5 Friday Favorites

  1. Yay! The Journeywomen podcast is back! I have been waiting all summer for the new season to drop into my feed, and guess what? Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is the first guest of the fall series! The entire episode is fantastic, but one of my favorite moments was when Nancy said, “God works not only around and in spite of the bumps, and the hard places, and the pain, but God actually uses the pain and the problems and the failures, mine or others! God actually works through those things to accomplish his purposes. So, they are sanctifying. They are purposeful.” Praise God!
  1. Rebecca McLaughlin says that a person sitting alone in our church gatherings is an emergency. “Every week, people walk into our gatherings for the first time and get effectively ignored. They may not know Jesus, or they may have spent years wandering from him. Their spiritual health is on the line, and a simple conversation could be the IV fluid God uses to prepare them for life-saving surgery. Eternal lives are at stake.” How will you respond?
  1. Over the weekend, Janel Barr watched as “another ordinary Saturday turned into a crime scene that was fueled by hate”—and as she explains, this time it was her community, her neighbors, her backyard that was ruthlessly attacked. As we hear the stories and see the images, as we try to piece together the tragedy of this massacre and understand, Janel wants to point us back to a hope that is not found in government or laws or policies or ideas and plans of ‘safety.’” If you have younger siblings or friends who do not know Christ, they may have a lot of questions for you. Here is how you can respond to others who are now seeing the horrors of sin’s consequences firsthand, some of them for the first time.
  1. As “months have stretched into years of enduring, waiting, hoping, praying, clinging, and surviving suffering that seems to have no conceivable end,” Sarah Walton’s heart has grown weary. You may know exactly what this kind of hurt feels like: “It’s uncomfortable, it’s lonely, it sends some friends running, and it causes others to judge things they cannot understand and didn’t pause to ask about. It’s unsettling, disorienting, and confusing, and it stirs deep questions of faith that we don’t have to face until suffering forces us to. But,” Sarah says, “by God’s grace, I’m choosing to face it head on, rather than running from it.” This is what it looks like to persevere.
  1. Bethany Beal grew up reading fairy tales and watching princess stories and “quickly formed this idea that romance and marriage were the essence of a ‘Happily-Ever-After.’” Now, as a new bride married to the man of her dreams, she has learned some things about marriage, wisdom like: “God can be trusted. He can satisfy no matter the circumstance. He can do what a magical unicorn could never do. He can give you the biblical truths you need to become a godly woman now and in the future. . . Instead of waiting for your season of life to change in order to truly live, begin living right now!”

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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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