7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 71

— 1 —   This Week’s Post:  My guest post, Who Is My Favorite Saint?, is over at Sarah’s blog, Footprints On My Heart!  Thank you, Sarah for inviting me to share this!

— 2 —   Not Alone Series:  This week’s NAS topic was: Single Life Bucket List!  All the girls had neat and meaningful things on their list. Many want to travel and some had what I consider to be ‘lofty’ goals.  I am looking at you, Nikki, who wants to learn to play the piano, swim and learn to ice skate.  Go Nikki!  I also loved what Jen wrote:

“If I had to pick something for my Single Life Bucket List… it would be this: to be proud and confident in who I am; in who God has created me to be, so that I can be the best version of myself.”

Oh, and I can’t wait for next week when the topic is Deal Breakers!

 —3 —  Spotlight On: I would like to welcome Charity from A Note For Someday to the NAS series.  I loved her single life bucket list!  For a college girl, she has lots of wisdom.  I can attest to her wisdom because I know her!  She stayed the Summer with us last year and actually has the inside scoop on our household…. so I need to be nice to her!  No, seriously, she is an amazing girl and we love her.  I knew I could count on the NAS girls to provide their usual encouragement to her.  Charity writes about fashion, Modesty, University life and heartbreak. Check her out. You will not be disappointed.

— 4 —    Spotlight On:  This week’s spotlight is on Pier from The Newlywed Lefebvres for her post, We Give Up!  You remember Pier.  She did a guest post for me a while back.  Have you visited her blog?  Please do. It is all grace and heart over there.  This line from her We Give Up! post is spotlight worthy:  

“…This isn’t to say we have given up on having children…but our first priority is going to be God’s will for our marriage.”

— 5 —   It Matters Who You Marry:  I cannot tell you how important it is to have a strong marriage.  If you suffer from infertility, you will need a strong marriage and a very compassionate husband who is deeply in love with you.  If you have children, you will need a strong marriage and a very compassionate husband who is deeply in love with you.  Wait on the Lord and choose well.  And, as Pier says above, God’s will for your marriage is the first priority.

 — 6 —  This Week:  This has been a busy (and trying) week and I have been delayed in all my responses to those who have emailed me.  Even these 7QTs are late!  I had some things going on in the evening and we only have one computer in our house to share among the two and a quarter of us.  No, we will not be getting additional computers because I like the fact that we have to share.  Such a hardship, right?  I do respond to everyone and always pray before doing so.  I love your emails so please keep them coming and thank you for your sweet understanding if it takes me a day or two to respond!

 — 7 —  Turning Over Tables:  This reflection from Father Robert Barron’s Daily Lenten Journey was excellent:  

“From very early on, Christian theologians and spiritual writers made a comparison between Jesus’ cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem and Jesus’ cleansing of our hearts and bodies. St. Paul refers to the body as a “temple of the Holy Spirit.” Your self, your body, your whole person is meant to be a temple, a holy place where God dwells and where prayer and union with God is central. It’s a beautiful image: rightly ordered, we become temples of the Holy Spirit.

This image leads to an important question: what goes wrong within the temple of our souls? The same thing that went wrong with the Temple in Jerusalem–what’s meant to be a house of prayer becomes a den of thieves. All kinds of distractions came into the Temple, money changers and corrupt influences, those who turned people away from worshiping God.

Today, we should ask, what distractions and corruptions have come into the temple of my heart and body?  Lent is a terrific time to allow Jesus Christ to make a whip of cords and come into the temple of our hearts, and, while there, to turn some tables over, to flip things upside down if he has to.

What would Jesus chase out of your heart if he had a chance? If you let him in, with all the wonderful fury displayed in the Gospels, what would he cleanse?”

 God love and bless you!

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