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…
::moving my body
::art class at co-op
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Sometimes the best thing you can when you’re emotionally overwhelmed and have all the hard and painful words ready to go is lie down on the ottomon in front of the fireplace, listen to praise and worship music, and fall asleep. 📷Thanks to the 7yo for capturing the moment.
::for a friend–health, courage, strength
::the Benedictine Women’s Soccer Team to win Saturday
::our Advent Bible Study
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Someone told me a story one time about an explorer burning his ships once he hit land. I guess he didn’t want the option to go back when things got hard? I kind of get that?? But mostly I think about the story of the prodigal son in the Gospels. If he would have burned the ships, or bridges, or whatever it was he crossed to leave his father think of how that would have changed the story. 🔥Being separated from his father, the son found himself living like an animal and starving at that! If the son would have burned the ships, that would have been the end of his story and the story–the legacy passed down through his lineage. 🔥The Scriptures state his father saw him while, “…he was still a long way off.” This tells us his father was watching and waiting for his return. If the son would have burned the ships, his father would have died waiting for that joyful reunion. 🔥When the brother complained to his father over the extravagant treatment of his prodigal son, his father responded, “…you have always stayed by me and everything I have is yours.” If the prodigal son would have burned the ships, that opportunity for the father to reassure his always faithful son that he was truly seen and valued all that time would have been missed. 🔥The return of the prodigal son prompted a celebration because what was once feared dead was now alive and what was once lost was now found! If the prodigal son would have burned the ships there would have been no celebration of a return to life and to the family. 💭Don’t burn the ships friends unless they carry corruption and sin. ♥️The Father is waiting, watching, expecting, and ready to celebrate your homecoming. 💡 “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God then over 99 others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” +Luke 15:7 💡 “In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” +Luke 15:10
Is it ok to try to stop listening for a bit? My head is noisy right now and I’d rather just listen to the voice that says, “Trust me.”
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!
I need to get back into a consistent reading plan. I’ve been reading daily, but kind of in a random way.
Around the House…
We need to each pick a room and deep clean this week. Shhhhh, don’t tell my children!
In the Kitchen…
I need to put together a good list of crockpot meals for co-op days because when we get home, we are ready for a nap! What are some of your favorite Winter crockpot meals?
I am amazed at the changes in my ability, body, and strength just five months into working out consistently! I cannot wait to see where I am in five more months!
We’ve started a faithful regimen of Elderberry Syrup (we use this one, I just have it shipped monthly with my Amazon Prime order) and Essential Oils to help keep us healthy and well this winter.
(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.)
Friends, I started sharing on social media last week that Advent is coming December 1st. There are two options here at The Littlest Way to grow in closer friendship with Jesus this Advent. The first is a free Daily Advent Devotional for Women. You just need to be an email subscriber to get the free download. This is one of my most favorite things I’ve written! The second is to join our Online Bible Study Community. We will be reading, writing, praying, and studying the virtue of joy this December and Advent. You can get more information about our lovely online group here.
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“Prayer is basically that: to remain in God’s presence and let him love us. ♥️Let God have the joy of loving us. That is difficult, because it means having a rock-solid belief in God’s love for us.” (Jacques Philippe) 💭 Friends, do you have a rock-solid belief that God loves you? I was telling someone today how my prayer life, my spiritual life used to look more ordered and formal–militant maybe even at times. After reading this quote, I think I wasn’t rock-solid in my belief that God loves me and wants to spend time with me–in prayer and “out of prayer.” My prayer life now doesn’t look so much like trying to pray as it looks like trying to remain in God’s presence and allow Him to love on me♥️