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Why?

Why?

A question I pondered recently. Why do I write about my passion for women to be in the Word? Why do I pursue reaching others for Christ? Why do I speak, write, and podcast about families focusing on what matters most? Living more simply so they can have fewer distractions and more focus on God? Why do I want women to live out real and authentic relationships?

It’s not just because it is warm and fuzzy or trendy or a fad or something to put on a platform.

No.

The more I think about these things, the more I am motivated and inspired and encouraged that pursuing people and pointing them to Jesus can change the culture from the inside out.

It’s not just a pipe dream. The culture is going downhill…fast. But we can change the culture starting with one.

•One woman starts reading her Bible and blossoms in her relationship with Jesus.
•One woman decides to get offline and back to real life friendships.
•One woman stops obsessing over Pinterest and puts that energy into her family in front of her.

•One woman takes her eyes off of the world and onto Jesus.

And each of those women then has an effect on the next they come into contact with, and those have an effect on whom they come in contact with. Who knows how far the reach has expanded. Through that one changed woman.

 

When I got into blogging, and really understood the technical aspect of it, there was much talk about numbers and reach, etc. But I never was motivated by the superficial reach. I was motivated by a greater reach…

My reach is for Jesus. And I want to look back some day and say, “I did what I could with what I was given for Jesus.”

My mission here at Simply Living for Him is always to point others to Jesus. And to know that just one…just one soul affected…can reach an infinite amount. So I will always write for the one…and let God use it how He sees fit.

Join me? Let’s change the culture…it can only take place when hearts change. When the inside is living for Jesus, it affects our outward behavior. Our world is getting darker each moment, and I will never stop shining the Light. 

Read more about the Power of One that changed ME here–> The Power of One

When you share my posts and messages, you are helping me to reach just that one!

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God Showed Up in Wilson, NC!

Words can never adequately describe these experiences. It has happened at the Simply Living for Him Retreats, and now this time after our women’s gathering in Wilson, NC. There simply aren’t words to give it justice, but I will try.

Going to Wilson, NC

I had the privilege of ministering to a group of women in lovely Wilson, NC this past weekend. It certainly was a weekend orchestrated by God, in every detail.

Many months ago I had been contacted to bring a SLFH event to the south by a lovely follower of the blog. She was confident that a SLFH event would be something women in her area would want to attend. Yet, when the details became a little murky, and we weren’t sure there would even be enough women to hold the event, she certainly persisted and was confident in the fact that it would be fruitful. Now, I am always willing to go wherever God takes me, but this time I just wasn’t sure.

Well, God showed me that all I need to do it obey the calling and He WILL take care of the details.

My friend, Jackie Foster, who has helped me with the past two SLFH Retreats planned to join me as a ministry helper and in delivering a (HOME RUN) session to the ladies! (more on that on a bit)

Well, the time came for the event and I was excited and prepared. All I needed to do was a get a decent amount of sleep Thursday night, to be up at 4 am Friday to catch an early flight with Jackie down to NC. I was tired Thursday night and thought it would be no problem to fall asleep…until I got into the bed.

Then the dreaded thoughts came, the “what if’s,” the tossing and turning. With every passing hour, the anxiety grew until it was shortly before 4:00 am and I began to erupt in full blown panic. When Steve woke up I explained I hadn’t slept one wink…not even a little bit…and I was terrified. How could I get on a plane, travel, and then be strong enough to begin the event THAT evening? There was no day in between the travel and the event. I needed to be ready that night!

Steve prayed over me at that moment. I was literally shaking and in my mind decided to call the whole event off. I was that scared and was beginning to question if God even wanted me to go to Wislon, NC. I rationalized that I would have to call it off because it just was too daunting at that moment.

After a few minutes of praying, I began to feel more peaceful. So, I started to get ready and shortly after my oldest son came in my room. He had seen my light on and came to check on me before I left. I explained to him how I hadn’t slept and how I had panicked and he said, “Mom, you always do this. It will be fine. By Sunday you will come home and say that you were SO glad you went. You will see that God will work.”

And off we went…no turning back!

We ended up getting on our flight and arriving in NC quite early. I didn’t sleep on the plane however, so here I was with still no sleep. I figured I would check in early at the hotel, and at least get a nap in the afternoon.

Wrong again.

No room…no sleep.

We arrived at our hotel at 12:30 pm and they said we could not get into our room until 3pm. I felt tears well up in my eyes, as Jackie and I sat in the hotel lobby eating cheese and pepperoni from the gas station nearby. (Pretty glamorous huh?) We had nowhere to go and nowhere to sleep.

Jackie, who is always very wise, suggested we go to the rental car, lay back the seats, and try to get a rest. Well, for an hour and a half I lay in the sunshine in the car, comfy and warm, but still no sleeep. 

Finally…a Room

We finally got into our room and I prepared for the event. Eventually, we headed out to the event, still no sleep for over 36 hours.

