5 Friday Favorites

  1. If you haven’t joined the fun over on Facebook in the Esther Bible Study Online Community, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! I have loved watching posts pop up as women share what God is teaching them as they walk through the book of Esther. The first podcast episode went live earlier this week—listen to it here, and then go leave your thoughts over on the group page. I’ll see you there!
  1. Speaking of podcast episodes, the one and only Dannah Gresh was recently on The Complicated Heart podcast with Sarah Mae! Dannah and Sarah discuss what it looks like to embrace modesty and purity without the baggage. They talk openly about personal and controversial topics like sex and porn—I’m so grateful for their wisdom in this area. (By the way, after reading the first chapter of Sarah’s book, I immediately pre-ordered it and cannot wait until it’s released in September! I even read a portion of it to my seminary class during a presentation yesterday. Find out more about the book here.)
  1. A few days ago, I got an email with the subject line: “Is Quiet Time harder in the summer??” For some of us, it definitely is. Summer can be filled with so many good things, but as Asheritah Ciuciu says, “Sometimes, too many good things can seem overwhelming . . . But what if, instead of letting discouragement win, we look for new creative ways to spend time with Jesus all summer long?” If you could use a little help cultivating that consistent and creative time with Jesus this summer, Asheritah has put together a little guide just for you.
  1. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you pick? Joni Eareckson Tada would be at the top of my list. Just one month after Joni graduated from high school, she broke her neck attempting an inward pike dive off a raft in the shallows of the Chesapeake Bay. When the permanency of her paralysis began to set in, Joni felt like her life was over. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. Here’s why Joni praises God for not healing her. 
  1. I don’t know about you, but summer slows me down enough to really dig into a good story. I agree with Samantha Nieves: “Good storytelling sparks a fire in my belly. And I know it’s because masterful storytelling points us to the Creator of stories . . . Can you look back and see God’s faithfulness woven throughout your story? . . . The people, the circumstances, the words, the hard things—they all prepare us as God builds the story for His good purposes.” Amen!

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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