5 Friday Favorites

As we head into the weekend, and celebrate all that Christ accomplished through His death and resurrection, here are five things that are on our hearts.

  1. Today is the best/worst day in history. “If we could travel through time to the first ‘Good Friday,’ today would not feel like a good day at all,” writes Erin Davis. “Unfair. Horrific. Gut-wrenching. Devastating. Hopeless.” Those are some of the words we’d use to describe it, but even those words would not be enough. You might be thinking it’s weird we would want to focus on the details of Jesus’ death. Shouldn’t we just skip the gore and get to the really good stuff—like the resurrection? Erin says, “Without His death, we could never know new life. Without His suffering, we could never be freed from ours . . . His death cracked history in two so that we could be made whole. Making Good Friday the best/worst day in history.” Wow!
  1. If you want to slow down and take time to think about what happened on Good Friday, but you don’t know where to start, I recommend downloading this Revive Our Hearts radio program, which is packed with Scriptures that come together to tell the story of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. Linger here, friend, and as you listen this weekend, I pray that God will flat-out amaze you with His mercy and “the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” He is risen!
  1. Take time for you. You’re worth it. Get some ‘me time.’ Everywhere you look—from magazines and make-up ads to teachers and talk show hosts—you’ll see women saying that what our lives really need is self-care. But what does the Bible have to say about this tough topic? Hayley Mullins has been sharing the truth about self-care over on the True Woman blog this week. Read the post (part one and part two!), and then leave a comment letting us know what you think.
  1. Do you have an older, bolder friend? A woman you can turn to for advice, who loves you and wants the best for you—and who knows your best means growth in Christlikeness? Marissa Henley shares “three reasons to commit to spending time with someone who can offer counsel from a deep well of biblical wisdom and life experience.” If you don’t have a friend like this right now, ask God to provide the right woman, and as Marissa says, “It may be that, a few years from now, the wisdom you gain becomes the thing that makes you someone else’s older, bolder friend.”
  1. A weekend as special as this one needs some great songs to go with it! I have been loving this Spotify playlist by Caroline Cobb. “The playlist begins with themes of sin and confession, traces the storyline of Holy Week, and finally rejoices in resurrection.” Put it on in the car while you’re out running errands or while you’re picking up around the house or baking goodies for brunch on Sunday—and as you listen, these songs will stir your heart to worship Jesus this weekend. Happy Easter!

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He is risen, friends! How will you celebrate the best news in the days ahead? Tell us below.

 

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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