5 Friday Favorites – 07/12/19

  1. Do you ever read find yourself flipping through book pages with one hand and thumbing through Wikipedia with the other, wanting to know more about the author’s life? I have been loving the True Woman blog’s summer book club, and as I have been following along in Suffering Is Never for Nothing, it’s inspired me to take a deep dive into the life of Elisabeth Elliot. If you’ve been interested in reading more about Elisabeth herself, you’ll want to pick up Devotedly, a book based on letters between Elisabeth and her husband Jim, a story of two people “dying to self in order to bow to the authority of their Father—asking, seeking, knocking, and trusting God and His timing.” Their unusual love for the Lord and each other will encourage you!
  1. “She’s really living her best life. Traveling. Just doing whatever she wants, you know?” Jen Oshman heard those words last week on a street in Rome packed with young women all living their best lives. “Living my best life. It’s a hashtag, a colloquialism, a mantra of our day . . . Social media, magazine covers, movies, and all the memes of pop culture tell us that our best lives should resemble that girl described on the streets of Rome.” But what does Scripture have to say? Jen Oshman answers.
  1. “I always wanted a mentor. I was jealous of the other girls and women around me who talked about all they were learning from their mentors and how thankful they were for them. While I sometimes rolled my eyes, I silently craved to have a mentor of my own.” Does this sound familiar? If you’re longing for an intentional mentor, it may seem that no one has time to commit to weekly meetings, studies, and plans—and you may be frustrated! Don’t be. Lara d’Entremont’s advice is to find an older woman or a couple that you can come alongside and learn from as they live life.
  1. “If you go to a cross country meet, you’ll see parents at different points on the trail, cheering their kids on towards the finish line . . . Without support at those mile markers, runners can begin to feel weak, discouraged, and defeated.” If you are a Christian with unbelieving parents, it can feel a lot like this: “You’re running the race God has put before you with endurance, but every once in a while you take your eyes off of Jesus to look for your mom and dad cheering you on in the stands, and they’re not there.” You’re not alone, friend. This post by Chelsea Stanley will encourage you to keep running the race when your parents aren’t saved.
  1. Thank you, God, for the fleas.” I’ve been unable to stop thinking about this sentence for the last few days. It’s a line taken from the real life story of Corrie ten Boom in her classic book, The Hiding Place, in which she describes “the flea-ridden bunk she shared with her sister in Ravensbruck, deep in the cold, darkened heart of Nazi Germany.” This is a book worth reading and rereading and remembering. These sisters, starved of freedom, food, and family, were kept alive by a contraband Bible she miraculously kept hidden. “If Scripture sustained these women in the darkest of places, surely it’s our sustenance as we wait for our own darkness to end. In our world full of ideas, may we cherish and ‘gulp’ the life-giving words just as Corrie and Betsie did.”

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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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