The Friday Five - 06/07/19

  1. Do you know my good friend Elisabeth Elliot? Elisabeth and I never met in person and never will. She is now with Jesus, but through her books, she has been to me a longtime mentor and an old friend who pours out hard-won wisdom from a lifetime of obedience to Christ. Through her words, she has modeled for millions of women what it looks like to trust Jesus when life is hard. Her latest book, Suffering Is Never for Nothing, is one of my favorites, and right now you can get your own copy with a gift of any amount to Revive Our Hearts! The best part? You don’t have to read it by yourself—the first-ever True Woman Summer Book Club launches in two weeks. Grab your copy, and get ready to dig in together!
  1. Have you ever felt that you must do something extraordinary with your life? This is one of seven lies (such as “I’ll stop feeling lonely if I get married” and “I’m too busy for church this week”) that Moses Y. Lee says Christians tend to tell themselves. If we’re honest, Lee writes, when we say we want to do something extraordinary with our lives, what we really mean is “I want to be famous” or “I want to go viral” or “I want to become an influencer.” But Lee says this attitude misses how ordinary faithfulness can be the most extraordinary calling of all.
  1. 'Tis the season for short-term mission trips and Vacation Bible School and service projects in a part of the city you don’t get the chance to visit other times of the year. It’s so exciting to be involved in this kind of work that we go in with hearts ablaze and cameras ready to capture the best moments. But what happens if our selfies keep us from sharing the gospel with the people we came to serve? This post shares how to keep the gospel message the main focus as we minister to others.
  1. You may have observed that we live in a culture where people are praised for questioning authority, which makes the church look pretty old-fashioned for suggesting that people ought to obey. But Andrea Burke has found that obedience is not just duty: it’s the key to joy. “You know what does make obedience easier? What makes it joyful and abundant and gives the feeling a little bit like flying and a whole lot like freedom? Trust.”
  1. If the end of the school year has left you lost and confused and completely oblivious to what day/week/month it is, you’re not alone. As I was swiping through some Instagram stories yesterday, I freaked out when I saw a discussion about Father’s Day—before you panic, it’s next weekend. To help you shop for the men in your life, Risen Motherhood has put together a great gift guide, and several of the ideas on their gospel-centered list come with coupon codes! Head over to to their IG page, and look for the “Father’s Day Gift” story highlight. Happy shopping!

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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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