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…
::safe trip to and from Kansas in ice and snow
::a welcoming home to unexpectedly stay overnight in
::a big Great Pyrenees named Bear
::tackling hard conversations rather than just letting things fester
::dark chocolate peanut M&Ms
::leftover soup in the fridge when we finally got home
::friends of friends
::V and I watching Luke play indoor
::mounds of folded laundry
::a friend preparing for a double mastectomy
::all of you
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Paul was literally chained up when he wrote those words but that didn't change the message. As a matter of fact, being in chains and still preaching the Good News only made the message all the more powerful! DO NOT let the enemy convince you that your suffering, your trials, your own "chains" disqualify you from sharing Jesus. What he's afraid of is you realizing that when you encourage and share the goodness of God–in and through your "chains," you can be an example for someone who wants to change their story, all for God's glory!!
Bread and Wine by Josh Garrels
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’ve been reading but taking fewer notes it seems the last few weeks. Here are some notes I’ve taken recently using the YouVersion app and in my notebook.
“We must bear the ‘burden’ of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others.” (TLB Translation)
So let it grow
Around the House…
Last night Chris and I talked about how we’re going to arrange furniture to accommodate folding and chairs for Christmas dinner. We’ll start cleaning Christmas Eve day probably? Chris would like to start earlier but dude, lots of people live here and we’ll just have to reclean on Christmas Eve.
Last Friday for Friday Family Fun Night we made Gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. This week we’re going to dip pretzels!
In the Kitchen…
Veronica’s home which means one day soon my entire kitchen and dining room will be taken over for her annual making of the cinnamon rolls–thirty to forty pans worth!!
I went to bed last night at 8pm. I had an emotional hangover from Monday’s dog-pile. But before that, Luke invited me on a bike ride since he didn’t have soccer practices. It has been so long since I’ve gone on a bike ride–too long. We only went about a mile/mile and a half? but had so much fun!
I’ve been diffusing lots of blends that involve citrus oils. Citrus oils are huge mood boosters! Also, lots of nice, long, hot baths with calming oils.
(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
I believe this year of growth will play a huge role in this space come 2020
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Chris said he noticed the beginnings of change 3 years ago. Looking back, I think the seeds were planted 2 years ago although I didn't know it until this year. When I chose GROW as my one word for 2019 I had no idea… honestly, no idea…growth hasn't come without pain and it's definitely left a mark. This year of growth has left an indelible scar on my face. It reminds me not all growth is good and sometimes you have to literally cut something away to regain health, find health or remain healthy. ♀️This year of growth has taught me hard things can be good things. Have the hard conversations–even if they are uncomfortable and may involve copious amounts of tears. Do the hard workout, you'll feel powerful and accomplished afterward! This year of growth has pushed me out of my comfort zone and that's where some of my greatest growth and most fun has happened! I might look silly, I might fail, I might fall…that's ok. ️This year of growth has empowered me to confidently say: I don't know, I don't understand, no, show me, yes, let's go, I'm down for that, I'm in! This year of growth has shown me when someone says, "I'm sorry…but…" what they really mean is, "But…" ☕This year of growth has enlarged my heart and expanded my love. From loving more people, more deeply, to loving coffee. But more importantly, loving myself. This year of growth has shown me over and again how broken and messy I am…we all are, but this is about me. Like seriously, I'm a broken mess! This year of growth has shown me not only am I still loveable in my imperfection, !!
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Ugh. Yesterday quickly spiraled downward. Suddenly and pretty much out of nowhere I was accused, blamed, misunderstood, and honestly, dog-piled. Here's what I know and believe with every bit of me: The enemy is prowling around looking to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy thrives in confusion and division. Downward momentum–physically, emotionally, and spiritually is a real thing and it can be fast! Words matter Tone matters Words hurt Tone hurts My happiness can be shaken under pressure so I better make sure my joy is solid and unshakeable. Hard conversations and reconciliation are hard but miscommunication and separation are harder. I believe the Word of God is true so I believe there are new mercies every day. "…seek after peace and pursue it." +Psalm 34:14