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…
::the struggle being recognized
::blankets around the firepit
::friends making me yummy coffee drinks
::Leo wanting to make things–food, experiments, etc.
::Maximilian singing while he does dishes
::Chris teasing and kids teasing right back
::piles of quilts
::Friday Family Fun Night
::the gift of moving my body
I’m praying for strength. There are a number of ways I am being broken right now and they feel about as painful as you might imagine. I’m offering prayers of thanksgiving to God that He is showing me I am seen, heard, loved. I’m also praying for wisdom and clarity. I’m praying for each of you as well. You can leave a comment with a specific request below or just a heart emoji to remind me to pray especially for you.
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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 some of my notes from my Bible reading in the YouVersion app. Friend me over there and we can share notes, highlights, and reading plans.
Let my light shine SO THAT God will be praised.
1. Don’t hide my light
2. It’s for Him, not me
Lord I pray my supreme passion is to please God.
Jesus immediately heard and responded to Peter’s cry.
Why would I let doubt win?!?!
Living in the worship and awe of God… ♥️
Around the House…
Lots of sitting in front of the fireplace right now. I’m slowly becoming a coffee drinker–with lots of frothy cream and a little hot chocolate or cocoa powder.
In the Kitchen…
I’m between quick and easy or hearty and creamy. And bread. Which I haven’t eaten much of in the last couple of years. I ate too much this weekend and felt fat and slow for a couple of days…ugh!
Last week I took three rest days instead of two. I didn’t beat myself up though because my mind and body were telling me I needed that third day–see the bread eating mentioned above. Plus, I’ve been taking an emotional beating lately and I needed the extra rest. It’s ok to listen to my body as long as it’s not being a lazy whiner. I was back at it tonight and it felt hard but good.
I’ve been diffusing Believe and Citrus Fresh in my bedroom, taking hot Epsom Salt and Vetiver baths, applying a roller bottle of Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Lavender to my melanoma scar, and wearing a roller bottle called Isaiah 41: Lavender, Valor, Stress Away, Peace and Calming, and Vetiver.
(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
Y’all there’s a lot going on behind the scenes here and it’s being met with a lot of opposition. Prayers are always appreciated.
Our Domestic Church…
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6 months ago I had a melanoma in situ removed from my face. 5 months ago I committed to working out five days a week. 60 days ago I completed reading the whole Bible for this year. 30 days ago I worked through the process of clarifying my purpose. Each one of them has been their own journey of growth. Each one has been hard. Each one has hurt. Each one has caused raw, tender places to be exposed. Each one has left its own unique scar. Each one has been worth it. 💭 “Self growth is tender; it’s holy ground.” (Stephen Covey)