The Friday Five: 06/26/20

  1. As I’ve been working on this Friday Five, I’ve found myself stopping every few lines to check my phone for updates from a friend, whose ER visit this afternoon turned into a hospital admittance into one of the COVID-19 units a few miles from my apartment. The number of Houston cases has been alarmingly high this week, and fear seems to be spreading at an even faster rate. Months ago, when the world was just beginning to bunker down, Jennifer Smith’s perspective was one that calmed me down and pointed me to Christ—so when I heard her introduced on Grounded a few days ago, I was grateful. If you need some encouragement, don’t miss this conversation.
  1. Guess what, moms? “Younger women in the church are looking up to you. Yes, you—the mom with the baby in her arms and the spit up on her shoulder who hasn’t washed her hair in days.” As Melissa Kruger says, “You may not feel equipped, but if you’re walking with the Lord, you can share what you’ve learned with others. The wisdom you have is wisdom she needs.” (If you’re not sure where to start, what to cover, and how to make it work, check out Melissa’s new book, Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests.) 
  1. For so many of us, our relationship with food is complicated—instead of walking in freedom, we often feel the weight of “burdens and rules, diets and dependencies,” guilt and shame. As Christian women, how can we keep a spiritually healthy view of what we eat? On the Women Encouraged podcast, Bethany Barendregt and Tilly Dillehay, author of Broken Bread: How to Stop Using Food and Fear to Fill Spiritual Hunger, discuss how developing gratitude and love for our neighbors can help us to honor God in how we eat. 
  1. With all of the extra time we’re spending in front of screens, it doesn’t take much to tumble down the social media rabbit hole into a world of Christian influencers and celebrity pastors we didn’t even know existed. Val Woerner has learned firsthand what happens when we allow someone we follow online to start leading us astray, slowly and subtly. “We can’t control what others do,” she writes. “What we can control is who we choose to let speak into our lives.” In this post, she shares what the Bible has to say about influencers and educators. 
  1. I cannot think of a better announcement than getting to tell you the summer book club is back! You probably saw Hayley’s post on Wednesday, but did you notice that this news was also published on the Lies Young Women Believe blog? Imagine what would happen if you and your daughter learned how to trust God to write your stories—together! “‘No story ever told could compare to God’s great Story. None is as compelling, transforming, or hope-giving. And your story is a part of it.’ Find out how, starting next week.” 

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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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