5 Friday Favorites

  1. It’s here! The beautiful new book—Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart—from Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal released this week, and you’re going to love it! Here’s some of the good stuff you’ll find in the first chapter: “God intentionally created each one of us to be sexual beings . . . The more we chase after God’s good design, the more the confusion will clear up. The more we chase after our Savior, the more He will satisfy us in ways nothing on this earth ever could.” Ready to read more? Head to the GirlDefined site for all the details!
  1. May is a weird month. Flipping your calendar to May means you’re almost done with another school year (Yay!), but when you look at the remaining days, they’re probably packed full of project deadlines and standardized testing and final exams (Ugh). If the thought of all you have to do ties your nerves up in a knots, I have just the blog post for you. Take a deep breath, friend, and find out how God’s Truth can counter the lies of our anxiety. I’m praying for you!
  1. Do you ever hear the first few lines of a Revive Our Hearts radio program and immediately think, “Okay, I have to share this one with a friend”? That happened a few days ago when I heard Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth say this is not the end of the story—this pain, this battle, this fight that seems endless will not last forever. Praise God! Make sure you to listen to the entire series because Nancy has “cracked open the last page of the story of our lives—and of all history—and given away the ending. No matter what twists and turns you face, if you know Jesus as your Savior, you can know that you’ll spend an eternity of joy with Him.”
  1. When I was in high school, I was given a copy of Carolyn McCulley’s book Radical Womanhood, and I have found myself going back to it time and time again when I’ve been stuck on a question about biblical womanhood. When Carolyn’s name popped up in my feed as a guest on the By Faith podcast with Christine Hoover, I could not wait to hear what she had to say! Carolyn and Christine talk about what it’s like being single in the church, and she gives us some super practical ways we can cultivate our gifts in the church. It’s such a good conversation—listen to it here!
  1. Back in October, Lauren Chandler posted an Instagram video with a preview of a new worship song she’d written—that weekend, I remember playing it on repeat from my bathroom floor, curled up in pain because of side effects from Lyme disease treatment. The gentle chorus completely reoriented my focus to Christ and gave me words to praise Him with every beat of my heart. I pray it will do the same for you!

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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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