The Friday Five: 09/25/20

  1. I admit that I haven’t had the heart to delete the flamingo-pink event icon in my Google Calendar that contains all of the details for the trip I was planning to Indianapolis for True Woman '20. As I started thinking about what this weekend would have looked like if we were in a COVID-free world, I received an email announcement from Kelly Needham. (If you’re not getting her newsletter, hop over to her site and subscribe!) Kelly shared that she recently taught at a women’s conference, where she addressed what it means to know God. If you’re looking to fill the TW-shaped hole in your calendar, watch Kelly’s message, download Dannah Gresh’s radio programs, and then double-check that you’re signed up for Revive Our Hearts’ Cry Out! Challenge, which starts next week!
  1. How do you define a strong woman? The world’s message for women is dominance, but as Stacey Salsbery says, “The Bible’s message for women is devotion: resilient fervor not unto herself but unto God and His kingdom instead of her own. . . . Strength in this crazy mixed-up world is fostered through Jesus, not through a better me, or a more resilient me, or a more confident me. A strong woman can indeed do many things, but she does nothing apart from her Savior.” 
  1. If you’re in the habit of listening to your podcasts on double-speed, you will want to slow down for this new episode of the Home Fires podcast (and even pause it to take notes). Hosts Abigail Dodds and Tilly Dillehay talk with Joe Rigney about “the tension between loving God and enjoying His good gifts. Is it possible to fully appreciate and participate in the things of earth—like the family and the home—without becoming idolaters? What are these material blessings for really?” Stay tuned until the end of this episode to hear their conversation about suffering (and then check out chapter 6 of Rigney’s fantastic new book, Strangely Bright).
  1. Single friends, this post from Hope Johnson is for you. As her thirtieth birthday approaches and she faces a future that looks different than she planned, Hope writes, “This season is one of unclenching the fists that have held to my own desires for more than a decade and opening my hands to the abundance God has for me. His abundance may not look like I had imagined it, but as I begin this journey of surrender, I find my eyes clearing and my vision broadening to just how good He truly is. And when I’ve finished this short stint on earth, my eyes will be fully opened to how the story He wrote with my life is more glorious and meaningful than the one I would have penned.”
  1. We’ve all seen how our life rhythms and church attendance patterns have been disrupted over the last several months. Jen Oshman says it’s possible for us to come out on the other side of this pandemic with an in-tact, even robust, faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. “The path to thriving faith on the other side of any transition—whether a military move or a pandemic,” she says, “is a fierce commitment to your local church. That’s it. That’s the very simple, very plain Christian hack for this moment in history. We need each other. Our lives depend on it. Let’s be creative and committed and get through this together.”

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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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