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Is Our Society Going Backward?

Is the Ease of Modern Life Helping or Hurting?

My family and I have found a new love for antiquing. Now, this is just a fun little activity we stumbled upon over the Christmas break, but what fun we had digging through vintage and old “stuff” in stores! It was like going back in time. It was fun to find toys or memorabilia that I remembered from my childhood. Lots of old records and books and all kinds of trinkets. There was the same set of dishes my Grandma had when we were growing up. Then there was really really old stuff—like the newspaper from the 1800’s we bought called, “For the Farm Country Gentleman” for $1.50! We framed it with a frame we already had and hung it in my kitchen. Fun and unique…and simple. That’s my kind of decor 😉 

One afternoon we found ourselves in the local antique shop and my husband was intrigued with this vintage printers set. It was a type case filled with the letters that were used in printing presses. He fiddled it with for awhile, as he is a graphic designer and it just mesmerized him! Each tiny little tile in the gorgeous wooden boxes were like a treasure for him.

On our drive home I asked him about it some more, and he explained to us how each letter would have to be set by hand  for each page of newspaper or whatever was being printed. And if that didn’t sound daunting enough…it had to be done backwards, so when it was printed it would be correctly laid out for reading. My first reaction was complete overwhelm! I said, “How on earth did they do it?” I mean, one paragraph seems like a ton of work, let alone a page or an entire book. And some of these tiles were teeny tiny!

And then it got me thinking…I am a product of our society.

Is it Too Easy?

Of course it was unfathomable to me to do that amount of work because in 2018 we really don’t have to do such tasks. As a matter of fact I am typing this our on my Mac computer, without thinking much about the type- I am not setting it backwards and lining it up and printing each page. I simply hit “publish” and it sends off to anyone in the world who wants to read it. And if I make a typo, I hit delete and voila! It’s fixed. Not so, if an entire page was printed with a typo! 🙁

Pretty incredible when you think about it really.

So, of course, that task seemed daunting to me. But, back then, that is all they knew. They didn’t know of Mac computers or even typewriters. They only knew hard work, so I suppose they weren’t comparing it as I am to the present ease of the computer.

And then I thought about how this applies to our society as a whole today.

Are we going backward?

I mean throughout all of civilization, we constantly have made improvements and moved forward. Little by little things became easier out of necessity. New ways of doing things were invented and technology boomed.

But are we on a decline now? The fact that my brain couldn’t wrap around such a difficult task made me realize how much my brain isn’t trained for! I mean, if it’s not easy and instantaneous, I get fidgety. 

But is instantaneous and easy always good for us?

Because this ease of life takes the work out, the thought, and even the process of doing the task.

If we keep moving forward at the pace we are going with technology, how will we know how to think? As it is these days, any fact I want to know, I can look up on a pocket device called my iPhone. But is that really beneficial? To a degree, yes. Definitely. Isn’t it amazing to be able to know anything I want in just a few seconds?

But, are we not thinking anymore? Are we so accustomed to instant answers that our brains aren’t working the way they used to?

These are just random thoughts I had on that drive home from the antique store.

Are we, as a society, truly moving forward or are we setting ourselves up for decline?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.

 

 

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My Word for the Year. It’s Not What You Think.

So while everyone is out there choosing a “word” for 2018, I was starting to feel like maybe I should too.

I pondered for a bit. There was the usual, “focus” and “fearless” and “intentional,” just to name a few.

I thought about some for myself.

“Bold.”

“Trust.”

“Simple” (ha!)

Nope. None of them seemed to fit.

And then it hit me. Like a ton of bricks.

Holy.

Yes.

Holy.

Not your typical word of the year.

But as I thought about it, this is exactly what I want.


I had been pondering holiness so much lately. And how our purpose is to pursue holiness; not worldly, fluffy “happiness.” And sometimes holiness means we are going to struggle and walk through difficulty. But it is ultimately because God wants us to be holy and not happy. (Although, true joy will be found in holiness.)

 

“To live a holy life is to live a life in conformity to the moral precepts of the Bible and in contrast to the sinful ways of the world.

It is to live a life characterized by the putting off of your old self…and putting on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph.4).”-Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

I had even been repeating this word over and over in my mind lately when I found myself wanting to nitpick and complain. I’d say in my mind, “Be holy. Be holy.”

Now, for some of you, you may think I am off my rocker.  Some of us have a distorted view of even what holiness means. So let me explain.

It does NOT mean I am trying to live a life “holier than thou.” In fact, holiness has nothing to do with what I can do.

It is about God changing me from the inside out. It is about sanctification. It is a process.

“The most basic meaning of the word is to be “set apart” or “dedicated” to God—to belong to God.

“To be a disciple of Jesus Christ requires nothing less than death to our fallen, egocentric selves in order that we might live in and for him. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,” says Jesus, “but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:35-36). To be holy means that all we are and all we have belongs to God, not ourselves and that every aspect of our lives is to be shaped and directed toward God.”- From Christianitytoday.com

And that is especially why I chose the word, “holy.”

