Welcome to How to Live the Little Way. 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…
::hard, holy messes
::praise and worship music
::getting a text that simple says, “I see you”
::revelations in the just the right time
::going to see a movie for Bridget’s birthday (Overcomer)
::boys piled in the living room watching football
::my kids asking me to jump on the trampoline with them
::Friday Family Fun Night
::October Playlist on Spotify
::Fried Cheese Curd Tacos at the fair (and then re-creating them at home)
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Lead me to the Scriptures, Peanut M&M’s, and Worship. Friends, it doesn’t have to be fancy, hard, color coded, theological, formal, or boring. * * * You know that person who sees you at your absolute worst and loves you even more because it’s then that you’ve stopped hiding and pretending and they finally get to see you in all your messy glory? And it’s then that they love you more than they ever thought they could? You’d thank God for that person and want to spend more intimate, life giving time with them, yes? Now, imagine Jesus as that friend. He longs to spend time with you; to listen to you, to comfort you, to give you His wisdom and counsel. Stop avoiding Him or making excuses💞
I’m praying truth, clarity, and lack of distraction over some big ideas and dreams…mine and a friend’s. I’m praying to recognize opposition for what it really is and praying for the strength to push past it quickly–quickly Lord.
I’m praying prayers of thanksgiving. God knew what my heart and mind needed and He provided.
I’m praying for my 6 month dermatologist appointment this Friday–I’d appreciate it if you could send one up as well.
I’m praying always and forever for my children.
I have added a prayer before I write and also one for after I hit publish.
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Proverbs 19:21 states, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Do you know the Lord’s purpose for you? I’m not just asking for the catechism response to know, love, and serve Him. I’m asking for something more personal, more specific. I just spent the past few days talking through, writing, and praying to clarify my purpose and to grow (my 2019 word) my vision for my God gifted purpose. It was hard. I cried. I got up and left the table. That maybe wouldn’t have been that big of a deal but it was hard in front of someone. I cried in front of someone. I left someone at the table. As I was reading 1 Thessalonians 2:4 today I was thankful there was someone. I was also thankful my purpose aligned with the Scriptures–although in words and actions unique to me ❤ “For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. *Our purpose is to please God, not people.* He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” Friends, our purpose in this life should always involve the Good News, pleasing God, and holy friendship.
I cannot express how much the song, “Spirit Lead Me” is speaking straight to my soul right now…every word, every phrase, all day long.
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!
Here are some recent notes I’ve taken on the YouVersion app. You should join me over on the app and we can share notes, reading plans, and highlights.
Acts of the Apostles 20:24
1 Corinthians 12:7
Thank You Lord for the spiritual gifts You have given me for building up and encouraging the Body of Christ all for Your honor and glory!
To meditate on them I need to know them, to know them I need to learn them…read my Bible
I can’t escape because You can’t leave
Around the House…
The weather has finally cooled off! But I can’t open the windows yet because Chris’ allergies are so bad…UGH! There’s not much going on, the usual–everything always seems like it’s never been dusted, as soon as I mop a floor someone spills or says something like, “Where did all this sand in my shoe come from?” And as soon as I get the laundry caught up, there’s more than before.
Thanks be to God for a healthy, happy family living in these walls!
In the Kitchen…
I bought new cutting boards and I’ve resigned myself that I need to–have to shop 2 places, Aldis and Walmart to work on our grocery budget. I would prefer one or the other but that’s just not a reality and our grocery budget needs some serious work!
This summer our friend made homemade eggrolls. Oh my goodness so yummy! So good that Bridget requested them for her birthday dinner.
Hot Epsom Salt Vetiver baths are my favorite! I will be taking more than normal this week. I mentioned I have my 6 months follow up with the dermatologist on Friday. I also have the one year anniversary of my grandma’s death this week. Trying to keep a light and positive mindset this week, but there are some things weighing on it like the two I just mentioned.
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The Littlest Way
I have taken some emotional and spiritual hits lately. They were pretty brutal and left me doubting my voice, my influence, my purpose. Not good, not good for anyone but especially a writer and blogger. I’ve mentioned on social media last week that I spent some time doing some hard, deep, soul searching and although painful, it was so worth it! I know things around here will reflect the soul-stretching I just did and continue to do. Today as a matter of fact, three days after I thought I had finished the process, I was wrestling with some of the same old demons that had been haunting me. But God…WOW! He is so good and His timing put a quote right in front of my face that once explained to me, provided even more clarity and purpose than before!
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Hey Friends, Happy Friday! I’ve been doing some hard soul work the last couple of days reintroducing myself to myself. When I see this picture I see a whole bunch of things and most of them are not to pretty. But what I’ve been uncovering the last few days–and boy were they buried deep and needed a fair amount of tears to soften the soil so they could be unearthed…what I’ve been uncovering is how God sees me. When I see this picture I see a mess. But God sees a masterpiece ❤ Ephesians 2:10 I see a girl who’s tired and weary. But God sees a girl who perseveres…even when it hurts. I see a girl who needs to learn to use some IG filters and makeup! But God sees a girl who strives for authenticity–no makeup, creases, gray hair, scarred and all. I see insecurity and doubt. God sees a leader. I see what’s lacking. But God sees abundance. Friends, ask God to show you how He sees you. If you’re not sure where to start there’s a download on my blog, “How Does God Feel About Me.” It’s Scripture truth about how much God loves us. Hit the link in my bio.