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Finding Simple Again

I know it sounds strange and it is in no way meant to diminish anyone who is suffering these days, but I want to share some encouragement that there is hope among dire circumstances. And there is hope because of Him.

The Lord has changed me immensely in these past two months. I can take no credit. I didn’t “try” harder. I didn’t positively talk myself into a good place. It is truly an act that only He can do. He has been transforming me.

First, as someone who has wrestled with anxiety and worry over the years, I have never had more peace in my life than these past two months. That is a miracle in and of itself. I have come to terms with so much that I feel like I knew all these years, but now I am finally living it out.

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I am not afraid. I don’t obsess over stats (I definitely would in the past). I haven’t worried about my husband’s job, or my income, or even my college-age daughter’s future going back to school. I know these things are all uncertain, and while I certainly have a healthy amount of concern, I don’t worry about the outcome.

The circumstances are not certain, but I trust a God who is certain. I have focused on the fact that He is in control and the circumstances of life aren’t nearly as important as how I handle them. And I also realize that my days are determined already and I don’t want to waste one single day He has ordained for me. No amount of worry will change my quantity of days, but I have control over my quality of days.

Another huge change I have seen is I am wholeheartedly serving my family again. All these years, while I loved being a homemaker, I am realizing now how much I wasn’t serving, but I was doing. And in the last few years, I found I was doing it just to get it done. My heart wasn’t in it to serve but to just finish a task. I would cut corners. I would just do enough. I never really went above and beyond.

During this time I have had so little else to distract me or hurry me, that I have found joy in setting the table, serving my children and husband, keeping the house tidy, and making a good meal. I have found joy in homemaking again. I am focused on the blessing of being able to do these things rather than the burden it sometimes feels in the usual hustle and bustle of life. Seeing my children who are almost all young adults these days, gathered around the table and laughing and sharing, is beyond a blessing.

I have found so much joy. My devotional is titled, Less Clutter and More Joy. And really it means the less stuff we have the more joy we find in Jesus. Because our ultimate satisfaction only comes from Him. Not things of this world. And yes, while this time has stripped away many of the things we hold dear, it has also stripped away the unnecessary and the things that were actually distracting me from my true purpose.

I find joy in setting the table beautifully. Not because I am trying to make it Pinterest-perfect or impress anyone (I mean, no one is coming over these days!), but because it feels nice to serve. I find joy in throwing on my apron each day. Not because I feel obligated, but because I am embracing my home again. I have never been one to decorate or get caught up in the details- I always saw it as not my gift and almost frivolous for me. But now, I am choosing to embrace some details merely for the fact that I want to set the tone of my home.

I even found this super cute apron on Etsy! I love it. It is yellow and it is vintage. It reminds me that simplicity is good. And doing it for the right reasons is better. And for now, while I have this time, I will embrace homemaking and embrace the slow lifestyle.

I have also found so much more time for God’s Word. My new Simply Living for Him Online Community is writing out Scripture verses every day together, and I love the act of writing out verses. I am filling my notebook with Truth and my mind and heart with what it is meant to be filled with. I am spending so much more time in my community than other social media- because quite frankly, social media isn’t an uplifting place to hang out these days. If you want to check out our new SLFH Online community for all women visit www.simplylivingforhim.com/community. We would love to have you!

 

 

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See Sight & Sound Theatres® Epic Production of Jesus This Easter Weekend!

EPIC STAGE PRODUCTION ‘JESUS’ AVAILABLE IN FREE EASTER WEEKEND BROADCAST AND STREAMING DEBUT ON TBN

Seen by more than one million people live on stage, Sight & Sound Theatres® brings their original stage production, JESUS, to living rooms worldwide in its first-ever broadcast and digital debut – exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) for three days only: April 10-12.

Last year we had the privilege to see the epic production of Jesus at Sight & Sound Theatres® in Lancaster, PA. It was a remarkable, breathtaking, and truly magnificent production. We have seen many shows over the years at Sight & Sound, but this one really blew us away in so many aspects.

The sets are mind-blowing. Seeing the Bible come to life, and particularly the stories of Jesus in this way- with such breathtaking scenery, is truly a way to immerse yourself in the Bible like never before.

And now YOU have the opportunity to witness this phenomenal production with a special showing this Easter weekend, right in your own living room!

