5 Friday Favorites: 03/13/20

  1. On Wednesday night, after hearing that the mayor signed a public health disaster declaration because of the presence of COVID-19 in my county, I turned off the news and pulled up these familiar words: “Anything that makes me need God is a blessing—anything.” As Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth says, “Crises provide opportunities for us as God’s women to flourish spiritually and to point people to Christ who is our only rock and hope, not only in this present time but for all eternity.” May we be women who, “when things are falling apart around them, fall to their knees, cry out to the Lord, and get up off their knees to minister hope and grace and peace and strength and dignity.” Amen!
  1. If there’s ever been a series that will make you want to sing, it’s Serving with Gladness by Laura Booz. Wow, wow, wow. In the first program, Laura shares the secret to a meaningful life, the message she gave during ROH’s Sisters in Ministry Summit, and then the following two programs get personal. During this follow-up conversation to Laura’s message, women in the room admit moments in their daily routines when they just have the wrong heart attitude. Their conversation is convicting and helpful—and we can keep it going right here! You and I need this, too. To join in, share this series on social media with something you normally complain about and the song you’re going to start singing to help you serve with gladness. 
  1. Kristen Clark used to believe the myth that if she were prettier, she would feel more confident and secure. “I chased after outward beauty, even to the point of becoming a model,” she says, “but it didn’t work. I still felt empty and insecure inside. It wasn’t until I understood the truth that God is my Creator and that my worth and value comes directly from Him that I finally found freedom from this lie.” In this video, Kristen joins Bethany Beal (and Bethany’s super cute baby bump!) in unpacking four popular myths they’ve seen circulating in Christian circles, break down why they aren’t true, and then share how to find true freedom from God’s Word. This would be a great one to watch with your daughter or little sister or younger friend from church!
  1. If you’re looking for a new book to read over Spring Break, check out With All Your Heart by Christine Hoover! To celebrate the book’s release, Christine and author Hannah Anderson recorded a live episode of the By Faith podcast, where they talk about the book’s themes of fighting false allegiances and pursuing wholehearted devotion to Jesus. Christine then interviews three local women, and they discuss “success, approval, depression, and anxiety, and how they’re letting God define them, as well as how God is meeting them where they are.” 
  1. Bring on the green! St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, and while most people don’t realize it, this holiday has a history rich with the grace of God. The man “sometimes referred to as ‘the apostle of the Irish’” began life as “an aristocratic British teenager, was kidnapped by pirates, sold into slavery, escaped and returned home, became a priest, returned to his land of captivity and faced off against hordes of Druids”—not to mention that legend about snakes. (Yikes!) While you’re waiting in line for your Shamrock Shake this weekend, enjoy these five facts about the amazing life of St. Patrick! 

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About Author

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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