Subtle Pride; Parenting Idols; Dashed Plans, and More

We Were Going to Move to Chattanooga

Lore Ferguson Wilbert says, “You may feel called to be a mother or a husband or a pastor or a teacher or a writer or a wife or a single or a speaker or a counselor, but a sense of calling does not mean God will fulfill things in your order or way . . . The way to be successful is simply to be faithful with today.” What are you called to be faithful in today—right now? Lore reminds us that life will be filled with hurts and disappointments, but faithfulness in and through those things . . . that matters. Read this post.

When Kids Won't Bow to Your Idols

When Jennifer Phillips had her first child, she read parenting books that promised if she did her part, her baby would follow suit. She admits, “I was worshiping at the altars of control, success, convenience, and let’s just say it—reputation. But my son refused to bow down. And I was furious.” Jennifer offers four ways to identify the idols you might be worshipping through your parenting, as well as three reasons understanding those idols matter. Read this post.

An Open Letter to the Sexual Sufferer

“How do you rebuild after sexual victimization? To experience such evil devastates so many aspects of who you are,” David Powlison writes. “How do you ever come to terms with betrayal and violation at the hands of an evildoer?” To those who have experienced this heartbreak personally or who are walking with others who are, David reminds us that there are no easy answers. In this open letter to sexual sufferers, he provides wisdom to serve as “landmarks” to orient victims. Read this post.

The Most Subtle Form of Pride

Greg Morse confesses that he has struggled with a sense of inadequacy for years: “Why would I speak up when others could? Why should I teach a class when others are more capable?” But he’s calling out this “false humility” as pride. He explains, “Smallness in our own eyes is a virus mimicking humility that tempts some of us to do the same as Saul” in 1 Samuel. If you find yourself facing inadequacy, self-pity, or anxiety over your littleness, you will be encouraged to join Greg in repentance. Read this post.

Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery?

Before Nana Dolce completed a program in theological studies, she taught Sunday school lessons to children; after she finished, though, she thought her gifts would be better utilized in adult ministries. She now understands how her thinking had been misguided. For many women, youth ministry may seem like a lesser role for the least experienced of servants, but as Nana says, “If the Preeminent One for whom all things were made welcomed and blessed children, then children’s ministry cannot possibly be for the ‘least qualified.’ On the contrary, it’s a role everyone in the church must strive to be worthy of.” 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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