If you have always wanted to see a Sight & Sound show but weren’t able to get to their theaters, this is an amazing opportunity!

From the bustling streets of Jerusalem to the raging Sea of Galilee, JESUS is the musical stage adventure that has been seen by more than one million people.  Witness some of the most awe-inspiring, miraculous events as Jesus sets sail with fishermen, challenges the Pharisees and heals the hurting. Experience the greatest rescue story of all time as the Bible comes to life in movie theaters for a special Easter event – three days only.

Filmed in front of a live audience, Sight & Sound’s JESUS is the action-packed musical stage adventure that takes audiences on a miraculous journey alongside the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever.

“With people not being able to gather together to celebrate Easter, our hope is that by making this show available, we might all feel a sense of community and connection as we watch the greatest rescue story of all time come to life in this unique way,” said Sight & Sound Chief Creative Officer Josh Enck.

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Experience JESUS in this free special Easter event, only available on TBN.

Where to watch JESUS:*

Saturday, April 11: 1pm ET/10am PT on TBN
Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12: Anytime on the TBN app or website:
https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

*Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

For more information visit https://www.jesusevent.com/

 

About Sight & Sound Theatres
Sight & Sound Theatres began more than 40 years ago in rural Pennsylvania, where a dairy farmer went from producing milk to producing live entertainment with a purpose. Today that vision has expanded to two state-of-the art theaters in Lancaster, PA, and Branson, MO, where stories from the Bible come to life on stage. Each production features Sight & Sound’s signature massive sets, special effects and live animals. Still family-owned, Sight & Sound’s 675 staff members write, produce, design and build the original shows, drawing nearly 1.5 million audience members from around the world each year.

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The Real Answer We Need Right Now

During a time when everything is spinning out of control, many of us turn to statistics, charts, data, conspiracy theories, and the headlines. They all make us feel like we have some tangible sources of control. If we can just get a grasp on these real-life things, then maybe we can get a grasp on our circumstances.

But the truth is, God is in control of all things. Especially the ones that seem most out of control. We can rest in that.

When you feel the need to grab onto something to make you feel secure, grab onto  Him. When you want to search out information, search out His truths. Because all of the things here we think are controlling this situation are not. God is.

So run to Him today. Seek the real Truth. The real Hope. In a time when we are all looking for a cure, the only true cure we have is Christ.

Jesus is the Hope the world needs. Why put your trust in chariots and horses when we serve a Living and real God who is with us?

Trust Him. This will work out just the way He has decreed. When He returns I would much rather be found seeking Him than looking for false trust in this world. If He returned today, where are you putting your trust?

 

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If We Are Pro-Life, We Should Be Grieving

We can’t pick and choose which lives we are going to grieve. As pro-lifers, we have battled for years to be heard that all lives matter. Yet, it shocks me that in recent events, people are arguing over toilet paper, if we should really staying home, and all the ways this crisis is affecting “me.” Yes, the economy is scary. I don’t have the answers. But I also know that same mantra we have been shouting for years still holds true:

All lives matter.

I have heard first-hand accounts from those in the hospitals. People are dying. And others are struggling to save them. Where is the outrage now? Why aren’t we doing all we can to save them? Thousands have died, and many more will. Why aren’t we praying, acting, and grieving?

As Christians, we need to be consistent. We can’t pick and choose which lives to be vocal about. We must remember that as our comforts are taken away, someone is gasping for breath from this virus. As our normalcy is taken away, a family’s life will never be the same because their loved one has succumbed. As we argue over politics, a family has been torn apart because of the quarantine and they work on the front lines. Doctors and nurses are separated from families to reduce exposure to their own.

This isn’t about fear. It is about facts. People are dying. The numbers are growing exponentially. May we stand up for LIFE now and walk the walk. All lives matter.

I pray that we stop arguing. Stop the politics. Stop the rhetoric. And love each other well through this crisis. If we don’t have love, we have nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Cor. 13:4-7

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1Cor. 1:1

We are just as it says, “a clanging cymbal” if we talk about lives but don’t share in the sufferings of those lives now being lost.

So today, I ask that we JOIN TOGETHER. This is our time as Christians to shine the light of Christ. People need. The world needs the HOPE only found in Him. They are searching and we have it!

Stop the negativity. And step up for life. Who is with me?