Welcome to My Daybook Online Journal. A weekly post here at The Littlest Way where I gather all the ordinary things that happen or are happening in my day to day. Things like what I’m reading or listening to, eating, cleaning, and learning. These are the small moments that make up my blessed daily life and I want to remember them. My prompts may change depending on season and circumstance.
Thanking God for…
::a relaxing weekend
::visiting with V last night
::Anna attending the local March for Life
::sliders for dinner
::discovering I love working out at a gym!
::biscuits and gravy
::cleaning and purging room by room
::Anna cleaning the diffusers
::a friend’s upcoming surgery
::my father-in-love’s health
::regaining my emotional strength
::discernment when and how to approach difficult relationships
::my brother-in-law’s health
::our Online Bible Study Community
::clarity and pursuing my purpose
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I've been sharing glimpses of growth in some areas of my life I've chosen to intentionally focus on right now–primarily my online presence. This has been and continues to be a really beautiful but extremely tricky area for me. I know, after some in-depth and intense soul work that God has called me for a specific purpose here online. I also know I've always been shamed when others thought I was drawing attention to myself; "Who do you think you are?" is a familiar voice. But what if what some think is only drawing attention to myself is actually drawing others to Jesus? The Scriptures state the apostles taught and preached confidently and boldly–friends, that was for Jesus! They drew others to themselves ONLY so they could draw others to Jesus! Part of my recent intentional work was to safeguard my thoughts and to insulate my heart as I continue online; the enemy's self doubt game is strong! I wrote 2 declarations–one to read before I hit "post" and one to read after I post. I'm going to share those now. I share these confidently and boldly because I know God's purpose for me here. I also share from a tender heart, knowing someone will find fault. That's where and why I pray I'm most sensitive to the voice of God, not the voices of the internet. "Lord, I'm giving You my worship, the posture of my heart and my offering in this moment, these words, this picture, this post. I withhold nothing of myself because my greatest desire is to trust You–even when and as I struggle with self doubt and fear of what others think. I choose to confidently and boldly believe in Your purpose for me." "Thank You Lord for the gifts You have blessed me with to show and share Jesus, to teach and encourage online as a way to bring honor and glory to You in this space. Bless and multiple my efforts. I pray Your truth will fill my heart and mind and overflow into every word, every picture, every post I share online." Friends, chose an area you are struggling in right now and make your own declaration! Speak confident and bold words, words of life into that area, all for the glory of God! +AMDG+
Bible in a Year: Your Daily Encounter with God
This is my “quantity” Bible to make sure I get the Word inside me each and every day.
Catholic Journaling Bible and the Inspire Catholic Bible NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative Journaling
These are my study and journaling Bibles.
* I’ve written an ebook to guide you through the whys and hows to get started with Bible Journaling, Bible Journaling Tips, Inspiration and Permission, and to encourage and inspire you in your Bible journaling!
These are notes I’ve taken while reading the YouVersion Bible app. If you’re on there, friend me and we can share notes, highlights, and reading plans!
Trusting what lies ahead
MMmmm, be carefree in the care of God…
Something either adds to my life or takes away from it, I need to choose wisely.
They praised publically and ALL the prisoners were freed!!
Intimacy with God
Absorb God’s Word with a sensitive spirit.
Around the House…
I sorted and sifted and purged last week. It was more than a physical sorting, sifting, and purging, it was just as much emotional. I had the chance to pull everything out and examine the purpose it served in my life. I checked its expectations of me or if it was given with expectations of me. I kept things that hold value and honor, that bring me in closer friendship with Jesus through beauty and joy.
Some things went to the road for trash day (thank you kind trashmen for taking what must have looked like a roadside garage sale). Other things got boxed up and put in the attic. I have never been a fan of attic storage, it just seems like a black hole where people put things they don’t want to deal with so they leave it there for someone else to deal with after they die. The difference last week I think is that I dealt with each item I placed up there; I either deemed it important enough that maybe one of my children will want it someday or it’s something that has enough value to be kept, just not in everyday rotation and line of vision.
That was part of the purging process, clearing my line of vision, making wide margins and empty spaces. And here are some things I pondered as I made room for space:
–I think I have been under the impression that the amount of spiritual books I own is a reflection of my holiness.
–I think I have been under the impression that the amount of religious art I display is a reflection of my holiness.
–I think I have been under the impression that if something once had importance it must always have importance.
–I think I have been under the impression that a gift is something that is supposed to be intrinsically valuable to me forever and ever, whether it actually is or not.
–I think I have been under the weight of other’s expectations for too long out of respect and obedience.
–I think I have been under the weight of my own expectations for too long and stunted some of my growth–except last year when I grew a literal inch!
–I think it’s ok to say, “I don’t love this anymore and it needs to go.”
–I think it’s ok to say, “I love this, but it’s just visual clutter and needs to be moved.”
In the Kitchen…
We have been having a lot of yummy soups, Mmmmm. I need to plan better for myself right now because at least days a week I leave the house in the early afternoon for soccer practice with Luke and don’t get home until after 9pm. I need to plan some convenient meals and snacks so I don’t just eat my weight in Peanut M&Ms or Peanut Butter M&Ms.
I think I ate too much bread this weekend because my tummy was not happy yesterday. I knew from last year around this time when my tummy was not happy that drinking Ningxia Red and taking Life 9 made all the blessed difference in the world and quickly!! (These are both Young Living products and if you’d like more information, shoot me an email and we’ll chat.)
(I used to purchase my essential oils from Amazon or Edens Garden instead of a distributor. You can read my thoughts on why here, “Where I’m From…” I’ve since decided I don’t have the time or resources to properly educate myself on using the oils to their fullest potential. That’s why I signed up with Young Living under a former Family Practice Physician.)
The Littlest Way
This month our Online Bible Study Community is learning more about God. I thought the beginning of the new year fit perfectly with starting at the beginning–God. Next month we’re going to be learning more about Jesus. I feel like the month of February, the month of love, is a great compliment to Love Himself and a great way to start Lent.
We would love for you to join us in our Online Bible Study Community! And speaking of Lent, I have a Lent Scripture Writing Plan and study in The Littlest Way Shop and here are past Lenten reflections and devotionals posted here on The Littlest Way. Lent begins February 26 this year.
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Friday I had another "every 3 months skin check" after having a Melanoma in Situ removed last May. The good news is I had another "all clear, see you in 3 more months" appt. Friends, here's something I started learning 2 years ago and really grabbed hold of last year, life is seriously hard enough without looking for new or bigger crosses to pick up and carry…crosses never meant for us in the first place. If you would have told me a year ago I was going to be diagnosed with Melanoma in Situ AND actually have a terrific year of growth (although hard), learn to laugh more and live in joy, rest in God more and squeal over purple potatoes, I would have laughed at you. But not a nice haha, more like a "You're a crazy fool who knows nothing about me!" kind of laugh. But then…but then you hear the words "Melanoma" and see a plastic surgeon who tells you he's going to cut your face open down to the muscle and you tell him to cut generously because you've got a lot of life to live and you'd rather live with a scar than… 😁You want to live in delight because you're tired of living in dullness. 🌱You want to grow because shrinking is not God's plan and purpose for your life. ❤️You want to know God better because you want to share Him more. You want to BE… 💻You can hit the blog link in my profile to read about my word for the year, Be.