The Friday Five: 11/06/20

  1. Happy Friday, friend! A whole month has passed since the last time we were here together on this page—a lot has happened since then, hasn’t it? As I’ve been praying about the most helpful resources to include this week, a week filled with an overwhelming amount of commentary and controversy and opinion, I’ve found myself returning to an article by Andrea Burke over and over again: “Into the arms of Christ I send my heart running,” she says. “To whom else should we go? What else do we have? What other hope can we anchor ourselves to? . . . Only Jesus.Only Jesus. Only Jesus, that’s it.
  2. If you’re a listen-and-delete podcast listener, that may change once you hear Susan Hunt’s latest interview on the Journeywomen podcast; it’s worth replaying, especially if you find yourself in a season where persevering seems impossible. In the episode, Susan explains that when she starts sinking down into despair and weariness, she asks herself: “Why am I doing this? Is it for my glory or his glory?’ If I am doing it for [God’s] glory,” she says, “that energizes me. Then I have to ask, ‘Do I really think this whole thing depends on me? Or have I released it? Am I giving it to him?’” 
  1. I’ve been waiting my entire life for an album perfect for November: a playlist that’s heavy on hope but not dripping in Christmas cheer, and it’s here. Sovereign Grace Music's latest album released on October 30, and let me tell you—every song is a gift. If you’re exhausted and desperate to remember the kindness of Christ, climb into your car, strip off your mask, and inhale the beauty of the gospel.
  1. It’s the time of year when the words “give thanks” are everywhere, “but if you’re like me,” writes Samantha Nieves, “You might find yourself trying hard to muster up all kinds of thankful thoughts (because it’s what we’re supposed to do, right?) without truly experiencing a life of genuine gratitude . . . Like a dusting of warm, ground cinnamon over year-old pumpkin pie, the pretty topping doesn’t fix the nastiness underneath. Because the truth is this: We can’t suddenly become gratitude-filled at Thanksgiving without first removing the ingratitude that’s crept into our hearts, almost undetected, during the other 364 days of the year.” 
  1. This morning, I found my “I Voted” sticker folded in half at the bottom of my purse; it doesn’t seem like election day happened just three days ago. As the results (and reactions) continue to roll in, here’s some good news to hold onto this weekend: God is fully in control. “And, one day soon,” says Lori Hatcher, “we’ll exchange our voter registration card for a passport, one that will take us to a new country, a better country, a country where every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Tuck that under your pillow, beloved. Rest well.” 

Listings here do not imply endorsement of all writings and positions of the individuals mentioned. 

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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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