Welcome to the Daybook. 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…
::lovely Sunday weather
::a walk in the field with Chris
::yummy Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup for dinner
::enlightening conversation with Veronica the other day
I'm supposed to be getting kids up so we can all start getting ready for church. Instead, I'm drinking my morning shake in bed, watching the wind blow leaves off the trees and admiring my GW Boutique (fancy name for Goodwill) book finds. (I also snagged a pair of brand new looking @bornfootwear black ankle boots for $12.99) So which book should I start with? Uninvited by @lysaterkeurst Bittersweet by @sniequist or Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker On a similar note considering my book haul, I had a great conversation with one of my daughters the other day about my "enemies." The comment was made, for being an introvert, staying to myself and on my little farm, I seem to upset some people. And we figured, or at least my wise 17yo figured, it's because it doesn't really bother me. I mean, I'm sorry if I offend or bother people, it's not intentional, but I'm not losing sleep over it. And that bothers people even more! The way I see it, I don't have to answer to or explain myself to anyone outside of God, my husband, kids, and my spiritual director. If someone doesn't like me, that's ok and that's their choice. I'm not going to try to make them like me. I'm not going to defend myself and convince people I'm worthy of their like. That may come across as harsh but it's actually quite the opposite. It frees people from pandering to the whims of the world and other people. It allows people mental and emotionally space. I can be me and you can be you, and if we get along, ok. If we don't, ok too. We're not unfriendly, uncharitable or unkind, we're just not made for each other, and that's ok. We don't need to analyze why we aren't, we just aren't. This hard fought freedom has made me a better wife, mother and child of God. I'm not always wondering the who, what and why of other people's opinion or feelings about me. I've learned, I'm not responsible for their feelings or perceptions. That's a burden I'm not meant to carry. #goodmorning #itsagreatday #joyfilledlife #nowisnow #nowisgood #butfirstGod #catholicmom #soccermom #momofboys #momofgirls #momofteens #holyordinary #deepthoughts #friendship #faith #imworthit #nourished #selfcare #imok #sundayvibes #rest
We’re spending the month of November considering prayer journals or war binders as some call them. I’m praying for the fruit that will come out of these posts and video and that the attacks or at the very least stumbling blocks are minimal. Making a commitment to focused and intentional prayer will be met with resistence from the enemy, just sayin.
“Most CEOs read 4-5 books per month and earn 350% more than the average American.” I’m woefully behind in my reading. What are you reading right now?
The dryer is tumbling and some child is blowing their nose loudly, allergy season here. Thankfully the temps are supposed to drop this week which should knock out some of these allergies.
The One Year Bible – Catholic: NLT
Around the House…
Chris was around the house more this week which meant a busier house and a quieter blog. We took a load to Catholic Charities on Friday after we switched out summer/winter clothes and did a little tidying on the garage. For some reason, all of a sudden, everything needs to be dusted!
In the Kitchen…
Our dinners for the week: left-over Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup, Tacos, Chicken Fried Double Rice, Power Skillet (same cookbook), Beans and Cornbread (same cookbook), and Crockpot Lasagna (same cookbook)
The girls and I have been faithfully using L’BRI since July and still love and recommend it. Their acne is 100% better, not only cleared up, meaning no new breakouts, but their scarring has significantly decreased since they started using the Time Erase Serum. We’ve also started using the shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. Veronica’s hair has had the most drastic improvement. It went from a frizzy, dry mess to soft, shiny ringlets. I would love to talk all things L’BRI with you–winter skin care, anti-aging, acne and hair. My website is www.lbri.com/insideout if you’d like to poke around at some of the products and I’m keeping an open show while friends are Christmas shopping, the number is #44838.
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2016 A Daybook post from one year ago
2015 I was “In a Place” two years ago and it may have been the first time I’ve used the word “healed” when describing my mind
2014 Daily Affirmations for Self Esteem
Our Domestic Church…
Advent will be here before we know it. I want to share two lovely Advent devotionals with you. The first is my own and free for subscribers, Daily Advent Devotional for Women. The second is from a woman very dear to me, Elizabeth Foss. She has gathered some beautful souls to put together an Advent devotional, Rooted in Hope. You can’t go wrong with either one and may even decide to use both. Mine is shorter and follows the reading of the Jesse Tree, maybe a great morning book. Elizabeth’s is longer and really digs deep into the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina, perfect for an afternoon recharge.
My little Walmart now offers online grocery shopping and pick-up! I shopped Saturday night and picked up on our way home from church Sunday. So far, totaly game changer! My order was exactly right, I spent less money because I wasn’t impulse buying a blessed thing, and I saved myself time, Oh precious time! See if your Walmart offers it and use my referral code for $10 off.
*I’ve written a book, Bible Journaling Tips, Inspiration and Permission, to encourage and inspire you in your Bible journaling!