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Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool is FREE for Kindle February 22-23 

Karen lovingly reminds us to take a breather and take care of ourselves and others. Life is not a race not any other competition. We need to educate our children with the primary focus being on God. Look up and enjoy God’s blessings!

This book encourages us to look to the Lord first for guidance in our schools and lives, before going to the Internet for the answers we seek to “Pinterest-Proof” our lives. How refreshing a view is this! The author encourages us to be real with one another and come alongside to walk the road together, accepting the imperfection we see in ourselves and in others. This is an excellent resource for homeschoolers who want to live the “perfect” life that only the Lord can create for them

This book is not really about social media per se, but more about our hearts in a world that continues to push us to be more like it. Everywhere we turn, social media is screaming at us and showing us pictures of what we should be. Slowly, gradually, we start following the world and trying to bring God with us, rather than letting God lead us and then bringing the world with us!

There are the desires that creep in and take my focus off of my true purpose in homeschooling. You know what I mean— when the focus becomes all about finding the best curriculum or filling up the schedule with the most extracurricular activities? Or how about decorating the perfect homeschool room? Or the hours spent online searching what others are doing, while neglecting your own time with the Lord? These are all things that have become an issue with me, and I am sure with others, especially as social media grows.

I have often thought about those early homeschoolers who had no Internet or fancy curriculum but truly sought the Lord in their decision to homeschool. I admire them so much! They weren’t busy showing off their schoolrooms or their kids on Instagram; they were deep in the nitty-gritty of daily homeschool life when homeschooling wasn’t even mainstream. They weren’t spending hours on Pinterest, but probably hours in the Word.

This book will challenge us to get back to the basics and fully rely on God. Pinterest and Instagram and all the other media out there are certainly not bad in and of themselves, but we do need to be aware of our hearts when using them. We must not let those things rule our standards. Only God should rule us.

Will you join me as we get back to the basics? Will you join me as we endeavor to be real with each other because we need each other? Will you join me as we focus on what God wants for our homeschools and not what the world says is success?
Will you join me as we pursue Real Homeschool? Not a picture-perfect homeschool, but a real homeschool –where the rubber meets the road and it sometimes gets messy –and we work together through those messes…

And then it gets beautiful…oh, so beautiful…because God is right there with us. He is working through our families on this real homeschooling journey.

God has called us to this beautiful journey…and the perfect picture is the one where He is leading every step, guiding us, and our eyes are fixed solely on Him.

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Full Circle- How Beautiful The Feet of Those Who Bring Good News

I wanted to share a little story today about an experience I had recently that was so unbelievable, yet all God!

Recently, I was invited to speak at a local Christian writers meeting. It was all about social media and using it to build community, etc. The week leading up to it, I was struggling with some things- why on earth was I speaking at the meeting…I’m not an expert, just a girl following Jesus, even if that means in social media. I also was making travel plans for my upcoming speaking engagements and feeling anxious. As always, I continued to seek the Lord and ask if it is worth it to keep going with my ministries and if this is really where He wants me.


SO, the night before the writers meeting, I read a devotion and the verses were from Isaiah and Romans…“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news…” (I am paraphrasing.) And it was like a hug from God because you see, when I originally started blogging in 2008, it was solely a hobby and an online journal about our homeschool journey and in turn, it shared Jesus. The name of the blog was “Beautiful Feet Bring Good News” and it was based on those EXACT verses!

I felt like when God brought those verses to me this week, He was reminding me where I began and to keep focused on the mission. And even if it is hard and not always comfortable, I was reminded as it says in those verses…“How will they know if someone does not tell them?” I felt encouraged that I need to be a light within this world and He has given me the avenue to do it through speaking and writing.

Anyway, at the meeting, before they introduced me, a gal led a devotional that she had written. I almost had to PICK MYSELF UP OFF THE FLOOR- I nearly fell over when she used those exact verses and proceeded to say…literally..the exact thoughts I had the night before when reading the devotion. She spoke about how we need to be a light in the dark world and share our good news….all of it. She spoke what I had “conversed” with God the night before.


I was SHAKING when I explained to the ladies what had happened. The woman who led the devotion told me she had a completely different one planned for two months, but then God changed it on her the last few days before and gave her those verses and thoughts.


Only God.


It was the most real and unreal feeling at the same time. All along I KNEW GOD was right there. So real. But it was so incredibly amazing that it almost felt… unreal!!!


Yes, only God!!!

Be encouraged today. It blows my mind that God doesn’t have to confirm He is working and He is there. Yet, He does. This whole experience was the ultimate confirmation from Him to keep going and to also remind me of the “why” I am doing what I do. Yet, He doesn’t have to do that. I should have faith without the extra confirmation, but because He is so gracious, sometimes He gives us those moments when we clearly know He is working and He is there.

Praise Him.

So I will continue to press on, embrace adventures, and go wherever He leads…He has given me a voice, and I will use it for His glory.

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Embrace Adventure-Storing Up Eternal Investments

My daughter loves all things Disney, and one of those things is the movie Up. I remember clearly from the movie that little Adventure book and every time I see something with the words from the movie, “Adventure is Out There” I think of her…she loves it. She inspires me because she is always up to do something, be with people, and have an adventure. She walks in faith and doesn’t overanalyze and get stuck in fear- she grabs for the adventures!

Just this week the words “embrace adventure” kept coming to mind. We had recorded a podcast about worry and anxiety and my struggles in the past (and admittedly, sometimes in the present). After the recording, it was like I was free! I really saw the sin of my anxiety and how much I don’t want to live in that place anymore. Beyond that, I realized how deep the sin of my worry and anxiety is because when I let worry consume me, I have zero faith. It actually makes me grieve.

Faith over Fear.

I am choosing faith over fear.

Whenever I live in faith over fear, I know I am in God’s will and the Spirit is carrying me. It is freeing not to carry myself!

And in walking with faith over fear I  also realize that means to embrace adventure! Be ready to do new things (even if I fail!) and be ready to take steps, even leaps, of faith!

When I embrace adventure, I choose to store up eternal investments. This is another concept I have been meditating on greatly these days. As you all know, my mission is to store up treasure in heaven and not material clutter that weighs us down. 

But what does it meant to really store treasure in heaven?

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal”

Matthew 6:20

I want to invest in the Kingdom. I want to invest in people. Relationships. Service. Jesus.

I want to invest in eternal rewards and not fleeting earthly pleasures.

I am building His Kingdom, not my own little kingdom here in my house.

What does it matter if I have a house stored up with earthly treasure, a bank account that is secure, or a neatly outlined plan of my day, but I have not invested in the Kingdom?

And by embracing adventure, and trusting God, I can do just that! I don’t want to sit in my comfortable bubble and make no difference for eternity. I want to get out there and live life, an adventurous life, and grab hold of every opportunity the Lord gives me. Even the scary ones!

When we share our life we share His love. And that is an eternal investment. 

Staying in my own little world and not reaching out into the world is comfortable, but is that really what God wants? He didn’t give me this life to live for myself! He gave me a life to use to reach others and to glorify Him in all I do.

We will keep growing our little hobby farm here and share all we have with others. I will take on the adventure of traveling and speaking wherever God leads. I will submit everything I do to His will, and be open to the opportunities He provides. I won’t resist them but will embrace them.

Sitting in my comfortable bubble doesn’t bring Him glory. It is selfish on my part.

So I am using my resources for investing in things that will ultimately share Jesus; that is where my focus these days. I am trusting Him that when I use what He has provided to glorify Him, I need not fear.

I am up for the adventure, are you?

 

Learn more about having less stuff and MORE JESUS this summer!

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