The Friday Five: 05/22/2020

  1. Well, we are about one week away from the end of school down here in Houston, and these final days have triggered all kinds of emotions. I even found myself tearing up behind my mask at the grocery store when I saw a bag of Takis, my students’ all-time favorite snack. If I could show my students one video to close out the year, it would be Monday’s episode of Grounded. Erin Davis’ commencement speech says it all: “Class of 2020, here is the number one thing I want you to know about God: He is faithful . . . He will show up. He will see you through. He will hold onto you, even when you do not hold onto Him.” Amen!
  1. Students are not the only seniors on our hearts this week—older women, this one’s for you! Melissa Edgington maintains that “we give senior adults too little credit when we should be learning from their long faith journey, listening more and following their example.” Seniors, she writes, as churches start to take baby steps toward normalcy, “we need you to take the lead in carefully following the guidelines that your church prescribes. We need you to be the examples to all of us in laying aside your freedom to hug or to sit in your usual spot, to defer to the concerns that some others may have that you don’t.” Here's why we need you, as a senior adult, to lead your church in love during COVID-19. 
  1. My pandemic reading pile is getting a little out of control, but I keep coming back to Adore by Sara Hagerty. Sara’s love for Jesus is so contagious, I’ve wanted the pages to last as long as possible. On Tuesday, I took a break from the book to listen to Sara’s interview with Lisa Whittle on the Jesus Over Everything podcast. Lisa describes their interview as “one of those shows that heals versus entertains, and for a needy heart, that is a blessed gift. So is Sara, and so is her new book.” I completely agree!
  1. If you’ve spent much time on Revive Our Hearts’ website, you’ve probably come across Shannon Popkin’s posts on the True Woman blog or the Leader Connection blog or the Lies Young Women Believe blog—we love learning from her! This week, Shannon is on FamilyLife Today talking to Ann and Dave Wilson and Bob Lepine about her brand new book, Comparison Girl. In this interview, Shannon shares how we can overcome the compulsion to compare and experience freedom in Christ.
  1. Every evening, in neighborhoods across the country, “people stand on their front porches, banging pots and pans in celebration of frontline health-care workers. Sidewalks are chalked with rainbows and chirpy messages of gratitude.” Jen Pollock Michel says, “These gestures, in a global pandemic, feel absolutely right. And yet,” there’s another group of people Jen wants to remember, a group she worries will forget how much their work matters. This post is to them—“When the light wanes tonight over Toronto and people clang their thanks to essential workers: pastors, I’ll be thanking God 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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