The Friday Five - 06/14/19

  1. Father’s Day is just around the corner. How are you feeling about it? For some women, this weekend is a time to thank their dads for their investment, but for those who have lost parents or have been hurt by a father who was domineering or distant or not there at all, it can be a time of frustration and pain. “Blair Linne knows what it is like to feel the pain of broken family relationships in a fallen world,” but in this Revive Our Hearts program, “She'll remind us of why we can always lean on our perfect heavenly Father.”
  1. Learn from my mistake—don’t put off reading 7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Alberry. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my to-be-read pile for awhile, just waiting for me to pick it up and realize it’s one of the best books on singleness. I’m still thinking about lines like this: “Singleness now is a way of declaring to a world obsessed with sexual and romantic intimacy that these things are not ultimate and that in Christ we possess what is. . . . If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency.” Yes!
  1. Speaking of great books, True Woman blogger and author Christina Fox has a brand new one! Christina’s latest book, Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms, will help you learn “how the gospel meets you, in whatever you are going through, with life-giving, soul-saturating hope. The prayers at the end of each chapter apply this hope to specific, different challenges of motherhood.” To hear more about the book and what to do when you are weighed down by weariness in motherhood, check out Christina’s interview in this episode of the Hope + Help Project.
  2. If you’re a Lyme disease patient or you struggle with any kind of chronic condition, you know the disappointment and discouragement of having an old pain suddenly reappear. When I read Kristen Wetherell’s update about recurring symptoms, it made me want to cry, but the post she shared on her blog is an invitation to hope. If your pains have come back after a prolonged break, or if you’re suffering in any way today, join us in this prayer Kristen wrote for when the pain returns.
  1. Dear Dad, thanks for . . . uh, everything? If you bought a Father’s Day card but now find yourself facing writer’s block, you'll want to check out this post by David Mathis. We know no earthly father is perfect, and yet, Mathis writes, “Even when our fathers have failed us, we still typically have something to be thankful for—and not just virtues that overlap with Mom’s, but qualities that were distinct manifestations of his fatherly masculinity.” Here are a few ways you can honor your father as father this weekend.

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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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