— 1 — This Week’s Post: A Secular ‘Dating Coach’ Says… What did you think of Evan Marc Katz’s advice?
— 2 — Next Week’s Post: Oh goodness, so many things to write about!
— 3 — Not Alone Series: This week’s NAS topic was Oh So Chivalrous! I am a lover of chivalry so I really enjoyed this week’s topic. I particularly liked Laura’s post from A Drop in the Ocean. Her post, Chivalry Is Not Dead was great! I loved the pudding story and felt hopeful hearing how often she experiences chivalrous acts. Nice!
I always try to encourage chivalrous acts by allowing men to open the door and so forth. Gregg is super chivalrous. He opens my car door, puts gas in my car and all kinds of ‘die to oneself’ kinds of acts, I wonder sometimes if men learn this from their Dads because I would definitely describe my father-in-law as being chivalrous. We also are training our son to open doors, let girls have first dibs and so forth. The biggest training ground is what he sees from his father and I feel pretty good about that. His wife should be all set.
I have so many stories of unchivalrous acts and they stick out to me because I am such a believer in it. I have a friend who was at her sister’s wedding about 20 years ago. Her father, at the time, was in his 60’s and in ill-health. My friend had left something in her car and it was raining. Her longtime boyfriend (who was not in the wedding party) refused to go out to the car to get the item because he did not want to get wet. My friend was all decked out in her bridesmaid dress and bridesmaid hair. So her father (yes, the father of the bride) went out to the car and got all wet! This did not faze my friend’s boyfriend at all. When I heard the story I was shocked. To this day, I still can’t forget it. Yes, they eventually broke up. I see chivalry as the ability to sacrifice oneself and if it is missing in marriage, then trouble will be at the front door.
— 4 — Spotlight On: Jen and Morgan were on TV!! Did you see them? Oh, they were so poised and beautiful (great shoes!). They talked of how important it is to wait for God’s will. I was at Mass today during their TV appearance and sent Jen a little text letting her know I was praying for them. I felt so proud of them. Check them out!! Great job girls and congratulations to all the NAS girls. #NASBoston
— 6 — Procrastination: I am at a point in my life where I feel more and more convicted about how I use my time. For example, let’s say I have a list of 20 things to do. I will do 2 of them and then sit down at the computer and see what is going on. On a good note, sometimes during my ‘breaks’ I sit on the couch and watch TV while I snuggle with my son. But, I don’t understand why I don’t just knock out the 20 things and THEN enjoy my free time? What ends up happening is that even when I am goofing off I feel the pressure of the tasks that are yet undone. Then, I tend to get stressed as I run out of time to complete everything. Even right now, this very minute, I am procrastinating. Last football season, I also spent an unacceptable amount of time watching football and when the season was finished I looked back and felt I had squandered my precious time. My plan, with God’s grace, is to improve this frustrating area of my life. Each time I put to death my own desires, I will offer it up for my friend who is suffering right now. The first step is recognizing who I am not and what is possible. #IWantTrueFreedom
“We’ll never become who we truly are until we hand over to God all that we are not.”
— 7 — I was on travel for work this week and am a little behind on responding to your emails. I look forward to catching up this weekend!
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