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Karen DeBeus

Simply...Living For Him

Thou Shalt Not Covet

Coveting. It’s something inside us. Out of all the commandments, it feels like the easiest one to break. I mean it all started with Eve… eyeing that shiny fruit. She had to have it.

I remember as a young girl, there wasn’t any Pinterest or Instagram, but send me over to this certain girl’s house. She had it all. A gorgeous room with a high bed and all the cute decor. She even had a table for doing her and makeup. It was like a dream. She had the perfect hair, was great at gymnastics, perfect skin, all the kids wanted to be her friend. Even her notebooks and pens were cute. I remember always wanting to recreate what she had into my own life.

Somehow it never worked.

I got a perm. I wanted those curls like she had. Mine turned out just a frizzier version of me.

As I got older, still no Pinterest Instagram, but boy do I remember the early years of marriage and how the Pottery Barn catalog would arrive in the mail. I  would pore over it and get lost in those photos. Once I put it down though, I was back in reality, my house with sort of mish-mash of decor that was really inexpensive. It just never felt the same.

I can’t even imagine if in those earlier years Pinterest and Instagram existed. My coveting heart at those young ages was able to sin quite enough without all of that.

These days, my heart is able to handle the pull of perfect decor and perfect hair and perfect stuff, because I don’t crave it as much anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I can start to go down the wrong road with one wrong click on my Instagram feed of a beautiful home or outfit. But I am quickly brought back to reality. My beautiful reality.

I have Jesus.

He grounds me and shows me what matters most in life. He anchors me and I don’t feel the need to find security in externals. He gives me something to look forward to (eternity) and that makes the present look different. I don’t try to find joy in things but am content with joy in Him, that will be forever.

And that is the most beautiful there is. No need to covet in the present here on earth when you long for Jesus, and you have it all.

 

 

Podcast

Living Real Life in an Online World • Ep 103

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia

 

 

Today I am talking about how our online and instantaneous culture is changing us. And is it for the better. Are we missing out on the behind the scenes stuff, the real-life connections, and the blessings in the waiting?

I recently wrote this post on facebook and it resonated with many folks.

“In an age of Amazon Prime, we forget that things are done right, often take time. Instant gratification isn’t necessarily better.

In an age of Pinterest, we forget that life isn’t always picture-perfect. It’s the moments behind the scenes that shape us.
In an age of Twitter, we forget that things worth reading often take up more space than 140 characters. Deep thoughts and real dialogue often require many more words.

In an age of Facebook, we forget that life isn’t lived on a screen looking for likes and thumbs up, but out there in the real world. In real time. Often with no one watching. Those are where the best moments usually take place.

In an age of YouTube, we forget that life is more than an edited version. The real-life video reel is filled with bloopers and blunders and unfiltered moments.

Don’t forget the age we live in. It has changed our perspective. What we see in the media has started to shape our worldview. But real people and real life and real conversations and really hard stuff- that’s reality. Enjoy the snippets of social media but don’t get lost in them. Instead, take time for real life. In real time.”

So join me today as we talk about this important and necessary subject!

Previous episodes:

What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

Lessons Learned on Our Journey to Simplify

My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

Kids & Clutter

Helpful Links:

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

Back to Simple Podcast Episode 24

Cherishing Things in a Replaceable Culture • Podcast Ep 92

See Snapshots of our simple life on Instagram and our recent trip to Washington, D.C.!

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.


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Podcast

The One Thing You Must Do Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year• Podcast Ep 102

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia

Planning Your Homeschool

It’s that time of year. Time to break out the fresh pencils, the fresh notebook paper, and the planner. But, do you do this before you plan your homeschool? Listen in today as I talk about gearing up for the new year and the one thing you MUST do!

Previous episodes:

What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

Lessons Learned on Our Journey to Simplify

My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

Kids & Clutter

Helpful Links:

Homeschooling- The Early Years • Ep 86

The ONE Question You Need to Ask Yourself That Will Change Everything • Podcast Ep 87

An Unlikely Homeschooler

Ten Things I Want You to Know About Homeschooling • Ep 68

Simple Homeschool: Weed Out the Distractions and Focus on What is Important • Podcast Ep. 62

Our “No First Day” Back to School Transition and Our Homeschool Orientation

See Snapshots of our simple life on Instagram!

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

July 23 – August 14 -big back to homeschool sale—>www.apologia.com

Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.

I’ll be speaking August 10-11th at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC! More info—>https://bible.generations.org/dc/


SIGN UP for Our Newsletter (Grab 2 FREEBIES)—>Newsletter

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)

Podcast

Simple Childhood • Episode 101

Years ago childhood was different. There was less technology, less materialism, and less busyness. Today’s kids are faced with an unprecedented amount of all these things. How do we reconcile the culture we live in with their childhood?

We don’t give kids enough credit for being able to enjoy the simple. We think they need gadgets and entertainment. But deep down, in the nature of a child, I think they have the capacity to appreciate so much more than we realize.

What do I mean by a simple childhood? 
A childhood that is raising our children to be focused on Jesus and getting rid of the clutter and fluff that distracts us from our purpose. We are raising disciples, not staging photo.

Join me today as we talk about the issues facing our kids and how to keep it simple.

Read about the simple joys of a child in this sweet story—>Truly Enjoy the Simple Things- Even Brillo!

See Snapshots of our simple life on Instagram!

Previous episodes:

What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

Lessons Learned on Our Journey to Simplify

My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

Kids & Clutter

Helpful Links:

An Unlikely Homeschooler

Reclaiming Simple Birthdays- Celebrate People, Not Stuff

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

July 23 – August 14 -big back to homeschool sale—>www.apologia.com

Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.

I’ll be speaking August 10-11th at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC! More info—>https://bible.generations.org/dc/


SIGN UP for Our Newsletter (Grab 2 FREEBIES)—>Newsletter

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)