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 new year
::celebrating my birthday
::fish tacos & pecan bacon scones for my birthday dinner and treat
::Veronica and Chris making plans for the front of the dairy barn
::cold brew coffee
::fun Christmas break
::my one word for the year
::working out again
::clarity in decisions
::learning to be
::2 women I know with breast cancer
::all of you
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This has definitely been a tough year. The first year without my grandma, a #melanomainsitu diagnosis, plastic surgery on my face to remove it, every 3 month skin checks that bring back up the fear, strained relationships… In spite of and maybe even because, this has definitely been a good year, no, . ❤️New friendships have unexpectedly formed and quickly flourished. I've discovered my love of jumping on the trampoline with my kids, purple potatoes, coffee, Pride and Prejudice, and hard conversations that make me squirmy and sometimes feel like an insecure 12 year old. I've moved my body and started developing muscle definition while also learning definition and clarity are crucial in relationships. ' . I've cried more this year but I've also laughed more. Oh, and I've probably eaten my weight in peanut M&Ms A lot of things have broken my heart this year, like right in two and splintered all over. But man, I feel like my vision has never been clearer and my sight more fixed on Jesus.
My 2019 playlist Spotify made for me. Surely it’s not bragging to say I have good taste in music based on my curated playlist? Speaking of music, one of my goals for 2020 is to go see Josh Garrels in concert!
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.
And I just put a bunch of books on hold at the library! My plan, and maybe not as grand as some of you, but my plan is to complete one book a month this year. I have a really bad habit of starting a book and then not finishing it.
* 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!
Here are some recent notes I made while reading in the YouVersion app. If you’re not on there you should totally join and friend me over there! We can share notes and highlights.
Beginnings matter, pay attention to the soil and the seeds.
Govern–to exercise continuous authority over. The light governs the dark.
God spoke light into existence. “Let there BE light…and there was…”
I don’t want to be powerless.
Around the House…
The Christmas tree is down. I used to wait until after the Epiphany, and then at least until the Epiphany but this year, I needed that seven-foot-tall tree out of the middle of my living room; at some point it just becomes too much and one more thing.
In the Kitchen…
I know I’ve said this before but I need to overhaul our grocery budget, which means better meal planning. But, I have 3 teens in my house plus two growing little guys and busy schedules…and I like variety, but I also like healthy and quick…
I know that I know when I shop Aldis and then Walmart Online I do a better job. If you haven’t tried Walmart Online Grocery pickup click the link below to get $10 off your first order! Seriously! I also get $10 off my next order so it’s a win/win.
I let the holidays mess with my workout schedule and I can tell physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m actually thinking about a small in home gym for my birthday gift. We’ll see. In home gym or not, what I was doing was working and I need to get back into a regular routine of it.
I also need to get back into the habit sharing essential oils here and on social media. Just because I haven’t been sharing doesn’t mean I’m not using them or continuing to learn more about them. I have just gotten out of the habit of sharing how I’m using them daily.
(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
Last year was a tough one and I was quieter here than I would have preferred, but it was what I needed. I have plans to get back here full swing as well as start releasing some of our Online Bible Study Community Bible studies on Amazon this year. You can find them in my shop right now.
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You know how people talk about growing up knowing Jesus? Yeah, that's not my story. You know how people talk about some beautiful, life changing moment when they decide to follow Jesus? Yeah, that's not my story either. My story involves anxiety, depression, worldly living and thinking, sliding down slippery slopes and keeping it all just under the surface so no one really knew. And then…I just couldn't anymore. I had exhausted the world's ways and I was exhausted. I was at the cross roads of "go big or go home." Go big meant slipping deeper into an eventual self destruction–spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Go home meant…well, it honestly meant "find a home" bc I didn't have one to go back to–spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Even in my confusion and exhaustion I knew trying more of what the world had to offer was not going to help me, much less heal me. So if more of the world wasn't the answer, what was the opposite of the world? ❤️ And that's my story, "Nothing else is working so let's try Jesus," said with a deep, resigned sigh. My story doesn't look like some of the other beautiful stories I hear about. My story also hasn't been, "I'll follow Jesus and life will be easy, fun, beautiful, perfect…" My story resembles more of a closet cleaning; you know what I'm talking about right? When you clean your closet it always gets worse before it gets better! Honestly after I decided to follow Jesus things did get worse!! But worse with Jesus is better than the alternative of good or fine without Jesus–you know this right. There are still times when I need to figuratively "clean the closet." I have to weed out what doesn't belong, doesn't fit, doesn't go with anything else, is no longer me, has served its purpose, didn't fit in the first place, etc. All of this to say, your Jesus story may not look like a nice, neat package, but man! Your Jesus story is the best gift you could ever have…and share.