Friday Five - 06/21/19

  1. When I came across this post by Jani Ortlund, I was so struck by it, I just passed my phone to my mom with the article open for her to read. “We all struggle with questions like, ‘How long, Lord, will you ask me to wait? Why me? Why this? Why now?’” and we seek to be patient. But what does that look like? Jani says, “Patience is loving God enough to say, ‘Thank you,’ even for the difficult things. True patience, throughout the life-altering and soul-shattering experiences between birth and heaven, is a humble gift we offer up to God. And He is the one who enables us to offer Him that gift.” Amen!
  1. Help! “It’s Sunday morning and the buzzing alarm signals the beginning of an all-too-familiar battle: Your teenager has let you know in no uncertain terms that she doesn’t want to go to church.” What do you do? Lindsey Carlson gives her answer for struggling mommas in this post. (By the way, if you’re looking for a book to read and discuss with your daughter this summer, Lindsey’s new one, Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ is great!)
  2. If you’re married, one lie you may believe is “I don’t have time to serve my husband.” Lauren Washer understands: “By the time our husbands walk in the door, often the last thing on our mind is how to practically love and serve him. Instead, we’re scheming a way of escape in order to refuel our mind, body, and soul for the next day.” Lauren says, “If we believe the lie that there’s no energy left to love our husbands, we’re failing to believe in God’s sustaining strength.” In this post, Lauren shares the truth that God will equip and sustain you, and she offers practical suggestions for the overwhelmed wife.
  1. Millennials, this one’s for you—if you live in Texas and you’re in your twenties or thirties, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Jonathan (JP) Pokluda and The Porch, a weekly gathering where thousands of twenty- and thirty-year-olds get together to worship God and study His Word. I’ve learned a ton from JP over the years, both in person and through his podcast, and I was excited when I found out that he would be putting his advice in paperback form in Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and the Future. This one’s perfect to slip into your pool bag and discuss with a friend!
  1. If you had to pick your soundtrack for the summer, what would it be? I have been listening to The Worship Initiative, Vol. 17 on repeat all week, and that would be my choice—no question! As much as I would recommend putting volumes 1–16 on your Spotify playlist, Volume 17 is special because it is an all-female album! Some of the singers include Bethany Barnard, Davy Flowers, and Candace Payne—their songs (especially “Goodness of God,” “Isn’t He,” and “Jesus Is Better”) will get your weekend started on a good note.

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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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