Simply...Living For Him

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?

 

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Podcast

Learning to Fight Worry• Podcast Ep 38

How We Handle Worry

Over the years we have faced several job losses, health issues, and all kinds of other worrisome situations, but we have grown through each one. I fully admit I am a work in progress in this area but am making gains each day.

I come from a long line of worriers and my husband doesn’t blink an eye at much. God knew I needed Steve to keep me grounded and my eyes fixed where they should be daily- on Jesus.

Come and join Steve and me as we chat about how we have handled worry as a couple over the years. This is a candid chat and a glimpse into our lives as we share how the Lord has been teaching us (mostly me! ) in this area over the years.

Little did I know, when we had this passage read at our wedding, just how much it would follow us through our marriage:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:25-34

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Called Home- JUST $0.99 Today!

Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool

My new book Called Home is just $0.99 today for Kindle! 

Many of you know I started writing ebooks way back when I thought no one would actually read them. 😉 Fast forward several years, and not only were people reading them, but two of them remained best-sellers at Amazon for quite some time.

The response to the original Called Home was overwhelming. So many women wrote to tell me it blessed them or changed their homeschool. Knowing that this book was having an impact, I wanted to make sure it was done just right.

Over the years, I have been wanting to take that little book I wrote from my heart and perfect it a bit. God put an amazing editor in my path last year when I wrote Real Homeschool, and she once again made this project come true! For all of those who wrote my about the typos, they’re fixed! (keepin’ it real, as always folks!)

This latest edition not only has been edited, revised, and updated, I have expanded it to include a journal section. Many, many ladies have written me or talked to me at homeschool conventions and told me that they have used the book in a group setting. Now there are some places for you to journal thoughts and discuss, or just to have for your own personal use.

I have also revised the 31 verses to pray for your homeschool by including the verse reference only, with ample writing space following. It is my desire for women to be in the Word on their own and let God teach them above all. By doing this, it allows the reader to look up the verse themselves in a translation of choice and then either copy it into the journal or write thoughts about what the Lord is teaching through each verse.

It is my desire to point others solely to Him. I pray this book will do just that, not only in your homeschool but in life.

 

Watch the LIVE video from Facebook where I talk about the back story behind this book!