5 Friday Favorites: 11/8/19

1. Are you walking by faith or by sight? Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth says, “If you’re living your life based on sight, then you will crater when it comes to these times of suffering and testing and trials and affliction. But if we will root our lives by faith in what is unseen—the promises of God, the character of God, the ways of God—then when these trials come, though we cannot see Him, we will trust Him.” Amen! (If you missed this podcast, download it today—and while you’re on the site, check out the other episodes in this series!)

2. When it comes to studying the Bible, one of the hardest parts can be trying to wrap your mind around how all of the pieces fit together: Who lived when? What came first? How much time passed between the Old Testament and the New Testament? On Instagram this week, Jen Wilkin shared a link to a fantastic Bible study resource (and saved it as a highlight in her IG stories!). Print out a couple of copies of this Biblical History Timeline to keep in your Bible for your personal study time, or share it with that friend of yours who has been wanting to better understand the storyline of Scripture!

3. “One of the greatest concerns—and heartaches—for many Christians is with the members of their families who have not come to faith in Christ, or who perhaps have abandoned the faith they grew up with. Many, many of us are burdened in our prayers for such loved-ones, and sometimes it is hard to know how and what to pray.” Does this sound familiar? Here are some practical tips to help you pray for unbelieving family members.

4. Ruth Chou Simons says that fall is the season that we remember God’s provision and rejoice in it! “Fall finds us grateful, hopeful, and wonderfully poured out,” she writes. “Just as fields slow down and quiet themselves, so we embrace Fall’s changes, knowing Who supplies all things when the blooming season comes to an end. When one chapter closes and another is still not ours, the beauty we get to experience is seeing how the Father provides in the now and not yet.” In this post, she shares a few provisions to meditate on and rejoice in this season.

5. I’m not sure I’ve ever included a personal request like this in 5 Friday Favorites, but friend, if you’ve made it this far, I would really appreciate your prayers. You may know I‘ve been sick for some time now—as this post goes live, I will be taking the first pill of a brand-new treatment with some potentially brutal side effects. Will you pray for healing, for these health challenges to showcase God’s goodness, and for grace to trust God more and more and more? He has always been faithful—where else would we go in hard times but with Him?

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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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