The Friday Five: 06/05/2020

1. One of my absolute favorite parts of watching Grounded is opening the Bible with women from all over the world! On Wednesday, Kim Cash Tate took us through Hebrews 12:1–2 and talked about how, in the midst of all of the tension and turmoil happening around us, we are experiencing a “let us” moment: Let us seek the Lord and allow Him to search our hearts, she encouraged. Let us lay aside our prejudice and fix our eyes on Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Amen!

2. Over the last few weeks, Kristie Anyabwile is one woman I’ve been looking to for wise, practical ways we can come together as the body of Christ right now. You may remember Kristie from her series, His Testimonies, My Heritage, on the Revive Our Hearts radio program back in January. If you appreciated those interviews, don’t miss her episode of the Daily Grace podcast, where she shares what it means to listen relationally and learn from one another, and how we are to love those who are different than us. As Kristie shares, “In Christ, people of all tribes, nations, and tongues can be united, and this unity in diversity actually gives us a foretaste of what’s to come in eternity!” 

3. “I see her all the time—the Christian woman who wants to follow Jesus but can’t seem to get past life’s hurdles to know Him in His Word . . . She’s the person who thinks one day she’ll wake up holier without having fed the faithfulness that holiness requires. She’s me,” writes Glenna Marshall, “and, likely, she’s been you.” In her brand new book, Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World, Glenna shows us how to build habits into our lives that will aid in knowing and enjoying Christ now, so “with God’s help, we’ll follow Him more tomorrow than we did today.” 

4. Are you praying for a prodigal? Judy Douglass understands. "He knows the end of the story, and we don’t. I realize that’s a harder thing for us in a sense. But at the same time, He tells us that the hard places are really doors of hope. We go into these hard places, and we think, This is going to be difficult. I can’t make it through this. I don’t know what to do. I have no answers. . . . And all of us, our hope is that these we love would come back. . . . We can make it easier. But we can’t make it happen. But God says, 'Cling to Me. Don’t let go of Me.'” Listen here for the whole series of encouragement and hope!

5. I keep a digital Post-It note on my desktop with a running list of books and authors and articles I don’t want to forget to share with you on Fridays, and when writers from that list appear on a ROH program the same week, it delights me to no end! I’m so glad Nancy Guthrie was a guest on Grounded a few days ago. Her book, Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, has been a sweet reminder of the generous grace of Jesus. Grab a copy, and then download Nancy’s podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible—her goal was to record an episode on every book of the Bible, and after recording an interview on Obadiah last week, she completed the canon! Wow!

Listings here do not imply endorsement of all writings and positions of the individuals mentioned.

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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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