The Friday Five - 06/28/19

  1. Alexa, play Revive Our Hearts program!” One of my heroes, Joni Eareckson Tada, was a guest on the radio this week—and wow, wow, wow. Living as a quadriplegic for more than fifty years, Joni has learned that “Jesus is everything! Jesus is ecstasy beyond compare, and it is worth anything—any amount of suffering—any squeezing of the lemon, to be His intimate friend.” Listen to this radio program, and after that, if you haven’t read Joni’s books yet, I recommend all of them. Every single one. That said, a good place to start is her autobiography—the audiobook version is my favorite because Joni narrates it herself. And if you want to introduce your daughter to Joni (and ten more inspiring women), pick up the new book Empowered by Catherine Parks!
  1. When you’re in a conversation with a friend, do you ever catch yourself talking about something that’s gone wrong in your life and then follow up the story with, “But I’m not complaining.” Yikes. I’m guilty of this! Autumn Kern says, “The choice not to complain has nothing to do with our circumstances—both what we have and what we don’t—but everything to do with the One telling us not to complain.” How do we have a humble, grateful heart? By knowing the God of Scripture.
  2. Earlier this month, a seventeen-year-old Dutch girl made headlines after ending her life. “What was considered extreme and unthinkable just a lifetime ago—taking one’s own life—is now considered by most Americans to be reasonable, humane, and even necessary in some circumstances,” writes Jen Oshman in her post “On Suicide.” “Church, we must renew our minds and remember what’s true. We must stand on behalf of those who cannot stand for themselves. We must tenderly, sacrificially, and fiercely walk with them through their valley of suffering, their valley of death, all the way to their natural, God-ordained end.” 
  1. Are you tired of being the hot mess mom? “Somewhere between being the single girl that everyone thought would make a stellar wife and mom and the birth of my second son this December,” writes Jasmine Holmes, “I realized that I really was a mess. The mess was physical—piles of laundry, stacks of dishes, and a floor that hadn’t seen a vacuum in {redacted to maintain a shred of my dignity}. But the mess was also spiritual . . . My issue was one of identity.” 
  1. If you are in the middle of packing for your summer vacation, go ahead and write “download the Good Enough podcast” on your things-I-need-to-do-before-I-leave-home list! The Good Enough podcast with Andrea Burke and Lore Ferguson Wilbert has already released episodes on diet culture, Pinterest-perfect homes, clean living, and singleness, and when this episode on dating came out a few days ago, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t sharing these with y’all every week! Andrea and Lore are gracious podcast hosts, who seek to answer questions in a Christ-exalting manner. You’ll love it!

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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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