The Friday Five: 08/07/20

  1. I don’t know about you, but when Mary Kassian starts talking about what it means to be a true woman, I pull up my chair and pay attention. “Sisters,” she wrote on the Desiring God blog earlier this week, “Let’s resist the worldly message that strength means forgoing our femininity. . . . God does not want you to be a weakling. He wants you to be a steel magnolia: a soft, feminine woman with fire in your belly, courage in your heart, and steel in your spine. He wants you to have the strength to say no to what’s wrong, and yes to what’s right, and to live your life—as a woman—for the glory of Christ.” 
  1. Over the last few days, you may have seen the images that have emerged in the aftermath of the horrific explosion in Beirut. Marwan Aboul-Zelof, a pastor in Lebanon whose church building was destroyed in the blast, writes, “So much relief work is needed. So much needs to be rebuilt. . . . But I believe, as I first did when planting our church, that Beirut’s greatest hope isn’t a stable economy or honest politicians, but blood-bought believers who carry with them the hope and power of the gospel. So, we’re praying and trusting that the church of Jesus Christ in Lebanon will be a shining light amid all the darkness and destruction.” Amen. For more ways to pray for Beirut, check out his post.
  1. “I never thought I’d add ‘face masks’ to our school supply list,” writes Glenna Marshall. “I never thought I’d have to decide if it’s safe to send my kids to school. . . . I never thought a pandemic would factor into my educational decisions for my children. But here I am, like parents everywhere, trying to decide what to do about school this year.” If you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out Glenna’s post. (And join me in praising God that we can trust Him to faithfully care for our families!)
  1. If you’re grieving your gray-haired parents’ divorce, I’m so sorry,” says Chelsea Stanley. “Friends and family sometimes expect adult children of divorce to ‘get over it’ quicker because we’re grownups. But grownups hurt, too. Thankfully,” she says, “God knows the pain that comes with divorce, and He doesn’t expect us to stifle our tears.” In this post, Chelsea shares the important truths God has taught her in the midst of grief.
  1. I’m pretty sure I’ve read Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss to my students at least a hundred times, and during every read through, I’ve longed for a version with lines like, “Whatever you do, wherever you start, I pray you love Jesus with all of your heart.” Well, Melissa Kruger just made my picture book dreams come true in her new book Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know, which comes out Monday! Watch the trailer, download the coloring pages, and preorder copies for your kids, for baby shower gifts, for graduates, and for yourself—I firmly believe the adult reading life should include picture books, and if you don’t own any, this is the perfect one to kick off your collection! Enjoy!

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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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