Because those other words for the year generally focus on me, me, me and what I can do. But holy focuses on Him. And what He can do through me.

I can’t “make myself” holy. Sure, I can “act” holy. Or try to “be holy.”

But true holiness comes from God transforming me. Setting me apart to do His will.

And that is EXACTLY where I want to be this year and always.

All Christians are called to be holy. It is a requirement. But I believe that it gets drowned out by all of the self-help noise and focus on what we can do for ourselves. So my focus now will be on what God has called me to be. Losing my life, to find it in Him.

 

One of the next books on my list to read this year is Holiness by JC Rylee. I am really looking forward to it. I want to stop looking within and look outside of myself, to Jesus.

Holy.

Yes, that is my word for the year.



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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

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

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We Don’t Need More Time

Our culture is addicted to busyness. We love to run around busy and declare to everyone we see, “I’m SO busy! I have no time. I wish there were more hours in the day.”

You know what? God created 24 hours in each day, and He knew what He was doing. He didn’t give us any more than that, so we have just what we need.

It’s not that we don’t have enough time in each day. It is how we spend our time.

Are you yearning for more hours in the day? Instead of fighting what God has given you, evaluate how you are using the time that He has given.

Are you on the Internet longer than necessary? Watching TV? Reading books that aren’t really adding to your life? Shopping? Crafting?

Not that any of these things are bad in and of themselves, but are they a good use of the time God has given?

God created each day with 24 hours. No more, no less. How are you going to use what He has given you?

Self-control is a fruit of the spirit and we need to control our time wisely. 

One of the reasons I love simplifying is because it helps me to focus on what is most important and it helps me practice self-control. Instead of focusing on how I always feel short on time because I am filling up my days with endless clutter, I know that God has given me a certain amount of time to use well.

God didn’t make a mistake when he gave us 24 hours. So let’s not fight against what He has given us, but spend each moment wisely.


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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

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!)

 

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Stop the Quest for More and Settle Into Him

The week between Christmas and New Year’s- Everyone is searching and planning and plotting how this new year will be different.

Scrolling through the Internet world it seems everyone is on a quest for better next year.

This year I will be more organized…

This year I will be more disciplined…

This year I will find peace and order…

This year I will finally get it together…

All of humankind has been on a quest since the beginning of time…

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:6

What if we stopped the endless cycle. What if we stopped seeking out something we have already?

 I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 10:10

You see, Pinterest and Facebook and all those endless articles are only feeding our desires to build our little kingdoms. The focus is on YOU YOU YOU and what YOU can do to improve your life.

What if instead of building our own kingdom we sought after our one true purpose.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

Matthew 28:19-20

Building His.

We don’t have to continue the endless search for more productivity and more efficiency and a better life.

 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

The externals- the perfect planner, the perfect system, the perfect home…are just that. Externals.

What if we just sat with our Bible, alone in the quiet, and the the Lord speak to us.

 and you are complete in Him…

Colossians 2:10

What if we let Him guide us?

What if stopped the quest for more and settled into what He has provided already?

The world will never stop searching and seeking- because all of us has eternity set in our hearts…But some will never find, so they continue to search. But you, dear one, you have all that you need in Christ.

So walk in it….stop the endless search for more efficiency, more productivity, and the notion that you need a better system to do things. You already have it.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…
Colossians 2:6


This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

 

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!)

 

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The BEST Gift I Have Ever Received (Special Christmas Podcast Episode)

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia.

 

Today I am sharing with you the best gift I ever received. Believe it or not, it isn’t the Barbie Dream House or the Walkman I received as I child! Or the even the time we received $3,000 anonymously in the mail when Steve was out of work (but that sure was a Christmas miracle!)

Nope.

Today I am sharing the gift that I want to share with every single person out there…

Listen in and join me as I walk down memory lane and share the best gift I have ever received.

Our family business:

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

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!)

 

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Q&A With Karen and Steve!

This podcast is sponsored by Apologia

SO much fun! Steve and I are sitting down today to answer questions submitted by YOU!

Come and listen to see if we answered your question!

We are addressing transitioning to self-employment, hobby farming, ministry, family, marriage and more!

Be sure to listen to the end for the most wise marriage advice I have been given 😉

Links we talked about in this episode:

Podcast Ep 30 • From Suburbia to Hobby Farm

New Podcast! How a Job Loss Changed Our Life

What We Have Learned in Four Years as a Work-at-Home Family• Podcast Ep 44

Maintaining a Household, Homeschool, Business, and Life: The Simple Way • Podcast Ep 32

Steve’s Business:

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

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!)

 

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Stop Rushing. Slow Down and Hear His Voice

This podcast is sponsored by Apologia

Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like to be too busy. I enjoy the simple and slow living, but even for me, it is easy to get caught up in rushing through each day and before we know it a day leads to a year and a year leads to years.

And we ask, “Where did the time go?”

