Five Friday Favorites: 2/21/20

  1. IT’S HERE! The promotional video for Awaken Compassion: True Woman ’20 is online! If you happen to be scrolling through this post in a public place, here’s part of what you’ll hear when you turn the volume all the way up and press play: “We believe this generation has yet to see what God can do with a group of women who discover how much they’ve been loved, and we want to watch that love awaken compassion for the world around us.” Are you excited?! I’m excited! Grab your calendar, and save these dates!
  1. “When we can’t seem to reconcile a good God with hard circumstances, it takes a toll on our trust in Him. Our minds spin with unanswered questions.” What if my parents die in a sudden accident? What if I don’t get into college? What if I am never healed? “But we often fail to ask the most important question: How can I learn to trust God, no matter what happens?” In her new book, Fight Your Fears: Trusting God’s Character and Promises When You Are Afraid, True Woman blogger and author Kristen Wetherell shows us how we can fight fear and find freedom and joy in Christ!
  1. Loneliness may well be the disease of the decade, perhaps of every decade”—but there’s a remedy available to us. God “has a prescription for both the pain of oppression and injustice and for the problem of isolation and aloneness,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. “God’s prescription is not painful and broken relationships, but whole and healthy relationships, relationships characterized by intimacy . . . because it’s the gospel that reconciles; it’s the gospel that brings warring factions together. It’s the gospel that calls us to relationship, and it’s the gospel that enables us to experience relationship at its best.” Amen!
  1. After more than a decade of doctors, evaluations, treatments, diets, and therapies, somehow Sarah Walton always feels like her family is right back where they started—weary, confused, and grieving the layered losses that have come as a result. As she’s searched to understand why she has often felt frozen in her grief, Sarah’s learned how to persevere with the hope of gospel and the strength of Christ. Here are the three truths that have drawn her closer to the Lord.
  1. “Christian Girl, you don’t need to love yourself more,” writes Bethany Beal. “Jesus is enough. We never have to be enough. In Him, we have every ounce of love, worth, and purpose that we could ever have hoped or dreamed for. Think about it. God didn’t send Jesus to this earth to teach us how to pump ourselves up and find worth within. No . . . He gave life and redemption to a lost and broken people. That’s us. That’s you and me.” That’s amazing. Thank you, Lord!

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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 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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