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What Goes on Inside Your Home?

Last night I was scrolling through Instagram before bed and I came across a photo of a home project that someone was doing. I don’t follow many “home” accounts, but this particular one was from was an account that focuses on home decor.

The comments grieved me. So many people were saying they wished they could afford this beautiful home and others were commenting how they spend hours copying the looks on the account only to become depressed because they can’t. Others said they were spending enormous amounts of money trying to achieve the looks of these homes.

I put my phone away and prayed. I prayed for our culture. 

We used to get catalogs in the mail from places like Pottery Barn and such…that we couldn’t afford. I remember we were young, newly married, with a new baby, and those catalogs depressed me. I would feel the need to make my house look like those in the catalogs and when I realized I had no money to do it, my mood was affected. It was a distraction. I would spend way too much time and money trying to achieve how things looked, rather than focusing on my heart.

So I started to throw those catalogs out when they arrived. I stopped opening them.

Over the years I have learned contentment doesn’t come from how my home looks. My home, just like everything else is an outflow of what goes on inside my heart.

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Right? 

When we are focused on God first, the Pottery Barn catalogs seem much less important. Of course, I want my home to be a place of respite and comfort for all those who enter and for those of us who live here…but that doesn’t necessarily come from the perfect couch or staged room.

It comes from feeling the love of Jesus in your home.

A home is an overflow of your relationship with God, just like anything else. It is a place where people will know God dwells. And that is where the beauty comes from. Not a staged photo of that perfect “look.”

I worry about our media-saturated culture these days. When you scroll through your phone and are bombarded with images it is hard to separate the truth sometimes. Catalogs aren’t an issue when we have TV channels dedicated 24 hours to tell us how our homes should look, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook…all of it in our faces all the time.

The truth is God cares about what goes on inside your home. We should be more concerned with the things that take place inside those four walls than what paint color to put on them.

I grieve for a society that cultivates coveting. All of these images are a slippery slope that makes our flesh want, want, want. And coveting is a sin. Yet, our culture fosters it by telling us we need more. And we buy into the lie.

Today, look around your home and be delighted that it is the place God has given you to dwell. And how can you use it to build relationships? And most importantly to let others see God?

A home is a haven and a place for us to seek shelter. Ultimately, God is our dwelling place and our shelter.

Don’t forget that.

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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.


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A Simply Living for Him Women’s Event May Be Coming to YOU!

As many of you know, next summer we will NOT be hosting our annual summer retreat. For various reasons, I need to keep my schedule lighter in early-mid 2019. However, we have had so many inquiries about a Simply Living for Him Women’s Event coming to YOU! So, we are excited to explore the possibility to bring the women’s events on the road. I am limiting my travel for early-mid 2019 but will be able to pick and choose SOME  locations and times that work best for our family.

If you have a moms group, women’s Bible study, church group, etc, we can come to YOU! Karen is available to speak for your event and organize a meaningful time for women.

We are compiling a list of inquiries so that we can see which locations and dates will work. Most of all, we are praying that God leads us in this new endeavor for the future of the Simply Living for Him! We are flexible in what we can do- we will work with you for your group’s needs! 

(please note, we may be returning to Gettysburg in the future, but we will not be hosting in summer 2019)

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God Works in Amazing Ways-Teach Them Diligently Atlanta

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Reposted from 2015:

How could I adequately put into words what Atlanta Teach Them Diligently meant to me? I can’t, but I will try to explain just what an amazing trip it was and what an amazing God we serve!

First, if you have never attended a Teach Them Diligently convention, you MUST. It is like nothing else. The focus is on discipleship and Christian parenting and is about SO much more than just homeschooling.

This trip was awhile in the making. I had signed on with TTD back in the summer, but upon realizing that my whole family would not be able to join me this time, as in Nashville, my parents had offered to travel with me. (yes, I’m a big baby and didn’t want to fly alone!) At the time, it seemed like a wild idea, since my parents were never on board with me to homeschool in the early years. However, I felt like deep down God wanted it this way.

Over the months, I prayed for this convention so much.

Every morning I prayed that God would bring exactly who he wanted to each session. And He did. 

And the biggest and most amazing thing is, He brought my parents.

You see, next year I will begin my 10th year of homeschooling. Truly a milestone. When I first started out, I had no idea what I was getting into or why on earth I was choosing this path- all I did know, was that it was what God wanted me to do. I would have no idea that I would end up writing and speaking about it. I had no idea that God had me on this path for many reasons, and some of them had nothing to do with schooling.

