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This is our moment

Last year at this time we had no idea what the next year would bring. We had a good few months left living in complete ignorance of what was to come.

As I look back I realize just how much things have changed. And maybe, just maybe, there is a silver lining.

You see, the Bible tells us that our purpose in life is to glorify God. It is to know Him and then make Him known. I have always tried to live this way, but unfortunately it was not always truly my first priority, even if I thought it was.

Sure, we say it is, but then we live our everyday lives so focused on so many details and so many other things. It’s very easy to get distracted. It’s very easy to live with one foot in both worlds.

I hate double-minded people,
but I love your law. Psalm 119:122 NIV

As everyday things seem to fall more and more apart- the nation is divided, people awaiting test results, families unsure of what holidays will look like, businesses closing, people dying, and the list goes on…I am reminded that God holds all things together.

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

You see we get fearful because we think we hold it together. But what if we stopped looking at our circumstances as falling apart and lived in them regardless?

Joseph was thrown in a pit, Jonah in a whale, Paul in a prison. Jesus hung on a cross.

Not one of these would have looked at their circumstances as desirable, but we know that they were exactly where they needed to be for God to accomplish His purposes.

Jospeh saved many lives. Jonah heard from God. Paul wrote the New Testament. Jesus redeemed souls.

I think of modern day people. Those who fought in the Civil War. Those who lived through the Spanish flu. Those who lived through the many wars of the 20th century.

Corrie ten Boom, who was put in a concentration camp, stripped of every freedom, and she never lost sight of her purpose. To share the Gospel. In fact, she probably shared the Gospel MORE because of those circumstances than she did before them. Humbling thought.

Today, if you feel like the world is on fire and life as we know it has changed, remember God holds all things together. And nothing has fallen apart. We may suffer, we may even die. But God has never lost control of one single atom in this vast universe.

This is our moment. Were we stop living with one foot in both worlds and stop being “double-minded.” We must wholeheartedly follow God, wherever He takes us. Our circumstances may change, but our endgame hasn’t- to build His Kingdom.

We don’t make disciples only when it’s convenient or comfortable or we have peace. When the world is falling apart, our mission becomes even more necessary.

Are you with me? Today, if you feel like life is out of control and you miss the way it was- secure and comfortable a year ago, remember: it really never was. The circumstances didn’t define you security, Jesus does. So no matter what is happening today, you are secure in Christ. And in this moment, remember our mission-go and make disciples. Glorify God. In all things.

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Learning to Wait in an On-Demand Culture// ep 196

In a world of Amazon Prime, Instant everything, and “on-demand” we are being conditioned that waiting is bad. Yet, we find in the Bible that God wants us to wait quite often…and wait on His timing. If we want to live simpler and less distracted lives, we can focus on Him and His timing. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. So, if you find yourself wondering, “how much longer” in some area of your life, this one is for you! Be encouraged as you wait. It might be just where God wants you.

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Mission-Minded Families with Ann Dunagan

No Fear Of the Future

The Myth of Finding Yourself: Be Found in Christ. // ep188

We Are Not Supposed to Know it All//ep 187

Who Are You Letting in Your Home? // ep 186

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You Can’t Grow Your Own Fruit//190

No More Fear of the Future// ep 189

What Are You Seeking? The Things of Earth or the Things

The Cure for All Our Messes

Teach Us to Number Our Days// ep 179

Less Clutter & More Joy. Lessons From Quarantine // ep 178

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Life Updates

It’s been a while since I have written here. I have been so busy with my Simply Living for Him Online Women’s Community and other ministry things…and of course, life in general! I am excited about the things I have in the works for the ministry, and I will tell you about them at the end of this post!

So what’s new with me? I will be honest, many days I get down on myself. I look around at the world and get very down on the world too. But I realize so much of it are distractions. Designed by the enemy to take our eyes off of Jesus. You can hear all about that in my latest podcast episode here.

Distracted// Ep 195

Homeschooling has been going so well this year. I am LOVING the time with my teen boys- yes, you read that right. I would venture to say these are the very BEST years of homeschooling. We are doing our mornings together- we start with US Government and Literature. We sit at the kitchen table and discuss so much. We also laugh a ton. Seriously, teenage boys are hilarious!

For years, I dreaded the teen years because society told me to. But I have discovered they are beautiful years- those little ones you were training (and praying like crazy for!) evolve into these young adults that are able to have deep conversations and at the same time hilarious moments. I adore them. I adore the people they are becoming. Is it all sweetness and roses every day? NO. I am not trying to say that, but overall I have found these to be the best years of all.

In my new book, The Simple Homeschool Journey, I outline our entire journey from Kindergarten to college with my firstborn. I talk very candidly about the struggles we faced. And I truly believe because we focused on building a family, and not just an academic transcript, we are seeing the fruit these days. And when things are hard, we go to the Lord, and He grows us through it. Want to check out the book? You can find it here.

Often I stop myself from writing, or creating videos and more content because I say, “Karen, no one really needs to hear what you have to say.” And then I remind myself, my mission is always to point to what Jesus has to say. I think the enemy likes to throw those arrows, but as long as I remain steadfast in pointing to God, my voice will not be silenced.

This earthly life is not easy, but I daily remind myself, it isn’t supposed to be. I can’t look back on what was, or look ahead to what if, but only know right now, what IS. And God is on the throne! As my boys and I have looked at Bible times and Medieval ages, all the way to the 20th century in school, I am always reminded…nothing is new under the sun. Every generation from thousands of years ago until now probably thought Jesus was returning in their lifetime. Generations have always suffered. What matters most is sticking to the agenda of building the Kingdom! I will continue to share the message and hope of Christ each day.

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Looking Forward

Every year in August I become melancholy. I don’t want summer to end. I hang onto it for dear life. It seems while everyone is anticipating fall and pumpkin spice everything, I want to stay in flip flops with ice pops forever.

This year is different. So different. Because of the state of the world we live in, I am not holding onto the present nearly as much. I guess because lately, times have been so tumultuous.

The world is different. So different. Sometimes I ache for what was. Sometimes I fear for what will be.

And in all of this, I know what is. God is on the throne. In fact, I came down the stairs this morning and declared to my family, “Today is a good day because God is on the throne!” Motivating them, while half trying to convince myself.

I know it’s true. God IS on the throne. But often we need to be reminded because we make this world our kingdom. When we are part of a greater Kingdom.

So I have been asking the Lord to make me useful for His Kingdom. Not to get caught up in building earthly kingdoms, but in building HIS Kingdom. Because in the end, that is what matters. All of the stuff we are focused on and fighting for is for here. But what is to come is far greater.

My girl left last week. Instead of the usual excitement mixed with sadness, it was covered in unknowns. Lots of emotions for us all to process. But I keep reminding myself, He is on the throne.

I have felt lonely these days. Not because of quarantine. In fact, we have been out quite a bit, been to church every week, and have seen family. But because the world is different. It feels like people are more distant emotionally. It is a strange world these days. Everyone is feeling the effect of the hard.

And I remind myslef. I am a member of the Kingdom. I serve a King. I am never alone. He has a plan for my life here that will affect life there. And that motivates me and inspires me.

So, as the summer fades into fall, rather than my usual melancholy, I anticipate the future, with no fear, no hold on the past, and trusting God for all that is to come.

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