Welcome to My Daybook Online Journal. 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…
::Luke’s homeschool soccer coach and team
::Anna getting to go to Mexico!
::Chris’ plans for the small farm/ranch
::a chill Friday Family Fun Night
::funny surprise in the grocery store
::using essential oils effectively for my sick kiddos this week
::stepping back into this place
::clarity in writing
::in thanksgiving for health
::our online Bible Study Community
::family and friends
::boldness for Jesus
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This verse and reflection question are coming up in our Online Bible Study Community* or our "pajama Bible Study" as I like to call it because we get to study the Word in community, online, while sitting in our bed or jammies in our own home ❤️ Back to this verse and reflection, "Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying." +John 11:25 Friends, you might have to dig deep on this one but I want you to think of an "even after" encounter you've had with Jesus. Think of the times you've said, "That almost killed me…I thought I was going to die…" Think of a time when sin was the death of your soul but Jesus said, " …" and He resurrected and restored you. Christ boldly proclaims and draws the line in the sand–death will not kill you! You will live because you believe in me! After thinking this one through, offer a prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus for His "even after" love and life. *There's a link in my bio to learn more about our Online Bible Study Community
I’m listening to the washer and dryer, Chris watching a Western in the other room, Luke talking next to me, and the little guys coughing…coughing…coughing…
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!
Friends I cannot stress enough how important daily Bible reading is! It is amazing to me how much I learn about God and grow in closer friendship with Him just by daily spending time with Him in His Word. And really, it shouldn’t be that surprising right? Think of any intimate relationship, any friendship…it’s cultivated, nourished, strengthened, and grows through a daily commitment to communication.
If you’re intimated by daily Bible reading or don’t know where to start, open to Psalm 1 or Proverbs 1 and read a chapter a day. Don’t worry about whether you understand it or not, just read.
Around the House…
I am ready for Spring. I want warm weather and sunshine. I want open windows and sunshine. I want to see green grass and fields and sunshine. I don’t want every blanket we own on beds and couches, LOL! That being said, it’s all a gift friends; cold weather, blankets everywhere, etc.
In the Kitchen…
Tonight is Frito Chili Pie. Tomorrow will probably be something with chicken? I have some kids with a cold, getting over a cold or feeling like they might be coming down with a cold. Last week I made a yummy homemade chicken noodle soup so I probably will do that again this week.
Oh my goodness I love essential oils! A few years ago we all got super sick! In hindsight, our pediatrician thinks it was probably Enterovirus. Chris never travels for work and during that time period, he left for a few months on a Wednesday and that Friday at midnight I was in the ER with Luke who had pneumonia. It went downhill from there. Almost every single one of us ended up with pneumonia or at least a very nasty respiratory virus. It lasted forever it felt like!
Since that time whenever a couple of my kids get sick or have bad allergies, day 1 it goes straight to their chest and we have to start breathing treatments. NOT THIS TIME!!!! As soon as they started acting icky I started applying Myrtle essential oil to their chest and gave them a couple of doses of Mucinex…we haven’t had to give one breathing treatment! When they wake up in the night croupy sounding I run more Myrtle essential oil on their chest, some Thieves on their feet and back to sleep they go.
I’m faithfully drinking my Ningxia to keep my immune system up and running. I also just ordered some Inner Defense for those of us who are staying well. Other things we’re doing include Tea Tree and coconut oil massaged behind a child with an earache. We’re also putting a drop of Lemon on a cotton ball and putting it just at the opening of the ear, plus a heating pad. I have an amazing “Cold Bomb” roller bottle I made up from a friend’s recipe using Oregano Oil.
(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 woke up the other day with a post brewing. The topic was some Catholic mom shaming I had seen recently on the internet and it had bothered me then but I kept quiet. Well, I woke up with something to say. So now I just need to make the time to write the post.
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I used to feel like an outsider wanting in. Honestly now, I'm an outsider walking away because I don't want what you have and keep behind closed doors. My latest post on the blog is about a recent complimentary shift in my life's mission and purpose statement. "I'm obviously not trying to flatter you or water down my message to be popular with men, but my supreme passion is to please God. For if all I attempt to do is please people, I would not be the true servant of the Messiah." +Galatians 1:10 (TPT) ❤️I want to know God better through His Word. 💞I want to share God more through my words. 💓I want my words to help others use theirs, all for the glory of God.