Simply...Living For Him

No Turning Back

The Cross before me.

The world behind me.

No turning back.

 

I’m not sure I yet have the words. Last year, when God called me to run a women’s retreat, I had no words when it was over. I saw how God orchestrated the entire event, and let me carry out the tasks He had planned, in His strength. It blew me away. And I never thought I could be even more speechless one year later.

Sometimes as a writer it is hard to accept that there are no words. There are just mountain top moments that are like glimpses of heaven, yet while still here on earth.

When God shows you what His purposes are for your life, and you just know in every being of your soul that He is sovereign, there just aren’t enough earthly words to explain it. 

The Simply Living for Him Retreat was about so much more than just an event or a time for women to get away. It was a weaving together of souls, a time where God showed us His plan for relationships- sisters in Christ look nothing like worldly relationships.  It was a time of blessing that wasn’t about tangibles.


I guess that is why there are no words to explain it. Because it was about heavenly things and not earthly things.

Our theme was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. I talked about turning away from the things of this world, fixing our eyes on Jesus, and then we learned how to walk in it…so that we can stay there. Walking in it is intentional surrender. We must purpose to live out our lives for His glory alone. Not ours. 

There is so much I want to say, and I will be uploading the sessions and worship time this week for you all to get a glimpse of our time together. But what happened there was more than what you will see on a Facebook post or an Instagram photo. It was hearts opened to Christ and overflowing with joy and praise for Who He is. 

It was a glimpse of glory.

We are also working on a date for our next retreat. More details coming this week.

As for now, I will leave you with some highlights. I pray YOU can join us at the next Simply Living for Him Retreat! (click here to get info!)

 

    

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

If you are interested in the 2018 retreat, please let us know! We will keep you updated!

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Here We GO!

Tomorrow we will depart as a family for Gettysburg, PA in order to run the second ever Simply Living for Him Retreat! We are excited as a family to be able to serve the women who will attend and to see what God has in store.

In is really miraculous that we do the things we do, isn’t it? I guess it is because I only do those things in God’s strength, and I don’t really do them.

In my flesh, the questions constantly flood my mind:

Who am I to run a retreat?
What if I fail?
What if we get sick?
What if there are problems?
Why on earth did I decide to do this, when I could be leisurely enjoying my summer without all of this planning and working?

Ah, those are me in the flesh.

But then God reminds me.

It is a good thing I do not walk in the flesh anymore, but in His Spirit!

And the answers are countered with the truth:

You are running this retreat because God called you to.
You can not fail if you let Him lead. All will be used for His purposes, even things that seem like earthly failure will be worked for heavenly good.
And hard work is from God, and right now in this season, He has given me a task to do, and I will complete it.

It is not about my comfort, but about Him.

I know that God has led me to do this and I pray that each woman will be coming for a reason that only God knows. I pray He will work mightily and each woman will leave with a fresh perspective and with her eyes fixed on what is most important in life- Jesus.

Will you join me in praying over the next few days as we travel to Gettysburg to minister to these women? That we would be fully surrendered to letting God lead in every detail? That we would stay healthy and energized? And mostly, that God would bless each woman in some way.

If you would like to follow along at the retreat, I will share highlights over on Facebook and Instagram. We don’t want to bombard your feeds, so we will share lots of the details, behind the scenes, and short snippets over at Instagram Stories.

Thank you for praying! May God be glorified in all!


This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

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Keeping it Real. My Journey to the Present. What You See Now is Not Who I Used to Be • Podcast Ep 55

Today I am doing something a little different on the podcast. I sat down with no notes or agenda, but asked the Holy Spirit to lead me in what to say. And today is the day He wanted me to share the truth.

I often say that if you know me now, but didn’t know me 20 years ago, it is like walking in half way through a movie, and you’re at the part in the movie where the story has turned around, and you’re heading toward the happy ending. But I wrestle. I have struggled with God because I want to to be 100% real and authentic with people in my life (especially folks who only see a “snippet” of me in Internet-land) but I also don’t want to relive the past or share some of the awful nitty-gritty details.

 So today, I am keeping it real and letting you know that there is a huge redemption story behind what you see. When you see pretty pictures on Instagram or hear a touching story about what my hubby did for me that day, it’s because I can’t help but see God’s power in every moment. Because my life is a living testimony of redemption. If He can redeem me, then there is hope for anyone.

And when you think I have it all together, know that I was broken into a million pieces, and HE holds me together now.

Listen in as I share how God shined a light in the dark places in my life and I will only give Him the glory in every breath I take for the rest of my life, and into eternity.

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

Make sure to follow along on FacebookInstagram, or sign up for our newsletter!

More ideas on Summer schooling here—>Summer School

 

 

Get My NEW Book!

 

Join me in August!

Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP