The Friday Five: 11/22/19

  1. I’ll never forget the night my roommates and I heard dripping coming from bedroom ceiling and realized the book soaking up all that water was Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Perfect, right? Nancy talked about the book during her recent Revive Our Hearts radio interview with Barbara Rainey—grab a copy, and as you read, allow God to “recalibrate your heart. Let Him bring you to that place where you do what we are told to do in the Scriptures, and that is to abound in thanksgiving.” When you develop a habit of being thankful, it will transform your life
  1. This time of year can be complicated—countless women will see “Give Thanks!” on store windows or in a Hallmark card, and the words will feel hollow. If this sounds familiar, Abbey Wedgeworth’s post is for you. “My dear sister,” she writes, “this Thanksgiving, as the rest of the world seems to be celebrating abundance, whether you pull up a seat to an empty table, with empty arms, in an empty house, with an empty bank account, or an empty womb, I pray that you would ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Ps. 34:8).” Amen!
  1. Did you hear that She Reads Truth has a podcast? Each week, Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams will be opening up Scripture and talking “about the beauty, goodness, and truth we find there.” Their first-ever episode dropped this week, and Raechel and Amanda “go deep fast on topics of loss, grief, joy, and hope. How do celebration and sorrow coexist in the life of a believer? Does one cancel out the other? What does Scripture have to say about suffering? . . . The conversation isn’t light, but it’s good, honest, and hopeful.” I think you’ll love it!
  1. Speaking of amazing podcast episodes, Rosaria Butterfield was on the Women Encouraged podcast this week, and her interview would be a great one to listen to this weekend while your hands are busy with all of that Thanksgiving baking! She talks about reaching out to members of the LGBTQ community, offering ways “we can talk about, with, and minister to them in ways that are honoring to the Lord and faithful to Scripture. She also talks about the power of simple, faithful acts like opening our homes to our unbelieving neighbors and demonstrating the love of Christ to them with our lives.” 
  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 will be traveling across the country to see family members or curling up on your couch to catch up with old friends, may God’s grace find you right where you are. 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.