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…
::another one of V’s roommates coming for a visit
::being invited to go with them to Torchy’s and to Pioneer Woman
::Luke buying me a Drip coffee mug
::roses on my bush, normally they have fallen off by now or been eaten by the animals
::Megs making cherry scones this morning
::the way people love Chris
::being back at the gym
I’m praying for the Lord to continue to soften my heart and open my eyes. I’m also praying for some clarity and specific direction here on The Littlest Way. I know where my heart lies and I know my passion, now to make the necessary changes.
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Friends, you know how sometimes your mind feels all mixed up and confused and no matter how hard you think or try to figure things out you just can't so you start doing something mindless like folding laundry, washing dishes, cleaning a shower or even taking a shower and suddenly things start sorting themselves out? My mind is sorting things out right now and I'm mapping out some new steps to take with my blog, writing, and social media. I've been blogging for years and the last couple of years have been hard blogging years. I've attributed it to this or that and kept trying to push through. This past week I had a conversation with two blogging mentors I've known for years and by the end of the conversation one of them told me I was no longer a blogger😳 See, my heart, my passion has shifted in the last couple of years and she was intuitive enough to recognize it and bold enough to say it. She recognized my heart is in growing and nuturing our Online Bible Study Community❤️ I started our online community because I wanted women to talk to who wanted to grow in closer friendship with Jesus but maybe couldn't commit to a weekly Bible study meeting because they were sitting in the car waiting on a child or had just gotten home late and only wanted their PJs, their bed, and a guilty snack🍨 I started our online community so I could talk to women who wanted to learn more about Jesus but felt undereducated, unqualified, too simple, too embarrassed, too sinful even to show up to a home Bible study. I started our online community because I didn't want women to worry about what to wear, what snack to bring, arranging for a babysitter, cleaning their house to host, asking questions, showing up on time or leaving early. I started our Online Bible Study Community for women with dirty bathroom mirrors, a stain on their t-shirt, fleece lined Crocs and shorts in May. I started our Online Bible Study Community for me and you so we could get together and talk about Jesus, ask questions, freely admit we don't always understand the Bible, and sometimes think it's boring to read😬 Link in my bio-Welcome!!
Josh Garrels, who I love and WILL SEE in concert someday, released a new CD. You can listen to it here on Bandcamp.
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!
I’ve posted two Instagram stories this week so far! Both dealing with reading your Bible. To sum them up, keep reading! Even if you don’t understand, even if it’s hard, even if it’s boring, even if you don’t think you have time…keep reading your Bible (or start). And if you need some help, some hand-holding, or just some friends to read with, join our Online Bible Study Community!
In the Kitchen…
Megan, V’s roommate, is letting me borrow her Instapot for the summer so hit me with your favorite recipes! Also, if you still have not tried Walmart Online Grocery Shopping, why? I am always amazed at how much money I save when I use it…which means I’m equally amazed at how much of an impulse shopper I am, ahem.
Ok, I am now one of those gym people who could talk gym, weights, and working out all day long. I also make Chris feel my muscle definition all the time! So, self-care, well, I’m definitely gaining muscle and definitely not losing fat. To me, this means I need to add some cardio, but I hate cardio and don’t want to do cardio, so I’m going to try the rowing machines at the gym and work on some extra FUSE workouts my friend designed–think a few weight-bearing exercises done as fast as possible, like a HIIT maybe? Um, there’s also diet, ahem. I may need to cut back on the Peanut M&Ms.
Self-care this past week looked like heading off a UTI before it got bad. Now, remember, I am not a doctor, I’m just a girlfriend telling what I did. I felt a UTI coming on so I started drinking tons of water or Boost Juice which is super in vitamin C thanks to the Baobab Powder. I also made sure to take my Life 9 Probiotic at night and during the day I took a couple of Inner Defense capsules.
Inner Defense contains:
Virgin Coconut Oil which is a known supporter for skin, hair and nails. It is also supportive of the cardiovascular, renal, and GI systems as well as supportive of the bones and pancreas.
Beeswax is supportive of digestion and is an antioxidant.
Soy Lecithin is a phospholipid, which is needed by every cell in the body. You can google what health benefits phospholipids can offer. I will leave you with it being known as benefiting several health conditions.
Inner Defense is infused with the following Essential Oils:
Clove essential oil is highly beneficial for its immune-supporting and antioxidant activities.
Oregano essential oil is high in carvacrol and thymol. These constituents can aid with occasional digestive issues, support the immune and respiratory systems, support the joint and musculoskeletal flexibility, and even may support oral health.
Thyme essential oil is rich in thymol and is a respiratory and immune-supporting oil.
Lemongrass essential oil supports the genito-urinary system as well as the immune system.
Lemon essential oil is supportive of immune health and improves focus.
Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil is also immune-supporting.
Rosemary essential oil is another terrific immune supporting oil and may improve mental clarity.
Cinnamon Bark essential oil is immune and hematologic (blood) system supporting.
It combines 17 billion live cultures from nine beneficial bacteria strains. It helps promote healthy digestion, supports gut health, and helps maintain normal intestinal function for the overall support of a healthy immune system.
Life 9 is designed with targeted-release capsules, a dual-sorbent desiccant, and a special bottle and cap to ensure that your Life 9 stays fresh and effective.
Usage: 1-2 capsules 2 times daily to support immune health. Improved synergy when taken in conjunction with Life 9 Probiotic 8 hours after taking Inner Defense capsules.
(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.)
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Your value and worth are not dependent on how much you love, but how much God loves. Your value and worth are not dependent on how much others love you, but on how much God loves you. You cannot NOT be loved by God. Let's live like it! Let's live in the rest, comfort, peace, stability, security, and abundance of God's extravagant love! So…what does that look like? I'm asking for real as I work through this in my own heart, mind, and soul. #preachingtomyself Any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions? 💡 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. +Romans 8:38-39