The Friday Five: 09/11/20

  1. Thank you, Revive Our Hearts, for airing Elisabeth Elliot’s radio programs during this first week of school, when technology has failed and everything has felt frustrating and I’ve needed a reality check straight from God’s Word. Elisabeth has always had this way of cutting straight to the core of a matter, no matter the topic. For the last few days, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what she asked during Wednesday’s program: “Do you know people to whom you can point and say, ‘. . . Watch that woman’s life. She is a Christian.’ What kind of evidence would your friends see in your life? Two things which certainly ought to distinguish you and me and everyone who calls himself a Christian are acceptance and gratitude.” To find out what this looks like, listen to the episode.
  1. In case you missed it: Risen Motherhood’s podcast is back with their fall season! This week, Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen are diving into the topic of marital unity: “Parenting alongside your husband can sometimes feel awkward and bumpy. We want to be intentional, but it can seem like we have wildly different styles and strategies than our spouses! . . . Even though we have different upbringings, personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, God has joined us in marriage for his mission. He designed for us to do it together! Through Christ, we can have humility, forgive one another, refocus on our mission, and live in unity with our husbands as we parent together.” 
  1. If you’re facing chronic pain, you may have found yourself wondering, “Will this struggle ever end?” “Will I ever know what it’s like to feel good on this side of Heaven?” Sarah Walton knows what it’s like to long for something better than the pain you’re facing. When adversity comes, she says we have a choice: “We can dwell on the past, wishing life was as it used to be, or we can press on one moment at at time, trusting that we will one day look back with gratitude and amazement for how the Lord has been faithful to carry us through, gradually growing in us endurance, perseverance, and the character of Christ.”
  2. If you’ve found it hard to read your Bible over the last few months, you’re not alone. Social distancing has made it difficult to participate in normal church activities, and research has found that “when people engage less with the local church, they engage less with their Bibles.” How do you change that? “Go to church,” says Megan Hill. “If you can safely and legally gather with your local congregation, do it. If you can’t, make the livestream a priority. . . . Your private Bible reading depends more on other people than you may think.”
  1. Any time Lauren Chandler releases a new song, I add it to a playlist immediately, and her latest, ”Steadfast Love,” is no exception. (If you’re new to her music, stream the Narrow Place album first—it’s one of my all-time favorites!) This week, Crossway shared a new interview with Lauren, where she discusses her songwriting process and how it connects to Scripture, her Bible study routines during different seasons of life, and some of the ways God used His word to strengthen her faith when she first learned of her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumor. If you’re needing some encouragement as we head into the weekend, start here! 

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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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