The Friday Five: 07/10/20

  1. Happy launch week, Bob Lepine! I will never forget arriving at the Indianapolis airport for a True Woman conference, walking outside with my mom and grandma to find the car waiting for us, and seeing Mr. Lepine himself hop out of the backseat to give us a hand with our suitcases! After experiencing his kindness firsthand, it’s not a surprise to me that his new book, Love Like You Mean It, shares what it means to lay down your life in genuine love. To find out more about the book, download his interview with Dave and Ann Wilson on the FamilyLife Today program.
  1. “Confusing, chaotic, devastating, heartbreaking, infuriating, exhausting . . . you can pick your adjective. Whatever it is, God sees it all. He grieves with you. He’s carrying you. And none of the mess is too messy for Him to redeem.” Wow, what a start to Week 1 of the You Can Trust God to Write Your Story Summer Book Club! If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late! Grab a copy of the book, and dive into chapter one with us!
  1. “It’s hard not having something to look forward to,” Christina Fox recently said to her husband. “Whether it is a family vacation, a ministry event, family gathering, or prepping for the next school year, every plan [we] make is subject to change due to this ever-changing pandemic.” Although she’s always known that it’s God who directs her steps, Christina admits she’s seldom lived as though it is true. Her post is a gentle reminder that life and hope are found in Christ, and it’s an encouragement to “live faithfully in the present, all the while looking to the future with great anticipation and joy.”
  1. Seana Scott used to think that discipling her kids happened primarily during devotions at the breakfast table. “However, most days when I read them a Bible story and teach them truth while they eat cereal, they only half-listen to me,” she admits. “I often feel defeated.” Looking back on the past decade, however, she’s realized, “Discipleship often happens in spontaneous gospel moments as we do something routine. Deep interactions occur in car rides, chatting over Monopoly Jr., or prayers of repentance in the tomato sauce aisle . . . on-the-go, moment-to-moment gospel opportunities abound. Can we see them?” 
  1. If you’ve listened to Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s teaching for a while, you have probably heard her talk about how the biographies of faithful men and women of God have fueled her faith since she was a little girl—she says the portraits of godly women found in the new book 12 Faithful Women: Portraits of Steadfast Endurance will do the same for you. “In each challenge and trial these women faced, Christ proved Himself to be steadfast and sufficient. The courage and compassion they exhibited in their times are no less needed in ours. May their stories inspire us to reflect his majestic gospel and grace to our world.” Happy reading! 

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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 www.apatientprocess.com 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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