On Submission, Calling, Long-Term Illness, and More!

Love Letter to a Lesbian

Jackie Hill Perry knows what a deep desire for same-sex relationship feels like. “That this may be your dilemma as well. You see what God has to say about homosexuality, but your heart doesn’t utter the same sentiments. God’s Word says it’s sinful; your heart says it feels right. God’s Word says it’s abominable; your heart says it’s delightful. God’s Word says it’s unnatural; your heart says it’s totally normal.” Run to Jesus, Jackie says. Because a relationship with Him is worth everything. Read this post.

The Biggest Challenges of Long-Term Illness

Over the last year, LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner have been battling big challenges due to LeRoy’s illness, and in this post, Kimberly provides a picture both of what their struggles have looked like as well as how God has shown grace to them in the midst of a difficult journey. “The repercussions and life complications multiply quickly when a husband has a serious illness,” Kimberly writes. “I’m learning to live with a completely open hand, to remember that God’s got this, and He has a plan, I just need to rely on His agenda rather than making my own.” Read this post.

What Is My Calling? (And Is That Even a Good Question?)

In this post, Kevin DeYoung explores what is meant by “calling” and why we should be careful about how we use that term. Read this post.

Submission Is a Mark of Maturity

Stacy Reaoch had been married just over a year when the first big clash of wills happened. “I knew full-well that my call as a wife was to submit to my husband. That had never been a problem,” Stacy says. “That is, until he no longer wanted what I wanted.” When it comes to responding to difficult decisions made by leadership in our lives, Stacy says this is a test of Christian maturity. “Here are a few ways to move toward keeping a God-centered perspective on submission to authorities in our lives.” Read this post.

How Breastfeeding Changed My View of God

Isaiah 49:15 was always one of Rebecca McLaughlin’s favorite verses; then she had a baby and began to breastfeed, and it was agony. After giving birth, a woman’s body aches, and the joyous moments are mixed with despair. Rebecca has learned that Isaiah’s metaphor isn’t meant to be a cute Hallmark sentiment, and in this post, she explains how it is a powerful picture of God’s love. “This verse reveals God’s hard-won, self-giving, dogged commitment to our good, a refusal to let us go—however frustrating we become, an insistence on seeing his image in us—and a painful provision for our most desperate need.” Read this post.

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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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