Friday’s Fave Five #8


Susanne hosts the Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.  I have been challenged each week to focus on just five blessings each week and share them here with you.  I hope this encourages you to find blessings in the small things each week!

1. Geese returning – Today I heard the ‘honk, honk, honk’ of a gaggle of geese flying overhead as they return home.  Spring is almost here!

2. Warmer weather – It has been a crazy winter in many places in the Northern Hemisphere this year.  Though we may not have seen the end of winter quite yet, I am grateful for this past week of warmer weather.  The snow and ice are disappearing quickly which means I will soon be able to get out and about on my own.  Yay!

3. Ministry to ladies – One of my burdens is to be able to encourage other ladies.  In spite of my current health limitations God had allowed me to visit with ladies here in my home and to communicate via all of today’s wonderful technology.  I am very grateful for that.

4. House guests – I am grateful for the help of friends and family so that we can still extend hospitality to others.  A colleague of my husband’s has been in town teaching a block class at the college and is staying with us.  I enjoy hearing the sometimes animated discussions between these men as they hash out thorny theological issues. I am blessed that my husband prepares breakfast for our guest at a time of day when I am barely functional.  My daughter and my young helpers cleaned the house before our guest’s arrival. So thankful for the help they each give.

5. Kindness of others – My current flare of fibromyalgia has inspired many of my friends to offer information and suggestions for treatments and supplements that they hope will help.  Though I cannot possibly afford every option offered, I am grateful for the love and kindness behind the offers.  Plus, knowledge is power.  As I research various options for fibromyalgia treatment, I can make educated choices about what to try.  I’m looking forward to the day when researchers can tell us what causes the symptoms instead of just giving us a list of symptoms that define the condition.

Katie Luther: An Encourager

This book review was recently presented to the pastors’ wives in correlation with the session on Encouragement at the National Church Planters’ Conference in Mentor Ohio, sponsored by ARCH Ministries.  These sessions were adapted from my ladies’ Sunday School series on Biblical Womanhood created for Meadowlands Baptist Church of Edmonton.

The short book Luther and His Katie by Dolina MacCuish gives us a wonderful example of the encouragement a pastor’s wife can be to her husband.  With just short chapters and only 125 pages, this little gem of a book is worth adding to your library.

The first chapters give a brief overview of Luther’s rise to prominence as his studies and experiences enlightened him concerning the false claims of Romanism.  Joining in his renunciation of unbiblical practices were many priests and nuns, one of whom was Catherine von Bora.  Luther felt responsible to marry off these liberated nuns, finally taking Catherine as his own wife.  Though not a love match at first, Luther grew to deeply love and depend on his wife.

God used Catherine, whom Luther affectionately called Katie, to encourage, strengthen, and even protect Luther from illness and harm.  She was an industrious worker, thrifty and graced with good business sense.  Their home was regularly filled with students, clerics, and friends, providing the challenge of housekeeping and hospitality for the Luthers.  Luther’s reckless generosity was counterbalanced by Katie’s careful household planning and management so that he occasionally referred to her as “my Lord Katie.”

Luther’s commendation of his dear wife summarizes the tone of the book.  “Next to God’s Word, the world has no more precious treasure than holy matrimony.  God’s best gift is a pious, cheerful, God-fearing wife, with whom you may live peacefully, to whom you may entrust your goods, your body, and life.”