5 Friday Favorites

  1. A few days ago, as I was watching Revive Our Hearts’ Instagram stories, I had to stop and take a screenshot and send it to my family. ROH staff and volunteers had been stuffing tote bags for Revive ‘19, and when they finished packing enough bags to fill an entire pallet, everybody in the room stopped and prayed over them. How cool is that?! I love how the staff of this ministry seeks the Lord in every stage of preparation for an event—and how they encourage us to do the same. If you are registered to come to Indianapolis next month, be on the lookout for the heart prep emails to hit your inbox soon. (And if you haven’t registered for Revive ‘19, it’s not too late! Sign up today!)
  1. “If you are God’s child, you have been invited into a much bigger story—the grand redemptive story . . . Better than anything impressive that you could accomplish in this life, your life story is a biography of wisdom and grace written by Another.” As Paul Tripp says, “There is an author of your story, but the author is not you. You have been welcomed into an epic drama, but you will never be the hero”—and that is good news! “Why would you ever want an autobiography when you could have the story God Himself has written?” (For more on this topic, pre-order Nancy and Robert Wolgemuth’s book, You Can Trust God to Write Your Story!)
  1. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know I’m a huge fan of the Journeywomen podcast—and the latest episode with Abigail Dodds about comparison is officially one of my favorites. Abigail says, “If someone is feeling bad about themselves or comparing themselves to others,” sometimes our advice is to tell them to “‘just stop comparing yourself to others,’ and that’s the solution. Sometimes what accompanies that statement is ‘you’re perfect just the way you are.’” But Abigail says, “Soothing yourself with ‘you’re great just the way you are’ is the wrong way to fill ourselves up. It won’t really work in the end.” Check out the episode to learn a better way to respond to comparison.
  1. It’s not just toddlers who have tantrums. Shannon Popkin admits that sinful anger has been a lifelong battle for her—even as a committed Christian. As a teenager, Shannon says, “I would explode, say hateful things, and storm off, punctuating my anger with a quivering door. (It’s a wonder that door stayed on its hinges.)” Shannon didn’t realize that her anger, which was easy for her and everyone else to see, “was being fed by something [she] hadn’t thought much about: a sinful desire for the control which only belongs to God.” Does this sound familiar? Keep reading to uncover the real reasons you’re so angry.
  1. When we look at the world and the problems around you, how should we respond? We need to pray: “The change that’s so desperately needed in our world simply will not happen by casting a vote, rearranging our financial portfolios, or shouting on social media. Only God’s divine power can bring deep-rooted change. Change happens as God performs His work through the powerhouse of corporate prayer.” The idea of initiating a prayer group may sound intimidating, but in this post, Leslie Bennett shares some practical ways we can “venture beyond the neat borders of praying for our immediate needs and into forcibly impacting the world, nation, community, church, and all of God’s family for His Kingdom purposes.”

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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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