The Friday Five – 11/09/18

  1. It’s recording day! Over the summer, I experienced my first Revive Our Hearts recording day in person, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. Today, Nancy will be spending hours recording new programs—so, right now, before you scroll down on this page, stop and pray for the Lord to give her supernatural empowering, stamina, and insight. You and I may not be in the room for today’s recordings, but what a joy it is to get to partner with the ministry through prayer!
  1. Throughout years of affliction, Joni Eareckson Tada has fixed the eyes of her heart on future divine fulfillments. “When God sent a broken neck my way,” she writes, “the dark despair of total and permanent paralysis were not much fun, but it sure made heaven come alive. And one day, when our Bridegroom comes back—probably when I’m right in the middle of lying down on my office sofa for the umpteenth time—God is going to throw open heaven’s shutters.” In the meantime, Joni says, "Suffering hurries my heart homeward."
  1. As women, we’re often presented with a false dichotomy. “We have the cultural stereotype of a woman who must pursue her goals at all costs—even at the expense of her family . . . [and] we have the evangelical stereotype of a woman who must seek satisfaction at home at all costs—even at the cost of her gifts.” Jasmine Holmes says both of these stereotypes and the peddlers thereof forget that the only real satisfaction in a woman’s life comes from Jesus.
  1. At two o’clock in the morning, in the midst of a trial that was threatening to undo her, Abigail Dodds found herself telling God: “I can’t. I can’t live like this anymore. . . I need You to give me relief.” As Abigail shares in this post, she thought that flourishing meant having eight hours of shut-eye, a good job, a loving marriage, and happy children. But she found that God’s ideas about flourishing are different than ours, and we can be sure that “there is nothing we truly need that is not found in Christ.”
  1. Did you catch the series God’s Power for Real-Life Families?After listening to this radio program, one precious woman went to each of her children's beds, got on her knees, and prayed for insight. “I prayed that God would point me to Bible verses that are specific to each child's needs,” she writes. “I did the same thing for my husband. God gave me verses, and I will continue to seek Him as I pray for my family.” Moms, it’s never too late to start praying for your kids, and this series of interviews with Donna Avant will help you get started on this powerful journey!

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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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