Parenting Without Thanks, Having a Heart on Social Media, and Discerning God’s Will

God Understands Hard, Thankless Parenting

For some women, the day after Mother’s Day can’t come quick enough. “For some mothers, their arms ache from the void left by a child no longer alive to embrace or a child who’s emotionally impaired or simply estranged from them. Still others pull double duty as both mother and father because of deployment, divorce, or death.” As Dianne Dokko Kim writes, “For those who forfeit flowers and cards here on earth, a greater glory” awaits. Read this post.

Have a Heart on Social Media

Social media is not real life. “Yes, you can just log off after you’ve had your fun,” but Jasmine Holmes has found “all of the hurt and hubris that swirled around logs off with us. Especially when it’s time for our tribe to go to war.” Her wise advice? “When you log onto social media and see your favorite tribe picking up pitchforks over the latest cause for offense . . . pause before you join in. Consider that, as rewarding as it feels to be part of a mob, your goal should be to build up—not one up—your brothers and sisters in the Lord.” Read this post.

Do You Struggle to Discern God's Will?

Do you ever find yourself asking, What is God’s will for my life? Jen Wilkin says that when we ask that, what we really want to know is, What should I do? But there’s a more important question we should be asking. As Jen explains, “God is always more concerned with the decision maker than he is with the decision itself. Every decision is a product of who we are. So, I would argue that a better question to ask, with regard to the will of God is, Who should I be?” Read this post and then check out Jen’s fantastic new book.

Is Your Church Christian or Christianish?

Tim Challies says, “Three little letters make a world of difference. Together i, s, and h distinguish Christian from Christianish and mark the difference between right and wrong, life and death, heaven and hell. There is nothing better for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christian church. There is nothing worse for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christianish church. Here are a few marks of each.” Read this post.

What If I Can't Sing?

Sometimes worship leaders Keith and Kristyn Getty speak with people who say, “‘I can’t sing’—as in, ‘The sound that comes out of my mouth when I try to sing is not what I was hoping for.’” But Keith Getty writes, “If you can speak, you can sing. God designed you to sing and gave you everything you need to sing as well as he wants you to. He’s far less concerned with your tunefulness than your integrity.” Before you leave for your weekend church service, read this post.

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About the Author

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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