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…
::Chris’ wisdom and guidance
::asking for forgiveness
::jumping on the trampoline with the boys
::laying on the trampoline with the boys and a friend
::people noticing I’ve been working out
I’m praying for and through some hard situations. I’m praying for perseverance in my writing. Although there are a couple of things going on that are not related, they are combining to stunt my writing…or rather try to shut it down. The opposition is real friends. I’m also praying like Solomon.
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Friends how often do you stop and think in conflict, “What is going here?!!? Like, there has to be more to this story than what I know or what I’m seeing????” There is. There’s always more to conflict than meets the natural eye. The Scriptures tell us: 1. Our battle is not with flesh and blood. +Ephesians 6:12 2. The enemy wants to kill, steal, and destroy. +John 10:10 So what do we do?! I mean our battles look like one thing on the natural level but can be a totally different battle on the supernatural level! Here’s what we do: 1. We pray like Solomon, “Give me an understanding heart…” +1 Kings 3:9 2. We fight like King Johoshaphat, “…the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his Holy splendor…” +2 Chronicles 20 Friends, at the very moment they began to sing, the THREE armies that were ready and waiting to fight King Jehoshaphat started fighting among themselves and ended up all killing each other BEFORE the king’s army ever made it to the battlefield!!! Pray for wisdom, for an understanding heart and then praise God for His faithful love; that’s how we fight our battles…well and don’t forget prayer and fasting but that’s another post.
Do not confuse God convicting you with me offending you. They are two, totally separate things!
I’m making a November Praise playlist in Spotify and would love your suggestions! Hit me with your favorite Praise and Worship songs so I can add them. If you’d like, I will share my November playlist with you once it’s complete–probably should have started it sooner.
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’m also reading various Bible studies on the YouVersion app.
* 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 of my notes I took while reading the Bible in the YouVersion app. If you have the app downloaded, friend me! We can share notes, highlights, and reading plans over there.
Be careful who I share my dreams (ideas, goals) with.
This is where I have to clearly filter my influences.
1. Seek God above all else
2. Live righteously
Step out of the fire
2 Peter 1:3
I have everything I need
1 Peter 3:16
When not if people speak against me
Roots: One of my favorites!
Wake up and look around!
Shut Satan’s mouth!
Around the House…
We rearranged the living room furniture so that two of our chairs are right in front of the fireplace…so cozy!
In the Kitchen…
We finally have some venison for the freezer! We made the best Venison Stew the other night–actually we’ve made it twice! It has bacon…enough said.
I know we’ve talked about this before, but Aldis friends, it saves me so much money when I grocery shop there! Tell me your favorite things you buy at Aldis. Right now I’m loving their Goat cheese log with cranberries on it. Yummy!
Friends, I started working out June 1st of this year and am still going strong, 5 days a week with 2 rest days. I’m not sure if I’ve lost any weight but my body is definitely reshaping, people are noticing, I’m stronger and more confident. There are many days I don’t want to work out but I have never regretted working out.
You don’t need a gym membership or equipment friends, start with Fitness Blenders videos on YouTube. You don’t need to start with a workout, start with just stretching. Just start.
Also and finally, our Online Bible Study Community is studying “Hope” for the month of November and I think I might use some of my Essential Rewards points to buy the essential oil “Hope.” Of course I’m stocking up on Thieves for the Winter and I’m still drinking NingXia every single day!
(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
Did you read the part above about struggling with my writing? There’s a project I need to start working on but the opposition that is confusing me, distracting me, and just plain throwing down obstacles in front of me is crazy! Prayers please.
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Friends, I have a confession. I cry a lot now. I mean I’ve always been somewhat of a crier no matter the emotion, I’m much more so now. I cried driving home from a soccer game yesterday because the sunset was too beautiful. I cry when I see some of my kids walking back from doing their animal jobs. I cry when I’m in the kitchen cooking with friends and see family and friends playing cards at the table while we’re cooking. I cry so often in conversation I’m surprised people still want to talk to me. I cry listening to a song praising the goodness of God…you get the point. I realized recently why I cry so much now. 1. I feel everything so deeply. Think of when you scrap your knee, nothing happens really right? But think about something that goes deeper like a cut, it bleeds. I feel a lot of things–joy and sorrow at that deeper level and rather than bleed, I cry. 2. For so long I tried to numb pain and the emotions associated with it but we can’t selectively numb feelings. Meaning if we numb pain, we also numb joy. Part of my recent growth has been to allow myself to be vulnerable to painful feelings which also means being vulnerable to joyful feelings which also means being vulnerable to ALL the emotions. To sum it up, rather than continue to struggle with and hide my tender and sensitive heart I’m embracing it, even when it’s painful, in order for it to be joyful.