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Here We GO!

Tomorrow we will depart as a family for Gettysburg, PA in order to run the second ever Simply Living for Him Retreat! We are excited as a family to be able to serve the women who will attend and to see what God has in store.

In is really miraculous that we do the things we do, isn’t it? I guess it is because I only do those things in God’s strength, and I don’t really do them.

In my flesh, the questions constantly flood my mind:

Who am I to run a retreat?
What if I fail?
What if we get sick?
What if there are problems?
Why on earth did I decide to do this, when I could be leisurely enjoying my summer without all of this planning and working?

Ah, those are me in the flesh.

But then God reminds me.

It is a good thing I do not walk in the flesh anymore, but in His Spirit!

And the answers are countered with the truth:

You are running this retreat because God called you to.
You can not fail if you let Him lead. All will be used for His purposes, even things that seem like earthly failure will be worked for heavenly good.
And hard work is from God, and right now in this season, He has given me a task to do, and I will complete it.

It is not about my comfort, but about Him.

I know that God has led me to do this and I pray that each woman will be coming for a reason that only God knows. I pray He will work mightily and each woman will leave with a fresh perspective and with her eyes fixed on what is most important in life- Jesus.

Will you join me in praying over the next few days as we travel to Gettysburg to minister to these women? That we would be fully surrendered to letting God lead in every detail? That we would stay healthy and energized? And mostly, that God would bless each woman in some way.

If you would like to follow along at the retreat, I will share highlights over on Facebook and Instagram. We don’t want to bombard your feeds, so we will share lots of the details, behind the scenes, and short snippets over at Instagram Stories.

Thank you for praying! May God be glorified in all!


This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

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More ideas on Summer schooling here—>Summer School

 

 

Get My NEW Book!

 

Join me in August!

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP

Podcast, Simply Living for Him

Coming Clean. My Journey From Messy Little Girl to A Simple Life. • Podcast Ep 53

Guess what? Those Instagram accounts of simple folks with the perfectly organized shelves and matchy-patchy systems? Those aren’t me. My methods aren’t so pretty 🙂 Today I am coming clean!

Recently an incident in our basement had me on a purging binge, and it got me thinking about how far I have come from a messy little girl to a woman now seeking the simple life. I am not naturally organized or tidy, but God has changed me in so many ways over the years.


Join me as I talk about my journey to live more simply and what it truly means to me. (and it’s not about the stuff!)


Oh, and why all the stuff in my house better steer clear of me and my big Hefty garbage bags! 😉

 

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

Make sure to follow along on Facebook, Instagram, or sign up for our newsletter!

More ideas on Summer schooling here—>Summer School

 

Be encouraged this summer on the Simply Living for Him Ladies Retreat!

Still time to register and JOIN me in July!

Get My NEW Book!

 

Join me in August!

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP

Simply Living for Him

Celebrate the Simple This Summer

 Simple Summer

I posted this picture from Instagram this week. It was just a snapshot and a thought in the moment, but it seemed to resonate.

Weeding the garden earlier today. It was a quiet and peaceful time. Rather than see it as a chore to complain about(which I am prone to do) I decided to embrace the time. I prayed. I sang. I thought about how I continually have to weed out my sins. They are so quick to grow and choke out the good fruit of my life if I don’t get a hold of them. I absolutely love summer and the heat. I was sweating out there and thinking how that is used for good. Sweating out those toxins and letting each drop be a sign of hard work. It’s a good thing. Summer is a gift of time to slow down. Embrace the simple. Take time to reevaluate, renew your spirit and slow the pace. Soon enough cool breezes and fall will be back and we will be running around busy (and most likely complaining how about how busy we are!) So for now, I weed. I sweat. I praise. #postureofpraise #simplesummer #enjoythesimple

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As I thought more about it throughout the days following I realized that many can relate because:

  1. We all have weeds that choke out the good fruit in our lives.
  2.  Many of us tend to approach a chore with the mindset of complaint.

Raising my hand. 😉 I do both of the above.

First, let’s talk about the weeds. Just like those pesky little plants that grow in my garden and threaten to take over the beds if I don’t daily pluck them, the sins in my life do the same. I need to constantly keep in check those things that want to choke out the good fruit in my life. For me those sins will be different than yours. But for instance, I struggle with anxiety- just when I think it’s under control and I don’t really have to check on it, it threatens to overtake me. Like a garden bed left unchecked.

The best way to keep those sins under control is to keep the garden watered, filled with nutrient-dense soil, flooded with sunshine, and then I must persist in plucking the weeds that will inevitably grow. For us, we are well-watered with the Living water, we are flooded with the SON, and we have His Word as our vital nutrients. See how God does that? Beautiful life picture right there in His Creation!

And then there is the sin of complaining, which brings me to point number two. We all tend to look at the daily tasks in our lives that are not pleasurable and complain. But when we stop and put these things into perspective, we see that we do not need to complain. We can take time to approach the chores and tasks and thank God for them. It’s all about perspective.

We live in a complaining culture. Let us not be a part of that. Let’s embrace each moment, each task, and each breath-even the hot and sweaty ones-all for His glory. Chores are a part of life. They help us to grow and help us to work hard. All for His glory. Let’s practice a posture of praise in all things.

Join me?

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus. 

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

Be encouraged this summer on the Simply Living for Him Ladies Retreat!

Still time to register and JOIN me in July!

Get My NEW Book!

 

Join me in August!

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP