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.
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Thanking God for…
::morning quite tie with Him
::watching my children play soccer
::being able to watch our college daughter’s team via live stream
::Leo asking me to bless three times every night
::Family Weekend at our daughter’s college coming up
::sitting in the car reading during soccer practice
Do you remember that children’s show that sang, “This is the song that never ends…” That’s how I feel about this 9-week Novena we’re praying. And what started as one intention has now multiplied the longer the novena goes.
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Do you know what some of the synonyms for weary are?⠀ ⠀ •bored•disgusted•exhausted⠀ •impatient•jaded⠀ •overworked•sleepy⠀ •beat•discontented⠀ •drained•burned-out⠀ •fed-up•worn out⠀ ⠀ When we are feeling weary and notice I said "when" not "if" because we are all going to feel weary at various times in life, the first place we should go is Jesus. ⠀ ⠀ Jesus before the oils, the herbs, the vitamins, the self-help books, the bottom of an ice cream pint or the Pringles canister, or even under the covers. All those have a place–even under the covers on occasion, but Jesus is the starting place.⠀ ⠀ It's almost too simple to be believable right? I mean there's no four-fold path or five pillars of peace or 10 ways to work ourselves out of "it" as other religions and modern self-help culture would like us to believe. As a matter of fact, it's so simple, it seems too easy to work. ⠀ ⠀ But simple doesn't always mean easy and for so many of us,⠀ ⠀ RESPONSE SEEMS EASIER THAN REPOSE⠀ ⠀ Repose–stillness, ease, peace, quiet, refreshment, renewal, rest, restoration, tranquility, calmness…⠀ ⠀ 💡⠀ ⠀ Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”⠀ +Matthew 11:28-30
My younger boys love to listen to “Joy” to get “pumped up” for their soccer games, lol!
The One Year Bible – Catholic: NLT
This is my “quantity” Bible to make sure I get the Word inside me each and every day.
Catholic Journaling Bible
This is my study Bible.
I started reading Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life this week. So good. From looking on Goodreads I know it does take a swipe at the Church and has at least one pro-Luther quote but I can sift that.
I’ll start reading The Forty-Day Word Fast: A Spiritual Journey to Eliminate Toxic Words From Your Life when I finish Liturgy of the Ordinary.
The kids and I started reading Think 4:8: 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens during our morning family school.
Around the House…
Have you ever looked around and wondered how things got so dusty? Yeah, me neither, ahem.
In the Kitchen…
Lots of crockpot meals now that school and soccer practices/games have started. Those of you who follow Trim Healthy Mama or even Keto, do you have some favorite crockpot meals?
I’m slipping into some bad habits–not drinking enough (always), putting off exercise until later (rarely happens later), and grabbing something to eat randomly (never a great choice).
I am getting up earlier to spend time with God so there’s that.
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The Littlest Way
Enrollment for our Online Bible Study Community opens sometime next week! These months go by so fast; you know the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” Enrollment is only open for a few days at the end of each month so be watching! And if you’re not ready to join us in community, you can purchase the downloads in the shop and work through them on your own.
Our Domestic Church…
The Feast of St. Matthew is this Friday. Next month is dedicated to the most Holy Rosary so start thinking about ways to honor and celebrate.
Aldis. That is all. Oh, and precooking a bunch of meat–browning burger and cooking and shredding chicken and then freezing them. It makes it super easy to put meals together when that first step is already done.
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As to the examination of conscience, which we all should make before going to bed, you know the rules:⠀ ⠀ 1. Thank God for having preserved you through the day past.⠀ ⠀ 2. Examine how you have conducted yourself through the day, in order to which recall where and with whom you have been, and what you have done.⠀ ⠀ 3. If you have done anything good, offer thanks to God; if you have done amiss in thought, word, or deed, ask forgiveness of His Divine Majesty, resolving to confess the fault when opportunity offers, and to be diligent in doing better.⠀ ⠀ 4. Then commend your body and soul, the Church, your relations and friends, to God. Ask that the Saints and Angels may keep watch over you, and with God's Blessing go to the rest He has appointed for you.⠀ ⠀ Neither this practice nor that of the morning should ever be omitted; by your morning prayer you open your soul's windows to the sunshine of Righteousness, and by your evening devotions you close them against the shades of hell.⠀ -St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life