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Simply Go!

For a while now I have been feeling a nudge to be much more active in my everyday life with everyday people in sharing the Gospel. Many of us think of missions and think it’s for folks in a faraway land, a third-world country, somewhere beyond where we can physically go at the moment.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

Jesus commanded all believers to make disciples. He didn’t say it was an option. It is for all believers in Christ.

This past year our world became darker and darker. It has become more evident than ever there is great evil prevalent in our world. Now, more than ever, we must be diligent to not only know the Word for ourselves but then to share that with a world in need. If 2020 taught me anything, it is that this world needs Jesus.

Love Neighbor

I have been ministering to women for over a decade. First, it was to homeschoolers, and then my ministry expanded to all women. My message has been one of lessening distractions and clutter in our lives and anything that takes our focus off of Jesus. And in 2020, I began the Simply Living for Him Online Women’s Community. This ministry has allowed me to lead women in Bible study and provide a place to encourage women in the Lord and help them to grow in the Word. And together, we as women, are doing just that. It has been a beautiful thing to watch it all unfold.

And yet, as I have been ministering to these women, I can’t help but think that we don’t grow in the Lord so that we just “better” ourselves! I want women to grow in the Lord so that they will naturally reflect the light of Christ into a dark world. The more women are walking with Jesus, the more people in their lives will see Him.

Yet, sometimes moms, housewives, and “ordinary” women may feel like they don’t have the ability to fulfill a missional calling. But the good news is, you certainly can and you don’t have to leave your home! You can be missional on your computer, when you pick up the phone, or over the fence to your neighbor. You can be missional on your front porch. You can be missional in the grocery store. You can be missional at your kitchen table.

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You see, our first and foremost mission is to our families and those around us. And then to our communities. And then beyond. We can find ways to build relationships with people in our everyday lives, and when we do that, people will get to know us, and in turn, they will get to know Jesus. Because if we are walking with Him, they will see Him!

When you truly understand God’s love, you can’t help but give God’s love.

So, today, I introduce you to a new addition of the Simply Living for Him ministry- Simply Go! Here we will share ideas to reflect Jesus in your everyday life. We will provide encouragement and point you to resources. We will remind each other that we are building the Kingdom of God, not earthly kingdoms for ourselves. If you want to change the world, turn off the news, and go love your neighbor.

Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow me on my social media platforms to stay up to date! If social media isn’t your thing these days, come on over to the Simply Living for Him Community- we have our very own platform (we even have an app!) and it is completely FREE!

love thy neighbor

Coming soon- we have our first challenge! We are publishing a “Love Thy Neighbor” Challenge for the month of February. A free downloadable calendar is coming with simple ideas for each day to love your neighbor and share the love of Christ!

Blessings and Joy in Jesus,

Karen

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We Aren’t Meant to Be Alone

Most evenings after the dinner dishes are away, the homeschool books are closed, and the sun has set on another day, you will find me in my room. Alone. I usually have Little House on the Prairie going on in the background. I go through phases of what I watch- for a while it was every moon landing documentary I could find, then it was Michael Jackson documentaries (a little-known fact about me-I was a bit obsessed for a while!) I usually curl up with my planner and notebooks. Sometimes I just sit in the quiet and read my Bible, do my Bible writing for the day (from our Simply Living for HIm Online Community schedule), and sometimes I prepare for Bible study in the community. The point is, I am alone. It is by my very nature that I need this time to recharge.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore my family. We spend SO much time together all day and I am not trying to escape. (admittedly in the early years of mothering there was a need to escape! ha!) I really enjoy spending time with them. There is just part of me that needs to spend time by myself at the end of the day.

During the pandemic though, I have seen how very easy it could be for someone like me who craves alone time, to get stuck there. Because there is a big difference between recharging alone and then isolating.

Recharging has limits. Isolating can last too long. Recharging helps us regain focus, hear God’s voice, and settle our souls. Isolating begins to focus inward. Instead of hearing God’s voice, we may start listening to our own too much. We may even start worrying and fretting.

We are meant to live in relationship. In community. And in real life. Now I know that isn’t possible these days as much, but we must do whatever we can to connect with others as much as possible. We are meant to mentor and to be mentored. To walk with others. To experience life so we can serve others and love others well. We can’t do that when we don’t reach out.

Jesus is seen in the Bible going off to be alone at times because there is a definite place for solitude in our lives. He often did it for the reasons we do: to recharge, to prepare, to pray. But He never stays there.

Jesus didn’t isolate. He was in the community. He was serving. He was connecting. And so should we.

I realize this time may be very difficult. People are experiencing divisions like never before, but Christians aren’t meant to divide but multiply. We must fight the urge to keep to ourselves. And, instead, give of ourselves. In the end, we will receive just as much.

So many times I am in my own little bubble, but when I get with others again, I am reminded just how much I need them. I am recharged in a way that is different than when I am alone. I am reminded that God created us to be in community.

I sat for awhile watching my ducks this week. They do everything together. One doesn’t move without the other following. They walk in sync, swim in sync, and play in sync. I pondered the simple lesson from those ducks. Life is meant to be lived together.

Here are some practical and simple ways to connect with others during this time:

Call a friend. Not a text. Not an email. Hear their voice. Listen well.

Reach out if you feel like you are starting to withdraw. Go against the urge. If you’ve been alone too long, it is necessary to find a way to connect again.

