The Friday Five: 12/06/19

  1. What’s really keeping women from reading the Word of God? Rachel Jankovic says, “When it comes down to it, we don’t think it actually matters. If we did, this practice would not be the monumental struggle it is” for so many women—women who take showers, brush their teeth, wear a coat in the cold, and complete all of the other daily habits that find necessary. If you’ve stopped seeing the value of Scripture, Rachel wants to invite you to make a change: “Not a change of increased intentionality or thoughtfulness. A change to start believing in faith that the Bible really is what it says it is.” 
  1. If you’re wanting to dive into God’s Word but you’re not sure where to begin, Revive Our Hearts’ new advent devotional, Consider Jesus,was created to help you respond to God’s greatest gift! Another resource I’ve been loving is Tony Reinke's reading plan, which leads readers through the entire book of Isaiah during the month of December. Print out the reading plan and schedule a time today to start reading and know that we’re rooting for you. May this “stunning prequel to Bethlehem” captivate your heart and deepen your appreciation and love for Christ. 
  1. “Why Did God Give My Kids a Sick Mom?” That’s the question Charlene Nelson is addressing over on the Risen Motherhood blog. “For mothers struggling with chronic pain, fatigue, physical or mental illness, our inabilities can be soul-crushing. . . . We want our kids to see us smile, even though it’s hard. . . . Whether or not you’ve struggled with significant illness,” Charlene says that “we all have seasons when we worry we don’t have enough to give to our children. And we can all be encouraged that God has good purposes for us and our children in every season.” 
  1. What do Super Girl and Bo Peep and The Powerpuff Girls have in common? Strength. At least, that’s what Hollywood would have us believe. “Like an IV drip into the vein of an unconscious patient, contemporary culture has pumped ideas about what it means to be a strong woman into the subconscious minds of an entire generation,” writes Mary Kassian. So, how do we go "From Girl Power Strong to the Right Kind of Strong"? Read this post to find out. 
  1. 'Tis the season to sip hot chocolate, build a blanket-nest, and start reading that stack of books you’ve heard good things about all year! If you’re not sure where to begin, check out The Gospel Coalition 2019 Book Awards. Their list includes categories like Christian Living, Arts and Culture, History and Biography, Devotional Literature, and my personal favorite—picture books. Happy reading!

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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.