5 Friday Favorites – 06/07/19

  1. Father’s Day is just around the corner. How are you feeling about it? For some of you, this weekend is a time to thank your dad for his investment, but for those of you who have lost parents or have been hurt by a father who was domineering or distant or not there at all, it can be a time of frustration and pain. “Blair Linne knows what it is like to feel the pain of broken family relationships in a fallen world,” but in this Revive Our Hearts program, “She’ll remind us of why we can always lean on our perfect heavenly Father.”
  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that they love limitations, and in your teen years, there are a lot: “Your parents limit your screen time, regulate how late you can stay up, and prevent you from eating twelve Twinkies for breakfast.” Lindsey Carlson says limits like these tempt us “to rail against them through arguing, negotiating, forcing your way through, or denying they exist at all.” But you don’t have to live like this—in this Crossway article, Lindsey shows how even the boundaries placed on you by people in authority are used by God for your good and His glory.
  1. Learn from my mistake—don’t put off reading 7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Alberry. It’s been sitting at the bottom of my to-be-read pile for awhile, just waiting for me to pick it up and realize it’s one of the best books on singleness. I’m still thinking about lines like this: “Singleness now is a way of declaring to a world obsessed with sexual and romantic intimacy that these things are not ultimate and that in Christ we possess what is. . . . If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency.” Yes!
  1. If you’re a Lyme disease patient or struggle with any kind of chronic condition, you know the disappointment and discouragement of having an old pain suddenly reappear. When I read Kristen Wetherell’s update about recurring symptoms, it made me want to cry, but the post she shared on her blog is an invitation to hope. If your pains have come back after a prolonged break, or if you’re suffering in any way today, join us in this prayer Kristen wrote for when the pain returns.
  1. Dear Dad, thanks for . . . uh, everything? If you bought a Father’s Day card but now find yourself facing writer’s block, you’ll want to check out this post by David Mathis. We know no earthly father is perfect, and yet, Mathis writes, “Even when our fathers have failed us, we still typically have something to be thankful for—and not just virtues that overlap with Mom’s, but qualities that were distinct manifestations of his fatherly masculinity.” Here are a few ways you can honor your father as father this weekend.

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About Author

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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