5 Friday Favorites

  1. Alexa, play Revive Our Hearts program!” One of my heroes, Joni Eareckson Tada, was a guest on the radio this week—and wow, wow, wow. While living as a quadriplegic for more than fifty years, Joni has learned, “Jesus is everything! Jesus is ecstasy beyond compare, and it is worth anything—any amount of suffering—any squeezing of the lemon, to be His intimate friend.” Listen to this radio program, and after that, if you haven’t read Joni’s books yet, I recommend all of them. Every single one. That said, a good place to start is her autobiography—I love the audiobook version because Joni narrates it herself! And if you want to read about how God shaped the lives of even more incredible, inspiring women, pick up a copy of Empowered by Catherine Parks!
  1. Speaking of audiobooks, did you know that Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart by GirlDefined sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal was just released? If you’re not the kind of girl who loves laying out by the pool with a book but would much rather go for a run on the beach or walk your dog before the sun sets, this is the perfect way to read this book. Put your airpods in, press “play,” and let the truth fill your ears while you enjoy the outdoors this summer!
  1. When you’re in a conversation with a friend, do you ever catch yourself talking about something that’s gone wrong in your life and then follow up the story with, “But I’m not complaining.” Yikes. I’m guilty of this! Autumn Kern says, “The choice not to complain has nothing to do with our circumstances—both what we have and what we don’t—but everything to do with the One telling us not to complain.” How do we have a humble, grateful heart? By knowing the God of Scripture.
  1. “We live in an age where Scripture is so easily accessible. Most of us have multiple Bibles sitting on our bookshelves, and many of us have it available at the tap of a fingertip, whether that be a phone or computer . . . So why is it important for us as Christians in the 21st century to memorize Scripture? Why does it need to be hidden in our hearts when it’s almost always close at hand?” If you have ever wondered why we should take the time to memorize the Bible, don’t miss what Heather Cofer has to say about the power of hiding God’s Word in our hearts.
  1. On Monday, we have to flip our calendars to July—can you believe it? It feels like the summer is flying by, but the good news is that it’s not over yet! In the post “Don’t Waste Your Summer,” Erin Davis says that this time of year is a great opportunity to grow in your faith and to minister to others. Grab your glass of lemonade and head over to the post to check out Erin’s list of twenty-five ways to make the most of this season!

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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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