Friday Favorites: 10/25/19

  1. With the World Series happening in Houston (Go Astros!), I keep forgetting that Halloween is less than a week away! If you’re not sure what you will be doing this Thursday, check out how Kelly Needham has been missional about redeeming Fright Night—and as you read, ask God how you could serve reach out to your own community! “We hope our house will be an embassy for the Kingdom of God all year round,” Kelly says. “Halloween just happens to be the day when all of our neighbors are out and about. So for us, it’s the best day of the year to be an ambassador for Christ!”
  1. Hey, Young Christian, give the Lord a lot to work with: “You have lots of life left to live and one of the responsibilities that falls to you in this stage is to build a foundation for the many years that remain,” says Tim Challies. “Building a firm foundation instead of a shaky one will take earnest desire and the willingness to deliberately make that desire a reality. It will require thoughtfulness and planning and effort and self-denial. But it will be worth it as it reaps a great bounty of doing good to others and bringing glory to God.”
  1. Jen Oshman is one of my favorite people to follow on the Internet (and not just because she posts pictures of Labrador puppies on Instagram). This week, Jen’s on the Journeywomen podcast chatting about love, and her conversation with Hunter Beless serves as a sweet reminder that loving others is a work of the Spirit and that we need His help to do it! We pray it encourages you to look to Jesus as you seek to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
  1. When you think of the word “kingdom,” what do you imagine? Like True Woman blogger Stacey Salsbery, I think of the movie, The Princess Diaries. “Genovia, the fictional kingdom in that movie, is quite lovely,” she writes. “But is that what God intends for us to think when we read verses like ‘seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you’ (Matt. 6:33)?” In this post, Stacey shares what it means to pray “Your kingdom come.”
  1. Feeling overwhelmed as you head into the weekend? Lara d’Entremont has some advice we all need to listen to: “Take a step on your doorstep, breathe in the fresh air, and consider the power, majesty, and wisdom of God that creation proclaims . . . As you go to church, take your eyes off the screen and look past your own individual seat and see the people around you. Listen to their chorus of voices singing together of God’s worthiness . . . Consider His gracious kindness and love to you. Contemplate His power and sovereignty over both the small details and major turning points of life and history . . . how it all sits in the safe palm of God’s hand.”

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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 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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