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…
::a fun birthday party
::watching the kids slip and slide
::Veronica and friends coming home this weekend! Can’t wait to hug her neck!
::encouragement when I needed it
::moving my body
::Chris bringing me ice from the ice machine at work
So hard sometimes, right? I’m thankful for the reminder that God loves people more than me, that God is grieved more than me when people turn away from Him, that God fights harder than me when it comes to trying to win them back.
I’m on the hamster wheel of pondering my motherhood. Of course there are situations I would have handled differently in hindsight, but I wouldn’t have changed my motherhood. I have always been very intentional about being a mom. Does that mean I don’t make any mistakes? Ha!! Far from it! It does mean I always have and always will go into it heart and soul. It means I will always try and always apologize when trying doesn’t quite hit the mark. It means I will love day in and day out. Loving day in and day out means I will always try to point my children in the direction that will lead them into a closer friendship with Jesus. Loving day in and day out means I want eternal joy for them, not just fleeting, temporal happiness.
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors playlist. One of my favorite things to do right now is to workout at night and then cool off in the driveway with a cold glass of water while I’m listening to a favorite folk playlist.
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 Reading Notes…
I’m doing a 90-Day reading plan on the YouVersion Bible App. It will take longer than 90 days because the translation I’m reading doesn’t include the Apocrypha so I’ll need to read those after I finish the plan. But it might be shorter because I got about 20 days behind…but I’ve been rereading the Bible since January 1st so I just checked those days off my 90-Day Plan. Does that count or is it cheating?
Here are some of my notes from this week. You really should get the app and then friend me so we can share notes.
Read verses 2-10in light of 11-12…BUT THEN!!!
Sometimes we shout…God can take it.
God has a plan
Why do we give thanks? Because You have a plan♥
Prayer–I desire You more than anything on earth.
Sounds like a common problem right now magnified by the socials.
Don’t try to understand people on my own…remember the word from verse 4? SEEM. Only with God’s wisdom and understanding…
Around the House…
We are having a party-ish, family reunion for Chris’ side in 2 weeks. He’s already started getting ready working on all the outside things and I’ll probably start inside stuff the day before, lol!
One of my goals this week was to clean the office and I did, mostly. I have three boxes of books still sitting in there. Veronica and roommates stuff from their dorms are still piled high in our garage. We’ll take that back to Benedictine in three weeks and then I’ll move these boxes out there. Next goal is to clean out the dining room hutch and living room bookcase.
In the Kitchen…
Ugh! I cannot go into Walmart! Like a friend said the other day, going into Walmart is like a $300 an hour trip! I have to…HAVE TO go to Aldis first and then online grocery shop with Walmart. By the way, there’s a $10 coupon code for your first online order below! If you haven’t tried it, Do It! I save a minimum of $50 using the online ordering versus going in the store. Can anyone say, “Impulse shopper?”
If you are struggling with energy, emotional balance, mental health, needing some alone time, wanting to treat yourself well…move your body! My at-home training program is going strong and I’m getting stronger–not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. I started last year by doing a 10-minute Fitness Blenders stretching video; they are free on YouTube. Then life hit fast and furious and I stopped. That was a huge mistake!! I’m back at it friends. I faithfully worked out in June and now July, Monday through Friday–unless I miss a day and then I use one of my rest days on Saturday or Sunday. I am toning and gaining muscle and definition. I think I’ve lost weight? I don’t weigh though; I don’t even own a scale. But my clothes are fitting differently, like I’ve gone down a size in both tops and bottoms.
(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 don’t normally announce this early and to all the friends here at The Littlest Way, but next month’s Online Bible Study will be the Book of Ruth! Friends, we would LOVE for you to join us as we read, write, pray and study the scriptures in community.
Our Domestic Church…
Leo will receive his First Holy Communion this upcoming Saturday!!! We’ll celebrate on Sunday and combine his celebration with Chris’ birthday celebration. Please pray for my little guy.
See my rant/confession above about stepping foot into Walmart.
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“I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”–L.M. Montgomery Yesterday started innocently enough…remember yesterday’s post about that stupid 3×5 card? Well 3 of my “Give it God” items decided to all gang up against me, before 3pm even. And pretty soon yesterday turned into a “I just want to get in my car and drive far and long…maybe join a convent or a circus? But if I would have given in to run away temptation, I would have missed sitting on my front porch listening to my favorite playlist and wrestling with some big, hard, hurtful feelings. But wait! There’s more!! Then I would have missed this…3 of my favorite people watching a bright orange moon rise over a freshly baled field. Long after these girls had gone back inside, I determined all of my failings are worth all of my trying…again and again. I also decided choosing the word “grow” for the year was a pretty naive thing to do. I also realized praying through the process of choosing the word “grow” for the year means I’m exactly where God wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do…giving all things–the joy, confusion, and sorrow to Him. Yesterday felt like a run away day. Instead I planted myself on my front porch.