The Friday Five: 11/27/20

  1. When my students stop by the classroom to tell us they’re discharging, their precious faces twist up, and they don’t know whether to be happy they’re leaving the hospital or sad they’re saying goodbye. It’s bittersweet, we tell them. Since they never know what bittersweet means, we say the moment’s like a piece of Sour Patch Kids candy, sweet and sour at the same time. Sometimes, we taste both flavors. That’s how it feels like to write these words today: on January 1, we’ll be saying goodbye to The Friday Five. It makes me sad that we’ll no longer be meeting here each week, and yet, I can’t wait for you to see the updates headed to Revive Our Hearts’ website. Thankfully, we have FIVE posts before the end, so stick with me for a few more weeks, and I’ll share what I’m most looking forward to. It’s a bittersweet transition, but the best is yet to come, friend. The best is always yet to come.
  1. What has 2020 taught you? “Steadfastness. This has been the theme of the year for me,” writes Sarah Walton. “The challenges, disappointments, and losses that have come from living through 2020 have provided circumstances to shake us from our stupor and lukewarm living to ask hard questions, remove distractions, and open our eyes to what we are truly living for.” As Sarah says, “Sometimes it takes losing our sense of control and comfort to truly grasp the depth, the goodness, faithfulness, security, comfort, and hope that can come from nowhere else but Him.” 
  1. Let us mamas of olders testify from the other side of the toddler years: Someday, your tree will have ornaments on the bottom half, undisturbed,” says Ruth Chou Simons. “Someday, [your kids] will talk about what they want to gift before making lists of what they want to receive. And someday, on a year when nothing feels quite like it should, the season will still be more beautiful than you know you deserve, because you, Mama, have learned to be grateful and to rejoice right where you are, in the circumstances you’re in. Someday starts now (don’t underestimate the power of everyday faithfulness today).”
  1. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and all I really want to think about are leftovers and book sales. My dad’s heating up yesterday’s turkey, which frees me to focus on all of the fantastic deals that Chelsea Stanley is sharing in her Instagram Stories. Make sure you’re following her this weekend, as she’ll be pointing to Christ-centered resources you (and your kids) will love. Another social media account to watch this weekend? Moody Publishers! On Cyber Monday, Moody is having a major 50% off sale on all of our favorite titles from ROH authors (Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Erin Davis, Dannah Gresh, and more!). Don’t miss it!
  1. It’s not too often that a music video moves me to tears, but this one did. Caroline Cobb’s new album, A Seed, A Sunrise, released this week, and if you need a soundtrack for Advent 2020, start here. “As 2020 comes to a close, we long—perhaps like never before—for hope, love, joy, and peace," says Caroline. “Advent gives us the opportunity to voice both the unwavering hope we have in Jesus and the longing cry, ‘How long, O Lord?’ And when that long-awaited Day of rejoicing comes, it will be all the more glorious for the ache we experience now, like the dawn after a long darkness, or a distant garden blooming in the desert.” Amen.

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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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