7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 101

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:     Fear – Part 3 ~ Healthy Fear  Thank you for the feedback on this post! 

— 2 —  Next Week’s Post:  So many topics to pick from!  Thank you for all your emails this week and the honor of sharing your hearts with me.  What do you think if I write a post about being a Mother?  I see some of you struggling with your parents and I am wondering if a post about things from a Mom’s perspective would be interesting/insightful?  

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was The Struggle Bus!  Ugh, are you on it?  Check out what the girls had to say!  

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Cathedrals by Tenth Avenue North

— 4 — Spotlight On:  Gregg wanted you girls to know about a band called Tenth Avenue North.  Below I included a song called, appropriately, Struggle which has great lyrics, including: “Children drop your chains and sing.”  The next song below, Jesu, Dulcis Memoria, features Audrey Assad.  Enjoy!  

— 5 —  Self-Image and ChastityOh goodenss, I love the title of the article, What does Self-Image have to do with Chastity?  Just like it says ~ Everything!!  I must do a post about this!

— 6 —   Positive Chastity:  Did you see the article on First Things called Positive Chastity?

“What is needed is a chastity recommendation that doesn’t end with “Thou shalt not.” It follows through with “And thou shalt enjoy a better life.

  7 —  The Most Overlooked Characteristic of Who to Marry:  What is that characteristic?  Go Here to see!

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 100

— 1 —  This Week’s Post: 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know  Congratulations to Kari on the launch of her new book!  

— 2 —  Next Week’s Post:  Fear – Part 3 ~ Healthy Fear  What advice did I give to this dear girl experiencing fear?  I will share the details next week (for real)!

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Deal Breakers!  Oh, you know these smart NAS girls have some deal breakers.  All of them seemed perfectly rational to me, including Lindsay’s desire to marry a non-smoker.  I also understand the part about wanting to marry a man who shares their Catholic faith.  I wrote about my thoughts in the post called Equally Yoked.  Check out all the girl’s posts on Jen’s blog!  

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— 4 — Spotlight On:   This week’s spotlight is on Archbishop Charles J. Chaput for this reminder:

“None of us are welcomed on our own terms in the church. We are welcomed on Jesus’ terms,” he said. “That’s what it means to be a Christian. You submit yourself to Jesus and his teaching. You don’t recreate your own body of spirituality.”

My Battle Against Hitler

— 5 —  Spotlight On:  Another spotlight on Dr. Alice von Hildebrand for her new book, My Battle Against Hitler, where she reveals her husband, Dietrich von Hildebrand’s fight against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.  This was my favorite part from her recent interview:

“I think any astute reader of My Battle against Hitler will understand
the message of this book, namely that the devil never sleeps. It would
be a huge mistake to assume that the horrors which took place in both
Germany and Soviet Russia could never happen to us. By allowing
ourselves to fall into spiritual and intellectual somnolence, by
becoming consumed with the pursuit of money and pleasure, we forget
that the relativism rampant in our schools and universities can again
pave the way for such abominable horrors. We should always be aware of
the dangers surrounding us, and through prayer and the sacraments
remain spiritually alert.”

— 6 —   Body and Soul:  This was good and so true:

 “Your naked body deserves the honor of being shared only with someone who is covenanted to never stop loving your naked soul.”  Ann Voskamp

  7 —  Psalm 27: One of my favorites!

“The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.”

God love and bless you!

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 99

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  Fear – Part 2 ~ Paralyzing Fear  I hope this post helped identify some areas of needed healing!

— 2 —  Next Week’s Post:  Fear – Part 3 ~ Healthy Fear  What advice did I give to this dear girl experiencing fear?  I will share the details next week!

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Discernment!  Check out all the posts on Morgan’s blog!  

— 4 — Spotlight On:  Oh, did I just mention Morgan?  Well, this week’s spotlight is on her. She is being featured over at Triple Braided Life

— 5 —  Spotlight On:  Oh wait!  We have other friends who were also featured on Triple Braided Life! Beth Ann and Katie and Rachel!  Check them out too! Please forgive me if I miss any NAS girls!

