Temptations and Identity, Ruining Your Life, and More

Kelly Needham on Healthy (And Unhealthy) Friendship

In this episode of the By Faith podcast, Christine Hoover interviews True Woman blogger Kelly Needham, who is currently writing a book about friendship! As Christine says, “Friendship isn’t easy for anyone; it takes time, intentionality, and lots of grace. And sometimes we have to navigate complexities and hurts in friendship that leave us uncertain and crushed.” If you’re struggling in this area, don’t miss Kelly and Christine’s conversation. Listen to this episode.

How to Ruin Your Life in Your Twenties

“No one ever plans to ruin his life,” Jonathan Pokluda writes. “Kids don’t dream about growing up to be an alcoholic; students don’t go to class to learn how to be bankrupt; brides and grooms don’t go to the altar expecting their marriage to fail. But ruined lives do happen.” How can we avoid making such mistakes? Based on the opposite of Solomon’s counsel in the Bible, Pokluda offers seven ways to ruin your life while still in your twenties (and ways to avoid those ruinous paths). Read this post.

God's No Is a Yes

Lore Ferguson Wilbert understands that “wherever we find ourselves captive—in our job, our home, our marriage, our singleness, the row at church behind the couple who finds comfort in touch or the parents passing their baby-blessing back and forth, we may feel the no of God.” The thing is, Lore says, each no she has faced has led to a better yes. Whether you’re facing deep, difficult disappointments, or in a season of abundance, Lore’s words will comfort your heart. Read this post.

Jackie Hill Perry: You Are Not Your Temptations

“For born-again Christians who are still same-sex attracted,” Jackie Hill Perry writes, “the world we find ourselves in has made sexuality central to our identity. Gayness is not just a way to act but a way to be. It is, as they say, ‘just who you are.’” By contrast, as Jackie says, “Same-sex-attracted believers—like all believers—are called to find our identity in Christ.” Here are three frameworks to help the same-sex-attracted believer refocus his or her identity. Read this post.

The Work of Suffering That Brings Hope

At just thirty-four years old, Nabeel Quereshi died from stomach cancer. But during his brief time on this earth, God used Nabeel to bring people to Himself. “It all began with a bold decision to convert from Islam to Christianity, and recognizing the potential of losing his devout Muslim family in the process. Despite hardship, Nabeel chose to fulfill his calling, sharing the truth in love through speaking, writing, and debating . . . and he remained fully devoted to Jesus until he drew his final breath in September of last year.” Nabeel’s widow, Michelle, shares the lessons she’s learned in the past year in 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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