•Invite a friend over for coffee. If you aren’t comfortable yet because of the pandemic, be creative. Head to the drive-through and then park next to each other. Roll down the window and just talk. Eye contact and smiles and voices can still happen even 6 feet apart.

•Schedule a zoom call. I know many of us are “zoomed” out, but if need be and you can’t get together in person, just get a bunch together for a zoom prayer time or chat. It may be the boost you need to keep from being too withdrawn.

Focus on others. Being alone causes us to focus on ourselves by default. Think of creative ways to bless others during this difficult time. Drop a note on someone’s porch with a treat basket. Bake cookies for a friend and deliver them. You can visit outside if you aren’t comfortable. Know someone struggling? Drop a gift card at their door. Host a backyard get together. The possibilities are endless. Have any good ideas? Drop them in the comments below.

Finally, if you want to be encouraged and meet some amazing women, join me in our Simply Living for Him Online Community. We are a group of 1,100 women seeking Jesus together! Monthly Bible studies, groups for various ways to grow your relationship with the Lord, and more…It’s completely FREE!

Join us here:

Whatever you choose, just remember, take time to be alone. That is necessary. But it is also necessary not to stay there. God bless you all!

Blessings and Joy in Jesus,

Karen


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The Accidental De-clutter of 2020

How many of us in years past longed for simpler schedules and simpler lives? Well, I think 2020 accidentally helped us declutter.

All of a sudden when things were stripped away, unintentionally, we had fresh eyes to see what was truly important.

Our schedules became empty. Those “must-have” items seemed a little less necessary when faced with some tough circumstances. We may have reprioritized.

I know I did.

As a woman who wants a simple life, isn’t God good to give it to me? Yes, there were many complicated things about 2020. But I am talking about taking away the things that had distracted me.

He took away a busy calendar.

He took away some finances (causing me to evaluate what we really need.)

He took away people even for a while. Not that they were a distraction before, but perhaps I had taken them for granted.

He took away the things I had blamed for not having time to do other things.

He took away my comforts.

He took away some security.

And ultimately He gave me so much more.

He gave me a perspective of what is important.

He gave me abundant time with my family at home.

He gave me a new love for homemaking and serving my family.

He gave me a new reliance on Him.

He gave me confidence in Him and not the world.

He gave me a new longing for Him and the things of eternity.

He gave me a new desire for people.

He gave me a new passion to share the Gospel.

He gives and He takes. And I am thankful for what He took. So now, I can give.

As you read this on the cusp of a new year, I hope you would evaluate all that was taken and all that was gained. We have all we need in Christ! If you don’t know that truth, please reach out to me. I will send you a Bible! I will pray for you.

May you have all the blessings and joy in Jesus in 2021 and beyond!

~Karen


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Do We Really Want Life to Go Back to “Normal?”

We all have heard each other say it. “When will life go back to normal?” Believe, me I have said many times myself.

But this morning, I realized, do I even want that?

Let me explain.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean “comfortable.” When I don’t have to face the mortality of myself and my loved ones daily. When I am not always thinking about sickness or even death.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean ease. Where things were just plain easier than facing confrontation often, difficult issues, and situations. Where finances are secure and I do not have to worry about the next job or if there will be enough income this month.

I realized that when I say I want normal, I mean a life where I was focused on externals and wasn’t faced with issues that I didn’t want to face deep down.

Before the pandemic, I used to believe that people generally buried themselves in shopping, material pleasures, and physical stuff because it distracted them from some of the things they didn’t want to face. Spiritual issues. God. Eternity. And I believe now in the midst of the pandemic that has proved true.

This morning I realized if we go back to the way it was, we will probably go back to living in distraction.

For many of us, myself included, 2020 has caused us to pause. To face issues we otherwise put on the backburner. To prioritize. To live for what is truly important. And that has been a good thing. To realize what life is really about. To find purpose. To grow closer to the Lord. To face the fact that life is short and it will end.

Often when we are comfortable, we tend to rely less on the Lord. When things are easy, we don’t pray. We don’t have to because we don’t need anything. And how wrong we are!

Don’t wish 2020 away because you want it the way it was. Maybe God doesn’t want us to go back there. Maybe He is calling you to hear His voice. Maybe He is calling you to change. Maybe He wants all of you now. Not just when it is hard.

I don’t want to go back. I want a new perspective. I don’t want to waste the lessons of 2020, but to be better for them. I thank God for them.

It says in the Bible, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:3 NIV) Why is that? Because we are more likely to see God at a funeral than at a party.

2020 has been a house of mourning for many. We have grieved what was. But that also places us right on the doorstep to peek through the door of eternity so that we live here on this side with the right perspective of life. God wants us to live here, but He also wants us to know this isn’t all there is. There is a whole new life awaiting us someday on the other side of that door.

People don’t want to think about eternity. It’s why we cover up our lives with other things. But, we can’t afford not to think about it.

God created us to live for Him and one day we will die and be with Him. It is the message of the Gospel. Christ died so we wouldn’t have to endure a death one day forever. Though our bodies may die, we will live. And salvation is a gift for all who hear this truth and believe.

I don’t want to live one moment of my days here not thinking about that truth. Because it is what compels me to live. And to live for Him.

So in comfortable times and in difficult times, in want and in plenty, may we never forget what on earth we are here for. And Who we are living for. It changes everything.

Let’s not go back to the way it was. Let’s go forward, changed, forever.


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