The Friday Five: 11/20/20

  1. I planned to use this spot to write about how encouraged I was by this week’s Grounded program with Robyn Bush and Kim Michell—then I opened a package containing the new Revive Our Hearts monthly calendar, and I felt compelled to talk about it. No one from the ministry has asked me to gush about it here, so believe me when I tell you that it is gorgeous. In previous years, I’ve ripped out favorite pages and framed them above my living room couch, and after holding this year’s copy, I’m thinking it may be time to update my decor. Ready to order a few calendars (for you and your friends)? Here's how to do it.
  1. If you’ve read and signed the True Woman Manifesto, you may recognize these words: “Mature Christian women have a responsibility to leave a legacy of faith, by discipling younger women in the Word and ways of God and modeling for the next generation lives of fruitful femininity.” Tia Kim echoes this call to spiritual motherhood in this beautiful new post: “The luster of a spiritual mother’s life is not her but Christ in her. So, when she combines faithful teaching with faithful living, her influence is far-reaching. She equips the next generation of women to defend God’s word and to, one day, show the generation under them how to adorn the gospel too.”
  1. A few days ago, when one of my teen students mentioned how hard it is to make friends, I felt my heart break a little. Finding and keeping good friends sure isn’t easy, and it feels even more difficult when life is busy. If you’re struggling with fun ways to cultivate friendships, check out the most recent episode of the Jesus Over Everything podcast. It’s only eight minutes long—the perfect length to squeeze into a packed pre-holiday schedule. Don’t miss it!
  1. This weekend, while you’re standing in line for groceries (or sitting outside waiting for curbside services), pull up these posts from True Woman blogger Stacy Reaoch and Grounded host Portia Collins: Stacy’s post for Risen Motherhood addresses how mommy guilt robs women of joy, and Portia’s article for Well-Watered Women explains the dangers of not knowing our Bibles. “This world is filled with distractions that are vying to be the final authority in our lives,” Portia says. “I pray that God’s Word will be the truth we hold firmly, now and forever.” Amen!
  1. It’s become a bit of a tradition—a week before the holiday break, as I’m walking around the classroom, trying to pull turkey feathers and hot glue off my shoes, I play Keith and Kristyn Getty’s song “My Heart Is Filled with Thankfulness.” It always makes me think of you. Whether you’re navigating guidelines to safely gather with family and friends, or quarantining from the comfort of your couch, may God’s grace find you right where you are. I’m so grateful for you, friend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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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 www.apatientprocess.com 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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