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7 Quick Takes is a blog carnival, hosted every Friday by Jen of ConversionDiary.com.  See this week's 7 Quick Takes to read Jen's Takes and see links to everyone participating.  The idea is to post seven blurbs, usually things which are too short to write a full blog post about, but still interesting.
1

Ken said this last week that, despite the apparent lack of job opportunities coming his way, he's been getting the sense that he needs to be prepared for going back to work; so he thinks he will get a job soon.  I love it when Ken gets senses that match what I've been hearing.


2

Last Saturday, the phrase "do not leave this area" (in one of the daily readings) really struck me.  I have this fear that, if we can ever afford it, Ken will want us to move to Seattle.  While I love Seattle, I don't want to have to pull up roots again - it really hurts.  This Bible passage was the first time I've felt like I was having any indication that God's plan for me is to stay here.  That brought a great deal of relief to me.


3

Monday morning I was very tired.  When Gabe fell back asleep around 9am, I really wanted to take a nap then.  But I had a fairly steady sense that I shouldn't.  (In my tiredness, I even Bibled it to be sure, and got something about making sacrifices for God.)  Boy do I sometimes not like what he tells me to do.  


4
I've been hearing this Love Story song on the radio lately.  I printed off the lyrics and put them on my fridge so I could sing it to myself.  It's been a week or two of singing this at least once a day, and still, every time I get to the last verses, I get so choked up I can't sing.  For me, it's all about God... feeling discouraged and wondering if he's really there, or cares, and then, suddenly being presented with the divine equivalent of a marriage proposal. Here's my favorite part of the lyrics:



I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you is fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town, and I said

Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don't know what to think
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring

And said, marry me Juliet
You'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It's a love story baby just say yes





5

Turns out, the Jehovah's Witnesses didn't just give up on me and blow me off after all.  They lost my phone number, and one of them had an emergency tooth situation come up (involving surgery).  One of them came by and got my phone number and will call me sometime (I think to talk about whether there is any point in them continuing to talk with me).  I had struggled to deal with feelings of rejection, so that was nice to know.


6

On my morning walk today, when I turned around to come back home again, I faced a beautiful sunrise in the sun-isn't-visible-but-clouds-are-pink-and-purple stage.  I felt like I was all alone.  (In fact, I saw about as many people as I usually do on my walks, but the sun rising later, the darker state of things, makes me feel more alone anyways.  Go figure.)  For a second, I had this impression of me being the only one to see the sky so beautiful.  And then, I got a sense from God, that he would gladly make the whole sky beautiful, for only me.  That choked me up a little.


7

I noted last week (#6) that I'm working on eating less.  (In practice, this mostly amounts to not eating between meals.)  I've been finding it very difficult.  On the other hand, I've lost 6 pounds since I started last Wednesday.   I think God is allowing me that much encouragement to help me keep going.  For unrelated reasons, I have also been fasting from sweets (except on Sundays) for a few weeks now.  That has kept me from drinking tea, since I felt adding sugar or honey would violate a sweet fast.  Just this last week, though, my sister-in-law happened to mention tea with cream, and I flashed to the carton of half-and-half in the fridge that needs to get used up before it goes bad.  I don't think of cream as being a 'sweet' the way honey is, and it turns out I like tea with just cream pretty well.  That's very helpful when I want something ... oral... to stave off the urge to snack.  God's timing is good!  
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