The Friday Five - 08/02/19

  1. Over the last week, each time I’ve flipped open my copy of the Esther study, I’ve slowed down and reread parts of page 11 to remind myself that Esther’s story is really God’s story. In this book of the Bible, we see God’s faithfulness, His sovereign control, and His mysterious, interesting Providence. “God's Providence, His ability to work behind the scenes and make everything follow His plan, is a powerful truth. It fuels our faith and gives us great stories to share and celebrate! Have you seen Him ‘work all things together for good’? Have you experienced His unexpected grace in a blessing—or even surprising beauty in suffering? If so, tell your story of God's Providence in this survey . . . and it might be shared to encourage others!” 
  1. If you caught any of Jackie Hill Perry’s messages at True Woman '18, you already know she is hilarious and wise and honest (and one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram). But did you know that Jackie and her husband Preston have a podcast? In Thirty Minutes with The Perrys, they discuss topics like how to love your “toxic” friends and what to do when you discover your spouse has been watching pornography. This week, they sit down to answer the question, “What’s up with Christian men not wanting to commit?” 
  1. When you live with chronic illness, some weeks are harder than others—and this week has been a tough one for me. Around 2 a.m. a few nights ago, I started reading The Promise Is His Presence: Why God Is Always Enough by Glenna Marshall, and it has been so good for my heart. Glenna says, “As we follow the story of our present God throughout the whole Bible, we can see that the answer to what we long for is found in His unchanging, constant presence. His presence with us gives us enough comfort for our sorrows, enough contentment for our deferred hopes, enough patience for our waiting, enough perseverance for our pain. He is enough!” Amen. 
  1. Okay, Boy Moms—I know we share a lot of posts about how to help young women love the Lord, but this week, I have a podcast episode that’s just for you, and it’s a good one. Monica Swanson interviewed Ruth Chou Simons about how she’s raising her six boys in a digital world. They discuss the deeper issues behind the draw of devices and talk about what to do if we feel like we need to make some adjustments. If you appreciate what Ruth has to say during this podcast episode, check out her gorgeous new book, Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, which is available for pre-order today!
  1. Did you catch Micayla Greathouse’s post earlier this week? She’s over on the Lies Young Women Believe blog writing about worry, and whether you’re a middle schooler or middle age, anxiety can be overwhelming. How do we fight back? “While we live in a day of instant Bible access on our phones or online, nothing compares to having the Word dwelling in us, embedded in our minds and flooding out into our actions. We are in a battle. We need our weapons to combat the darkness.” Here's how to fight fear with sticky notes!

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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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