— 6 —   Skimpy Takes:  If these Quick Takes seem extra skimpy today then you can blame Gregg.  As I have mentioned before, we share our home computer and have to take turns.  I am usually the one to hog screen time but today Gregg was busily rolling over his 401K to his new company.  Okay, I guess that is important too. 🙂  Anyway, so I am squeezing these in before the Halloween festivities begin!

  7 —  All Hallows Eve:  Here are some Holy ideas! We were invited to evening Mass tonight followed by a bonfire and games for the kids.  Now, before we get upset about dressing up for Halloween, let’s get the facts: Here and with this awesome poster:

 

All Hallow's Eve

Thank you Catholic Answers!

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 98

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  Fear!  Wow! I received a lot of feedback on this post so it appears that fear is a factor for many of us. Next week I will continue the post from last week and expand on a number of concepts including healing and trust.

— 2 —  Big Week:  Sunday the 19th was our 12th Wedding Anniversary. But! It was also the day that Pope Paul VI joined the ranks of the Blessed.  Blessed Pope Paul VI.  Music to my ears.  Love him.  Have you seen my post about him from 2 years ago?  See #5!

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Let’s Talk About Sex!   All the girls had great things to say about this wonderful topic, including what appears to be a new participant, Meg.  This was my favorite part of Meg’s post:

“And though not every sexual relationship leads to such unfortunate (and sometimes nightmarish) aftermaths, I’ve seen these situations arise often enough to recognize a pattern ~ and so having sex outside of a marriage is a bit of a crapshoot for a woman. 

What’s absent from all these scenarios above is any sense that a woman would be pursued by a man or set on a pedestal.  And I don’t think that it’s unrelated to the sexual nature of these relationships.” 

— 4 — Spotlight On:  This week’s spotlight is a double spotlight.  First, Laura from Life Is Beautiful for her guest interview over at Triple Braided Life.  Loved this:

“God is so good in the way He transforms us and molds us over the years as we learn to surrender to Him and His amazing love. I feel like I struggled more with being single in my early twenties than I do now. I think it was the control freak in me—I had planned on getting married in that time and it just didn’t happen (despite lots of dates and even a broken engagement). As I learned to let go of my perfectionism and instead grow in intimacy with a perfect God, I found more peace, more trust, more contentment in the present moment as well as with His timing for the future.”

Spotlight #2 is on Joan from Everything Is Yours for her meditation on the Feast day of St. John Paul II over at Blessed Is She.  Great job, Joan and Laura!

— 5 —   The Courage of Pope Paul VI:  Did you see Jen Fulwiler’s post about how the courage of Pope Paul VI led her to the Catholic Church?  Oh yes, it was Humanae Vitae! See #2. 

— 6 —   Ephesians 2:15:  Did you notice the reading from Ephesians this week? Do you ever feel divided within yourself and hostile?  Check out how Christ makes us one and through this harmony, comes peace:

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken
down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law
of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in
himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might
reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby
killing the hostility.”

  7 —  Receive:    Did you see Audrey Assad’s new YouTube of her song Receive?  First, read the lyrics, then enjoy her beautiful voice.  

Holy Wisdom, God in Heaven
Here in human time
Humble Godhead bending low and
Touching bread and wine.

Faith is making plain the truth beneath the veil
Faith supplying where our feeble sense fail

It is God who we encounter,
It is God that we receive
From this altar we do believe

Jesus by Your hand you feed us
Your own life and bread
Jesus risen, Savior lead us
Out of sin and death

Word of God in flesh and blood, we’re here for You
Bread of life, the love of God, our heav’nly food

 

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 97

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  It was A Refresher  about why it is not wise to respond to lame and inconsistent initiation.

— 2 —  Next Week’s Post:  I feel the Holy Spirit’s leading in a post about the topic of Fear.  Which has now been confirmed because today’s homily from Mass was about fighting fear with the grace from the Eucharist just like St. Ignatius of Antioch.  His feast day is today. He was martyred for his Catholic Faith in the year 107 and he, like all Christians of his day, knew the Eucharist is the body and blood of Jesus.  He died, rather than renounce this truth. Now, that is a man with Fortitude!  

