The Friday Five – 11-16-18

  1. As I’ve been walking around my classroom, cleaning up fake turkey feathers and puddles of Elmer’s glue, I have been thanking God that we get some time off from school next week. But more than that, I’ve been asking Him to deepen my gratitude for who He is and for all that He has done. To prepare your heart for this holiday week, put this free song by Keith and Kristyn Getty on repeat, and then push play on the radio series, Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving.
  1. Wait! Before you get caught up in the chaos of preparing for Thanksgiving, have you ordered the brand new Advent devotional: The First Songs of Christmas? The print books are at the ROH offices and will begin shipping soon, so that you’ll be ready for the first day of December. My copy is on its way, and I cannot wait to dig in! Whether you plan to read it each day—or even a few times a week, this devotional book will help you unwrap the wonder of the Christmas season . . . and fix your eyes on our great God and Savior!
  1. Speaking of brand new books, did you hear that Kelly Needham’s book Friendish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion became available for pre-order this week? To get a taste of the topics she covers in her new book, listen to this interview Kelly recently did over on the Journeywomen podcast. Kelly answers questions about unhealthy friendships, codependency, and loneliness, which I know so many of us are struggling with today.
  1. It doesn’t matter how old (or young) we are: all of us are are aging, and all of us should be asking, How do we age with wisdom and forsake lusting after youth? Abigail Dodds answers that question and more, writing that “the mature Christian woman is the one who’s been with Christ long enough to have the unbelief of adulthood reworked into childlike faith.” In this post, Abigail says that if we are in Christ, instead of growing old, we are actually growing new!
  1. Do you remember where you were when you found out that Nancy Leigh DeMoss was engaged? I can still hear my roommate squealing with absolute delight as we grabbed an iPad and pushed play on Unexpected Grace: Nancy and Robert’s story. It’s hard to believe three years have already passed since the Wolgemuths’ wedding day. Praise God for how He is working through that precious couple. To see wedding pictures and read Nancy's anniversary post, hop over to Instagram.

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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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