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…
::healthy children playing soccer
::friends who pray together
::beautiful sermon on fatherhood/parenthood
::precooking a bunch of chicken to just easily add to meals
::Lemon cake to celebrate Mary’s birthday
We still have an entire month of our 63 Day Rosary Novena. This is definitely a lesson in persistent and faithful prayer. I’m also praying for my daughter who injured her ankle in June. She hasn’t been able to practice or play with her college team yet. Friday night she got out of the boot and today she hopefully, please God, will be able to start some light training. In addition to numerous Memorare prayers (a favorite of the president of her college), I’ve also been praying for a healing and strengthening of her ankle. I’ve been praying for her body as an athlete, that it is healthy and strong and also for her mind as an athlete. It’s got to be tough sitting on the sidelines.
“A Rule of Life is an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. A Rule establishes a rhythm for life in which is helpful for being formed by the Spirit, a rhythm that reflects a love for God and respect for how he has made us. The disciplines which we build into our rhythm of life help us to shed the “old self” and allow our “new self” in Christ to be formed. Spiritual disciplines are a means of grace by which God can nourish us. Ultimately a Rule should help you to love God more, so if it becomes a legalistic way of earning points with God or impressing others, it should be scrapped. If the traditional, ancient term “rule” concerns you because it sounds legalistic, think of “rule” as a “rhythm of life” or as a “Curriculum in Christlikeness.” Source here.
I’m re-reading a book from my shelf, Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers, and in it the author speaks of having a “Rule of Life.” I’ve also come across some quotes recently from the book, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which I’m not sure if it speaks of a “rule,” but Liturgical Living in itself leads to a rhythm.
The boys and I love this song turned up in the kitchen in the morning…the teens, not so much, 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 mentioned I’m reading Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers and I just ordered Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. And I’m such a huge fan of The 4:8 Principle fo myself I ordered Think 4:8 to read with my teens, plus The Forty-Day Word Fast: A Spiritual Journey to Eliminate Toxic Words From Your Life. This one is for me, but as with anything, we lead by example for the good or the bad.
I have not been Bible Journaling very much, or at least not in the artistically creative sense. I have been faithful to our Online Bible Study Community of reading, writing, praying, and studying Psalm 119 this month. So much good stuff, not only in the Psalm itself but also in our Online Community. Think about joining us next month?
Around the House…
I’m making my best efforts to get a nice dinner on the table and all the laundry off the couch.
That is all.
That is enough.
In the Kitchen…
Our Aldis opened back up after construction! I went. I shopped. I spent over $250…at Aldis. We were out of a lot of stuff. While I was there, I bought two packages of chicken breasts and came home and immediately stuck them in the crockpot with a little salt and pepper and cooked them all day long. Then I stuck them in the fridge. Saturday night we had Double Chicken Fried Rice (DELICIOUS!!) and Sunday we had Chicken Fiesta Soup. Both times all I had to do was pull the chicken out of the fridge, get out what I needed and WA-LA! I shredded the rest up last night and froze in two freezer bags for meals this week or next.
Although Anna and I have been walking in the evenings, I’ve missed lifting weights. So this morning I got up extra early, well, 15 minutes earlier than I have been the past week, so I would have enough time for my quiet time with Jesus and exercise and work and school and house and laundry and meals and soccer practice and…it felt good this morning. Please let it feel good every morning! I also have some essential oils diffusing which I have not done recently. The week before school starts and the first week of school really throw me for a loop!
(I purchase my essential oils from Amazon or Edens Garden instead of a distributor. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member with FREE shipping, Edens Garden has FREE shipping all the time in the US.)
Our Domestic Church…
Wednesday the 12th is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary and Friday the 14th is the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross and Saturday the 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Last year to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows we ate sour patch kids candy as we meditated on the 7 Sorrows of Blessed Mother Mary.
I know this is a total no-brainer, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of checking our account daily and balancing it. I know this hands-on approach will keep us more accountable so hopefully, we can save money.
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In the final weeks of my sixth pregnancy it suddenly and obsessively became very important to me that I needed to make aprons for all my children out of material they picked out at Hobby Lobby. Do not even ask me why this became the most important thing in those final weeks. Probably to distract my mind from the fears of everything that could go wrong in labor and delivery, but who knows.⠀ ⠀ I always worried in the weeks leading up to labor and delivery of dying. Well, when all my children were babies and the enemy had a firm grip on my chain, he'd pull it all.the.blessed.the time to make me fear dying young and leaving my small children. And of course in my mind, horrifically, or while sleeping and my husband wouldn't have noticed when he left for work and one of my babies would have to find me, but I totally digress.⠀ ⠀ I probably figured, if they each had something I had made them, something I had made them with material they had picked out, they would remember me fondly and know that I had loved them more than anything else in this world.⠀ ⠀ The older I get, the more I recognize and appreciate my vocation. Now, from the moment they placed my oldest into my arms, I knew why God had created me. But 20 years into mothering, I'm continually surprised that God would choose me, to be the mother of these 7.⠀ ⠀ I mean, surely He realized my faults, imperfections, vices, struggles…could wound them?!? Right? And yet, He decided I was the best mother to love them.⠀ ⠀ I mean surely He knew their faults, imperfections, vices, struggles…could wound me?!? Right? And yet, He decided they were the best children to love me.⠀ ⠀ Mommas, whatever you are struggling with right now…whoever you are struggling with right now…keep in mind it is part of a much bigger and greater plan of salvation than you will ever know this side of eternity.⠀ ⠀ Don't give up. Don't give in. Don't go away. There is no one else who can accomplish what God desires for you and your children, or He would have put them in your place long ago. ⠀ ⠀ "We all have a vocation. We believe that God has placed us in this life to fill a special need that no one else can accomplish."⠀ – St. Francis de Sales