The Friday Five: 05/29/2020

  1. We are just a few days away from June 1—and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to figure out what happened to all of those quarantine goals I made a few months ago. Like Christina Fox, I thought that during this time, I would “finally take up a paintbrush and create something beautiful. . . . I thought I’d finally learn to make my own pasta and organize,” well, everything. Not so much. In this post, Christina shares that her distracted mind, divided with worry, was impacting how she was spending her time, until she began reminding herself of truth from Scripture. Her words reminded me of what Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has been sharing on the radio program this week—if you want to know “How to Have a Quiet Heart,” start with that series!
  1. “Is social justice antithetical to the gospel or is it the inevitable fruit of the gospel?” On this episode of the All Things podcast, Jen Oshman takes a look at that question, employing the words and wisdom of Pastor Brandon Washington to explain how the gospel requires that we engage with the racial division of our day. As Jen says, “Greater objectivity and humility will serve us well as we seek to understand the perspective and lamentations of our friends of color. Our God is a reconciler and so must we be too.” 
  1. “Wynn is my son,” writes Jasmine Holmes. “No little boy could be more loved by his parents. Inquisitive, fiercely affectionate, staunchly opinionated, he sees the world through eyes of wonder and has yet to become jaded by society's cruelty. I know he'll grow up with stories of having been made to feel 'other' because of the color of his skin. I want to teach him that, though life's unfair, he still has incomparable value in the eyes of his heavenly Father.” Courtney Doctor and Melissa Kruger read this excerpt from Mother to Son during “A Moment of Steadfast Hope” this week, and they talked to Jasmine about how we can help kids find their identity in Christ—don’t miss their conversation!
  1. Calling all single ladies (and any woman wanting to support them!)—Christine Hoover has a webinar you’re going to want to download. Recently, Christine and her husband hosted a panel of single adults at their church, where they addressed questions such as, “How has God grown you and shaped you during this time of quarantine? What specific lessons have you learned about living in unity that you could share with others who live with housemates? What have you learned that could benefit others who live alone? How has your calling and vocation been challenged or renewed for you in this season? What can married couples do to help you or bless you as things begin to open up?” 
  1. In 2018, I became the self-appointed president of the Texas chapter of the Abigail Dodds Fan Club—as such, it is my duty to inform you that Abigail was a guest on Grounded with Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis earlier this week! In all seriousness, their conversation on how spiritual disciplines can serve as a “seat belt” is so helpful—if you feel like you’re being ruled by your emotions these days, do yourself a favor and watch this interview!

PS: There’s a brand-new 10-day challenge for women’s ministry leaders that starts this Monday! If you’re a leader or pastor’s wife, get encouragement to stay “faithful to the finish line” by signing up here!

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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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