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Karen DeBeus

Podcast, Simply...Living For Him

Live With Your Eyes Fixed on Jesus • Podcast Ep 56

It’s easy to say we want to live with our eyes fixed on Jesus, but how do we stay there? When the going gets tough, and we want to fix our eyes on the circumstances instead of Jesus, there are these things you must do to stay fixed on Him.

Join me today as we talk about how to live with your eyes fixed on Jesus (and stay there.)

 


 

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Ripples

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace (Oceans, by Hillsong)

The words of this song reiterate what we talked about a bit on our retreat. When Peter walked on water it was because he had his eyes fixed on Jesus and not on the storm that surrounded him.

And we do that.

We stop looking at Jesus and focus on our circumstances, and how quickly we sink. Imgaine how far we could walk on that water if we didn’t take our eyes off Jesus?

And then this morning, as I had been pondering this, I also began thinking about ripples in the water. How the ripple effect is so evident from our retreat. The connections made this weekend were just the beginning of so many ripples…

Ripples created by walking on that water, eyes fixed on Jesus.

Ripples that would not have happened otherwise. We would not have had these 33 women together for two days in a “normal” setting.

Connections between sisters struggling…whether it be with marriages or family or children…or whatever it is. There were sisters that looked at each other and said, “You too?”

 
Ripples.

With each step we take ON THE WATER, stepping out in faith, with eyes on Jesus…we are making ripples in that water.

They are countless…

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that I stepped out in faith with this retreat, and I am seeing those ripples…

When I think of the aftermath of this retreat, it is overwhelming. That every day there are going to be ripples that will keep going out because of the connections made. Or the things that God showed each lady. Or the words were spoken. Or sometimes unspoken, yet given in an embrace, a tear wiped, or a gentle hand held.

I can’t get over it.

I also talked this weekend about mountain top moments. How our view changes as our lives go on. As we struggle, as we live, as we experience God, our view gets higher and higher up on the mountain. Our perspective changes. We see more and more of the big picture. And it is beautiful.

Our view is no longer limited by the mountain itself, but we see the world from on top of the mountain.

I had a mountain top moment this weekend. I saw the view from above of the ripples beginning in that water…and it was oh, so glorious!

 

 

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No Turning Back

The Cross before me.

The world behind me.

No turning back.

 

I’m not sure I yet have the words. Last year, when God called me to run a women’s retreat, I had no words when it was over. I saw how God orchestrated the entire event, and let me carry out the tasks He had planned, in His strength. It blew me away. And I never thought I could be even more speechless one year later.

Sometimes as a writer it is hard to accept that there are no words. There are just mountain top moments that are like glimpses of heaven, yet while still here on earth.

When God shows you what His purposes are for your life, and you just know in every being of your soul that He is sovereign, there just aren’t enough earthly words to explain it. 

The Simply Living for Him Retreat was about so much more than just an event or a time for women to get away. It was a weaving together of souls, a time where God showed us His plan for relationships- sisters in Christ look nothing like worldly relationships.  It was a time of blessing that wasn’t about tangibles.


I guess that is why there are no words to explain it. Because it was about heavenly things and not earthly things.

Our theme was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. I talked about turning away from the things of this world, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and then we learned how to walk in it…so that we can stay there. Walking in it is intentional surrender. We must purpose to live out our lives for His glory alone. Not ours. 

There is so much I want to say, and I will be uploading the sessions and worship time this week for you all to get a glimpse of our time together. But what happened there was more than what you will see on a Facebook post or an Instagram photo. It was hearts opened to Christ and overflowing with joy and praise for Who He is. 

It was a glimpse of glory.

We are also working on a date for our next retreat. More details coming this week.

As for now, I will leave you with some highlights. I pray YOU can join us at the next Simply Living for Him Retreat! (click here to get info!)

 

    

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

If you are interested in the 2018 retreat, please let us know! We will keep you updated!