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Modesty!  I loved what Morgan wrote about and agree wholeheartedly:

“But modest dress isn’t something I appreciate just for myself! No, I am so grateful when the people around me are dressed modestly. Many people would agree that “men are visual creatures”, but the truth is, we all have eyes and are all visually stimulated. I find it very difficult to concentrate while amidst all sorts of exposed body parts. I truly desire to know others on a deeper level, but find it challenging when bombarded with all sorts of skin. Shoot, I can’t imagine what it must be like for men!”

— 4 — Spotlight On:  This week’s spotlight is on a pregnant woman with nine children who has decided to forego cancer treatments until her baby is safely delivered.  Read the Father’s beautiful logic packed with courage and love:

“How could we end that life, a life of endless hope and possibility, in exchange for the mere chance of extending Donielle’s by a few years?” he said. “If we chose to abort the baby and sometime after Donielle passed away, both of their lives would be lost. We have all heard stories of cancer survivors who are miraculously cancer free. What if that happened for us – but we had aborted our child?”  Keith Wilde ~ father of baby #10

— 5 —  St. Ignatius of Antioch:  Let’s expand on this wonderful saint!  

**He first used the term Catholic to describe the universal christian church.

** In the year 107A.D., during the reign of the brutal Emperor Trajan, this holy Bishop was wrongfully sentenced to death because he refused to renounce the Christian faith. He was taken under guard to Rome where he was to be brutally devoured by wild beasts in a public spectacle.

** About the Eucharist:  “…join in union meeting in one faith, and in Jesus Christ, who was of the family of David according to the flesh, the Son of Man and the Son of God, so that you give ear to the bishop and to the presbytery with an undivided mind, breaking one Bread, which is the medicine of immortality, the antidote against death, enabling us to live forever in Jesus Christ.

St Ignatius of Antioch

 

— 6 —   Catholicism:  The New Evangelization:  Gregg and I are participating in this study with our Parish.  Give it a look!

  7 —  Happy Anniversary, Gregg!  This Sunday, October 19th, Gregg and I celebrate our 12th Wedding Anniversary. Very, very blessed are we.

October 19, 2002  Praise be to God!

October 19, 2002 Praise be to God!

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 96

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  Disordered Desires! This week I responded to a question about healthy and disordered desires. I pray it blessed you!

— 2 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Rosary and The Single Life!  Great topic with great posts! NAS had a new contributor, Lindsay from Lindsay Loves.  She is also from the same area of the country where I currently live so that was a nice surprise.

So, the Rosary. I am more of a Divine Mercy Chaplet kind of girl but recently have become a fan of the Rosary.  Our son’s 4th grade teacher assigned 8 Family Rosaries over the Summer.  We completed the 8 but then found that we missed doing it.  Most importantly, we realized that we were seeing real fruit as a result of those family rosaries.  So, we started them back up again.  We do one family rosary a week. I notice it is, at a minimum, teaching us all to sit still and be more patient.  🙂

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— 3 —   Great Are Thy Works:  Did you see the solar eclipse this week?  We stood outside and watched in amazement.  When I read the Responsorial Psalm this week, I thought about those that study these natural events and I hope they, as well, delight in the wonderous works of the Lord!

Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful”  

Psalm 111

— 4 — Spotlight On:  This week’s Spotlight is on Celeste from Sacred Sharings For The Soul for her postA `Bushel Of Falsehood` & A Lesson From Archbishop Lynch.  Celeste compares the hubbub that took place in the media during the First Vatican Council to the bushel of falsehood in the media about the Synod taking place in Rome.  Nothing new under the sun! Great job, Celeste!

— 5 —  Life and Breath:  Speaking of things going on in the media, did you catch the contrast between Baby Shane and the girl who is “choosing the day of her death.”  I am not going to judge the girl but I do so admire the parents of Baby Shane.  They found out in April that their precious baby boy had a condition that would end his life shortly after birth.  Those parents chose to give their sweet son the full life bestowed upon him by our Creator God.  Then, they honored our new brother in Christ in this way:

“Today at 6:15 a.m., after meeting his entire family and being baptized into the Catholic faith, baby Shane died peacefully in his Mother’s arms…We are so grateful for the time that we were blessed to hold and hug our son.”  #truedignityandcourage

— 6 —   Death Be Not Proud: Oh death.  Why your confidence?

