The Friday Five – 09/13/19

  1. Earlier this week, my grandma emailed me about Erin Davis’s post, “You Can Trust God When Suffering Settles In,” asking if I’d read it and telling me she was going to try to print it. And y’all, if Grandma endorses a post, I make sure I print it, too. Have you seen it yet? If you’ve ever begged God to end your long-term suffering and grieved as it continued on, this post is for you. Erin shares four promises to cling to when pain doesn’t pass.
  1. Earlier this week, I typed “Ruth Chou Simons” into the search bar in my podcast app and just starting downloading all of the interviews she’s done recently. I recommend pretty much all of them. I also recommend her book Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, which came out this week! Here’s what Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth had to say about it: “This has to be one of the most lovely books you will ever hold in your hands. And the content is no less rich. . . .Get a copy for yourself and buy a few to give to others!”
  1. Many of us underestimate the Word of God: “Try the verse of the day! That is enough! Meditate on one word, maybe ‘forgiveness,’ or ‘compassion!’” God has given us this incredible gift, says Rachel Jankovic, so “why do we so often try to talk each other into smaller and smaller portions? Why do we stick to the passages that look good on a mountainy background? . . . We want to become women of the word, not women who dabble in God’s word occasionally.” In this post, she shares how to become one.
  1. I’m grateful for Sarah Walton for a million reasons—one reason is that she expresses what so many of us with chronic illness often think. In this post, she writes about the time she cried out through sobs, “I can’t live like this anymore!” At that time, she was worn out from the chronic pain, the frequent bouts of illness, and the weariness of dealing with her kids’ struggles. “But what broke me,” she writes, “was the torture of being a prisoner in my own mind. It took everything in me just to keep breathing, while part of me wished my breathing would just stop. . . . But I knew deep within me that my life was not my own and that the Lord must have a purpose for these days.” Here are more truths Sarah found in the face of depression’s lies.
  1. Calling all introverts, extroverts, and people who love pajamas: did you know that you can experience Revive ‘19 from your couch?! That’s just one of Micayla Greathouse’s 5 Big Reasons to Join Revive ‘19 LOCAL. If you’re not able to come to Indy this year, you can still join in on all of the conference festivities from home! To get the details and sign up for the free stream, go to We are just two Fridays away from the fun—let the countdown begin!

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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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