scriptural truth to circumstances and responding biblically.” In this post, Dawn shares what the Bible says about fear and anxiety, and she models how to pray based on Scriptures that can help us exchange toxic emotions for God’s wondrous peace.
  1. What does a woman who is distinctly marked by the gospel look like? Andrea Burke points to those who have gone before us, “the likes of Photina, Perpetua, Amy Carmichael, Katharina von Bora, women who no doubt were not timid or afraid. They were not quiet in their words, but the waters of their hearts were still. Deep and rested. Their quiet spirit was not anchored in the currents and wind-tossed waves of culture, but was one that sunk its chains deep into the seabed of Christ’s faithfulness—unmoved, fixed, steady.” May these words be true of us as well.

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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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