“Though you may dwell in plague and poison,
You’re a slave to fate and desperate men,
So death, if your sleep be the gates to Heaven,
Why your confidence?” Audrey Assad

  7 —  Heavenly Scent:  I was introduced to a new scent while I was on travel in September.  The hotel room had those cute little shampoo, conditioner and body lotions.  I never like the ones that are offered (I really am picky about scents) but oh my this scent is heavenly!  I can tell you about hit now because I have sufficiently stockpiled enough to last me for years. Okay, here is the name:  Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Skin Quenching Body Lotion.  I know! Crabtree and Evelyn sounds so 80’s right?  Not 80’s.  Heavenly!

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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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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 95

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  Is Romantic Love a Decision?  I have heard many times that love is a Decision.  This week I discussed the idea that Love is really Sacrifice.  Did you see Proverbial Girlfriend’s comment?  So good.  I hope the post was a blessing!

— 2 — Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Dating vs. Courtship. I did not get a chance to read the posts this week but I will!  It was interesting to me that there were only a few entries and I am wondering if the topic was too confounding.  There are so many definitions of Courtship that it would be a difficult topic to write about.  I think Gregg and I dated but it had all the chivalry of a courtship.  Does that make sense?  See, tough topic!  Anyway, I plan to read these this weekend. 

— 3 —  Pope Paul VI:  Happy Birthday!  # lovehim

 — 4 — Spotlight On:  This week’s spotlight is on Maura from Made In His Image.  I was retweeting her like it was my job this week! Amazing!  Here is an example of her wisdom and heart:

“As she looked back on her life she saw that every time she was rejected from something she desperately wanted, it was really our Heavenly Father whispering gently to her, “Hold on sweetheart I have something so much better for you. Let me surprise you.”

— 5 —    St Agatha: My dear friend has breast cancer and four of us women just finished the St Agatha novena.  One of the girls sent everyone a charm of St. Agatha (it was delivered to me at work) and I had to keep from breaking out in tears right there in my office.  Do you know the story of St. Agatha?

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— 6 —    Blessed Is She:  Have you heard about this blog that has daily scripture meditations which follow the daily Mass readings?  Oh, please subscribe!  It is so amazing and even Audrey Assad writes for the blog.  Today’s readings were amazing:

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

— 7 — Vanity of Vanities:  How about yesterday’s reading??  Such a good reminder.  Priorities.

Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2-11.

“Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays.
The sun rises and the sun goes down; then it presses on to the place where it rises.
Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north, the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
All rivers go to the sea, yet never does the sea become full. To the place where they go, the rivers keep on going.
All speech is labored; there is nothing man can say. The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear filled with hearing.
What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!” has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old; nor of those to come will there be any remembrance among those who come after them.”

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 94

— 1 —  This Week’s Post:  This Week’s News  Chastity may be the answer to domestic violence. What do you think?

— 2 —  Next Week’s Post:  Is Romantic Love a Decision?  I have heard many times that love is a Decision.  I wonder if, instead, we should say that Love is Sacrifice.  I will share my thoughts on this. 

— 3 —  Not Alone Series:   This week’s NAS topic was Online Dating Dos and Don’ts!  Great insights from the girls so check them out!

 — 4 — Spotlight On:  As you must know by now,  Jen and Morgan were on TV!! I watched their part of the episode several times.  My favorite part was when Morgan said, “Where is he?!” and this is my favorite photo of these beautiful girls:

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— 5 —   Best Compliment Ever: I was emailing with a reader this week and I had a big smile on my face when I read this:

“I mean this as a total compliment: you use the same kind of language as my late grandmother, and she was the most sensible person who trusted God the most of anyone I’ve ever known!

— 6 —    Modesty Helps Women Be Friends:  Have you heard about Church Pop? Their post, Modesty Helps Women Be Friends aligns with my Superabundance theory. Brantly Millegan, a Catholic convert, is the Founder and Editor of ChurchPOP. You can learn more about him on his personal website.

— 7 —  Spotlight On:  I want to spotlight another blogger but I want to wait until I have her permission.  So this is a placeholder!

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7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 93

— 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

— 5 —   Grandparent’s Day: These 7QTs are late today because I enjoyed the day with my mom who was in town for Grandparent’s day at our son’s school. #ILoveMyMom

— 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.”  

True Freedom

— 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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