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The Idol of Homeschooling (and Other Things That Distract Us) • ep 147

Recently I posted on Instagram about the idol of homeschooling. It received quite a bit of feedback and I wanted to talk further about it today.

Whether you are a homeschooler or not, we all can relate to getting distracted by the things we love or the things we do– before we know it, those things have been put on a pedestal while we have lost sight of Who should really be on the pedestal- the Lord. Let’s stop giving glory to anything but God in our lives. Let’s shed the identity of “homeschool mom,” “soccer mom,” “working mom,” “single lady” and stand in our identity as a CHILD OF GOD! Let’s shine our light for Him and not for homeschooling or whatever it is we do. Because ultimately, it is He who causes all things to work in us.

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Redemption

If there is has ever been a picture of redemption it is right now- watching my girl get ready for college.

As you have all seen through the myriad of posts these past several months, the time is approaching. In nine days to be exact. It’s been an emotional time and I think I have felt it all lately- excited, scared, happy, sad, elated, nervous, and the list goes on.

As I watched her leading worship this past weekend though, one word came to me that I hadn’t really felt before.

Redemption.

And it took my breath away.

Oh, praise the Father!

 

 

You see, I also went off to college at the age of 18. But for me, it was a completely different experience. I was an utterly different teenager. I had been through a tumultuous time in my teen years. I put my parents through many nightmares. My life was fairly dysfunctional, to say the least, as were my relationships.

And when it came time to go to college, I couldn’t wait to finally leave! It wasn’t a sad time for any of us. There was no lamenting in the last days. I am fairly certain I was counting them because they didn’t go by fast enough. There were no tears, just the feeling that I was finally getting away.

And then I got away. 

And when I looked at my girl up there singing praises to her Savior this past Sunday, it hit me so hard. She is about to go off to college…and for me, going off to college was the beginning of the worst time of my life. The time where I would meet people that would not only be the “wrong crowd,” but it was the time where so much harm was done and I would walk through some pretty awful experiences.

The feelings overwhelmed me as she, up there with a huge smile, worshiping the Lord, started to mesh into my own memories of me at that same time. It was all so overwhelming.

And all I could think of was, “Redemption.”

If I had not gone through all the horrific things that I did at her age, she wouldn’t be here. None of my kids would. I wouldn’t have ended up meeting my husband if I hadn’t gone through every single terrible moment.

If I hadn’t walked through the doors of darkness, I wouldn’t have seen the light I do today.

Isn’t that an amazing thought?

Redemption.

It’s what God does.

And so as I feel all the normal things that come with letting my girl go off to college…(and I am truly excited for her!) the biggest one that hits me today is, God has restored.

At 18, I was rebellious, lost, and living in darkness. 

At 18, she is walking with the Lord, has the most amazing friendships, and is a light to all who know her. She is capable and confident and about to go to Bible college to pursue her passions. It really couldn’t be any more opposite of where I was at 18.

A picture of God’s mercy and grace…and redemption. That is what I see as we watch this young woman go to the next chapter of her life. And I praise the Lord for what He alone can do.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My Chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing Grace

Podcast

Change Your Perspective to Simplify Your Life• ep 146

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Today I am talking about something I read this week that really helped me to look at my relationship with God through a different perspective, and how that really will help me, even more, to live simply. Sometimes all it takes is to shift our focus onto something bigger than ourselves. I also asked myself a very important question this week that I am going to focus on each day. Listen in today and be encouraged.

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I Could Meet Jesus Today

I could meet Jesus today. I had that thought as I was driving through the country roads recently. It was just a normal morning, sun shining, cows in the distance of the farm I was passing. The light was coming through the morning fog, and it hit me like a huge boulder had just been put in the road, bringing me to a complete and sudden stop.

What if today is the day? What if today is the day that I actually meet Jesus face to face?

I thought about that for a while and began to think about how life would be different if I woke up every day with that thought the I could meet Jesus today.

“I could meet Jesus today.”

I would live differently. In the choices I make. In the thoughts that I have. In the way I treat people. In everything. In every single detail, my life would be different.

What if we all had that thought in the morning– I could meet Jesus today– it would change everything.

Instead of thinking we have this huge timeline of life before us that often seems so concrete. We think that tomorrow is promised, next year is guaranteed, and even 20 years is a sure thing. But not even the moment after this one is truly a given.

We think of the future and the things we want to do and how tomorrow we’ll do better. Tomorrow is a new day to fix it. Tomorrow we will live differently. 

We make plans. Often, we fret over them, analyze them, and change them. But what if…

What if? What if today is the day you meet Jesus.

Every day lived is one day closer to Jesus and that excites me. It used to scare me. But the more I walk with Him, the more I live for the next life and hold looser to this one. Because His Word is true and I know without a doubt how much more He offers than this world.

But we often live like that’s a nice saying on a t-shirt, and not a true eternal promise and a promise that is here right now.

If we lived with the constant thought that what the Bible says IS true and that He may come back any time, or He may take me at any time, all of a sudden the little things we fret over, the details that we let shape us, all of it…fades into the background as our true purpose in life becomes more clear.

Even the really big things here on earth shrink in comparison to Him. No matter if we have one breath left of decades of breaths left, we must live with our eyes on heaven. It makes our lives here on earth that much more purposeful. We can choose a life filled with moments that are all too focused on the here and now and quite frankly on ourselves. Or we can live our lives for what we were created for. Him.

I write this because for all too long I have chosen the former. But I so want to live the latter.

What will you choose today?

©Karen DeBeus, Simply Living for Him 2019

 

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