Yet, I faced opposition early on, from myself and from family. My mom had lived her life with a career in public education. She was very against our decision. Yet, I knew I needed to follow God and the rest would fall into place. And it did.

 

This weekend in Atlanta God showed that He would work the impossible and make it possible.

It still feels like a dream, but my parents listened to me speak at a homeschool convention, and not only listened but are now in agreement and are proud of us. I can only say, that following God has truly been a blessing. He has brought about so many things. I never thought my family would be on board, let alone support me in this way. We had so many beautiful things said between us this weekend, that I never thought I’d hear. God is good. All the time. God is so, so, so good.

And the convention itself is like no other. I love being a part of TTD for so many reasons. Mainly, because their mission and their hearts line up with ours. This is so much more than a homeschool convention…it is a revival of hearts. A refreshing of spirits. A refocusing on our true goals. That is the stuff that matters!

I have a passion when I get up there to speak to homeschooling families. I love connecting with them afterward, in the convention halls, and all around- it’s like a family. And here I was with my biological family and my spiritual family all united in Atlanta. I can hardly comprehend it.

 

I spoke on four topics this weekend:

  • Simplifying Homeschooling
  • Using the Bible as Our Main Textbook (for one year; how we did it, why we did it, and why we don’t do it anymore)
  • Letting God Lead Your Homeschool
  • Ten Things Every new Homeschooler Should Know (Great reminders for all homeschoolers)

 

 

Teach Them Diligently has so much for the whole family- Mens’ breakfast, Kids programs, Teen programs, A Mom’s Night, and so much more! There are even sessions for grandparents. If you can get to one in your area- GO! You will not regret it!

Our ride home on the plane was nothing short of spectacular- I marveled at the Creation God has made. I marveled at the work He has done in my life and others. I marveled at Him for who he IS.

 

 And then, the ultimate welcome home. It was so incredibly sweet to pull into our driveway and see this welcoming! I love my family dearly. I am thankful they supported me while I traveled for this trip, and I am thankful for their love.

 

 

If I could tell you anything about this journey, it has taught me not to fear. There is no fear in knowing that you are following God, wherever He may lead.

During my last session, I held up this journal. I could hardly contain myself as I saw before me, so much come full circle.

This was a journal that I kept when I was deciding to homeschool- and this journal was filled with FEAR. I was so, so scared. Yet, I kept telling God that I would obey, no matter the cost.

 

And I can stand now today, and see those fears not only lifted but non-existent. He took this scared mom and put her in a place where she can stand now and give GLORY to GOD for what He does. Not what I do. But what HE does.

 

I held this journal, hardly recognizing the woman who wrote it, yet I held it up looking at my parents in the audience. It was almost too much to bear.

 

You know it’s a great session and God is present when you are speaking and look up and not only are you crying, but the room of attendees is crying. We were crying over WHO our God IS and how He works. We simply need to let go of ourselves and walk with Him. He will blow the doors wide open to things you never dreamed possible. Just be willing to let Him lead you.

 

Won’t you join me at Teach Them Diligently next week in Myrtle Beach? Join me in walking with God and looking to Him as we raise up the next generation of homeschoolers.

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Redemption

Spring has literally sprung overnight here at Love’s Farm. We went from shoveling snow not long ago to now needing to mow grass. And I love it! 😉

As you know, we had a rough winter. March hit us with several major storms. And this week, we were able to find redemption from those times. (quite honestly, physically, and also in some personal areas. God has been faithful!)

Back in March, during one of the most severe storms of that month, we lost a very large pine tree on our property. Thankfully there was no damage and the tree fell in an area where it didn’t even need to be removed right away. We were thankful, as so many in this area weren’t so fortunate, and there was quite a bit of damage and power outages.

Anyway, the past few weeks, Steve began to redeem that broken tree. He milled his own 18-foot wood planks and has been working to change our garden a bit. He used the planks to make new beds for the garden and they are beautiful.

Redemption.

It is all I could think about.

Taking what was once a hardship, refining, and making new.

And these beds will bring forth new life…

Just like God does in our lives all the time.

He redeems.

And look at that old wooden cross. The ultimate in redemption. What once was a rugged tree, brought life and hope to the world.

How do you see God redeeming things these days? I’d love to hear.

Simple Spring Days

Here are some more snapshots of our simple spring days around the farm. Life is busy, but oh, so full! I am enjoying every bit of sunshine and being outdoors with my kids. Outdoor school is our life these days!

The boys made this fort!

 

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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.


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