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…
::no severe weather but lots of rain
::Luke’s assistant coach training him this summer
::Friday Fun Night–so glad I reinstituted this
::finding another person who knows how to play Shanghi Rummy!!
::friends who go to the doctor with you
::getting our girl from college, at least for a short time this summer
::the rose bushes doing amazing
::My plastic surgeon appointment is today at 2:15, I’m obviously praying for a great appointment. (*excision is scheduled for next Tuesday at 3pm–the Hour of Mercy)
::I’m praying for wounded hearts that just don’t know how to begin healing.
::Praying for all the intentions left in our private Online Bible Study Community.
::And then there are those prayers that you don’t even have the words for, but God knows your heart.
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My excision surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 14th during the hour of mercy. The plastic surgeon PAINTED so many scenarios I cried. It was too much information all at once. And, no matter the superficiality, a person can really only hear the words skin cancer and melanoma so many times. I told Chris, I'm not scared of what is. On paper, the facts are "I dodged a bullet" as the dermatologist told me. I'm scared of what could be. And then Chris reminded me I could get hit by a turtle on the drive home. It helped lighten the mood. I read this story the other day of a guy driving along when the truck in front of him hit a turtle on the roadway. The truck hit it at just the right angle that it propelled the turtle into the windshield of the car behind, smashing through it like a small boulder. The driver of the damaged car, although covered in glass, was fine. The turtle didn't make it. The point being, if I'm going to worry about the "what could be" when it comes to my health…I might as well worry about getting hit by a turtle as well.
I received a Joy Box in the mail this weekend from Pink Salt Riot. In it was a postcard with this phrase, “I asked God to help me grow. It started raining.” Wow! And Here’s part of the reason, my word for this year is GROW. Jill at Pink Salt Riot didn’t know that when she packed the box. She also didn’t know I was walking through a storm right now. But God did. God does.
I’m stalking other people’s playlists on Spotify. I like such a mixture of music that I need lots of playlists. Someone said the other day they like sad songs and I was thinking, “I totally get that! Me too!” I like music that makes me feel, allows me to feel. especially some of those feelings I just don’t seem to have time for.
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!
Bible Journaling and Verse Mapping…
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ROUTINE Reading my Bible became a routine a number of years ago when I needed the Word of God as much as my next breath. It was literally what kept me breathing during that deep, dark time. Psalm 27:8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord I am coming.” Of course wearing your favorite “Have a Willy nice day” while reading your Bible is just the icing on the cake.
Around the House…
Y’all know I’ve been in a serious meal plan, meal cooking rut. Serious. Like for a couple of years it seems. This past week while scrolling Facebook something caught my eye–well played Facebook by the way! It was an ad for emeals, but it mentioned being able to sync with your favorite online grocery shopping. Holy Moly! Game changer! They have a 14 day FREE trial. My sister and I have both already signed up.
In the Kitchen…
Um, hello emeals and Walmart Online Grocery who just got married. Thank you for bringing new life into my kitchen! Because of emeals, Sunday morning I put a pork loin in the crockpot, which was perfect timing because my father-in-law stopped by for a visit and had a yummy dinner with us.
I’ve been a little stressed the last two weeks, ahem. I’ve been taking lots of hot, Epsom Salt baths with Vetiver and Lavender in it. I’ve started walking on my treadmill again. Why do I ever stop? Seriously? And I’m trying to up my water intake from “Drink like a camel.”
(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
::Here’s a post from a year ago, “Bible Journaling for Beginners.”
::And two years ago I wrote, “Bible Quotes About God’s Word.”
::Three years ago we paid off our house, I got a new washing machine, and my friend made me a “lovey” out of my grandma’s pillowcases–I took that lovey on our road trip this week♥
Our Domestic Church…
May is the month dedicated especially to the Mother of Jesus in the Church. Tell me how you celebrate Jesus’ mom! (Mainly because I need ideas.)
I don’t know if this counts or not, but I’m pretty sure we’ve either already blown our high medical insurance deductible out of the water or we’re getting ready to; which means we start paying 20% instead of the whole shabang. Looking for the silver lining friends.
I took this picture Tuesday when we picked Veronica up from college. Her roommate is from California and instead of paying for a rental unit or shipping it home, we offered to bring it with us–they’re getting a suite with other friends next year. And then a couple of other friends/suite-mates had the same situation and Chris gladly offered to bring their stuff home with us too; we would want someone to do that for Veronica. So we took a horse trailer to the college, loaded up five girls, and brought our girl home from her Freshman year. I took this picture while Chris was waiting for more stuff and I love everything about this picture!