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…
::kids laughing with each other
::an amazing spiritual father
::watching my children play soccer
You never know what a person might be going through. A hard marriage. Wandering children. Dry faith. Obsessive thoughts. Almost debilitating depression or anxiety. Missing a departed loved one. Job loss. I know at least one person for each category listed above. Life is so hard sometimes.
Personally, I’m praying for the salvation of my children, their friendship with Jesus, and obedience to the Church. I’m praying for good, holy friendships in their lives that make them stronger in their faith and encourage excellence in all that they are and do. I’m praying for the work I have before me plus the goals and dreams I’ve set myself and our family.
How easy it is to get off track: spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The house is temporarily quiet. I do keep listening to Raise A Hallelujah when I feel anything but…
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!
Around the House…
I’m ready to open windows…and not freeze to near death. In more positive news, we’re regrouting our bathtub. I’m going to make a bold leap and paint the cabinets. Then we’ll paint the walls and replace the light/fan fixture. This should all happen in the next few weeks.
We were going to retile but I think we can get away with regrouting for now. This frees up money for more cosmetic renovations.
In the Kitchen…
Does nobody want to talk Whole 30? Has no one wanted to try it? Or have you tried and died, thus the silence?
I sent out a newsletter to those who want to know more about how we are using essential oils and what we’re learning. In it, I told the story, the funny story, of how Chris is learning to love oils, even if he wouldn’t use the word “Love” yet. Here’s a link to the newsletter.
(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 Lent things…and feeling a little “Lenty” in the process. I guess as it should be huh?
Our Domestic Church…
Lent is coming! I just realized the other day that means Shrove Tuesday is coming too. Shrove Tuesday used to be a BIG deal around here. Our family hosted a large Shrove Tuesday party every year with all sorts of different pancakes and toppings: fruit, butter, syrup, and whipped cream. We’d also have bacon, ham, and sausage. It was always so much fun. Time and circumstances have made it smaller and smaller each year until I’m not sure what our plans are for this year? Sigh.
Read above about regrouting instead of retiling. We’re $500 away from paying off our Suburban; it’s our only debt. Chris needs a new truck. And by new, I mean “new to us.” Yes, we will finance it by borrowing against his 401K as we did with the Suburban, so we will be in debt again, but it will be our only debt adn we’re ok with that. Although I firmly believe each family should strive to live debt free, that may look a little different in your family than in mine.
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Do we take the time to just sit still and quiet with God examining our life? Do we ask ourselves, "What is going on here? What am I doing? How did I get here? Is this really where I want to be?"⠀ ⠀ For many of us the answer is probably "No," we don't get still and quiet. But we need to friends.⠀ ⠀ And more important that sitting still and examining who we are, we need to examine Who God is. We can never be too far away from His saving grace, His river of mercy, and His fountain of love.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 💭⠀ In whatever condition we find ourselves, we can always open ourselves to conversion and receive forgiveness for our sins. "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again" (Johnn 8:11). On Calvary, by the supreme sacrifice of his life, the Messiah will seal for every man and woman the infinite gift of God's pardon and mercy.⠀ -Pope Saint John Paul II