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…
::watching Luke play his first high school soccer games as a family
::his face lighting up when Veronica called him afterward to talk about the games
::diffusing RC in his room so he didn’t wake up croupy sounding after running for hours in the freezing cold
::rolling Thieves on everyone before the games and after hot showers
::Chris asking for “his essential oil juice” to help stuffiness and congestion (this is HUGE)
::Bridget running with me to the store
::a homily about St. Bernadette (obviously one of our favorites since we have a daughter named after her)
::a devastatingly sweet text from my sister
::visiting with Veronica and hearing about her life and decisions
::Chris making buttered venison backstrap for dinner
::getting back my Bible reading mojo
We finish our 63-day rosary novena tomorrow. It’s been another hard one friends. I’m revamping my prayer journal, hopefully, this week. There are just so many prayers and so many needs and yes, I have made my Total Consecration so I know all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings are effective in Jesus but there’s something about a momma’s heart uttering specific prayers for her children.
One of my children mentioned the other night that they realized how much I have to be to so many different people and personalities just in our own family. Each child has their own thing or things they are dealing with, going through, struggling with, and as a momma, I carry it all in my heart and mind. It’s a lot y’all. Add in the temptations of the world, the attacks of the enemy, and just plain ‘ol life, and I’ll say it again, it’s a lot.
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Anyone can run. Anyone can hide. Anyone can pretend. Anyone can play games.⠀ ⠀ Not everyone will make the choice to stay. Not everyone will make the choice to show up everyday. Not everyone will make the choice to stand firm. Not everyone will make the choice to pick up the cross. Even when it’s hard. Especially for others.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 💡⠀ So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.⠀ +1 Corinthians 15:58⠀ ⠀ Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.⠀ +Ephesians 6:13
I know from experience, it’s much, much harder to stay and stand firm in the uncomfortable than to run away in search of the new, or a distraction. What I didn’t realize, and what most people don’t realize is this, you can only run for a bit, life will catch up with you and you deal with it or try to drown it.
Chris and the kids are playing Uno in the dining room and Lucy the dog is barking at coyotes outside the office window.
Fr. Collins is in town offering a mission to prepare us for Lent. I don’t know how many talks if any I will be able to attend but I found his mission on Youtube. Here’s the first talk.
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’s an older post on Bible Journaling during Lent.
Around the House…
I think we’re going tile shopping for our bathroom this week. Chris and I made a super short list, 4 things in our home that need attention now and the bathroom tiles went to the top of the list. The need is great, the wallet is thin, lol!
In the Kitchen…
Who wants to talk to me about doing a round of Whole 30? I checked out 2 books at the library and the pictures look yummy. I think maybe I need a reset.
Chris is getting on board with oils. He wasn’t ever “off board,” he just wasn’t on board. This weekend he had a bout of heartburn in the evening and was restless. I told him I had some oils to help and he accepted them. The next morning he told me how much better he had felt and then slept. Later that day, he started with a dry cough and some congestion. Anna told him we had oils for that, lol! She rolled some Raven on the soles of his feet and about 10 minutes later he asked her what she put on him because he was already feeling better. After watching 3 soccer games in the cold, he took a hot shower and had her roll Raven on him again and then again Sunday night before he went to bed. I’ve already mentioned he drinks his 2oz of Ningxia every morning. This is a big deal y’all.
As an added benefit, I earned enough money to pay for the last two months of my oils just by sharing with you here and on social media what we’re using and why we love them!!
(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 sign up with Young Living under a former Family Practice Physician.)
The Littlest Way
Still working on the Lent Devotional for Women. I have the Scripture Writing Plan completed, now just the worksheets. But as with anything of good, there will be resistance from the enemy. Please pray I am able to stand firm and complete this project.
Our Domestic Church…
I shared a post last week about some Books for Lent. I’d be interested to know what you’re reading.
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Hear my heart on this friends. There is absolutely no substitute for the love of God. There is no intimacy that can replace our deepest desire to be united to God. There is no one person or thing that can be our everything, all the time, like God. Stop running. Stop chasing. Be still and know Him. And if you’re unsure where to start or what to do, I think one of His favorite prayers has to be, “Lord, please show me Who You are.”