5 Friday Favorites

  1. I cannot wait for you to get your hands on Lindsey Carlson’s book Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ. I read it last week while I was on the beach and knew I had to share it with you as soon as possible! Lindsey has some hilarious stories packed into the book, but even better, she has some priceless wisdom to share. (Like this: “You are wisest when your primary source of information is the Word of God, and you are richest when your greatest treasure is knowing Jesus. . . . You are not too young to learn to hope in Him. As you strive for maturity in Christ, declare with the psalmist, ‘For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence. For my hope is from Him’ Ps. 62:5″). See? So good.
  2. Kristen Clark remembers people telling her things like: “Be sure to marry a man of godly character!” or “Don’t settle for anything but a genuinely Christ-focused man!” As much as she would appreciate this advice, Kristen found herself wondering, But how in the world am I supposed to know what a man of godly character actually looks like (in real life)? How do I discern the difference between a really nice Christian guy and a guy with a genuine Christ-like heart? In this post, Kristen will show you a simple, biblical, practical, and measurable way to evaluate a guy’s character from a biblical framework.
  3. When I came across this post by Jani Ortlund, I was so struck by it, I just passed my phone to my mom with the article open for her to read. “We all struggle with questions like, ‘How long, Lord, will you ask me to wait? Why me? Why this? Why now?’” and we seek to be patient. But what does that look like? Jani says, “Patience is loving God enough to say, ‘Thank you,’ even for the difficult things. True patience, throughout the life-altering and soul-shattering experiences between birth and heaven, is a humble gift we offer up to God. And He is the one who enables us to offer Him that gift.” Amen!
  4. “The world can be really confusing for teenagers,” writes Jaquelle Crowe. “We’re coming of age in a shifting moral landscape, where the most pressing challenges and culture’s loudest critics are ever changing and perpetually conflicting. We see scandals and sound bytes, terrorism and Trump, new sexual ethics and harsh racial tensions, and we wonder, How am I supposed to think about all this?” This may surprise you—Jaquelle says the answer is theology.
  5. If you had to pick your soundtrack for the summer, what would it be? I have been listening to The Worship Initiative, Vol. 17 on repeat all week, and that would be my choice—no question! As much as I would recommend putting volumes 1–16 on your Spotify playlist, volume 17 is special because it is an all-female album! Some of the singers include Bethany Barnard, Davy Flowers, and Candace Payne—their songs (especially “Goodness of God,” “Isn’t He,” and “Jesus Is Better”) will get your weekend started on a good note.

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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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