The Friday Five: 08/21/20

  1. A few years ago, I taught inside a hospital that had a portrait of Joni Eareckson Tada on the wall—I’ll never forget watching one of my high school students “meet” her in the hallway for the first time as he asked the nurse to stop his wheelchair in front of her picture. He was newly affected by spinal cord injury, and his eyes grew large as he noticed the paintbrush between her teeth. I thought about that afternoon a few days ago as I framed a print of one of Joni’s paintings, and again when I heard Brooke Boyer’s testimony on Revive Our Hearts’ radio program earlier this week. The story of how Brooke and Joni met is a beautiful illustration of God’s tender grace and power to transform lives—download the episode today!
  2. Teachers in my school district go back to work on Monday—and while we all knew this day was coming, it seems like everyone I’ve talked to recently has mentioned their anxiety about the semester. If you’re feeling the same way (whether you’re a teacher or a mom or a student), take time to read Emily Jensen’s latest post: “This school year might feel like uncharted territory,” she says, “but it’s the Lord’s territory and He’s charting it. We live in a world of ‘can’t’ while He is able to know, see, and do all things according to His power and wisdom. In Him, we stand secure.” 
  1. Free book alert! Crossway has made David Mathis’s book Habits of Grace available as a free download! “This is the kind of book I turn to periodically to help examine and recalibrate my heart, my priorities, and my walk with the Lord,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “David Mathis has given us a primer for experiencing and exuding ever-growing delight in Christ through grace-initiated habits that facilitate the flow of yet fuller springs of grace into and through our lives.” Doesn’t that sound great?! To get your free ebook, sign up for a free Crossway+ membership, and add the book to your cart—the discount will be applied automatically. But don’t wait! This offer is only available until August 29! 
  1. Woe is me. We’ve all seen toddlers sit down in a huff of hurt feelings, teenagers bemoaning the unfairness of life, and adult women going from mother to martyr when their work isn’t appreciated. “This sulky and familiar tyrant is self-pity,” writes Abigail Dodds. In her post, she explains how we can be free from this sin: “It’s only when we turn our eyes to Christ and through Him behold the incomparable love of our Father that our self-pity will shrivel and die—finally shown to be the imposter it really is in the light of God’s powerful pity, His decisive grace, and His sacrificial love.” 
  1. I’d never heard of the Foto Sisters until a friend shared a link to their beautiful new album, a collection of songs celebrating the faithfulness of Christ. The music pairs so well with this column by Annie Wesche, so press play and then read the rest of what Annie has shared: “If you find yourself facing daunting, surprising, fearsome, hard, or stretching things, and you sense the Lord’s loving invitation to walk forward in dependency on Him, take tight hold of His hand, dear friend. . . . Draw near to God in prayer, give Him your wholehearted, even-if-trembling, ‘Yes, Lord!’ and experience His very life at work within you.” 

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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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