7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 96

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  This week I asked the question, “Does God ‘Take Away’ Our Desires?”  I shared that God, instead of taking away our desires, wants to put our desires in proper order.  I shared what I felt can delay the freedom we are looking for and the method that God used (and is using) on me to have me let go of my unruly desires. 

— 2 — Next Week’s Post:  I received a fabulous comment/question from Amy and I will respond to it in next week’s post.  Amy, I will send you an email this weekend with my thoughts. Such a great question, thank you!!

“Cindy, what does a having a healthy and ordered desire for marriage feel like? Sometimes I struggle with despair and don’t know if those feelings are disordered or if it’s just my God-given desire for marital union. When do you think that natural desire turns disorderly? Thanks!”

— 3 —   Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Makup Routine! This was a fun, light-hearted topic so head on over to Morgan’s blog and see what the girls had to say.  Surprisingly, the older I get, the less make-up I wear. I go without mascara on the weekends and pretty much use foundation and a little blush most times. Lately, I find that putting Coconut Oil under my foundation results in a smooth, lasting effect.  Other than that, I am a big exfoliator and I could slip right out of bed due to my moisturizing routine. 🙂

 — 4 — Spotlight On:  This week’s Spotlight is on Raquel from Story of A Rose for her post, Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist.  Oh girl, preach it. Raquel went to a retreat called “Simple ways to increase my peace.”  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Raquel noticed that perfectionism is robbing her of her peace. My comment to her was that it is such a blessing for her to discover this wisdom at an early age. I have seen women carry this perfectionism into their 40’s and 50’s and it affects their marriage and their children as well as their own peace. What an honor it is for me to witness the Lord working in Raquel’s life!

— 5 —   Kari Kampakis:  Kari was interviewed recently in myscoop online magazine.  You know Kari, right? Her book, 10 Ultimate Truths Every Girl Should Know will be out November 4th.  She graciously sent me an advanced copy and I will be doing a review of it the week before it is released.  In this interview, Kari was asked the following and I thought her response was perfect:

What are the 3 most important tips you would give to moms on parenting young girls

Be the adult you want them to be. Model a virtuous lifestyle so they know what it means to be in the world but not of the world. Whatever you expect of them, expect more of it in yourself.

— 6 —   When Were The Angels Created?:  Do you know the answer?  I didn’t!  Check out this fascinating 7 minute video and it will give you a new perspective on “let there be light.” The sun, right?  Nope!  That is what I thought. 🙂  Thank you Taylor Marshall, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas!

— 7 — The Land of The Living:  If I didn’t convince you last week to sign up for Blessed Is She daily devotional, then maybe this gorgeous reflection by Audrey Assad will inspire you to do so:

“…I have a vivid memory of one wild, horrible night when I was 24 years old, lying “face down in the kitchen, a hundred hot tears running down between the tiles.”* My parents’ marriage was on the rocks and I could never have imagined how deeply that would cut me . . . ”  Audrey Assad

“…I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!”  

 Psalm 37: 13-14


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