The Friday Five - 12.14.18

1. If you know Betsy Gómez from True Woman ‘18 or Aviva Nuestros Corazones, you’ve already seen how she radiates the joy of Jesus. This week, she’s over on the Journeywomen podcast, chatting with Hunter Beless about how we can remember, reflect upon, and rejoice in the reality of the gospel as you review this year. Grab your notebook and some coffee, because Betsy shares truth you’ll want to write down and revisit again and again!

2. When the wisdom of Lore Ferguson Wilbert shows up on the internet, I almost always end up sending a link to friends who are facing similar struggles, especially if she’s sharing what God has taught her through loneliness or the ache of unfulfilled longings. This interview that Lore did with Christine Hoover is no exception—whether you are single or married, in a transitional stage of life or stuck in a certain set of circumstances, Lore’s conversation with Christine Hoover will be an encouragement to you today!

3. Santa visited my students in the hospital on Wednesday, and when I ran into him in the hallway, I tried to warn the poor man that my elementary kids were coming to him with some hard-hitting questions: Do the reindeer smell like candy canes? Do you have the Tooth Fairy’s phone number? What is your favorite vegetable? If you’re a mom with young kids, you may be wrestling with whether or not you want to welcome Santa into your home. To help you think through the pros and cons, check out John Piper's response in this recent Ask Pastor John episode as well as Jen Wilkin’s advice in this classic blog post.

4. I cannot wait for you to see the True Hope Stories that are coming to the Revive Our Hearts YouTube channel! In a video that was published yesterday, Piroskca Ventura reveals the one secret she had never shared with anyone: as a young woman, she had gotten pregnant several times and had undergone multiple abortions. Piroskca lived in bondage to this secret until God used the Spanish ministry of ROH to help Piroskca find freedom and True Hope in Christ. Praise God!

5. On Monday, Tim Challies shared a link to the article, “How to Evangelize Friends Identifying as LGBTQ,” and wrote, “We’ve seen lots of articles like this one, but I pay extra attention when Rosaria Butterfield writes it.” I feel the same way. In this post, Rosaria explains that “the best way to evangelize your LGBTQ neighbors is to get upstream of the culture war—and to stay there.” How do we do that? By practicing daily, ordinary, radical hospitality.

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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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