I would have expected to feel exhausted, nauseasu, dizzy, foggy…but no. I had a ton of energy. It was so surreal. It can ONLY be explained as supernatural energy. God was showing me that HE supplies all we need.

As each woman arrived, my heart was in great peace. I was exactly where I was supposed to be. God had ordained each detail, and he had handpicked each woman to be there. For such a time as this.

But God…

The entire weekend was beyond my dreams. The women of the south are beyond a delight. They were so shocked that I came all the way from NJ to their little church in Wilson, NC! But God…

There were so many confirmations along the way that we were supposed to be there. I could never explain it all, but trust me…God showed up!

I spoke about Jesus. I spoke out simplifying. We worshiped. We prayed. We had fellowship. We laughed. We hugged. Some of us cried. Glory tears. It was spectacular.

Jackie delivered a fabulous message about Noah. The women were so blessed by her words. She is an amazing partner in that she handles the Word of God so intentionally, humbly, and wisely. She also is an amazing assistant to think of the details I forget, and literally be my brain for 48 hours. I can’t express my gratitude enough.

The lessons are many, but let me leave with you just two very important ones: 

First, when God is in it, you will complete it! If He calls you to a task, don’t even try to rely upon yourself (or sleep) but simply open your hands wide to His plans. (remember my prayers this year…PALMS UP!)

Second,  Sisters in Christ are beautiful. No matter where you are in your walk, where you live, what you do…when you are with other women who love Jesus, you are in a sweet place. Masks come off. Struggles are shared. Joys are celebrated. It is beautiful. Women seeking Jesus. Together. It is one of my greatest joys.

My blanket ladies- these adorable ladies and their blankets. So cute.

 

A dear friend from the past retreats, and now this event! What a connection!

New friends!

This dear one has made it to every retreat and even drove EIGHT hours to this event!

I left a piece of my heart in Wilson, NC this weekend. But my prayer is that piece of me gets shared through the love of God that I hope to share wherever I go.

Thank you to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Wilson, NC for opening up your home to us! If you are ever in that area, look them up! What a blessing everyone from the church was! We are so grateful!

If you would like to bring a Simply Living for Him Women’s Event to your group, please contact me at karen@simplylivingforhim.com We will go wherever the Lord leads!

 

 

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Thirteen Years. The Last One.

It hit me head on. I was thinking about our new school year and it finally hit me. I knew it all along. We’ve talked about it at length, but yesterday it finally, truly hit me.

This is it.

We are starting our 13th homeschool year and this is the last one for my daughter.

No more first days.

No more planning the curriculum.

No more thinking, …”well if this doesn’t work, we can always change it next year…”

There is no next year. This is it.

We have such a story to tell. Our journey has been life-changing and very little has had to do with school. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It has been full of ups and downs. But I can’t believe this chapter is closing.

When it hit me, I felt it so deep in my soul. What has become so familiar these past years and such a part of us, is truly going to end. It makes me not want to start the school year…knowing this is the last time we will start.

No more agonizing over the choices…is this the right curriculum, what period of history should we study, what method should we use… No more making a schedule (that was always hard to stick to!), no more back to school supplies…this is it.

And that is what God intended. I think of all the changes in our lives in the past 13 years and can only imagine what the next 13 will bring.

Nothing stays the same. It isn’t supposed to.

I know this next year will be an especially emotional one at times, but also an exciting one. All of a sudden, the details that seemed so big each year…what “system to use,” “what planner to buy…” are fading into the background and being replaced by real-deal, real-life decisions...what college to apply to…what goals to set…what path to take.

Perspective. It’s good to keep looking forward and to learn from the past.

This Friday on the podcast I will be discussing 13 years of homeschooling. What we have learned, the methods we have used, and how things have changed over the years. I’d love for you to join me then…(LISTEN HERE)

In the meantime, I am going to be forcing my toe over that threshold and taking the step into senior year.

This is it…Here we go…

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My New Favorite Month. Simple Summer.

July.

I’ve decided it is my new favorite month.

It used to be May- because it signaled school coming to a close, summer beginning, and a warm weather settling in.

But now it’s July.

(I love the hot weather!)

And nothing says summer like:

Fireflies.

Sparklers.

Ice Cream.

Lemonade.

Go-Kart nights.

Campfires and s’mores.

Barefeet and flip-flops.

The smell of sunscreen and bug spray.

Late nights.

Garden mornings.

Freeze pops.

Water fights.

All things red, white, and blue.

Cookouts.

Fishing.

Buzzcuts.

Friends.

Family.

Really…I just love everything about July. 

We’ve been up way too late these days, and I am savoring it. Laughing and chatting and eating ice cream. Even though most nights, I am begging to go to sleep while my kids are just getting going! I know this time is precious.  It’s just such a fun and relaxing time of year. I am learning to savor it. 

It’s a simple month filled with all the things summer is made of.

 

July. Enjoy it. A simple time filled with simple things. The busyness of the year is behind us and the hazy days of summer won’t last forever.