Our life purpose is to glorify God and that means doing so in each moment. Satan wants nothing more than for us to be distracted by the busy so we can’t hear Jesus’s voice. In a world that is obsessed with hustle, I am encouraging you to listen to His voice and do not conform to the world (Romans 12:2). Live in His timing, not the world’s.

 

Blog Posts to Encourage You On Slowing Down and Enjoying the Simple:

Slowing Down. What I Learned From My Percolator

Life is Complete When Surrendered to Him

Stop Coveting in a Pinterest World

20 Ways to Simplify Your Life Starting NOW!

Why Aren’t We Content With Jesus?

Trading in Pinterest-Perfect for Real Life: Seeking Jesus Above The World (Even When It’s Quite Noisy)

Graphics to share:

 

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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!)

 

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Simple Christmas-Salt Dough Crafts

We love salt dough crafts.

It is such a simple, easy craft, yet everyone loves it-from the little ones up to the oldest ones!

We make salt dough ornaments every year.  Sometimes we give them as gifts.  Other times we just make them for fun.  

Here is the recipe:
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
water added until the dough forms a nice smooth ball and isn’t too sticky to handle. 

Just mix together, and then use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake in a very low oven,{ about 250* }until they are all dried out and hardened.

This year we added cinnamon to the dough to give them a lovely Christmas scent! (add a heaping amount to the dough when you mix)

If you want them to be ornaments, use a pencil or stick to put a hole at the top, before baking. Otherwise, you can just leave them as is.

After your ornament is dry, it can be painted and a string or ribbon can be strung through for hanging-either on the tree, a doorknob, or on the wall.

We didn’t paint ours this year. The cinnamon gave them a speckled, brown, rustic, country look.  We liked them in their simple state and left them that way.

Christmas crafts are so much fun, and often the simpler the better.  Too many steps or directions stress me out- and after all isn’t that the last thing you want at this beautiful time of year?

So give salt dough a try-it is something fun for all ages.

Listen to my podcast for more about simple Christmas ideas!

Some posts to inspire you:

Praying Over Your Christmas Cards

Christmas Schooling

Simple Christmas Podcast Episode

Clutter-Free Christmas

Real Christmas

25 Days of Simple Christmas-A Simple Story

 

Resources I love! (affiliate)
The Tale of Three Trees

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

Christmas Stories (Little House on the Prairie)

 

Christmas Schooling

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

 

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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!)

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Homeschooling Through the Holidays • Podcast Ep 71

 

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Or is it? Are you starting to feel overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling and trying to finish your Christmas to-do list? Well, today I am talking about eliminating the stress of the season by incorporating Christmas into your homeschool. This is the time of year we should be anticipating our Savior, not swamped in stuff.

Some ideas talked about in this episode:

  • Unit studies- Special studies for Christmas ( Colonial Christmas unit study, studying Jesus’ birth, etc.)
  • Letting kids address Christmas card envelopes or write notes
  • Practicing random acts of kindness
  • Delegating by incorporating your children into all the “to-do’s:- baking, wrapping, etc.

Some posts to inspire you:

Praying Over Your Christmas Cards

Christmas Schooling

Simple Christmas Podcast Episode

Clutter-Free Christmas

Real Christmas

25 Days of Simple Christmas-A Simple Story

The Christmas cards I am sending this year–>Get them at Dayspring

Resources I mentioned: (affiliate)
The Tale of Three Trees

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

Christmas Stories (Little House on the Prairie)

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Christmas Schooling

Apologia FREE Resource—>Good Tidings- over 40 pages of encouragement, devotionals, copywork, art projects, sciences lessons—all FREE!! www.homeschool-101.com/goodtidings

 

 

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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!)

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An Upside Down World

The world is upside down. The culture is in a downward spiral. I can hardly catch my breath at the headlines these days.

So much darkness. So much immorality. I can hardly even grasp it.

Yes, the world is upside down. But God is still on the throne. In His perfect place.

In times that are changing quickly from one moment to the next, right there in the midst of it, God stays the same.

When the world is broken, He can restore.

When times are uncertain, He is for certain.

When the world says anything goes, He is the unchanging Truth.

When the world is dark, He is the Light.

When the world strives for more and better and new, He is enough.

“and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

Colossians 2:10New King James Version (NKJV)

Oh, thank you Lord, that you are enough. Because there are times when I can hardly stand to read another headline, and my emotions take over. But in the moment, I remember, this world is lost and you are the only HOPE. In a world that seeks to fill every void and pleasure only to wind up in darkness and sin, You are enough.

If only every human being that was lost could grasp that truth.

YOU are the point of life. You ARE life. You are enough. Without you, humanity is null and void. None of it makes sense.

But with you, every single thing falls into place. 

Oh, my prayer today and tomorrow will forever be- that this world could know you. I know that one day every knee WILL bow, but those who don’t grasp the Truth in the here and now will perish. That is more devasating to me than any headline of today.

We must stand up and realize every single suffering soul out there needs Jesus. There may not be a someday. We only have now to let every single soul know…Jesus is Enough. In fact, He is the ONLY way.

 

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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!)