The Friday Five – 05/31/19

  1. You may have heard that Revive Our Hearts needs to raise $775,000 by the end of today. And you should know—the ROH team did not ask me to mention the deadline here. I wanted to include it because giving to the ministry over the years has become one of my favorite things in the world. When I first started listening to Nancy’s teaching as a teen, I was stuck in medical clinics instead of classrooms, and I struggled to see how I could be part of what God was doing in the world when I was too sick to even get out of bed. But here’s what I learned: when we give money to a ministry like Revive Our Hearts, we are giving the hope of Jesus to women who are just like us, women who are desperate for the freedom and fullness and fruitfulness that is only found in Christ. Can you believe we have the chance to be involved in this life-changing work?! Y’all, it is an absolute blast.
  1. If your daily Bible reading is taking you straight through Scripture, you’ve probably noticed that there are some uncomfortable texts along the way. Few are as jarring as the story of Tamar and Amnon in 2 Samuel 13. When Jen Wilkin taught this passage to a group of women at her church, she was crushed by how common Tamar’s story turned out to be and surprised that she had never heard a sermon about her. In this post, Jen shares why it’s critical we should faithfully and forthrightly teach the story of Tamar.
  1. Here’s hope in five words: home is around the corner. Friend, if you have been wrestling with doubts and fears over all the seemingly impossible circumstances that God allows in your life, read these words from Sarah Walton. As you read, I am praying that God will help you to “praise Him even as you wait, confident that if He doesn’t work a miracle in your circumstances, He is most certainly working a greater miracle within your heart.”
  1. When you look into the corners of your heart, what is your deepest desire? Whether your “maybe someday” is for a child to return to the faith, or to find a close friend, or to finally be healed of chronic illness, it can be painful to sit and wait with empty hands. Hannah Norton says that in times when we are left with unfulfilled longings, we can find that Jesus is more than enough. Check out her post, and while you’re on her page, you might want to leave a comment congratulating her, because she gave birth to a precious baby boy earlier this week!
  1. “Did you see it? Did you watch Kodi Lee on America’s Got Talent [on Tuesday] night? He’s a twenty-two-year-old who is blind and autistic and also has an incredible voice and ability to play the piano.” One of the judges hugged him after he performed and said, “You just changed the world.When Jen Oshman saw this moment, she wrote, “May it be so. May one viewer after another watch Lee and weep, and remember that all God has made is very good. May we view it over and over and over and remind each other, remind our national conscience, all lives have value and worth and dignity and must be protected and celebrated.” Amen!

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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 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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